I'm happy to share with you Wikimedia UK's activity report covering March
2013. The full report is below, as I know some of you like that, but for
those who prefer to read it on wiki it can be seen at
Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly
the period 1st-31st March 2013. If you want to keep up with the chapter's
activities as they happen, please subscribe to our
, join the UK Wikimedia mailing
and/or follow us on Twitter <http://twitter.com/wikimediauk>. If you have
any questions or comments, please drop us a line on this report's talk
Program activitiesCommunityGLAM activities
- GLAM-WIKI 2013 <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM-WIKI_2013> conference
was being planned for 12-14 April 2013, gathering interest from the
- Wikimedian in Residence started at Science Museum and Natural History
Museum <http://en.wikimedia.org/wiki/w:Wikipedia:GLAM/NHMandSM> on 11
March 2013. The project will last for 4 months.
- Wikimedian in Residence started at Tyne & Wear Archives &
28 March 2013. The project will last for 3 months.
Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit
a microgrant application of your own, are at
- Microgrants/KFC <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Microgrants/KFC> was
approved. This microgrant covers the purchase of books to enable
User:Farrtj <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Farrtj>, an independent
editor who has no affiliations with KFC, to improve the Kentucky Fried
Chicken article on the English-language
Farrtj hopes to work the article up to Featured Article quality, and may
improve related articles along the way.
- Microgrants/Core Contest
approved. The Core
which is currently run by
encourages community members to improve the most important articles on the
English-language Wikipedia. This will be the third WMUK-sponsored Core
Contest, and we are providing £250 worth of Amazon vouchers as the prizes
for the contest.
- Microgrants/Wrecks on Doom
a status update. The key aims of the grant are to get the English Doom
Bar article <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Doom_Bar> promoted to
Featured Article status and to create a list of wrecks at Doom Bar, perhaps
working it up to Featured List status. After using WMUK-purchased resources
to enhance the article, the Doom Bar article was nominated at Featured
Article Candidates on 5 March.
UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
Blog posts this month
- 1st March - Katie Chan joins Wikimedia UK as Volunteer Support
- 7th March - Jimmy Wales shows support for Wikimedia
post includes a video recording of Jimmy Wales speaking at a special
Wikimedia UK media event on 5th March.
- 8th March - Toni Sant joins Wikimedia UK as Education
- 11th March - GLAM-Wiki - celebrating culture and open
post is a prelude to our GLAM-Wiki conference.
- 12th March - Wikimedia UK and the Women of the World
- 15th March - Learning and teaching in the age of
This post was written by Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedia UK Associate, and
features an audio interview with David White of the Oxford Internet
- 15th March - Jonathan Cardy joins Wikimedia UK as GLAM
- 19th March - Know when to
an editathon in partnership with Oldham Council.
- 20th March - Researchers: are you
post was written by Wikimedia UK Associate, Dr Martin Poulter.
- 21st March - John Cummings begins work as Wikimedian in
post is in partnership with the Science Museum and the Natural History
Museum in London.
- *02* - Cambridge meetup<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Cambridge/17>
- *03* - Oxford meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Oxford/3>
- *04* - Introduction to Wikipedia
the British Library
- *05* - Wikimedia UK media event for
- *06* - "Dissecting Wikipedia"
CRASSH in Cambridge
- *09* - International Women's Day
- *10* - London meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/London/67>
- *13* - Senate House Wikipedia training/March 2013 - led by Andrew
- *15* - Jon Davies talking about Wikimedia UK at the Ethical
- *18* - Photograph workshop at the British Library
- *20* - Workshop at the University of Southampton
- *20* - IRC office hours <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours>
- *23* - Wikimedia UK open day and
- *26–27* - Martin Poulter presenting on "The Wikipedia Education
Program: open educational practice on a global scale" and running a stall
in the Open Educational Resources 2013
the University of Nottingham
- *26* - Board meeting <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agenda_26Mar13> -
- *27* - Nottingham
For past events please see
For events in April and May 2013 and onwards, please see
The Board <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board> held a meeting by telephone
on Tuesday 26 March 2013 <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agenda_26Mar13>.
This meeting principally dealt with governance changes that were
recommended by the Governance
including approving the charters of the Governance
the Audit & Risk
It also covered an update on
a modification to the Finance
and the proposed Scheme of
Prior to the meeting, the Board passed a resolution approving the motions
that it would be proposing to the membership at the Extraordinary General
Meeting to be held in April 2013 <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/EGM_2013>.
It also approved new membership applications. Both of these decisions took
place on the office wiki, and were confirmed at the board meeting.
The draft minutes of the
been made available on-wiki, and are scheduled to be approved at the Board
meeting on 11 May 2013 <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agenda_11May13>.
Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in March.
There was a mixture of communications activity in March. We hosted an event
for journalists in central London which was attended by Jimmy Wales.
Jimmy's show of support was very welcome and you can see the video of his
Work began on actually drafting the 2012-13 annual review after community
consultation didn't lead to a great deal of participation. A couple more
short briefing papers were prepared for Trustees and staff related to
potential hot topics. If you're interested in getting more involved with
our communications or have any questions or comments, please email Stevie
Benton – stevie.benton(a)wikimedia.org.uk
Fundraising and MembershipFundraising
This month, we received £155 in one-off donations, with eight individual
donations. The average donation amount was £19.37 - 75% of these donors
have had Gift Aid Declarations made and matched with their records. If
anyone would like a full (but anonymised) csv file with more information,
please get in touch with katherine.bavage[image: at]wikimedia.org.uk and
let her know your requirements.
*Please note that March's fundraising data for regular donations will be
uploaded soon, pending a response to clarify the data from our payment
provider. This page will be edited to reflect the amounts as soon as the
data is provided.*
Up to 31st March 2013:
- 178 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current
members - with 13 new join-ups in March.
- 94 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership
should be renewed)
This adds up to 272 members who were eligible to vote
- 10 Expired members
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