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FSM May 19 - Contribute to Trove

The Trove search engine provides access to content from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) and is a rich and deep source of Australian history and culture covering content such as newspapers, journals, maps, diaries, correspondence, photos, music, objects and artworks. It enables searching and sorting the items using various criteria such as the publication, date, geography, author, content and other metadata...but did you know we can make it even better?

This month we'll go through setting up an account on Trove and see how we can contribute to this valuable collection of Australian heritage. We'll review some old documents that have been run through optical character recognition and confirm or correct the text to improve future accessibility and search. We'll also see how easy it is to add tags to any item to help discoverability and we'll also talk about useful commenting and the new user lists

After the Trove session Michael will take us through all the Free and Open Source Gnews for the month. Then we'll head down to Errol street for dinner and more Open Source chatter.

This will be a hands on session working with Trove so try and bring a laptop or tablet to work from. See you all on Thursday the 19th at Electron Workshop for Free Software Melbourne July.

Event details
Thursday 19th July, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Running late or can't find us? Call Ben on 0419 390 496

Games Night 🎮

Our last games night was so successful that we thought, “why not do it again!?” And that is what we are doing. All things Libre and games, this time we will be able to show off some new games while we are at it rather than just being sucked into a multiplayer matches of Free Doom or Hedgewars. That said it that happens again, it is fun regardless. ;)

So come along, join in and bring a friend to show what can be done when games are free for all to use and share. Bring a laptop or use one of the ones provided.

Afterwards will be the usual with dinner in North Melbourne were we can chat about anything and everything Free and Open Source.

Event is on 21st June at Electron Workshop - 31 Arden Street. Doors open at 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm. This is a non technical event and all are welcome.

21st June 2018 6:30PM
Electron Workshop - 31 Arden Street
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Travel tips by Electron Workshop: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/

The Flux Party and the Gnews

Hey Free/Libre and Open Source Supporters,

This month we will be joined by a representitive of the Flux party to discuss the state of issue-based direct democracy in Australia.

The Flux Party is a tool Australians can use to directly participate in parliament. Flux is a party during the election but once there are elected Flux Party MP’s and senators that’s where the difference begins. Your Flux representatives give up their autonomy and vote according to the people. They cast their votes in line with the outcomes produced by the Flux ecosystem comprised of ordinary Aussies like you.

You can checkout the flux website or join the party (it's free as in $0) here: https://voteflux.org

After the discussion we will have our regular Gnews segment and then head down to Errol street for dinner and Free/Libre and Open Source Small-talk.

Hope to see you at 6:30pm on Thursday the 19th of April at Electron Workshop for our regular Free Software Melbourne meet-up.

Event details
Thursday 19th Apr, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Running late or can't find us? Call Ben on 0419 390 496

FSM at Meetup Mixup Melbourne

Ho ho ho Freedom Lovers

It's almost time for Christmas, but before then we'll meetup one last time to talk about all things freedom and open source. This year our meetup is by chance on the same night as the Meetup Mixup Melbourne, and we thought it might be fun to join the community for a celebration and a bit of Christmas cheer. So join us Thursday the 21st of December from 6:00 pm at the Loop Bar.

Tickets booked in advance are only $8.80 (or $10.00 at the door). We'll try to set up a table with FSM signage so we'll be super easy to find. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 21st December, 6:00-late
LOOP Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place
Map: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2689166177
Event link: https://melbourne.meetupmixup.com/

Free Software Show and Tell

Hi Software Freedom Lovers

It's November! and that's the time of the year when we look back and think about the Free Software that has improved our lives and given us all so much joy thorough the year. So join us this Thursday at Electron Workshop for our "Free Software Show and Tell" where we'll go round the group and each talk for a few minutes about the Free and Open Source Software that has made a difference for us this year.

It can be something you've just heard about and it sparked your interest or something you've come to rely upon day in and day out.

At 6:30 we'll will kick it off with our regular Gnews segment to get our tongues flapping and then we'll get stuck into the show and tells. We'll end the evening with pizza at Electron Workshop for dinner (vegetarians catered for, celiacs/others ping me and we'll arrange something)

I learned a few new tricks last year at the Show and Tell and it's always a fun night. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 16th Nov, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Travel tips by Electron Workshop: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/