Michael Snow wrote:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Wikimedia
Foundation and its
staff, I would like to thank those who put their efforts into organising
a local chapter for the United Kingdom. It's unfortunate that this
initial effort is not working out as hoped. In addition to Alison, I
know that a number of other people, both in and outside the board of
Wiki Educational Resources, have tried to tackle the various obstacles
that have come up. We appreciate their patience and their diligence.
It is good to see that people are still interested and enthusiastic
about creating a UK chapter, and I wish them the best in this endeavour.
I hope those who experienced the first attempt will share their
knowledge and consider staying involved to support the new team. In
addition, Mike Godwin has mentioned that he will look into having some
legal research done in this area, in the hopes that we can better
understand the regulatory context and deal with any obstacles. If there
is anything else the foundation can do to help the process along, we
would love to hear about it.
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation
I'd like to add my thanks to Michael's.
I'm sorry the chapter feels it needs to dissolve, but I'd like to say a
strong thanks to the people who I know put so much time & energy into it
over the years: Alison Wheeler, David Gerard, James Forrester and Arkady
Rose. (I am sure there are others who were active, and I don't mean to
ignore anyone's contributions; those are just the people I personally am
most aware of.) We at the Foundation appreciate your patience and your
hard work, and we hope you'll want to stay involved and help the folks
who're picking up the torch now.
Please get in touch with me offlist if there's anything I can do to ease
the closure of the former chapter, or help the new one grow. I know
you've been talking a lot with Delphine, obviously, and Mike is indeed
starting to get some legal research underway, as well :-)