Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 31 August 2011. If you want
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1 Education projects
2 GLAM activities
4 Wikipedia Workshops
5 Board activities
6 Charitable status
9 UK press coverage
11 Upcoming activities in September
This month, Fiona Apps had meetings with staff at the University of Liverpool and
University of Manchester about possible collaborations, and Sam Knight, the University of
Bristol Outreach Ambassador, has been meeting with various student and staff groups within
the University. He also helped to organise the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner (see below).
On 8 August, The Guardian ran a story on "British Museum makes the Wikipedia
connection", based on an interview with Matthew Cock, covering the museum's
viewpoint of Liam's Wikipedian in Residence, creating content vs. uploading
photographs, QR codes and more.
The ARKive project - a collaboration to improve Wikipedia articles on threatened species -
has continued through the month, led by Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing). Four articles
related to the project have been appeared on English Wikipedia's Did You Know?. Full
information is available at Wikipedia:GLAM/ARKive. The project will continue with two
public events in Bristol on 15 September; one in the afternoon, the other in the evening.
A collaboration with the National Archive has been in the process of being drawn up this
month, as reported in the August GLAM report, and described on a Wikipedia project page.
There is now a Wikipedia article about QRpedia, the QR code based, multi-lingual,
mobile-friendly interface to Wikipedia, launched at GLAM/Derby. Appropriately, nine
other-language versions have also been created. Meanwhile, developer Terence Eden is
soliciting views on how QRpedia should deal with cases where articles are not available in
the user's preferred language.
Roger Bamkin attended Wikimania on behalf of the chapter on 4-7 August. WMUK also provided
scholarships to Isaac Kosgei from Kenya, a Wikimedian from Hungary and a number of UK
Wikimedians. Isaac Kosgei was particularly successful as a proposal to improve health
related issues in sub-Saharan Africa was created around him. In September, he will meet
Michelle Obama to discuss his work.
UK presenters at Wikimania included Christopher Cooper, Roger Bamkin, Ironholds, Deryck
Chan, James F., Tom Morris and WereSpielChequers. WereSpielChequers was interviewed by the
local press - see the article in Hebrew, or the Google Translate version of the article.
On 15th July, Simon Smith (User:Tagishsimon) ran a Wikipedia workshop for post-graduate
students of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Medieval Studies and Eighteenth
Century Studies as part of the King's Manor Interdisciplinary Conference at the
University of York. Feedback from the 15 participants was very positive and Simon stayed
on for a workshop on interdisciplinary studies of the past and the conference's wine
In August, forty people attended an evening event at the University of Bristol, jointly
organised by Wikimedia UK and Bristol Girl Geek Dinners. The theme was Women in Wikipedia
and the evening was led by Fiona Apps (User:Panyd). The mostly-female audience had
one-to-one help from experienced Wikipedians including Jezhotwells, MartinPoulter and
Bs5er. Fiona followed up with a post on the chapter's blog and an interview in the
Signpost. There are more 'Wikipedia/Girl Geek Dinners' planned in future.
There were two board meetings this month. The first, an Executive board meeting on 9
August, focused on our participation in the annual Wikimedia fundraiser, as well as
reviewing the status of recruitment for our office administrator and chief executive, and
ensuring our adherence to the 2010 fundraising agreement.
The second, an in-person full board meeting on 27-28 August, was kindly hosted by Derby
Museum and Art Gallery. On the first day, Ting Chen from the Wikimedia Foundation was
present at the meeting by invitation, as were several Wikimedia UK members. The principle
of openness, as well as the growth potential for WMUK, was discussed; Andy Mabbett
described his experiences with the ARKive project; and John Byrne gave an update on
progress with our application to become a charity. The upcoming fundraiser and the 2012
activity plan were also discussed. On the second day, discussion topics included
assessment of Wikipedia trainers; reviews of actions and board member reports; and a
continuation of the discussion around the 2012 activity plan. Draft minutes of the meeting
are available on our wiki.
As mentioned in last month's report post-publication, a revised submission has now
been sent to the Charities Commission, and we received their response to our submission in
This month, we received £1485.89 in donations from 81 donors - this is our highest number
of donors since February. For more information please see our monthly fundraising report
at Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011.
Our annual accounts for the period 1 February 2010 until 31 January 2011 are now available
at File:Wikimedia UK accounts 31 January 2011.pdf. Note that they are pending the
correction of one minor error, after which they will be signed and filed with Companies
We provided an additional £4,037.04 (6,598 USD) to the Wikimedia Foundation via an
extension of the previous grant we gave them earlier this year, representing 50% of the
donations received by WMUK in the months of February through June this year.
We also signed a contract with SmartDebit to provide administrative services which will
enable us to accept Direct Debit payments. We expect to have systems set up for Direct
Debit donations in good time for the 2011 Wikimedia Fundraiser.
Interviews for the temporary Office Administrator position took place this month, and
Richard Symonds (User:Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry) was appointed to the position,
starting from 1 September.
First stage interviews for the Chief Executive position also took place this month, with
in-person interviews scheduled for the start of September. A total of 83 applications were
received for the position. (For more information, see the blog post put out in early
UK press coverage
Press coverage of Wikipedia in UK publications this month included:
2 August, London plods raid Wikipedia in counter-anarchist operation, Register - covering
the reuse of Wikipedia content by the Metropolitan Police without attribution.
5 August, "The US should let its credit rating be downgraded – and shrug"
mentions "You may have never heard of David Beers but every finance minister in the
world knows of him," noted Reuters in a recent – and rare – profile of the analyst,
who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page."
8 August, S&P's powerful chief steps out of the shadows - "Some time last
Friday night, someone created a Wikipedia page for David T Beers. Overdue, you might
8 August, British Museum makes the Wikipedia connection, The Guardian (see #GLAM
8 August, Wikipedia wants more contributors, MacWorld UK; also Wikipedia targets addition
of many more contributors in ComputerWorldUK
8 August, Women! Wikipedia needs you, Guardian blogs
10 August, The end of Wikipedia as we know it?, Irish Times
19 August, Wikipedia founder to lead Radio 3 Festival, also covered by NewsOnNews and
Cambridge technology news
22 August, The Spark (a free magazine distributed in South-West England) did a profile of
WMUK trustee Martin Poulter, discussing reasons for contributing to the chapter and to
There was one UK Wikimeet this month: London on 14 Aug.
Upcoming activities in September
We have quite a number of events planned for September, including:
1st - Institute of Physics Workshop
2nd to 3rd - Science Online London - "How are wikis being used to carry out and
communicate science?" session
2nd-4th - RegioWikiCamp Brest (France) - Unconference on regional wiki projects
3rd - Mayor of Derby on Webstream to give prizes to Russia, France and Indonesia for
8th - British Museum internal workshop
8th - Steve Virgin and Roger Bamkin talking at TEDx Bristol
11th - London meetup with Chief Exec short list
14th - Workshop for GLAMs at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
15th - Wiki Wildlife Bristol
17th - Manchester meetup
18th - In-person executive board meeting - Derby
27th - Manchester Girl Geek Dinner at B-Hive, Manchester. Fiona Apps (User:Panyd) speaking
about Women and Wikipedia.
27th - Presentation for all staff at the British Library
For events in October and onwards, please see Events.
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