There is a lot in the news at the moment about newspapers, etc.
charging people for accessing news on their websites. I wonder if
Wikimedia UK should issue a press release recommending Wikinews as an
alternative. The project could do with some publicity and this might
be a good time to get it some since the subject of news websites is
being discussed. It probably won't be in the news for long, though, so
we would have to move quickly (the release probably needs to go out in
the next 24 hours at the longest).
Oh, sorry for that, thanks for pointing it out, Thomas.
> Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 18:14:17 +0000
> From: Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Help us on Britain loves Wikipedia!
> To: wikimediauk-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> 2009/11/29 zeyi <zeyi.he(a)googlemail.com>:
>> 2, designing T-shit: T-shit will be given to volunteers on that day,
>> which need to be remarkable, and represent our logo.
> That would be T-*shirt*, Zeyi...
> I would (although not yet a WMF-GB member) be delighted to chase up
> Chamber's Street Museum in Edinburgh to do a day.
> I got dragged round there from around age 8 (32 years ago) by my
> grandfather. He was a teacher and ex-mining engineer from WWII. At that
> thime they had a lot of hand-made (but look like Hornby) models of
> engineering work. I would be most interested in knowing if they still
> have them hidden away somewhere. As a kid I loved going round and
> pushing all the buttons to make things like bridges raise and mineheads
> run. Those would make great little video clips for commons if I can
> borrow some sort of decent vid-cam.
> Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil(a)wikinewsie.org>
> Content of this message in no way represents the opinions or official
> position of the Wikimedia Foundation or any of its projects.
Our initiative, Britain loves Wikipedia is coming. According the plan,
the event will launch at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Sunday, 31
January 2010, followed by a series of events each weekend at museums
or galleries around the UK.
It would be great if members can join this event at many volunteering
point. Currently, there are three entries to join in this event:
1, designing Poster: Poster will be used to advertise this event on
local avenue, college campus and other public areas.
2, designing T-shit: T-shit will be given to volunteers on that day,
which need to be remarkable, and represent our logo.
3, signing for volunteers: in the event date, we need volunteers on
museums to lead people, assist museum staff, even encourage people to
join Wikimedia UK. Please check the date and location from
sign the event which is suitable for you to attend.
Please do contact Project leader Mike Peel or me for helping any
issues above. All ideas and comments are welcome!
Support Wikimedia UK
Thanks to Kaldari, the photos from the Wiki Loves Art event at the
Victoria and Albert Museum last February are now (finally) online!
You can find them at:
Please help categorize them and add them to articles - the more these
images are used, the stronger our argument to museums in the future
to get them to participate in this sort of event, so we can get even
more photos etc...
Planning for the Britain Loves Wikipedia event next February is
ongoing; we have several museums involved already, and a number of
others that are interested. Please help develop the event on the wiki:
"The National Archives and the Museums, Libraries and Archives
Council (MLA) welcome the new government policy on archives -
Archives for the 21st Century - which was laid before Parliament today."
Full PDF at:
Of particular interest are the recommendations, particularly from our
point of view the 4th one:
"Archives for the 21st Century sets out five key recommendations to
help the sector build the foundations for a more sustainable future
and respond to the challenges of the digital information age:
- Develop bigger and better services in partnership - working towards
increased sustainability within the sector
- Strengthened leadership and a responsive, skilled workforce
- Co-ordinated response to the growing challenge of managing digital
information so that it is accessible now and remains discoverable in
- Comprehensive online access for archive discovery through
catalogues and to digitised archive content by citizens at a time and
place that suits them
- Active participation in cultural and learning partnerships
promoting a sense of identity and place within the community
This policy does not offer a single blueprint for the way forward,
but suggests a range of options that can be applied to short and long
term planning in archives, according to local need and priorities."
We've been invited to a conference in Birmingham this Thursday and are urgently seeking anyone who may be able to go along and is able to speak on Wikimedia's perspective.
The conference is called "Digital Treasures" and is being organised by the museum sector. It's a very important event for us as we're currently developing our links with the museum sector through Britain Loves Wikipedia, the GLAM-WIKI conference and various content release discussions so we need someone who will be able to represent Wikimedia.
It's next Thursday 26th November - the conference is from 10am to 5:30pm and our session is 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Travel costs will of course be paid by the chapter.
Not exactly Italy I know! ;) Please let me know if you're able to help or if not or need any more information, or if you have any ideas for who else could do it.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Michael Peel" <michael.peel(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
To: "board(a)wikimedia.org.uk WMUK Board" <board(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
Sent: Saturday, 7 November, 2009 16:54:56 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
Subject: [WMUK Board] Fwd: 'Our Hidden Treasures' conference 26th November in West Midlands
See below. Sounds like a very good opportunity to talk about what
Wikipedia can do to help archives. Is anyone able to go? (I'll go if
no-one else can, but I should really be focusing on my thesis...)
Begin forwarded message:
> Date: 6 November 2009 13:45:39 GMT
> To: "Michael Peel" <michael.peel(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
> Subject: 'Our Hidden Treasures' conference 26th November in West
> Hi Mike,
> I just wanted to let you know about a conference on digitising
> archives and using their content on the net that is happening later
> this month. I have spoken to the conference organisers and they are
> very keen for someone from Wikipedia to come along and possibly
> even sit on a panel discussion about financing models and
> repurposing content. Other speakers at the conference include Tony
> Ageh, Ed Vaizey and someone from Microsoft. Let me know if you’re
> interested and I’ll put you in touch with the conference organisers.
Just received on Facebook. This is TOMORROW. I probably won't be
there, but I suspect some of you would like to be.
Date: Wednesday, 07 October 2009
Time: 18:45 - 22:00
Location: NYK Line
Street: 17th Floor, CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Str
Town/City: London, United Kingdom
They still need someone to bring/pay for beer and wine!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Facebook <notification+oj92j449(a)facebookmail.com>
Subject: David Terrar invited you to the event "London Wiki Wednesday
To: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
David invited you to "London Wiki Wednesday - October" tomorrow.
David says, "Vey late notice, but the hardcore of London Wiki
Wedenesday fans and fanatics will be assembling tomorrow evening to
rekindl the flame of the fmaous London wiki meetup. No sponsor
tomorrow, but hoiepfully next time. We'd love to see you!".
Event: London Wiki Wednesday - October
"sharing wiki and enterprise 2.0 experience"
What: Business Meeting
Start Time: Tomorrow, 07 October at 18:45
End Time: Tomorrow, 07 October at 22:00
Where: NYK Line
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
The Facebook Team
The next board meeting will be on Tuesday 19 November 2009,
8.30-10.30pm BST. The first hour will be by Skype, the second hour
will be held on IRC in the #wikimedia-uk-board channel on
irc.freenode.net, with discussion in #wikimedia-uk. Everyone is more
than welcome to attend the IRC session. If you don't have an IRC
client, then you can connect using http://webchat.freenode.net/ .
The agenda is at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetings/2009-11-17/Agenda
Board members + Tango: please post whether you can attend, and your
reports, to the agenda page. Regretfully, I won't be able to attend
this meeting, as I'm away and my laptop is broken.