Dear ASAL members,
It has recently been brought to our attention that there is scope for improving the coverage of Australian literature – and in particular Australian authors – on Wikipedia. As you would be aware Wikipedia is now the starting point for a lot of Internet based research, and it is in our interests to have Aust Lit entries as current, accurate and informative as possible. Obviously the knowledge to achieve this is present in the ASAL membership. There are two ways in which this might be achieved:
1. Check the entries for authors who are of particular interest or relevance to you. If there is scope for amending these entries (or if there is no entry) then register as an editor and amend or create entries. It may not entitle you to ERA recognition but it is nonetheless an important contribution to scholarship!
2. Create links to open access articles relevant to that author. This is particularly useful if they are JASAL articles as it will increase the exposure (and hopefully the use and citation) of these articles. You may also wish to ensure that any articles that you have had published in JASAL are referenced on relevant Wikipedia entries – it will certainly increase their exposure.
I therefore encourage you to start contributing to Wikipedia and thereby help others to have easy access to the reliable information about your favourite authors. Information about becoming an editor and adding information to Wikipedia can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Introduction_2