No website for 2013 as yet, but see...
1) Open Source, Open Knowledge, Open Data.
2) A major international conference comes to the UK.
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Subject: [OSGeo-UK] FOSS4G is coming to Nottingham!
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:32:58 +0100
From: Jo Cook <jocook(a)astuntechnology.com>
To: uk(a)lists.osgeo.org uk(a)lists.osgeo.org <uk(a)lists.osgeo.org>
As you may have heard, FOSS4G will be coming to Nottingham in 2013! Our
heartfelt thanks to anyone who helped with the bidding process,
particularly those people that wrote a letter of support for the bid.
Keep listening for further announcements and news as organisation
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Does Wikimedia UK have any intention of participating in the
discussions around the Draft Communications Bill?
The bill, if passed, would make it such that the Secretary of State
may make an order to "ensure that communications data is available to
be obtained from telecommunications providers by relevant public
authorities" (§1 (1)(a)).
The bill sets out a system for how such a system would operate, which
we'll get to in a second, but let's just see whether or not Wikipedia,
Wikimedia or anyone related to our projects/movement/etc. is affected.
Telecommunications providers are, according to §28 of the draft bill,
those who operate a "telecommunications system", which they define as
"a system (including the apparatus comprised in it) that exists
(whether wholly or partly in the United Kingdom or elsewhere)"—so,
that means anywhere since it either wholly or partly exists either in
the United Kingdom or it doesn't–"for the purpose of facilitating the
transmission of communications by any means involving the use of
electrical or electro-magnetic energy".
Unless we plan to request the Foundation switch over to servers that
run on clockwork and carrier pigeons rather than electricity (if we
did, they'd probably still count as a 'postal system' and still be
regulated by the act), I think we're pretty much covered.
Does Wikimedia UK operate a telecommunications system in this manner?
I'm not sure. It might do. I'm not a lawyer.
What would happen if the Secretary of State were to send a letter to
Wikimedia UK demanding that WMUK, as a provider of a
telecommunications system, install a device in the office of the
Secretary of State's choosing? Richard has higher permissions on
English Wikipedia, meaning that the Secretary of State could have
access to CheckUser data, which would most probably count as "traffic
data" under the terms of the draft bill: that is, data which
"identifies, or purports to identify, any person, apparatus or
location to or from which the communications is or may be
How about if someone who operates a number of, uh, "telecommunications
services" - i.e. scripts running on Toolserver - were served with a
similar notice and asked to install a backdoor to Toolserver which the
Secretary of State were to use to gain access to material on the
Toolserver? (Okay, there's nothing *that* juicy on there.)
Same for OTRS, same for the third-party services which Brian McNeil
operates for the Wikinews community (wikinewsie.org), same for any
Wikimedian with a computer (hey, it's an electrical/electro-magnetic
device that facilitates communication: that can mean anything from a
telephone exchange to an individual smartphone or a stereo speaker).
This seems like an extremely broad and non-specific bill: do we have
any idea how it might affect Wikimedia and Wikimedians?
Is there a plan in place for how WMUK is going to put together its
2013 annual plan? We need to start work on it very soon.
I see on the agenda for this weekend's meeting that there is an item
for discussing the five year plan (I'm glad that hasn't completely
stalled), but given the delays with it I don't see that being
finalised in time to base the 2013 plan on it. There is also an item
for "Draft budget against fundraising target and meeting the 5 year
plan." but I'm not sure what that means.
I think the natural place to start putting together an annual plan,
especially in the absence of a long-term plan to base it on, is with a
public call for ideas. If Sue's recommended timeline for the FDC 
gets adopted (and I expect it will), then WMUK will need to submit its
plan on 1 October. That's only 3 months away, so I suggest that call
for ideas go out ASAP.
You may have seen a buzz on social media in the last couple of days,
about a new website, 'Britain from the Air':
which features <http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/about-project>:
images from the Aerofilms collection... Dating from 1919 to
2006... purchased by Royal
Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland,
and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments
of Wales... in 2007.
The site-wide copyright statement, on
<http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/legalities>, is somewhat
The images, information and data featured on this website are
subject to Crown Copyright
and other Intellectual Property Rights held by the Partners and
Individual Contributors as
indicated. There are also copyrights relating to the database
itself and to the design, structure
and code employed in the website.
Has anyone found an image on the site with a copyright notice
excepting it from the default Crown Copyright?
Presumably, the use of Crown Copyright means that we're at liberty to
use images that are over 50 years old, like this 1928 shot of
on Commons and Wikipedia?
University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB) has
contacted Wikimedia UK with a request to have a Wikipedia training run for
them on Tuesday 14 August, 10am-4pm. There is a group of staff at the
University that would like to be introduced into the ways of editing
Wikipedia. This will hopefully in the future lead to a further partnership
between the University and Wikimedia UK.
I have created a simple page with the details:
If you would like to run/help run this session, please do sign up on the
page or let me know. You can also get in touch if you have any questions.
Daria Cybulska - Events Organiser, Wikimedia UK
+44 (0) 207 065 0994
+44 7803 505 170
Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control
over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.
Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited, a Company Limited by
Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered Office 4th Floor, Development
House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK
is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia movement. The Wikimedia projects
are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who operate Wikipedia, amongst other
Apologies for the cross-posting but thought this might be of interest to
anyone attending Wikimania. Please do have a look.
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From: Matthew Roth <mroth(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: 28 June 2012 00:16
Subject: [Wmfcc-l] Storytelling and Wikimania
To: Communications Committee <wmfcc-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I wanted to point you to a new profile on the Wikimedia Foundation blog,
this time with Storyteller Victor Grigas.
I hope you'll like the background info on Victor, but more importantly I
hope you will share with your networks that Victor is trying to interview a
bunch of Wikimedians at Wikimania in a couple weeks as part of the
Some of the interviews eventually go on to the fundraising banners, but
many more stories prove to be important records of the people who make
Wikipedia and sister projects possible. We've done several profiles on the
WMF blog, for instance, and we plan to continue featuring more.
You can reach out to Victor through his user page:
+1.415.839.6885 ext 6635
Wmfcc-l mailing list
+44 (0) 20 7065 0993 / +44 (0) 7803 505 173
Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited, a Company
Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No.
6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered Office 4th Floor,
Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. United
Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia
movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation
(who operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal
control over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.
I'm thinking of coffee mornings (Saturdays or Sundays) in Cambridge so
people interested in new training stuff can gather painlessly. Don't want
calendar events, just face time.
I'm in Cambridge, as is Peter Coombe, as is Andrew Gray, and the Wellcome
Sanger Group includes Magnus Manske, Darren Logan (Rockpocket) and Alex
Bateman. A good start and obviously all would be welcome.