I asked this a while ago and your answer was essentially "we're working on it", but I don't think I'm the only one wondering, so I'll ask on this list.
What do UK (in particular non-London) residents who want financial support to attend do? Is there going to be a separate process or do we need to apply for a scholarship through the WMF (which would be a bit silly imho)?
I'm sure it would be useful to know before the scholarships deadline.
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On Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 15:13, Katie Chan <ktc(a)ktchan.info> wrote:
If you were thinking of applying for a scholarship from either the
Wikimania Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, or Wikimedia Österreich,
the deadline is end of the day UTC this coming Monday. Don't miss it!
On 08/01/2014 17:37, Katie Chan wrote:
> Hi all,
> Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2014 in London are now being
> accepted. Applications are open until the end of the day UTC on 17
> Wikimania 2014 scholarships is an award given to an individual to
> enable them to attend Wikimania in London from 6-10 August, 2014.
> Only a single type of scholarship will be available from the Wikimedia
> Foundation for Wikimania 2014. A Wikimedia Foundation scholarship will
> cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel costs as arranged
> by the Wikimedia Foundation travel agency, shared accommodation as
> arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation, and registration for Wikimania.
> Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and
> selection criteria by the Scholarship Committee, who will determine
> which are successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2014 scholarships,
> please visit <https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships>.
> To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application form on
> <http://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply>. It is highly recommended
> that applicants review all of the material on the Scholarships page
> and the associated FAQ before submitting an application.
> If you have any question, please contact
> <wikimania-scholarships(a)wikimedia.org> or leave a message on
> Katie Chan
> Chair, Scholarship Committee
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You may be interested to note that Wikimedia UK is writing to all 73 UK
MEPs regarding copyright. In line with the work we've done with the Free
Knowledge Advocacy Group EU (group of European Wikimedia chapters) we are
looking for support for change in three areas: freedom of panorama; public
domain of publicly-funded works; and use of orphan works. If you'd like to
see the letter, it's
It will be going out next week (with a couple of minor modifications) in
the post and also by email.
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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 agree with others that when a scholarship/grant is made involving
non-trivial travel and living expenses such as air fares and hotels, the
recipients should be identified, if only by username. Exceptions to this
should be made very sparingly, and for very good reasons. If
individuals attending Wikimania or other events don't want to be named
on any basis, that is their business, though I found it frustrating in
Washington in 2012 that no such list was available, even just in print
at the event. I hope this year's Wikimania will at least make a list
of those who don't mind their presence being public, or available to
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I'm testing the idea of having a summer student here at my university who would contribute to Wikipedia articles on physics/astronomy as a way of learning how to write scientific publications (since there's such a good analogy between the two). A possible issue is that they would get some sort of subsistence pay from the university for the 6 weeks of the project, which may mean that the project is a non-starter. I've asked about this on the enwp village pump - if you have views on this, then I'd appreciate you sharing them on-wiki at:
Wikimedia UK will be offering two to three
the international Wikimedia
Hackathon in Zürich<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Z%C3%BCrich_Hackathon_2014>this
year. Application will be taken through the registration page for the
Hackathon. The deadline for application is 16 March.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Looking forward to seeing your applications,
Volunteer Support Organiser
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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.
On 31 March 2014 08:10, Jon Davies <jon.davies(a)wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:
> Apologies for delay in replying but I have been away.
> As previously stated our relationship as a chapter in this isntance is with
> Kwaku as a volunteer.
> We organised an editathon last year with BTWSC/BBM as you know. Not funding
> was involved.
It might be an idea to let one of your employees handle international
events and answer questions like these when you are on holiday rather
than leaving a silence. Questions were raised as far back as 20th
March, which is a long time in advance of the event for there to be no
answers on basic logistics or matters of governance and reputation.
I am puzzled by your statement that WMUK ran an editathon last year in
partnership with BritishBlackMusic.com without offering to support
with any expenses. For the workshop on Saturday in Accra, the UK did
provide funding and official merchandizing though the amount paid or
promised has not been published.
I am concerned that your statement that there was no relationship with
BTWSC or BritishBlackMusic.com for Saturday's workshop in Ghana as you
are retrospectively contradicting the published advertizing:
* Wikimedia UK's events page listed the workshop with a link of
"BritishBlackMusic.com_in_assn_with_BTWSC/Wikimedia_UK" which is an
unambiguous claim that BritishBlackMusic.com were providing it in
association with Wikimedia UK.
* The official Eventbrite listing states that the workshop in Accra
was organized by BritishBlackMusic.com and that this was officially
supported by Wikimedia UK.
Wikimedia UK was alerted to these questions well in advance of the
workshop. Why did you take no corrective action before the wokshop if
the advertising by BritishBlackMusic.com falsely claimed a partnership
with Wikimedia UK?
Wikimedia UK did not contact the local Wikimedian community in Ghana,
a significant failure to use the opportunity to create positive
relationships with the proto-chapter there, or to ask them for help to
ensure that the money the UK chapter was spending was put to best use.
Luckily, the local community took the initiative to coordinate their
own attendance and response. However there are serious questions
about the UK charity's management and support of this workshop:
* "I'm not being jealous or envious here for the Wikimedia UK
'empowering' Kwaku, but the question is, on what basis was he given
such a privilege? The less than 50 edits? Or because he's
black-skinned and says verbally he comes from Ghana?"
* "Even after your asking, [no] email has *officially* come in from
[Wikimedia UK]. We're just negligible in their eyes."
As you have a personal interest in inter-chapter relations, you may
wish to follow-up to ameliorate this damage to the reputation of the
charity. As you took time to remind me 11 days ago, it is up to you
what you wish to spend your time on.
[Adding wikimedia-gh as I have quoted statements on that public list
in this email.]
Now that QRpedia sits within WMUK, how do we as a community wish to
see it deployed?
I'm not talking about technical matters, but projects - how are we
going to promote it to GLAMs and other organisations? What can the
chapter/ office/ WiRs do to promote and support further deployments??
Ed Saperia has been developing project called Open Access Reader
I'm going to support him to develop this into a proposal for an individual
engagement grant here over the weekend
If anyone wants to help with either the project plan developing or making a
more robust and well thought through application please get involved on the
talk pages. Constructive criticism as well as positive feedback all
Similarly, if you can think of project pages or other parts of our movement
we might want to see input please reply here and I'll get it linked to.