As a reminder, the next board meeting will be via Skype this evening,
at 8.30pm GMT, and will focus on the 2010 AGM / OKCon. The agenda is at:
This will be the penultimate board meeting; the next will likely be
on the 13 April and will probably focus on tidying things up for the
next board. The AGM will then be on 24 April.
The Collections Trust have today released "10 draft Principles for
Linked Data in the Culture Sector".
This follows from a 'summit' meeting last month that I attended
representing Wikimedia UK.
If you are interested, then I would encourage you to send a response
to Nick Poole (his email address is on the webpage) sharing your
thoughts on the principles.
There seems to be a rather mixed news story written recently on Crown
Copyright and CC-BY compatibility:
8 March 2010
'Crown Copyright switches to Creative Commons
It will be replaced by a Creative Commons type licence, devised by
the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), which is already used
on data.gov.uk. Jo Ellis of OPSI said: "We have drafted a simple and
enabling set of terms and conditions for the site which means that
data available through data.gov.uk will be re-usable both
commercially and non-commercially. These terms and conditions have
been aligned to be interoperable with any Creative Commons
Attribution 3.0 Licence."'
The story doesn't seem to go into much detail, so it's unclear
whether this is just for data.gov.uk or not... If it is true, then it
sounds like incredibly good news, both in general and also for the
How today's college students use Wikipedia for
/Alison J. Head, Michael B. Eisenberg/
Findings are reported from student focus groups and a large-scale
survey about how and why students (enrolled at six different U.S.
colleges) use Wikipedia during the course-related research
process. A majority of respondents frequently used Wikipedia for
background information, but less often than they used other common
resources, such as course readings and Google. Architecture,
engineering, and science majors were more likely to use Wikipedia
for course-related research than respondents in other majors. The
findings suggest Wikipedia is used in combination with other
information resources. Wikipedia meets the needs of college
students because it offers a mixture of coverage, currency,
convenience, and comprehensibility in a world where credibility is
less of a given or an expectation from today's students.
Peer governance and Wikipedia: Identifying and understanding the
problems of Wikipedia’s governance
Wikipedia has been hailed as one of the most prominent peer projects
that led to the rise of the concept of peer governance. However,
criticism has been levelled against Wikipedia's mode of governance. This
paper, using the Wikipedia case as a point of departure and building
upon the conflict between inclusionists and deletionists, tries to
identify and draw some conclusions on the problematic issue of peer
The next board meeting will be this evening (2 March 2010) at 8.30pm
GMT. It will be by Skype, and will primarily focus on the 2010
budget, with links into the initiatives. The agenda is online at:
Board members: please make sure your attendance/apologies status is
correct, and please leave your reports on the appropriate pages.
This year Wikimedia UK is partnering with the Open Knowledge Foundation in the organisation of the 2010 Open Knowledge Conference
("OKCon"), an interdisciplinary conference that brings together
individuals from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of
presentations and workshops.
At this year's conference, Wikimedia UK will be supporting and
organising a track dedicated to the projects and communities central to
We need your help to create an exciting and interesting track that
will inspire and challenge Wikimedians and others alike. Could you give
a presentation or host a discussion on a Wikimedia theme? Any subject
relevant to the Wikimedia communities, free content or Wikimedia UK are
February 25 (Thursday): Submissions will openMarch 28 (Sunday) 23:59 UTC: Closure of submission datesApril 7 (Wednesday): Notification of acceptance of submissionApril 24 (Saturday): Open Knowledge Conference 2010
If you wish to participate but with good reason cannot meet one of the above deadlines please email conferences(a)wikimedia.org.uk before the deadline as it may be possible to accomodate late submissions
Submissions should address one or more of the following themes:
Wikimedia Communities - Interesting projects and
characteristics within the communities; policy creation; conflict
resolution and community dynamics; reputation and identity;
multilingualism, languages and cultures; the development of Wikimedia
Free Content - Open access to information; ways to gather
and distribute free knowledge, usage of the Wikimedia projects in
education, journalism, research; ways to improve content quality and
usability; copyright laws and their interaction with Wikimedia projects.
Culture and Heritage - Ideas for potential partnerships,
building on previous partnerships and the legal, technical and resource
issues that are barriers to such partnerships.
Technical infrastructure - Issues related to MediaWiki
development and extensions; Wikimedia hardware layout; the Toolserver;
the Usability Project; new ideas for development (including Usability
case studies from other wikis or similar projects).
Please email submissions to conferences(a)wikimedia.org.uk.
Please email the following details, all in English:
Title:Theme: Closest category from above for your submission.Abstract: 50-100 words summarising the topicSummary: Detailed description of the topic - 300 words or more. May contain a link to a more details.Contact information: Email/Telephone and whether we may publish these detailsAdditional Information:
1-3 sentence biography of the author(s).any special requirements (e.g. flipchart; OHP. A digital presentation will be assumed as standard)whether you will attend the 2010 Open Knowledge Conference (a)
definitely, (b) probably, (c) only if your submission is accepted.
Do you have a story that started on Hotmail? Tell us now
We are currently putting together the programme for the chapter's AGM on 24th April. Alongside the planned discussions and presentations - the Wikimedia track of the Open Knowledge Conference - we need to do the formal business of the AGM including reports and motions.
At the moment we have the following items on the agenda:
1. Presentation of the Annual Report and Accounts
2. Election of the new board, including hustings
3. Administrative motions, such as setting membership fees for the forthcoming year
If there are any other administrative motions you would like to propose, please could you do so on the wiki at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetings/2010_AGM/Motions or by emailing secretary (at) wikimedia.org.uk.
Motions must be proposed and seconded by members of the chapter. The final date for submitting motions is 23:59 on 19 March, so that they can be sent out with the notice of the meeting.
If you have any queries or would like any advice on this you are welcome to contact me or the other members of the board.
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