Please find below Wikimedia UK's monthly report for October 2012. As well
as the usual updates on GLAM, outreach, communications, fundraising and
other activities, it also includes the results of our membership survey.
You can find the report online at
but plain text is below
for those who prefer to read the report in an email.
Thanks and regards,
*14* - Andy Mabbett addressed the *Central and Eastern Europe Wikimedia
recent developments in UK and international GLAM collaboration.
*19* - Andy Mabbett spoke to the *CityCamp
about Wikimedia and GLAM.
*22* - Andy Mabbett delivered a training session on Wikipedia editing to
history students at the University of Birmingham, as part of the
Dunhuang Project* <http://en.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BL/IDP>.
The London School of Economics' *Impact of Social Sciences blog* ran a
guest post by Martin Poulter, *"Writing for Wikipedia has forced me into
good scholarly habits and accessible
This asks academics to view Wikipedia as an opportunity to write about
their own fields and as an opportunity for educational assignments.
Martin Poulter, Charles Matthews, Tom Morris and Edward Harding delivered a
*day workshop at for the JISC Digital Infrastructure
the JISC headquarters in London. Many of the trainees had managerial or
leadership roles in elearning, research infrastructure or digital
humanities. As well as basic editing, the workshop looked at different
kinds of effort to improve Wikipedia, and how the different Wikimedia
Projects work together to provide a "digital infrastructure" for each other
and the wider web.
*13* - Fæ addressed the *Central and Eastern Europe Wikimedia
about the Chapters Association.
and *Leutha* <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Leutha> ran a
categorisation workshop for donors who were also willing to donate some
time to Wikimedia.
The second "train the trainers" session took place in London
Two microgrants have been approved this month.
*is for supplies for WMUK's birthday party celebrating the 4th
anniversary of the chapter and the 1st anniversary of us achieving charity
status - the party will take place at the *London wikimeet on 11 November
* <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/London/63>, to which all are
welcome. The application was submitted by WMUK's intern, Hasina Khatun.
*Microgrants/32GB usb stick for Commons
for a 32GB memory stick to support the operations of
*without wearing out the operator's computer. The bot is currently
working on categorising the Geograph images on Commons, as well as doing
other similar tasks. The application was submitted by Fæ.
A number of microgrants were marked as completed this month, including:
*Microgrants/Cambridge University Wikipedia
funding to get the Cambridge University Wikipedia Society started via a
stall at their fresher's fair, with freebies to give away. The report for
the microgrant, which was submitted by*User:Deryck
said "We now have a mailing list, with 237 members on it, a huge jump from
only 10 wiki-page members and volunteers prior to the fair. Volunteers at
the stall included Charles Matthews, Daniel Thomas, and myself. We've also
received great support from SRCF. Almost all freebies were given out; the
T-shirts and pens for volunteers of our stall created a particularly
professional image by making everything in the stall Wikimedia-branded.
Additionally, the nearby stalls, all science and technology related, were
also predominantly using Wikipedia pens for their sign-up sheets!"
*Microgrants/Imperial College Wikipedia
Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit
a microgrant application of your own, are at
UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
*A list of recent press coverage can be seen
Upcoming activities in November
For events in December and onwards, please see
- *01* - *Ethical Properties Wikipedia Workshop/November
- *03* - *Robin Owain addresses The Welsh Academy Writers' Fair,
- *04* - *RBSA Backstage
- *04* - *Oxford meetup*
ever Oxford meetup
- *04* - *Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
- *06* - Training at De Montfort University
- *06* - Workshop at the National Library of Scotland
- *07* - Workshop at the National Library of Scotland
- *08* - Workshop at Edinburgh University
- *09* - Workshop at EDINA, Edinburgh
- *11* - *London meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/London/63>
- *17–18* - Board meeting (TBC) - in person
- *18* - *Reading
- *20* - Training at De Montfort University
- *24* - *Liverpool meetup<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Liverpool/6>
- *25* - *Manchester Girl Geeks editing
- *25* - *Cambridge University Wikipedia Society gathering and editing
The current state of each of our budgets is *outlined in a Google
This details spend to date, and a rough estimate of future spending. This
spreadsheet is too complex to be placed directly on a wiki. Our yearly
spend is heavily 'end-loaded', partially due to the rapid growth of
Q3's Management Accounts (covering August, September, October) are
UK Management Accounts Q3
These are also available in spreadsheet format for those interested -
The Board's main activity during October was the appointment (jointly with
the Wikimedia Foundation) of Mike Hudson and Compass Partnership to conduct
an independent review of our governance arrangements. This was the
principal topic of discussion at our Board phone call on 9 October (*minutes
* <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Minutes_9Oct12>), and by the end of October
the review was under way.
On 10 October we received the conclusions from a financial review from
Garfield Byrd, the Wikimedia Foundation's Chief of Finance and
Administration. These have now been
with a *plan* <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Finance_Action_Plan_2012/13>
out our plans to address the issues raised in both Garfield's report and
that of our auditors.
News from the Chief Exec *For information on Jon's activities this month,
see **News from the
*.* The updates about the Wikimedia UK Interns can be found there too,
together with *here* <http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2012/09/intern/>.
October was a month for repositioning our communications. The discussions
around governance continued, culminating in the appointment of Compass
Partnership to conduct the WMUK / WMF commissioned independent governance
review. The biggest communications success this month was *Ada
This was the result of much excellent work by Daria and the team at the
Royal Society. The event gained widespread media coverage and received an
excellent reception on social media. You can see a comprehensive list of
coverage on the event's page. October's press coverage is *recorded in the
along with coverage from September. In other news, discussions have begun
on how we can improve the monthly reports. Suggestions include developing a
Signpost-style newsletter, featuring content created by WMUK members,
volunteers and UK-based editors. *Get involved in the discussion
Blog posts in October:
- 9 October - *One year on: 12 months working with the Herbert Art
- 13 October - *A message form the Wikimedia UK
- 19 October - *Bringing evidence based medicine to the
- 24 October - *Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia Foundation appoint
- 25 October - *Hasina says goodbye to Wikimedia
- 26 October - *The story of Ada Lovelace, the Royal Society and
Fundraising and Membership *Fundraising*
This month, we received £443.26 in one-off donations, with 13 individual
donations. The average donation amount was £34.09 - 62% 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.bavagewikimedia.org.uk and let her know
As for direct debit donations, there were 5349 successful direct debits
this month, bringing in a total of £20,917.12.
Up to 31st October 2012:
198 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current
51 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership
should be renewed)
This adds up to 249 members who are eligible to vote
155 Expired members
A membership survey was distributed on 30th October 2012 , the results were
made public as part of the reports to the Board meeting of 17th November
2012. You can view them
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