Welcome to the first issue of Open Access, a revived Wikimedia UK newsletter reporting on the activities of the UK chapter, members and supporters and on all matters of interest to them. This month, we have a number of dates for your diary for events celebrating Wikipedia's 10th birthday; features on Yeonpyeong and Visual Arts on Wikipedia; and short summaries of the last Cambridge meet-up, a talk given to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and our Microgrants.
Next month, we'll be doing a round-up of recent GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) activity - including the GLAM-WIKI conference that took place at the British Museum last November.
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Wikimedia Estonia report July-December 2010
*July 25. Founding meeting in Tallinn with 10 Wikipedians. Our
bylaws<http://et.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bylaws>were signed and first three
board members elected.
*August 20-22 . Summer meeting in Kuigatsi library (South Estonia) with 6
Wikipedians. (page in Estonian and some
*September 24. Board meeting in Tartu.
*December 18 . General meeting in Tallinn with over 20 people including
members and guests. One new board member was elected, membership fee and
board member compensation were fixed. (page in Estonian and
*August 31. Wikimedia Foundation
Estonia as an official Wikimedia chapter.
*October 6. Wikimedia Estonia was added to the register of non-profit
organizations in Estonia as "Mittetulundusühing Wikimedia Eesti".
*June 3 – October 3. HELP (Head Eesti Looduse Pildid – 'Good pictures of
Estonian nature') was a contest calling users to upload their own good
quality photos taken of Estonian nature – landscapes, plants, animals,
objects etc. 26 contestants uploaded a total of 507 photos during the
contest. Best photographers were awarded with subscription to journal "Eesti
Loodus" ('Estonian Nature') and gift coupons by Photopoint company. Also an
article appeared in "Eesti Loodus" about that contest.(contest page in
Estonian <http://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikipeedia:HELP> and gallery of
*"Wikipedia in schools" is a project which started in September and is
planned to continue through the school year. Project consists of visits to
various schools in Estonia (about 35 of them in different parts of Estonia)
during which a Wikipedian is conducting a survey among students and teachers
about their knowledge of Wikipedia and also giving lectures about how to use
Wikipedia and how to contribute to it. From September to December, 14
schools were visited. (project page in
MTÜ Wikimedia Eesti
This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for November 2010
In 2010/2011, Wikimedia Nederland participated in the fundraiser as a tier 1
chapter, and hired for the first time a freelancer to help out with the
communication side of the fundraiser (press, messaging, analysis, social
media). In November, we finished the set-up for the fundraiser, and went
online in time.
Wiki Loves Monuments, mini-conference
The jury wrapped up its deliberations, and came up with a long list. At a
jury retreat for one evening in Amsterdam, the jury came to its conclusions
and put together the winners list. For the Vlissingen sub contest a seperate
jury came to two winners.
The winners were announced at a prize ceremony at November 20 in Utrecht.
The ceremony was combined with a mini-conference, and lasted one afternoon.
Although all train traffic was down, the meeting was well attended with 40
attendees. Photos: 
results of the contest can be found on www.wikilovesmonuments.nl
As a nice detail, all volunteers and partners for this project were thanked
with a nice Wiki Loves Monuments-mug. See
and  <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMNL2010-WLM_Mok.jpg>.
Meetings, conferences etc
Wikimedia Nederland was represented at two different conferences in
November: Economies of the Commons organized by Sound and Vision in
Hilversum/Amsterdam by Maarten Brinkerink and Maarten Dammers, and Maarten
Dammers participated and presented at GLAM-UK together with the
Tropenmuseum, Nationaal Archief and Sound and Vision.
Press attention focused on the Houellebecq book which contained Wikipedia
materials, the outcomes of Wiki Loves Monuments (12.500 photos, also
reported in a major national news paper website) and the Annual Fundraiser
This is the chapters report from Wikimedia Nederland for October 2010.
In October, preperations for the fundraiser were made, including last minute
discussions with the Wikimedia Foundation about the outline of the
cooperation on this front.
At October 9, a General Assemblee was held for the election of two new board
members. Hay Kranen left the board and Siebrand Mazeland and Maarten
Brinkerink joined. Preceding to that Assemblee, there was a fundraising
discussion where community input was gathered on how to fundraise and get a
better insight in which messages might work best in the Dutch situation.
Wiki Loves Monuments
The jury started deliberating the outcomes of the contest, and organization
of the prize ceremony started. This will be on November 20 in Utrecht.
Wiki Loves Bieb
A first meeting with volunteers was organized in the library of Vlissingen
(Flushing) for former and current employees of the Damen Schelde Naval
Shipbuilding, to let them get acquainted with Wikipedia and editing the
project. This in the light of the cooperation with MuZEEum, through Wiki
Loves Bieb. See also http://wikilovesbieb.nl/?p=175
Meetings, conferences etc
In October, Wikimedia Nederland representatives have attended several
meetings throughout the country, including a meeting with Europeana
representatives and Liam Wyatt, the Europeana Conference, the presentation
of Kennis Economie Monitor and the State of Social Media Summit. Another
stamtafel was organized, with increasing numbers.
Aside the usual mentions in press, there was some interest around the award
of the Gottlieb Duttweilerprize to Jimmy Wales. In NRC Handelsblad,
Wikipedia was mentioned as one of the ten best books in the past decade.
Half a Million People Donate to Keep Wikipedia Free
$16 million raised by more than 500,000 individual donations during seventh annual giving campaign
SAN FRANCISCO, January 1, 2011 — Supported by half a million people from all over the world, the Wikimedia Foundation today announced it has exceeded its goal of $16 million USD to support Wikipedia and its sister projects for the 2010-11 fiscal year. To close the annual giving campaign, Wikipedia will transition to banners to both thank its global community of contributors and invite its 400 million readers to become volunteer editors.
In just 50 days, the shortest fundraiser in Wikimedia history, the Foundation received an average of $22 per individual donation from people living in about 140 countries, to reach its goal. This year, the Wikimedia Foundation received over 500,000 donations, more than doubling the number of individual donations in 2009, which garnered 230,000 total contributions.
"We're overwhelmed with gratitude," said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. "On behalf of all of the volunteers who make Wikipedia possible, I'd like to thank our generous donors. We're thankful to all of our supporters, from the volunteers who worked along-side Wikimedia staff to help create the campaign, to the editors who write and take care of Wikipedia to the amazing donors who make sure we have the support to continue our work. Wikipedia is the only major, top-ten site in the world that is ad-free and funded primarily by its readers and users — we're lucky to have such a dedicated community of supporters."
"This outpouring of support by hundreds of thousands of ordinary people from all walks of life is a testament to the spirit of the Wikimedia movement," said Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales. "Wikipedia is a public resource created and maintained by hundreds of thousands of volunteers, relied on by over 400 million people and paid for by half a million donors. It's truly user-created, supported and maintained."
With the official close of the 2010 Fundraiser, Wikipedia will now kick-off its 10-year birthday celebration, taking place on January 15, 2011. To support celebrations, the Foundation will be offering limited edition Wikipedia t-shirts, customizable in over 200 languages. The shirts will only be available until midnight, UTC on January 15, 2011, for a minimum donation of $25, shipping included. All donations will go into the Foundation's operating fund.
Funds raised by the Foundation's annual campaign will contribute to the $20.4 million, 2010-11 operating budget. The Foundation's budget pays for technology costs to keep Wikimedia sites running and available to people throughout the world, programs to help make Wikipedia easier to use, and programs to encourage more people to participate and contribute as volunteers.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive 410 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property world-wide (Nov, 2010). Available in more than 270 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 16 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
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