Wikimedia Hungary is working through its backlog of English reports. Please
find the report for March at
and copied below for your convenience. For more up-to-date information, we
recommend following our blog (in Hungarian) at: http://blog.wikimedia.hu, we
are happy to answer questions if your favourite machine translation service
should fail you.
*Wikimedia Hungary Report*
*Vol 4 Issue 3*
*Prepared by: Bence Damokos*
This is an update on Wikimédia Magyarország's activities covering March
- 2: Board members participated in an online IRC meeting with their
colleagues from Poland and the Czech Republic, facilitated by Moushira from
the Wikimedia Foundation.
- 25-28: Gábor and Bence, our board members participated in the annual
chapters meeting in Berlin. The meeting was organized by Wikimedia
Deutschland, Bence participated in the organization by putting together the
programme and inviting the attendees.
As part of the conference, Gábor presented on Wikimedia Hungary's
activities in the preceding year. The state of the chapter presentation is
available at: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcd7gw76_35gdmrfzgs
We arranged for hosting for our new server. (See February coverage at
One of our members has been working on a project called Sztakipedia that
would enhance the editing experience on Wikipedia by providing category,
internal link and reference suggestions.
As part of this work, a user survey was conducted in March. A demo and
further information on the project is available at: http://pedia.sztaki.hu (in
English and Hungarian), results of the survey (in Hungarian) at:
- 7: We held a small meeting to discuss the marketing needs and
possibilities of the Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia Hungary's possible
role in that.
- Our president met with a local stock photo agency to discuss their
policy with regard to public domain images that are present both in their
database as well as Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia Hungary participated in the 2009/10 Fundraising, and as part of
the agreement agreed to transfer half of the revenue collected to the
In the Fundraiser Wikimedia Hungary collected 5.7 million forints, and out
of that transferred $11 210.66 to the Wikimedia Foundation. Following the
end of the fundraiser, our donation revenue for March was 8521 forints.
Small grants programme
Wikimedia Hungary has approved a small grant to purchase an orthographic
dictionary and detailed Hungarian grammar to help one bot programmer in his
work on the Hungarian Wikipedia.
A report on the effect of the grant (in Hungarian) is available in our
Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 31 July 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 queries, please ask them to us 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/July .
1 Board activities
2 Education projects
4 GLAM activities
6 UK press coverage
7 Wikipedia Workshops
9 Upcoming activities in August
The executive board (chair, secretary and treasurer) met in-person on 9 July, followed up by a meeting by telephone on 19 July. The agenda is on the WMUK wiki, as are the minutes. The main part of the meeting was to clear the backlog of expense claims and postal letters sent to the chapter, which was successful.
On 25 July the full board met by telephone - again, the agenda is on the WMUK wiki, as are reports from individual board members and the meeting minutes. Most of the discussion was about individual board member activities (including GLAM, education and other activities), with specific discussions about our application for charity status, recruitment of our Chief Executive, our education activities, conflict of interest policies and plans for the 2012 financial year.
The next full board meeting will be on 27-28 August, and will be in person in Derby; the next executive board meeting will be by telephone on 9 August.
On 4 July, Sam Knight (wikipedia:User:Wikisamia) started a joint WMUK-University of Bristol summer student placement, aiming to build on Wikimedia UK's existing relationships with the city to create partnerships that benefit both Wikipedia and the community.
On 7-9 July, Wikimedia UK director Martin Poulter, and Chris Hopkin (wikipedia:User:Chzz) attended the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit. This was a three-day conference held at Simmons College in Boston, Masachusetts.
Monthly fundraising reports are publicly available on our Finances webpage. Here are summaries of each month thus far this year:
January, £49,900 received, primarily at the start of the month due to the annual fundraiser (detailed report)
February, £2,354.95 received from 109 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
March, £2,044.60 received from 90 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
April, £1,064.43 received from 54 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
May, £1,557.73 received from 70 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
June, £1,052.37 received from 65 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
July, £1,371.01 received from 78 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011)
Our accounts from incorporation until 31 January 2010 have been completed, and were approved by our members at our AGM in April (you can read them online). Our accounts for 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2011 been audited, and are in the process of being reviewed and signed; we will make them available online shortly.
In May 2011 we gave the Wikimedia Foundation a grant of £293,000 (GBP; approx. $475,000 USD) towards their general operating costs.
In July we renewed our Fundraising Agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation; the agreement can be found on the WMUK wiki at 2011 Fundraiser/Agreement. We also began participating in the pre-testing for the Wikipedia Annual Fundraiser, as documented here. We are also close to signing an arrangement with a Direct Debit bureau to enable us to take Direct Debit payments in this Autumn's fundraiser.
Between 6 and 8 July, wikipedia:User:Johnbod joined the Wikilounge team at the "Communicating the Museum" conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.
On 11-12 July, Oliver Keyes and Tom Morris ran a Wikipedia/Wikimedia UK stand at the CILIP conference, Hatfield. A public report is available.
The 16th July saw a Wikilounge at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which focused on the article on Tipu's Tiger as a multilingual case study and improvement effort. The V&A released its official photographs of the automaton under a free license so that they could be used on Wikipedia, and the English article was dramatically improved as a result of the event, and is now available in over a dozen different languages.
On the 11th July, Andy Mabbett (wikipedia:User:Pigsonthewing) started a ten-week 'Wikipedian-in-Residence' style project as Wikipedia Outreach Ambassador to wikipedia:ARKive. ARKive have donated the text of 200 of their articles on endangered species, under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 licence. These texts are now being incorporated into the corresponding Wikipedia articles and further developed on-wiki. Full information is available at ARKive project and wikipedia:Wikipedia:GLAM/ARKive.
The 28th July saw the start of a project with the National Maritime Museum to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Royal Navy warship histories - the NMM released information about around 20,000 warships under a free license, and this information is now being integrated into the corresponding Wikipedia articles.
Finally, the report from last month's National Railway Museum Wikipedia Workshop is now available.
For additional information on our recent GLAM activities, see the UK report in the global 'This Month in GLAM' report.
This month, we put out job adverts for our first Chief Executive, as well as a temporary Office Administrator. Both positions received a large number of applications, with interviews due to take place in August.
UK press coverage
We forgot to mention last month that Andy Mabbett, aka User:pigsonthewing, was interviewed on BBC Radio West Midlands on 12 June, talking about Wikipedia editing. While he was on-air, he took a picture of his interviewer, which was uploaded to Wikipedia before the show ended - see Andy's blog post for more information and a link to the audio recording.
Press coverage of Wikipedia in UK publications this month included:
4 July, Kaggle contest aims to boost Wikipedia editors, One Per Cent, New Scientist
5 July - Fæ in BBC Radio Scotland interview for Culture Cafe
6 July, NOTW phone hacking protests turn to Wikipedia, The Inquirer
6 July, Edit and update Wikipedia articles, ComputerActive (tutorial)
10 July, The Only Way Is Essex + Wikipedia = philosophy, Guardian - article on how clicking on the first link in Wikipedia articles inevitably leads to the Philosophy article
11 July, I fell out with Johann Hari – then 'David Rose' started tampering viciously with my Wikipedia entry, Telegraph blog
11 July, The scandal that will not go away, Telegraph - related to the above blog post.
11 July, Is That Wikipedia in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?, Wired blog - about a paid-for app that contains a complete copy of Wikipedia on a phone
11 July, Introducing Cameronism, BBC News - notable as a rare example of the BBC linking directly to Wikipedia and Wiktionary articles
14 July, Official BBC Twitter rules tell staff: ‘Don't do anything stupid’, Telegraph - mentioning "a ban on BBC staff doctoring entries on Wikipedia to sanitize critical comments."
17 July, In The Know - Imperica interview with Fæ about recent GLAM activities
Several Wikipedia Workshops took place at the start of this month, with the Medical Research Council Workshop taking place on 1 July, and the second Bristol Wiki Academy taking place on 4 July. The latter event was blogged about on the WMUK blog, and was also reported on by the Bristol Wireless and Media Quest Mood blog.
As a result of the Derby GLAM project, a Catalan editor flew to Derby to see in person what he and others have written ~1000 articles and translations about (see picture, right).
UK Wikimeets this month: London (Sun 10 July)
There were no UK Community IRC meetings this month.
On 21 and 26 July, Steve Virgin talked about 'What is your Wikipedia Business Strategy' at Business West events at Cheltenham Racecourse & Gloucestershire Cricket Club
Upcoming activities in August
August is a fairly quiet month, with just four events taking place:
4-7 August - Wikimania 2011, Haifa (inc. Developer's meetings, 2-3 Aug)
9 August - Executive board meeting
14 August - London meetup
27 August - In-person board meeting
For events in September and onwards, please see Events.
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*Wikimedia Israel announces the seventh annual international Wikimania
conference this week in Haifa, Israel*
*HAIFA, ISRAEL -- August 2, 2011* The annual international conference, run
by the Wikimedia community, and organized by a different local team each
year, will be attended by 650 Wikipedia editors, Wikimedia advocates, free
content promoters, researchers and educators from 56 countries. This week
attendees will gather at the Haifa Auditorium on Mt. Carmel to take part in
125 workshops, discussions and presentations dedicated to free knowledge
initiatives, open content, open source, online copyright, web communities
and networks, education and knowledge acquisition and best practices in
furthering the Wikimedia movement all over the world.
Keynote speakers this year include *Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia
Foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardner,* Deans from the University of
Haifa and Bar-Ilan University are planned speakers along with Prof. Yochai
Benkler, professor of law at Harvard University, and Joseph Reagle, a fellow
at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and author of Good
Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia.
Among the attendees are 115 participants who received full scholarships and
60 attendees with partial scholarships. Scholarships were awarded by the
Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia
France, Wikimedia Poland, and Wikimedia Austria.
“We’re really excited to host so many people from all over the world in
Haifa this year. During this year’s planning, we really wanted to make sure
this year’s Wikimania is both highly productive and also fun,” said *Tomer
Ashur, Wikimedia Israel Chairman*, “In addition to the impressive workshops
and presentations scheduled, we also thought it would be a great opportunity
to have a bit of fun as well. Since so many people are travelling all over
the world, the team also put together a special tour around Haifa Bay,
Galilee, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. We really hope the seventh annual Wikimania
is a memorable event for everyone joining us!”
This year’s kind sponsors include: Municipality of Haifa, the Israel
Internet Association (ISOC-IL), Answers.com, Ask.com, Israel Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the University of Haifa, the Sagi Internet Research Center,
Babylon, East Jerusalem Development Ltd. and several other companies.
Wikimania will celebrate its seventh year, previously held in all corners of
the world including Egypt, Argentina, Germany and Taiwan. In 2012, Wikimania
will take place in the United States in Washington, DC.
*The full program schedule for the event can be found online:*
*Live updates and information from Wikimania 2011:*
Follow live updates and twitter activity throughout @WikimediaIL and by
following the keywords #wikimania and #wikimania2011.
Photos and videos will be updated regularly to the Wikimedia Commons,
Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/WikimediaIL) and Flickr stream (
*For more information, contact: *
*Wikimedia Israel Spokesman*
*Moka Pantages *
*Wikimedia Foundation, Spokesperson*
*Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2011-2012 Board of Trustees and Elected
HAIFA, ISRAEL--August 2, 2011 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced the
official Board of Trustees and elected officers for 2011-2012. As a result
of an official community election in June, the full Board is as follows:
Jan-Bart de Vreede
In addition, the Board has elected its officers for the coming year: Ting
Chen will remain Chair of the Board, Jan-Bart de Vreede has been elected
Vice-Chair, Stuart West has been reelected Treasurer, and Phoebe Ayers has
been elected Secretary.
“I’m really proud to announce our full Board for the year, and our new slate
of officers,” said Ting Chen, Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees. “It’ll be an exciting and challenging year and I’m looking forward
to working closely with such strong, talented leaders as we further the
Wikimedia movement together.”
The decisions were made following a series of Board meetings coinciding with
the seventh annual Wikimania conference, held in Haifa, Israel. The Board
meets every year during Wikimania, the annual international conference, run
by the Wikimedia community, and organized by a different local team each
year. This year, 650 Wikipedia editors, Wikimedia advocates, researchers and
educators from 56 countries will attend the conference. Wikimania is
celebrating its seventh year in Haifa, Israel, previously held in Egypt,
Argentina, Germany, Poland and Taiwan. In 2012, Wikimania will take place in
the United States in Washington, DC.
About the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimania
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive more than 390 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th
most popular web property world-wide (May, 2011). Available in more than 270
languages, Wikipedia contains more than 18 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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