Apologies for cross-posting, but I think there are probably a fair few
people here not subscribed to foundation-l.
I'm keen to get as many UK editor stories into the mix for this Autumn's
fundraiser as possible,so if you're interested please contact either myself
or Megan directly. :-)
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From: Megan Hernandez <mhernandez(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Wikimania Interviews
Over the past two months, the fundraising team has started testing new
messages from WMF staff members, donors, and editors. We're really excited
that we've found new messages that perform at the same level as the "founder
appeal" from Jimmy Wales. This year, the fundraiser will rely as much as
possible on voices of many different members of our community.
Doing in-person interviews and then writing appeals using people's exact
words is the key to making these appeals work as well as the Jimmy appeal.
Victor Grigas, Aaron Muszalski, and Matthew Roth -- three Storytellers
working on the 2011 Fundraiser -- are doing the interviews. They will be
attending Wikimania to interview attendees who would like to have their
personal appeal run during the fundraising campaign. While on this story
gathering mission, they will also be taking photos to be used in fundraising
We would like to feature editors for as much of the fundraiser as possible.
But we've found that editor appeals are the hardest to make work. So we're
really looking for people who think they can explain in their own words why
donating to WMF or a chapter is important. If you'd like to get involved,
please get in touch by emailing wikistory(a)wikimedia.org. We'll be
interviewing throughout Wikimania, so please come talk to us about the
importance of Wikipedia and tell us your own personal story of how you're
connected to the Wikimedia movement.
You don't have to attend Wikimania to get involved. We will be interviewing
people from all different areas of the world over the next several months.
If you're interested in sharing your story, please send a message to
If you'd like to see a review of our weekly testing and read the new
appeals, check out our test updates page:
Looking forward to seeing you next week and hearing your stories,
foundation-l mailing list
I rather fear that hosting Wikimania is a bit like the Olympics or the
Eurovision song contest, a dubious honour that saps more from the host
organisation than it generates. That said if there are a keen group of
people who want to organise a UK Wikimania I have no objection to it
being here in 2014 or 2015.
Better still we should encourage those who want to organise a UK
Wikimania to get involved in the team running DC in 2012 and/or help
Manila or whoever gets 2013 (by 2013 we really should be taking
Wikimania back to the far East rather than yet another event at this
end of Eurasia).
II think that a UK bid for 2014 or 2015 would be much more impressive
if the bidders included people who'd played key roles in making 2012
and 2013 a success. If the UK was to fund flights and accommodation
for UK Wikimanians who made those events a success then I'd consider
that money well spent.
One criticism of the Wikimania process is that it involves reinventing
the wheel, so a bid for 2014 that included "accommodation booking will
be organised using the same software as 2012 run by the UK 2014 bid
member who is currently running it for 2013" or "scheduling team
includes ***** who has been a full participant in program scheduling
for 2013" would impress me and I hope others.
Another feature of some Wikimanias has been linguistic diversity and
even a non-English channel in the program. Now we could try for that,
perhaps with a collaboration with Wikipedia France. But I'd prefer a
more global approach - perhaps with skype channels and translation on
demand so that we or the Foundation provide scholarships for people
who speak a wide range of languages and can then offer skype channels
in various languages based on demand from Wikipedians around the
On 25 July 2011 14:22, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
> On 24/07/2011 16:11, Christopher Cooper wrote:
>>>>>>> In the longer-term, the chapter would benefit greatly if the UK
>>>>>>> hosted the conference, of which it has not yet done so.
> Ah, yes, that old chestnut....
> Gordon Joly
> Don't Leave Space To The Professionals!
We're looking for an Office Administrator on a temporary basis. There is an
Please do pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested. The
deadline for applications is next week.
If you have any questions, happy to answer them (whether on or off list
depends on the nature of the question!)
If the first step is working out a rough budget. Step zero is
establishing whether we have a team of people wanting to make this
happen, then logically step minus one is creating a signup page
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_bid for all those enthusiasts
to sign up at.
So having done step minus one I shall pause and wait for the rush.
On 27 July 2011 18:42, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On 27 July 2011 13:11, Michael Peel <michael.peel(a)wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:
>> I'm 100% sure that the chapter would part-fund a UK wikimania - but it would need to be in conjunction with external sponsors. The money would come from the appropriate year's budget, though, not the current one (which covers spending between 1 Feb 2011 and end Jan 2012). Funding to support the creation of the bid over the next 6 months (e.g. travel to meet potential sponsors, scout out venues, etc.) would fall under the current budget, if this would be of use.
> I disagree. Something as big as Wikimania should be saved up for. The
> first step in putting together a bid would be working out a rough
> budget, including costs during the bidding process. You can then work
> out how much of that it is reasonable to pay out of general chapter
> funds and how much we need to fundraise specifically for (most likely
> through corporate sponsorship, although there are a few other
> options). The bit we're going to pay for out of chapter funds can then
> be saved up for over several financial years. The current underspend
> could be re-allocated to be the first installment if the board wished
> to do that.
> The one big problem with this is what happens if we have an
> unsuccessful bid. I think we would need to take steps to ensure that
> doesn't happen. At the very least, we can talk to other European
> chapters and make sure there are no competing European bids by getting
> them to support our bid (that could be anything from a letter of
> support to a pledge to contribute £X). Less formally, we can start
> letting people know of our intention to bid (maybe even handing out
> leaflets and badges and things at Wikimania 2012) and try to get
> people to view 2014 as our year even before the bidding starts.
> I know it's not exactly in the spirit of the thing to go out of our
> way to avoid any real competition in the bidding process, but with
> such a short timescale from the winning bid being announced to the
> conference starting, we don't have much choice if we want a large
> amount of corporate funding.
> Wikimedia UK mailing list
> WMUK: http://uk.wikimedia.org
It doesn't look like there is much of a UK contingent going to
Wikimania - we didn't even make the top 5 countries list. There's also
no mention of WMUK sponsoring anyone despite there being £10k in the
budget for Wikimania sponsorship. Could someone on the board let us
know what that money is being spent on?
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From: Harel Cain <harel.cain(a)gmail.com>
Date: 23 July 2011 20:45
Subject: [Wikimania-l] Some statistics about Wikimania 2011
To: "Wikimania general list (open subscription)"
Cc: Jessie Wild <jwild(a)wikimedia.org>
Some statistics about Wikimania 2011:
* We expect upwards of 470 confirmed attendees. The exact number is
difficult to tell, but all those we consider confirmed are paid for
and have never cancelled.
* Our confirmed attendees hail from 56 different countries. The
highest participation is from Israel (26%), United States (16%),
Germany (9.6%), Netherlands (4.7%) and India (4.3%).
* 22% percent of participants are female. That's a wonderful number,
considering the research finding that only about 13% of editors are
* About 1150 people submitted a scholarship application, 450 made it
to the second round of filtering. About 80 full scholarships and about
60 partial scholarships were awarded by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikimedia Deutschland gave out 16 scholarships, WM Italia 8, WM France
about 7 (?), WM Austria about 5, WM Russia 3, WMCH 2. The average age
of scholarship applicant was about 31, the median age about 27.
* About 11% of participants are vegetarian or vegan.
See you all soon in Haifa!
Wikimania 2011 local team
Wikimania-l mailing list
UK GLAM folk may be interested in LibraryCamp, "a place for anyone
interested in modernising and transforming libraries of all kinds to
ask, connect, consider, converse, convince, create, debate,
deliberate, disagree, discover, discuss, dream, enjoy, examine,
explore, invent, investigate, laugh, learn, listen, plan, plot,
question, reflect, relax, share, talk, teach, theorise, think, wonder
...and to eat cake!"
Library Camp will run as an unconference, in Birmingham on 8 October:
I know the venue, and its a good one, and central, with free Wi-Fi.
I'll be there, and happy to run a session on GLAM, specifically
GLAM/ARKive. ...and to eat cake!
WM-UK has had the following request from the Irish Independent. If
anyone has particular experience with handling trolls on Irish-related
topics and is interested in discussing it, please let me know and I
can forward your contact details.
Hi, I am a journalist based in Ireland, researching an article on Internet
trolls, and would love to speak with someone, preferably someone who
moderates the Irish end of Wiki to see how prevalent trolling is and how
challenging a job it is to keep on top of it.
Guide to email tags: http://j.mp/faetags