I saw this post at the village pump suggesting wikimediauk's accounts
are seriously late and this presents issues:
The company in question is wikimedia UK (the Company No. 06741827 is
consistent with that given in past emails)
According to companies house the accounts were due 05/08/2010 and the
company's status was listed as Active - Proposal to Strike off.
Whats going on?
I know we've been here before but this one's a bit more specific and I'd
like the group's advice.
The producer of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time are wondering if there'd be
any value in adding episodes from the In Our Time archive, which is now
complete, to relevant Wikipedia entries? There are obviously many direct
correspondences so it looks like it might make sense, for example, to
add The Aristotle episode to the Aristotle entry, Anarchism to the
Anarchism entry and so on.
Should we just allow entry editors to link to In Our Time episodes from
citations? or is there a systematic way that this could be done? Could
episodes be automatically added to entries where there is a direct
metadata correspondence, for instance?
Would streaming audio be a useful addition to entries? Or would MP3s be
better? Would it be useful if we added the whole In Our Time archive to
the commons (I think that one's a bit of a longshot!). Are there any
other clever things that In Our Time could be doing to improve entries?
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We are currently putting together a diagram that sets out the roles of
different actors in the Wikimedia community, including the Foundation,
the community and the chapters. We're planning to use this diagram to
help explain the relationships to the Charity Commission and help us
gain their support.
I've attached the latest draft - please let me know if you have any
comments on it.
Chair, Wikimedia UK
Hello Wikimedia UK,
I am Alex Stinson (User:Sadads), an American student from James Madison
University (JMU) and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ambassadors). I am also a member of
the Wikipedia Ambassador Steering Committee and soon will be a Wikipedia
Campus Ambassador Trainer. I will be studying abroad in Oxford during the
Spring, and look forward to participating in Wikimedia UK activities. The
organization of Wikipedians in the United States (or at least the greater DC
Area) has been rather slow, so I look forward to bringing back lessons I
learn from you to Wikimedia DC.
I recently approached the board of Wikimedia UK and asked if they would be
interested in starting an Ambassador program in the UK. Realizing that their
will need to be significant effort on the part of myself and volunteers in
Britain, they have given me the go ahead to begin developing the
infrastructure to create an Ambassador program in the UK and begin engaging
universities. The Steering Committee of the Ambassador program decided very
early that it was best that the ambassador program to be run in a regional
approach so that the program could become international and sustainable, I
hope the UK will become our first extra-US Ambassador region.
The Campus Ambassador Program in the United States has largely been focused
on the Public Policy Initiative and supporting writing projects and
assignments in university classes. However, even in this first semester of
the program, we have already seen the creation of two student organizations
as well as course work in other disciplines (such as literature and
chemistry). I also have been working closely with the library at JMU to
begin discussion on how we think of Wikipedia in Academia through workshops
on the topic.
I realize the approach to academic curriculum may be hard to translate to
the UK university system. However, it is activities such as student
organizations and the workshops in addition to the article writing
assignments, which I would like to bring to the United Kingdom. Like GLAM
cooperations, the Wikipedia Ambassador program has the potential to help a
very large community of academics become more engaged with Wikipedia world
I have yet to determine the exact schedule of my studies and activities at
Oxford. However, while in the UK I plan to, at the very least, find and
engage members of Wikimedia UK to begin a regional Ambassador program
through Ambassador training and discussions at Wikimedia UK events as well
as through the creation of a student organization at Oxford. If anyone would
be interested in supporting such an Ambassador program, especially if you
are engaged in a University campus, please send me an e-mail and we can
begin figuring out how you can help. This program can only be successful if
local Wikipedians engage and provide creative approaches to the university
Wikipedia Campus Ambassador James Madison University
Wikipedia Ambassador Steering Committee Member
We've been invited to attend the event below. Would anyone be interested in attending? (Please contact me first, rather than replying directly to the invitation, for obvious reasons...)
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> We hope you can join us on Thursday 18th November for this event in association with Policy Exchange, Reed in Partnership and Cass Business School - attached is the invitation with full details.
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See the email below - it seems that the UK government is doing a big public-ish consultation with regards cultural institutions and their funding, etc. Do you think it is worth WMUK responding to this, and on which points?
Nick pointed out that there is a copyright element to this, but I haven't been able to trace this within the website - does anyone know anything more?
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> Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:37:03 -0000
> From: Nick Poole <nick(a)COLLECTIONSTRUST.ORG.UK>
> Subject: Respond to the DCMS Business Plan 2011-15 for Museums
> Dear MCG,
> You may already be aware of this, but I thought it might be useful to
> flag up that you can respond to the DCMS 4-yr Business Plan, including
> the specific proposals around museums on the Number 10 website:
> If you have a chance, please do take the time to comment. The comments
> are being read and fed to Ministers, and the lack of response from our
> sector is at risk of being taken as assent to what is happening with
> museum funding. Please note also that there are relevant sections of the
> Plan which will also have an impact on museum funding, such as the
> provisions for Copyright under '2. Create conditions for growth'.
> Please do pass this message on to colleagues not represented on this
> Very best regards,
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> Chief Executive
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Are there any open source people we can promote as a person of the year?
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From: "steve virgin" <steve(a)mediafocusuk.com>
Date: 28 Oct 2010 19:32
Subject: Just a thought
To: "Andrew Turvey" <andrewrturvey(a)googlemail.com>
Forbes are going to Crowd Source ‘names’ that will shape 2011
Would people on our internal lists have any strong opinions on that? Maybe
they could share them with Forbes?
Would be good if they were all Open Source Open Rights Open Data people,
I’d have thought Jimmy would be a good candidate for January with the