I came from pub and before going to bed, I checked emails and news.
And I saw that the conflict with police is escalating. As many
Wikimedians participate in OWS and other Occupy protests in US, it
would be good that you report here what's going on with you.
Erik, Sue, Frank, et al,
Can you please say more about the plans for a Middle East education
program? (yes I have read notes from the recent trip on outreach wiki)
What is the timeframe? Who is going to run it? Will you establish a
"trust" there? Where will the office be?
If the program is to be duplicated, I certainly hope there are not the
same issues with quality, as has happened in Pune. What lessons have
you learned and what will you do differently?
Knowing that there is quite a backlog, last time I checked, with
pending changes on Arabic Wikipedia, I am very concerned for the
ability of volunteers there to handle a massive influx of new content.
I am also concerned if you setup a trust in, say Egypt, that will put
a damper on any efforts to form a chapter, which I know has been
If done carefully and well, I would be very delighted to see outreach
programs be a success for Arabic Wikipedia, and hope that will be the
*Wikipedia’s Contributors and Authors at the Center of Wikimedia’s Eighth
SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 2011 - The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit
behind Wikipedia, today announced the launch of its annual fundraising
campaign. The annual fundraiser brings in critical revenue so that
Wikipedia and its sister projects can remain freely available to people
around the world. Funds raised in this campaign by Wikimedia and its
regional chapters will be used to maintain Wikimedia’s server
infrastructure and improve software, expand global reach, and provide
direct support to a global volunteer community. The Foundation's total
2011-12 planned spending is $28.3 million USD.
This year’s campaign will focus on telling the story of the volunteers and
editors who donate their time to further the Wikimedia mission: to spread
free knowledge around the world. Through the duration of the campaign, the
users of Wikipedia and its sister projects will learn about the unique
personalities behind our projects, as well as the passions and motivations
that fuel their contributions. As in previous years, Wikipedia founder,
Jimmy Wales, will also play a visible role in the fundraising campaign.
“Our community - both our donors and those who actually help write projects
like Wikipedia - is made up of people who are curious, brilliant, and
engaged,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
“This year we want to share their stories. I think people will find it
interesting to read about the folks who work behind the scenes in the
projects -- and ideally, I am hoping that some readers will be inspired to
start editing themselves, as well.”
*Three Wikipedia contributors to look out for
Alan Sohn (user:Alansohn) has contributed so much tech-related information
to more than 2,500 original articles on Wikipedia that his time commitment
to the hobby would equate to hundreds of thousands of earned dollars if he
focused only on his day job as a New Jersey-based systems consultant. “But
money is not the incentive here,” Alan says. “You deal in a different
currency on Wikipedia.” He believes the Foundation has harnessed an
invaluable resource of cooperating individuals dedicated to sharing
unbiased, accurate information.
Susan Hewitt (user:Invertzoo), a US citizen originally from England, knows
her snails. She harbors such a fascination for gastropods and has
cultivated such an extensive knowledge of their existence that she can’t
help but want to share. “That’s what makes Wikipedia so magical,” she says,
“there’s this unspoken light inside all of us that comes from the desire to
help educate, to help share knowledge.” Susan donates because she believes
she has a moral obligation to support any free service she uses so
West Virginia native, and San Francisco Bay area-based, Brandon Harris
(User:Jorm) left a high-paying career in the tech industry to help make
positive changes to society. He now works as a programmer for the Wikimedia
Foundation because everything in his soul tells him it’s the right thing to
do. Brandon is particularly motivated by the thought that WMF produces with
“sticks and wires” what massive, big-budget companies only dream of pulling
During the 2010 annual fundraising campaign, the Wikimedia Foundation
raised $15 million in fifty days, a 72% increase over 2009’s total of $8.7
The 2011 campaign will run through January 2012, with appeals from Brandon,
Susan, Alan, Jimmy Wales, and many more atop pages on Wikipedia and its
sister sites, asking readers for their support.
You can also follow the conversation about the annual fundraising campaign
via @wikipedia on Twitter (http://twitter.com/wikipedia) or Identi.ca (
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Hey guys! As you've probably all come to expect, there'll be another office
hours session on the article feedback tool this week at 22:00 UTC (and yes,
I have checked :P). In attendance will be the full gamut of devs, managers
and technical specialists! Also me. It's deliberately scheduled to make it
possible for US east coasters to attend, so those of you who read
foundation-l and are interested in the AFT, please do come along (Risker,
I'm lookin' at you :P).
For those in Asia/Australasia, 3am UTC (you can check how that relates to
your timezones at
on Saturday will see an office hours session on the AFT aimed at you folk
;). It'll just be me, I'm afraid, but if you want to engage on the AFT,
have any suggestions, or just want to discuss it, you're welcome to attend
Community Liason, Product Development
I sent this request already to some internal lists, but here there might
also be quite some volunteers who have a thought about thanking volunteers
It is almost the end of the year, and that is for me personally usually a
moment to thank some of the people I have worked with over the past twelve
months. That triggered me to try and figure out what methods are currently
being used in the Wikimedia universe to thank the real life volunteers.
Therefore I have set up this questionnaire. I have tried to make it
simple&quick to answer, but at the same time to leave plenty of opportunity
to leave suggestions.
Please find it here:
It should take you roughly 3-4 minutes to fill it out. I hope you are
willing to spend these minutes and help me (and others) understand better
what thanking in Wikimedia is all about.
I am targeting both individuals and organizations with this. If you want
to seperate the two, just fill it out twice. Please focus on what *has been
done* so far, not what you're planning to do. I want to be able to make the
replies available publicly. For individuals without names etc of course,
for organizations I would like to be able to add the name of the
organization unless there is an objection. For the rest it is of course
totally informal and it is for sharing practices. I'm trying to figure out:
* How important you think thanking is * What are the best practices and the
coolest ideas * Whether physical or online methods are used primarily Thank
you for your help! Lodewijk
ps: oh yes, of course: you can share this with everybody you like. I hope
someone can send this to the chapters-l especially.
> Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:12:42 +0000
> From: B?ria Lima <berialima(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fwd: Wikimedia India Program Trust
> *The way I see is India is a land of immense potential for the Wikimedia
> > Movement. IMHO, There is enough space of 10 chapters and Wikimedia
> > to co-exist and work together in India.*
> Did you ever read the Chapter Agreement you signed with WMF? That document
> states that WMIN is the ONLY chapter of WMF in India, and that any one
> organization must have their "approval" to work in Indian soil (I'm saying
> that based in WMPT agreement, WMIN one might be different.)
I think that the spirit of an agreement is more important than its wording but
I would like to comment both.
Regarding the wording, in my opinion what the contract says can be
interpreted exactly the other way around. It says that to create another
chapter in the same geographical area WMIN will be consulted.  It
doesn’t say that the approval of WMIN is needed. Furthermore to create an
organization different than chapters not even that consultation is foreseen.
As for the spirit I feel that the impression that chapters have private
ownership of land is a big mistake that can leads us to a situation contrary to
our values. This exclusivity is contrary to the spirit of sharing. We are
not cultivating potatoes where the owner of the land keeps the potatoes. We
give the potatoes away. The more and better people working the land more
potatoes can give away. We don’t need land owners, what we need are
I think these organizations should be happy of having there each other andsee
a chance that what one of them can’t do, perhaps will be done by the other.
The Sept-Oct activity report for the Board of Trustees is published on
This is an informal report that we started doing a few months ago to
try and communicate more about what the board and individual trustees
are doing. You can find past reports (July-August and May-June) at
Text of the report follows. Feedback is welcome! -- phoebe
Board of Trustees -- activity report September-October 2011
* Resolutions and votes
New chapters: The Board approved three new chapters in
September-October: Wikimedia District of Columbia, Wikimedia
Bangladesh, and Wikimedia Venezuela. Congratulations to all!
version of which was approved in July by the Board, had some small
amendments which the Board approved; the latest version of the policy
can be found at donor policy.
* Other Board work
Meetings: The Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting on October
7-8, in San Francisco (agenda).
The next IRC meeting is scheduled for November 6, and the next
regular quarterly meeting is scheduled for 3-4 February 2011 in San
Francisco. Agendas will be posted here.
Audit Committee: The Audit Committee met in late September to review
the preliminary results of KPMG's independent audit of the 2010-2011
fiscal year. Other agenda items included an update on the 2011
fundraiser. Stu and also Renata from the Audit Committee spent time
with new Chief of Finance and Admin Garfield Byrd, helping orient him
to the foundation and broad movement.
Future of fundraising process: The Board, led by Jan-Bart, kicked off
a process to develop a fundraising model for 2012 and beyond. The
first step is developing criteria against which fundraising and funds
dissemination models will be judged; the Board will then ask Sue and
the staff, with community input, to develop potential models and judge
them against the criteria. The process is laid out here, with links to
the pages for criteria, which everyone is encouraged to edit and
* Trustee outreach and other activities
- Kat attended the Creative Commons Global Summit in Warsaw, Poland.
- Phoebe attended WikiSym 2011, an academic conference about wikis and
open collaborative software that was held this year in Mountain View,
California. There were many papers about Wikipedia research presented;
some of them are summarized here. Phoebe also presented a workshop at
WikiSym, with Reid Priedhorsky, about collecting the literature about
wikis and Wikipedia; see the workshop page for details.
- Ting attended WikiConvention 2011 in Nürnberg, Germany from Sep. 9th
to 11th, a community gathering of German Wikimedians. On Sep. 23rd he
made a speech on the OpenWorldForum in Paris about the Biography of
Living People Policy on Wikimedia projects.
- Stu continued to help develop Reports and started a new
movement-wide transparency page, Financial reports.
- Sam attended the launch of the Digital Public Library of America in
Washington, DC on October 21-22, as part of their Audience and
Participation workstream. He spoke in their plenary session about the
need to improve digital citations and the m:Wikicite project proposal.
- Bishakha was neckdeep in supporting the community team behind
WikiConference India 2011 which will take place from 18 to 20 November
- Jimmy spoke around the world in September: in Cambridge (YouGov),
Lima, Peru (conference of former South American Presidents),
Indianapolis, Indiana (marketing conference), London (ICT4D
conference), and Austin, Texas (school board members conference).
Additionally, he attended the unveiling of the new Human Rights Logo
in New York (where he was one of the judges). October took him to
London, Istanbul, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Bologna, New York, and
When I explain Wikipedia I hear the same comments everyday. Who is in
charge for each article? If everybody can edit ‘’my’’ article how can I
control its contents? What happens if we have an overlap between editors in
the same article and we can’t explain the exact role of everyone?
I don’t understand why even wikimedians when going to organize things
outside wikipedia are very reluctant to give some opportunities to try with
new models of organization that we have discovered in wikipedia that can
working very well. They tend to stick with old organizational models that
we know they work well with structures and principles not very well
matching with wikimedia values like hierarchy, exclusivity …
From: WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] foundation-l Digest, Vol 92, Issue 29
> Europe is a big culturally diverse subcontinent of Eurasia with many
> different Wikimedia organisations. So is India. India could organise itself
> similarly to Europe with chapters following Political boundaries, or you
> could do it by language instead, or perhaps by function - I've been
> involved in charities where the fundraising organisation was quite distinct
> from the volunteering fundspending organisation. Or maybe there would be
> some other way that would work for Indian Wikimedians.
> My advice as a complete outsider is that there are many ways that India
> could choose to structure itself; but if you come up with a structure that
> leaves Wikimedians from outside India suspecting there would be an overlap,
> then don't be surprised if Indians who are not Wikimedians are similarly
> confused. If Wikimedia in India emerges with a structure that only people
> who are both Indians and also Wikimedians understand then you risk
> confusing the press complicating things for yourselves. If remits are clear
> and minimally overlapping then 1, 5 or 50 organisations might be sensible.
> If remits substantially overlap and you can't clearly explain the different
> roles then its probably best to just have the one organisation.
Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 31 October 2011. If you want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, and/or follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line on this report's talk page.
This report is also available, complete with pictures, on our website at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports/2011/October .
1 Program activities
1.1 2012 Activity Plan
1.2 Education projects
1.3 GLAM activities
1.4 Other activities
1.5 UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
1.6 Upcoming activities in November
2 Administrative activities
2.1 Board activities
2.2 Extraordinary General Meeting to change our Objects
2.3 News from the CEO
2012 Activity Plan
Our 2012 Activity Plan was posted to the WMUK wiki on 1 October and has been submitted to the Wikimedia Foundation as part of the planning for the annual fundraiser. This plan is an outline of the work we will do in 2012, and the resources we need to support it. It is an important stage in the development of our 2012 Budget. When we’re asking people for money in this Autumn’s fundraiser, the Activity Plan will show people what we’re hoping to achieve with their donations – so it’s also important for the openness and accountability of our fundraising. We welcome any comments or suggestions on the talk page.
Dr Mark Graham, and Han-Teng Liao, both from the Oxford Internet Institute, attended WikiSym 2011 on WMUK scholarships this month; they also presented about their work at the Wikimedia Foundation offices.
Fiona Apps, supported by Richard Symonds, held a stall at the University of Warwick Freshers fayre, on 1 October. This resulted in over 70 expressions of interest in forming a Wiki student club.
We have supported a University of Birmingham bid for JISC funding for World War One digital content prioritization; our letter of support is at File:Birmingham JISC support.pdf.
On 24th October, Fiona Apps led a Wikipedia Lounge at The University of Manchester.
On October 1st there was a Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Backstage Pass - this was covered in detail in the This Month in GLAM newletter. Also on the 1st, Tom Morris attending Over the Air at Bletchley Park.
On the 7th October, an internal training workshop was held at the British Museum. Then on the 13th October, the British Museum Ice Age art "Behind the Scenes" event was held.
Other events this month included:
5th - Martin Poulter spoke on "Common pitfalls in engaging with Wikipedia" at Bathcamp #26, the Innovation Centre, Bath
8th - Andy Mabbett talked about "GLAM and QRpedia" at Library Camp UK in Birmingham
14th - CeriseLovesColours from France visits Derby for VIP tour and to pick 2nd prize for the Wright Challenge
28th - Initial meeting for MonmouthpediA - John Cummings
A video showing Derby Museum using QRPedia codes was released on Vimeo.
UK Wikimeets this month: Edinburgh meeting (1st), Cambridge meetup (8th), London (16th)
3rd-5th - Roger Bamkin speaking at Europeana Tech Conference in Vienna (report here)
29th - Trevor Johnson hosted a stand and a training event at RISC OS London Show, Feltham
Microgrants funded this month include Elections in Europe from User:Number 57 and Copyright law from User:Ironholds
UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
Press coverage of Wikipedia in UK publications this month included:
Journal: "The Linguist" (vol. 50 no. 5, Oct/Nov 2011, p. 7 covers "Net Challenge" by Andrew Dalby listing the winners in Russia, France, Italy, Indonesia and the Czech Republic
1st - continued coverage of QRPedia:
How Wikipedia Is Making QR Codes Useful Again, Gizmodo
QRPedia: Wikipedia launches QR code tool for museums, PC Advisor
QRPedia - simple but effective , i-Programmer
Also: Wikipedia Signpost write-up of QRPedia
3rd - Wikipedia codifica tutto, Pubblicita Italia (QRpedia and arty QR codes)
5th-7th - several UK media outlets covered the strike of the Italian Wikipedia:
Wikipedia closes in Italy after Silvio Berlusconi 'gagging' bid, Independent
Wikipedia shuts Italy site to protest Berlusconi "gag law", Reuters UK
Italy wiretap law: Wikipedia hides pages in protest, BBC News
Wikipedia Shut Italian Site In Protest Over Privacy Law, Huffington Post UK
7th - Die Wikipedia kommt ins Museum, Spiegel on line, Interview with Peter Weiss about QRpedia and GLAM
14th Arriba a Barcelona l’exposició ‘Joan Miró. L’escala de l’evasió, Calalan Wikipedia and QRpedia enable Spanish Art Gallery labelling by Kippelboy
Rugby World Cup 2011: referee Alain Rolland's Wikipedia account sabotaged after Sam Warburton red card, Telegraph
Wiki-d lies so mean say North Lynners, Lynn News
When I died on Wikipedia, Guardian
23 October, Jimmy Wales: The internet's shy evangelist, Independent - unfortunately containing a number of inaccuracies.
29 October, Jimmy Wales appeared on The Culture Show, talking to Aleks Krotoski.
Upcoming activities in November
Planned activities in November include:
1st - Exec board meeting
1st - Fae at PICTFOR meeting on Hargreaves' report on UK copyright changes, blog post
10th - Steve Virgin speaking at UK Association of Science & Discovery Centres Marketing Managers Conference - event entitled 'Word of Mouth'
12th - Manchester Girl Geeks Editing Day
13th - London meetup
13th - 18:30-20:00 Sue Gardner Speaking at Imperial College
16th - Roger Bamkin speaking at Lillehammer
17th - Roger Bamkin on Special Libraries Assoc panel
18th - Martin Poulter speaking at ESRC Research Seminar on "Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights", Leicester University
19-20th - In-person board meeting
19-20th - Brighton Hackathon 2011
22nd - 18.00- Liverpool meetup
24th - Fae presenting at Open Data in Cultural Heritage workshop hosted by Wellcome Trust & Open Knowledge Foundation
For events in December and onwards, please see Events.
A full board meeting was held on 11 October, focused on the topics of office space; charity status and fundraising readiness. Draft minutes from the meeting are available. A brief board meeting was also held on 16 October discussing the constitution of the Executive Board, and the implementation of our expenses system. You can also find out information about our Board member's recent activities at the report page for the board meeting on 11th October.
Extraordinary General Meeting to change our Objects
On 16th October we held an Extraordinary General Meeting to approve a change of our Objects as part of the process of being recognized by the Charities Commission as a UK charity. The resolution was passed, with 49 supporting, 1 abstaining and no-one opposing.
News from the CEO
For more information on Jon's activities this month, see News from the Office.
A busy first month for me with visits to Coventry to see everyone in action at the Herbert and the Fresher's Fair at Warwick University. Later I spent a few days in the offices of our German sister organisation seeing what we might look like a few years on. We had a successful EGM in London which was a key step on the way to becoming a charity.
In the background a steep learning curve with lots of support from the community, so thanks, you know who you are. An office space has also been found into which I move next Monday with a couple of cardboard boxes. There will be some open days when we get it equipped.
A number of fundraising tests were run this month; the details and their outcomes are described on meta. For more information about our participation in this year's fundraiser, see 2011 Fundraiser.
We received £17,622.69 in donations from 1270 donors via paypal this month, and £658 of monthly donations from via direct debit (including M new direct debits). For more information please see our monthly fundraising report at Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011.
We are currently in the process of assembling our Expense policy, which more clearly sets out the approach that we have already been following with regards expenses incurred by Board, staff and volunteers when on Wikimedia UK business.
Our Chief Exec, Jon Davies, started work on 1 October.
Recruitment started for our permanent Office and Development Manager, with interviews due to take place in November.
Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK, a charity registered in England and Wales (1144513).
Wiki UK Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
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