We are very happy to announce that the conference dedicated to minoritized
languages on the Wikimedia projects will be back for its 7th edition, to be
held in Waterford City, Ireland, in September 2024. The exact date will be
announced as soon as possible.
Getting back to its roots, in the Celtic languages and nations, the event
gathers people from communities and languages that are underrepresented on
the Wikimedia projects. It is a place where people working on growing and
maintaining their communities can meet, learn from each other, and support
each other on topics like community growth, technical tools, or
collaboration with partners.
Celtic Knot 2024
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2024>, will be an
in-person event, held in Waterford, Ireland's oldest city which has an
abundance of cultural heritage and history. We are currently exploring
options to make conference resources (talks, panels, etc.) available to
those who are unable to attend in person.
We are currently gathering input from the community to build a conference
tailored to your needs: whether you attended a previous edition of the
Celtic Knot or not, if you are involved in underrepresented languages on
the Wikimedia Projects, please take a few minutes to fill in the community
(available in English, Irish and Welsh), and make sure to share the
information with your local group. The survey is open until January 21st.
Many thanks in advance!
As we are starting to build the concept and the program, we will regularly
improve the existing event pages on Meta and post updates on the talk page
of the event
The core organizing team is composed of Amy O’Riordan (WCI), Sophie
Fitzpatrick (WCI), Daria Cybulska (WMUK), Richard Nevell (WMUK), supported
by Léa Lacroix (community engagement consultant). If you have ideas or
suggestions, if you would like to get involved in the conference, feel free
to contact any of us.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Celtic Knot!
Dr Richard Nevell (he/him)
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Hello everyone! I hope you've all had chance to relax over the festive
I'm happy to say that a few of us have decided to hold a Wikipedia meetup
and (weather dependent!) walkabout in Brighton on Saturday 3 February.
This will be the second attempt to establish a regular meetup in the area.
If you're interested, please find details and sign up at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Brighton/2. Please also sign up
there if you can't make this event but would be interested in other events
in the area so we can gauge interest for the future. You can also email me
directly if you prefer.
If you know any Sussex-based Wikimedians or fellow travellers, please let
them know about the meetup, and perhaps some of our London-based community
members might fancy a trip to the seaside? I'm aware it will be February
but we're hoping to make this a recurring event so I'd appreciate your
I wanted to let you all know about a few recent changes within the
Wikimedia UK Board of Trustees.
Firstly, I'm very pleased to share with you that following a recruitment
process for a new Treasurer, the board co-opted Alex Ashby
<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Board#Alex_Ashby> in September. Alex is a
chartered accountant, chartered treasurer and fellow of both the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Association of
Corporate Treasurers. He has over 15 years of experience in treasury with
senior roles in the media, energy, and retail sectors. Alex was previously
a Trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.
During this recruitment process we were lucky enough to meet more than one
exceptional candidate, and so the board decided to co-opt Sarvesh
Sarvesh has substantial experience of advising large and complex
international organisations as a management consultant, and is currently
the UK head of a listed insurance business. He studied Financial Strategy
at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and qualified as a Chartered
Certified Accountant. In his spare time, he works with various fintech and
start-up organisations in an advisory capacity and serves as a Trustee of
an educational charity.
In addition to the above changes, we have two new Chairs of sub-committees,
drawn from the existing Board of Trustees. In September, Caroline Ball
<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Board#Caroline_Ball> became Chair of our
newly established Community Development Committee, while Adrian Beidas
<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Board#Adrian_Beidas> took over the role of
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Treasurer and Chair
of ARC, Marnie Woodward and Jane Carlin, for their fantastic contribution
to Wikimedia UK over the past five years.
Next year, we are planning to hold our AGM in September, and are likely to
have several vacancies for elected trustees. Although it's a little while
away, please do consider whether you might want to join Wikimedia UK's
Board of Trustees, and help steer our strategy and delivery.