Please find linked below the Annual Report including Financial Report of Wikimedia UK, covering our activities from our creation to the date of our AGM, which was held yesterday:
Please let me know if you want us to send this to anyone else in order to comply with clause 1.9 of our Chapter Agreement.
Any questions please let me know,
Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited.
Wiki UK Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
The Registered Office is at 23 Cartwright Way, Nottingham, NG9 1RL, United Kingdom.
See the wiki version here:
W i K i M e D i A N e W s* no. 24 - April 4, 2009
Official monthly bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.
This month the newsletters starts with a small warning to all members.
The organization of the Extraordinary Members' Assembly showed that it's
not always easy to communicate within out organization. Many members
were removed because they did not pay their yearly dues; some of them
however payed after the Assembly, and they were reinstated. We really
like that everyone of us had a look at the formal communications we send
every now and then, and take part in the life of our association.
As for the upcoming events, in May and June there will be plenty of new
events and wonderful chance of meet people. All our members are urged to
take active part in organization and success of these initiatives.
What happened last months
* January 9, Reggio Emilia: at "la Gabella", meeting about Wikipedia
and Wikimedia. Paginazero says:
o This year Telecitofono <http://www.telecitofono.it> included
once again Wikimedia Italia - which I represented - among
the meetings held by the School of Ethics and Politics
Like last year, we had a two hours' meeting/talk about
Wikipedia, Wikimedia, their workings and the philosophy beneath
The day after I had another talk about these topics with the
students of three classes of Computer Science at the High School
BUS Pascal <http://www.pascal.re.it/Pages/Home/Home2.htm>. These
students teach elder people to use a PC and the Internet, as I
already talked about last year: see 
* Wikipedia wins Premiolino
<http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/it:Premiolino> 2009! Frieda reports:
o the prize was awarded in Milano, at Palazzo Marino (the City
Hall). About 200 people attended: prizewinners, jury,
sponsor (Birra Moretti) and its testimonial (Orso Maria
Guerrini aka Baffo Moretti), some journalists. The reason
for the prize to Wikipedia (/Because it let at everybody's
disposal a great, open, democratic encyclopedy, continuously
perfected in real time - like for example the voice about
President Giorgio Napolitano, checked and revised by the
presidential staff) so that it became a really useful tool
for journalists./) was written by the renowed journalist
Gian Antonio Stella, great fan of us. Mr Stella gave himself
the prize, asking me some question (on things we already
talked about). The audience cheered us a lot, and many
people asked me questions and explanations about Wikipedia
and how it works. Jollyroger, who was with me, took the
chance to make some pics to the other /famous/ prizewinners,
so that we could add them to the relevant voices in Wikipedia.
* March 22, Milan: Assembly of Wikimedia Italia. Sunday, March 22,
2009 we held on Ordinary and Extraordinary Members' Assembly of
Wikimedia Italia at Domus Academy in Milano. We approved the final
balance for year 2008 and the estimation for year 2009, and
ratified the members' list (removing all members who did not pay
the fee for year 2008 and/or 2009); then we changed the bylaws of
the association. The modifications we made were needed because we
want to be listed as APS (Association for Social Promoting), being
thus able to allow tax deducibility status for donations to the
Associations, and to be recipients of "5 per mille" (destination
of part of our taxes). Here
you can find the minutes of the Ordinary Assembly; here
the ones of the Extraordinary Assembly. (Both pages are in Italian).
What will happen next month
* May 22-24, Vicenza: Festival delle libertà digitali. Wikimedia
Italia organizes together with Vicenza LUG the first Festival of
The event has been presented in advance during WMI Assembly. For the
first time our Association organized such a large event. The official
program of the Festival will be unveiled at mid April in the site of the
Festival, http://www.libertadigitali.org ; our members may find the
As a highlight, Saturday May 23 Wikimedia Italia will hold a 10-hours
no-stop event in the historical downtown of Vicenza; there will also be
several side events.
We ask all our members to propose their ideas in our association's wiki,
and to take an active part in the organization of the Festival. If you
cannot attend, at least discuss about it!)
News from WMF projects
* *Wikibooks*: new logo
<http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikibooks/Logo> is official; we
have also the localized version
(«Libri liberi per un mondo aperto»).
* *Wikinotizie*: reached 6,800 articles.
* *Wikipedia*: a proposal
has been made to make the tab "edit this page" more prominent,
like in pl.wiki, fr.wiki or en.wiki for better usability: the
solution is however disliked.
* *Wikiquote*: Quaro75
<http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/q:it:Utente:Quaro75> has been voted
. There are now 7 sysops. A proposal
has been made to make the tab "edit this page" more prominent,
like in pl.wiki, fr.wiki or en.wiki for better usability: there
are doubts about the chosen shade of blue. (For the time being the
tab, has been put in boldface
* *Wikisource*: reached 3,000 users.
* *Wikiversità*: After a survey, the community voted that teaching
material different from university lessons are allowed; they
approved the creation of two new departments which will hold
teaching material for younger age classes, and "not formal" contents.
* *Wikizionario*: reached 5,000 users.
News from Wikimedia Italia
* On February 5th we issued a press release: /Rettifica
dell'intervista pubblicata da Il Giornale
(Amendments to an article by Il Giornale). The article rectifies
some statements written in an Italian newspaper, and it was a
joint effort from several members of WMI; it appeared also in the
Italian newssite WebNews
ang got about 1,000 impressions at our site.
News from our projects
News from W@H
Wiki@Home starts again, after the winter hiatus! We are working on
several interviews. We need a couple of people to help Draco in the
* In February and March Cotton held two short courses about
Wikipedia and the related projects in two high schools in the
province of Padua. Cotton reports:
In Istituto Leopardi I made two lessons, one hour each. I made a
general introduction about the history of Wikipedia and WMF, a
brief presentation of the related project and said something
about the GFDL license and the difference with copyright. After
a suggestion from the teacher, I tried to go in depth speaking
about the awareness of the use of Wikipedia, thinking about the
end-of-school short dissertations; I made an analysis of some
articles, pointing at their characteristics.
In Liceo Einstein I made two lessons, one hour and half each.
Contents were more or less the same, but I had the time to go
more in depth.
You may read the report (in Italian) at this page
* VirtualSkiz, together with other members from Campania, started
supporting Project Schools, and they got several connections and
some results. They said:
In cooperation with the secondary school "San Giovanni Bosco" of
Trentola-Ducenta, Wikimedia Italia was involved as local partner
in the prestigious European project of intercultural education
During last Assembly in September we met the Referent for P.O.N.
Projects. Together, we devised two project (for secondary
schools “Istituto Comprensivo Stroffolini” at Casapulla and
“Benedetto Croce” at San Prisco): “Parolando e Wikando”, an
educational project which puts together classroom tutorials, use
of a wiki platform and acquaintance with the on-line encyclopedia.
At the PProfessional High School 'O. Conti' of Aversa,
VirtualSkiz is teaching as external expert; 30 hours of
activities to let the pupils understand the underlying
philosophy and be able to use the wiki platform.
This is the Chapters report for Wikimedia Sverige for Q1 2009. My goal is
to get back to monthly reports from now on again.
==Annual report 2008==
As you all probably have seen we managed to produce an annual report,
inspired by the beautiful one from WMF. If you haven't seen it is
available in English on our website. 
We have started a series of workshops, held at the Gothenburg City
Library. So far we have had two of them and while the crowd isn't huge it
is an excellent occasion to make a deep connection.
The big thing in media during the start of this period was the debate
whether flagged revisions would be turned on or not. Or, should I say, the
misconception that it already was turned on. Swedish media in general
acted as parrots, repeating English online media.
On the same day as our AGM we managed to get a full page debate article
about copyright in one of the biggest newspaper in Sweden, Svenska
Dagbladet.  Also the same day there was a full page interview with our
chair, Lennart Guldbrandsson, in the biggest financial paper in Sweden.
During entire March there was a two page article in Kupé, the magazine
that is distributed as onboard reading on all trains in entire Sweden.
These unfortunately not available online.
We have produced one short members newsletter since the last report. It is
available in english. 
==Annual general meeting==
On March 14 we had our third AGM, in Stockholm.  This year we were
kindly allowed to hold it at the Royal Library, an honour with
significance. We were also lucky to have Karl Sigfrid , a member of the
parliament, as chairman of the meeting (yes, he is a member of WMSE). We
had the highest number of members at the same place in the same time, but
that still only counted for 17% of our members. The meeting was pretty
uncontroversial, no resolutions were made and the entire board was
re-elected. That left us with more time to discuss the future and the plan
for 2009 which was very interesting and useful input to the board. On the
meeting we showed a video with many Swedish politicians and celebrities
interviewed on their look on Wikipedia. We had expected more criticism but
instead it were more or less raised to the skies.
==Getting pictures from museums==
Inspired by WMDE we have started to contact museums and archives to
discuss how we can make pictures more available. We have not been very
lucky so far but with WMDE's recent announcement we are hopeful to produce
some results soon.
 http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil:Annual report 2008.pdf
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We just concluded the first annual chapter report for wikimedia brasil!
It's a little late into 2009 so we also dropped some information on
more current events.
It can be read on Meta on the following URL, which is now linked in
the Reports page:
But to keep with this list's tradition, the full source follows below.
the WikiBrasil volunteers
'''Wikimedia Brasil, the Brazilian non-Chapter of the Wikimedia
Foundation presents you its... 2008 Annual Report!'''
== Why a non-Chapter, and what do we mean by that ==
As many might know, a request for the creation of a Brazilian Chapter
of the Wikimedia Foundation was approved last year.
The volunteers behind that request, after careful - and heated -
deliberation, chose not to establish themselves as a formal chapter at
We have, instead, "established" ourselves as a ''Mutirão for Freedom
of Knowledge'' and will use the name WikiBrasil or, in short form, WB.
<blockquote>Mutirão is the Portuguese language word for any
"self-assigned task force of socially motivated volunteers". Yes we
have a word for it, how cool is that?</blockquote>
There are four main reasons for this.
# '''Advocates of informality'''
#:A significative part of our group argues that, regardless of the
points below, we can better advance the foundation's vision by acting
as a group of autonomous volunteers and devoting ourselves to
activities we can take on without funding or legal structure behind
# '''Threats regarding Brazil's legal context'''
#:We cannot yet rely on our legal system to grant a Brazilian Chapter
of Wikimedia independence over the content and legal responsibility
for the platform.
#:It is likely that a Brazilian Chapter would be under constant
harassment from defamation lawsuits, and it is unlikely that we could
get a court decision waving us of responsibility for content like
other chapters did.
# '''Threats regarding the misuse of NGO's in Brazil'''
#:NGO's in Brazil are widely used for indirect and direct corruption
in many and creative ways. This is so that many aren't even aware
they're a part of some corruption scheme.
#:We don't want to be a part of that, and tough we have a good idea of
how to keep ourselves clean, it could cost an amount of energy we
might not have at our disposal.
# '''Lack of process and mutual trust'''
#:Our group has not fully developed the mutual trust and familiarity,
nor the coherence and processes, required to establish a legitimate
hierarchy. Hierarchy is required by institutionalization, and
legitimacy to avoid being hijacked by interest groups in the context
of item 2.
#:However, since such qualities are desirable no matter the status of
our community, we have drafted a Statement of Principles. Adherence to
this statement shall be the only requirement to be a volunteer in our
So, given the points above, in this report "we" means the group of
volunteers who, after receiving the authorization to begin a Wikimedia
Chapter in Brazil, decided to remain in informality, establishing
ourselves as a social movement instead of an NGO.
=== References ===
All discussion is available (in portuguese) in our mailing list's archive:
And here's our Statement of Principles (translated to english!):
== Our activities in 2008 ==
=== Jimbo in Brasil ===
Our first activity as a group was organizing Jimbo's visit to Brasil,
which was done without any financial resources or the use of
trademarks, was a no-logo event, and inspired our decision not to
become an NGO.
His visit included a debate with brazilians activists, scholars and
entrepeneurs engaged with free knowledge and free culture, held at
"Centro Cultural São Paulo", one of São Paulo's main centers for
culture. He was also interviewed in "Roda Viva", the most reputable
interview program on brazilian television.
All activity was registered (in portuguese) in our page at the
MetaWiki and the debate event blog:
=== Idea List ===
We have also compiled an initial list of ideas for ''mutirões'', and
contacted people and partners for each of them. Those include people
in the university, cultural, political and educational realms.
To that brainstormed list followed another compilation, of those
efforts, and some new ones, which developed into actual mutirões.
The first list: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brasil/Projetos
The new list: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brasil/Mutirões
=== Reverberações ===
One of these ''mutirões'' which has already materialized was
introducing the wiki software and reinforcing the free collaboration
logic during the organization of one of the main meetings of
independent artists who work with collaborative processes in Brasil.
For more information (in portuguese):
== So far in 2009... ==
=== Campus Party ===
We took part in an event called Campus Party Brasil, which had over
five thousand participants,
There, a group of six volunteers gave talks about the Wikimedia
Platform, held workshops on Wikipedia and Wikicommons editing, and
collected images for Wikicommons.
They also participated in two debates held by the internet branch of
Sao Paulo's public television channel, "IPTV Cultura", and performed
live Wikipedia editing during other debates and interviews.
A full report is available at MetaWiki (in portuguese):
Our organization for the event can be seen part in Meta and part in
our mailing list archives (both in portuguese):
=== Adopt a representative ===
One of our main objectives is to give conceptual and technical support
for other wiki-based ''mutirões'' using free content licences, which
can benfit from and contribute back to the Wikimedia Projects.
One such initiative started this year within our community is devoted
to assist citizens in monitoring their political representatives, and
is called "Adote um Vereador".
This mutirão is receiving a lot of media attention because it started
as an invitation from a well known radio anchor for people to write
blogs about a politician of their choice. The proposal achieved a much
larger scale when two of our volunteers started a wiki to organize the
blogs and help them share information.
Here's the URL (in portuguese):
=== Forensepédia ===
The other mutirão nurtured in our community is a collaborative online
encilopedia of legal terms and jurisprudence.
Providing the mutirão's mentor with assistance during the initial
stages of building the wiki, as well as a lot thought put into the
choice of license (CC-BY-SA), were some of the activities that brought
together both communities.
This collaboration has proven rich beyond the production of content,
with some insightful messages in our mailing list and Meta wiki ending
with the acronym "TNLA" (for those unfamiliar: This is Not Legal
Advice) and the later development of the acronym NRLA (Not a Request
for Legal Advice). This was most valuable given the nature of some of
our discussions, hinted by the beginning of this report.
Here's the URL (in portuguese):
== Plans for 2009 ==
=== Chapters Meeting ===
Wikimedia Chapters Meeting in Berlim will be our first chance to meet
representatives from all chapters. We plan to present them the
highlights of this report and discuss with the broader community some
issues raised here, including our understanding that a Chapter need
not be an NGO.
Our preparation (being translated to english):
Our organization page (in portuguese):
=== Wikimania ===
Yes, we're going to pay our neighbors a visit!
=== Wiki baptism ===
We're connecting with government agents in digital inclusion programs
to promote the Wikimedia Projects through workshops on wiki
collaboration, freedom of knowledge, and related subjects.
=== Wart ===
Some of our volunteers are joining "photograpic walks", open groups
who regularly get together and walk around town to take pictures and
share knowledge of photography. Our intent is to talk about Wikimedia
Commons and free licences with these communities.
=== The future of information ===
Those more academic-minded in our group are preparing, for the second
semester, a cicle of lecture-debates on commons based peer-production.
It will be held simultaneously at two of Sao Paulo's main centers for
culture and on the web, allowing for remote participation. The course
will follow material to be developed at the Wikiversity.
Here's the link (in portuguese):
=== Press and big media ===
We've been in touch with the brazilian press, building material to
help them understand and use the right terms when reporting on the
In addition, through talks with Sao Paulo's public television, "TV
Cultura", we've been invited to cast a Wikimedia Project's contributor
on each interview of the program "Roda Viva", to bridge the show and
the internet, promoting collaboration on articles related to each
More on that (in portuguese):
== Fim (end) ==
Well, I hope this was an interesting read.
We wish all the best for our brothers and sisters in 2009.
-- Wikibrasil, mutirão de conhecimentos livres