I've put a job advertisement below for the position of a GLAM-WIKI organizer. The deadline for applicants is 17.00 BST on the 20th July 2010. Please feel free to pass the advertisement on to anyone that you think might be interested. I'll be posting it on the WMUK blog in the next day or so, internet access permitting...
If anyone has any queries, please let me know - either on this mailing list or off-list - and I'll do my best to answer them.
(with Wikimedia UK Company Secretary hat on)
GLAM-WIKI Conference Organizer
Wikimedia UK is a not-for-profit association set up to promote and support Wikipedia, its sister projects, and other open educational resources in the UK . "Open" content refers to information which is available for copying, reuse and modification, including for commercial uses, without cost or restriction other than attribution. We were established in 2008 and are one of around thirty similar associations in countries around the world. We work with museums, universities, businesses and media companies to make more freely licensed content available via Wikipedia and similar projects, and to help other people re-use content from Wikipedia. We seek to have a close relationship with cultural institutions, other open content organizations in the UK, and with the community of Wikimedia readers and editors.
The GLAM-WIKI conference will be a two day meeting between Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) and Wikimedians. It will likely be held in the British Museum on 26-27 November 2010 (TBC), and will have around 200 attendees. The event will be primarily funded by Wikimedia UK. The aims of the meeting are to:
- Bring together the cultural sector and Wikimedia to discuss common ground from a UK-specific point of view (similar to a previous meeting held in Australia last year)
- Discuss the positive and negative aspects of previous interactions
- Discuss future ways of cooperating with each other
We seek an organizer for this conference who will prepare and run the event. Specific tasks that they will be responsible for include:
- Preparing a full budget for the conference, and locating sponsors as necessary.
- Approaching speakers and organizing the program for the meeting
- Ensuring that the event is advertised to both the GLAM sector and Wikimedians, and that there are adequate numbers of attendees from both groups
- Preparing all other aspects of the conference to ensure that it runs smoothly on the day - e.g. preparing the venue, catering, audiovisual, etc.
- Quantifying and reporting on the outcomes of the conference
The successful candidate will report to the Company Secretary, Michael Peel, on a day-to-day basis. They will also be expected to provide reports to the Wikimedia UK Board at its monthly meetings.
The following skills are required:
- Excellent written communication
- Good organizational capability
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Internet connection and ability to work from home
- Must be comfortable working in a consensus-orientated environment
The following elements are preferred:
- Previous experience organizing conferences
- Knowledge of the Wikimedia projects and community
- Knowledge of the UK cultural sector
- Knowledge of the relationships between Wikimedia projects and the GLAM sector
Duration and salary
This is a part time contractor position that will start on 1 August 2010 and will run until 14 December 2010. Most work will be done from home, however the organizer will expect to be present at the venue for several days preceding the event, and of course during the event itself. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that they can work within the UK.
Payment will be in the form of two lump sums - one following from the creation of a budget for the meeting and a preliminary outline of the schedule; the second following from the successful completion of the event. The amount will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate and will fit within the overall budget for the event. Reasonable expenses (including travel to the UK if necessary) will also be paid from the event budget.
Please send a CV and cover letter to michael.peelwikimedia.org.uk by 17.00 BST on 20 July 2010.
On 20 July 2010 20:22, Conor Wao <conorwao(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I am interested in getting the Irish chapter up and running. I have a
> particular interest in releasing more music into the commons. I would like
> to apply for funding to provide educational workshops and demonstrations.
> Have we got enough people who are interested enough to get going?
UK person who's not much help at all here ;-) Anything people in the
UK can do? Anyone else Irish who can join in?
Once more we meet in Cambridge, in two weeks' time:
I don't know who the guardian angel was who set up the site notice last
time: but my thanks are due. We had much interest from
previously-uninvolved Wikipedians editing the page for version 7.
Unfortunately, in a way, most of those were saying that they weren't
coming. Hence a minor format change this time! But on the other hand we
had a good turnout on the day from newcomers who hadn't edited the page,
also. The site notice is clearly meetup Heineken. So please do it all again.
Nothing unusual and nothing saying we've erred in any way,
surprisingly and pleasingly - they put blame strictly on those making
Last two paras:
"There are no rules preventing staff at the Houses of Parliament from
changing Wikipedia entries. The parliamentary IT policy warns users
not to create material which could be "threatening, slanderous,
abusive, indecent, obscene, racist, illegal or offensive".
"Wikipedia's own rules of conduct discourage editing by individuals
with a "conflict of interest" – which would include the MPs
themselves, their staff and family members."
I could ask for little ways it could be better, but I can't see
anything wrong with this article.
Here is my reminder from The Upcoming Robot!
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Big London Wikipedia Pub Meet-up @ 1:00 PM Sun, Jul 4, The
Date: 03 Jul 2010 20:00:25 -0700
Hi, this is the event reminder you requested!
Big London Wikipedia Pub Meet-up
Sunday, July 4, 2010(1:00 PM)
The Penderels Oak
283-288 High Holborn
This is our regular monthly meet-up but this time around it should be a BIG one because there's a bunch of people swinging by London on their way to the Wikimania conference.
It's social gathering for Wikipedia enthusiasts. Where we...
Eat Sunday lunch and drink some beers (although beer isn't required, nor is Sunday lunch)
Chat about Wikipedia and any other topics we fancy.
Mainly a casual social event. You can expect to meet some very keen Wikipedians, however this is also an open invite for anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, projects re-using Wikipedia, and other collaborative wiki projects. Also wiki technology, MediaWiki, or discussing the business impact of mass collaboration. Feel free to come along and raise these discussions over a beer.
For full details, including attendance, visit:
The Upcoming Robot
I'm forwarding the email below as it affects Wikimedia a bit, due to the following (extracted from Anthony Lester's Guardian article):
"The Bill sets out the circumstances in which an internet service provider or forum host should not be liable for defamatory material and sets time limits on suing."
The details can be found online at:
The appropriate section is section 9, "Responsibility for publication".
On the surface, it looks reasonable for Wikimedia (meaning the WMF primarily, but also WMUK if we ever assist with hosting), as we'd fall straight under 9.1a as a facilitator and hence would clearly not be liable. I have to admit to not being familiar with the details of existing law on this, but presumably it's a lot more unclear.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: news(a)libelreform.org
> Date: 27 May 2010 15:31:49 GMT+01:00
> To: libelreform(a)mikepeel.net
> Subject: Big news - Lord Lester has officially tabled a libel reform bill
> Dear friends
> A Libel Reform Bill has been tabled in the House of Lords
> Lord Lester QC has published a Private Members’ Defamation Bill to reform England’s outdated and unjust libel laws. This is the first attempt in over a century to put forward a wholesale redraft of our libel laws to address many of the issues our campaign has highlighted.
> Lord Lester’s Bill covers a great deal of the recommendations of the Libel Reform Campaign including a statutory defence for responsible publication on a matter of public interest; clarifying the defences of justification and fair comment, which will be renamed as ‘truth’ and ‘honest opinion’.
> The Bill will also:
> require claimants to provide evidence their reputation was damaged by an alleged libel before they can bring a case forward (they don’t have to do this at present) and make corporations prove financial damage before they can sue.
> Address the problems introduced by the rise of the internet and the culture of online publication including the multiple publication rule that makes each download a fresh instance of libel, and alter the responsibility of forum hosts for what is posted on their sites.
> Encourage the speedy settlement of disputes without parties having to bring in costly lawyers.
> Promote the speedy settlement of disputes without recourse to the courts.
> There is a great piece by Lord Lester on why he is doing this now here.
> And Simon Singh has written his thoughts on the bill here.
> Thanks to your support we’ve made the case that libel law reform is an issue politicians know they have to act on.
> There is widespread Parliamentary support for reform … the majority of eligible MPs signed up to an EDM supporting libel law reform in the last Parliament.
> There were general election manifesto commitments to reform from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, and Labour.
> Now, there is a coalition Government promise to reform the libel laws in the Queen’s Speech …
> …But we need new libel laws!
> In light of Lord Lester’s Bill, the Libel Reform Campaign is asking: will the Government now make clear its plans for reform? Will it support, adopt or develop this Bill?
> Help us keep the pressure on. Write to your MP asking them what the Government intends to do.
> Mike and Síle
> PS - for more details of the bill and complete coverage see www.libelreform.org
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