[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia UK monthly report - January 2013

Stevie Benton stevie.benton at wikimedia.org.uk
Fri Mar 1 18:28:33 UTC 2013

Hello everyone,

I've just published the Wikimedia UK activity report for January 2013. The
report can be seen on our wiki at

For those who prefer the text directly in the email, this is below.

Thanks and regards,


*GLAM activities*

*Robin Owain, Fae and Roger Bamkin met people in Aberystwyth to discuss the
release of information into the public domain on the 11th January. This
followed up on a number of initiatives that were launched as a result of
contacts made as a result of [[w:en:Monmouthpedia|Monmouthpedia]].
[[w:en:Leighton Andrews|Leighton Andrews]], the Welsh minister is
encouraging Welsh cultural bodies to publish information more freely.

*Andrew Gray ran [[:w:en:WP:GLAM\BL\Workshops|workshops on editing
Wikipedia]] at the British Library, Royal Opera House, University College
London, and Senate House Library, for around thirty people.

*Preparations for the [[GLAM-WIKI 2013]] conference are well underway, with
the key speakers organised and the call for participation currently ongoing.

*Work on GLAM [[Cultural_partnerships#Wikimedians in Residence| Wikimedians
in Residence]] continues, with Natural History Museum and Science Museum
recruiting in January, and other organisations getting ready to do so.


In January major steps were made on the new infrastructure, with CiviCRM
and Email being migrated to the new servers.


* Approved this month: [[Microgrants/Wrecks on Doom Bar]]
* Updates this month: [[Microgrants/Core Contest (prizes)]]

Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit
a microgrant application of your own, are at [[Microgrants/Applications]].

*UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)*

* http://boingboing.net/2013/01/02/notable-deaths-in-2012-as-rec.html
* http://mashable.com/2013/01/03/most-interesting-wikipedia-stories/
* http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3654239.ece
* http://www.wired.com/business/2013/01/wikivoyage/
* http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/18/wikivoyages_launches/

A*ctivities in January and February*


   - *08* - Board meeting <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agenda_8Jan13> -
   - *12* - Manchester
   - *13* - London meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/London/65>
   - *13* - Oxford meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Oxford/2>
   - *14* - AHRC Wikipedia training workshop at the British
   - *16* - IRC office hours <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours>
   - *20* - Reading Meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Reading/3>


   - *08* - Introduction to Wikipedia
   the British Library
   - *09–10* - Board meeting <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agenda_9Feb13> -
   in person
   - *10* - London meetup <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/London/66>
   - *16–17* - Wikimedia Chapters Association Meeting,
   - *16* - Liverpool meetup<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Liverpool_7>
   - *17* - Coventry meetup<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coventry/6>
   - *18* - Technology
   1900 - 2100 UTC on Skype (add wmukstaff)
   - *20* - IRC office hours <http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours>
   - *21* - Martin Poulter delivering a workshop about "The future of
   Wikimedia and Higher Education" at Changing the Learning
   Implementation Programme event, Bristol
   - *23–24* - Training the Trainers/February 2013

For events in March 2013 and onwards, please see [[Events]].

*Administrative activities*


The Financial Year ended on 31 January, and the various balances from
2012/13 are in the process of being closed off. We're also working with our
accountants to produce the Annual Report. In 2013/14, we'll be starting
with a new version of our accounting software (Sage) and a new [
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chart_of_accounts Chart of Accounts], which
our new treasurer, Greyham Dawes, will be helping to define.

The Q4 Management Accounts are viewable at [[Media:Management Accounts (Q4
2012).pdf]]. The figures in them are subject to revision, and the next set
of management accounts will look markedly different to this set. It's worth
looking at the final page of the accounts, which is the end-of-year
commentary: it's a very basic view of where we have over and underspent
during the year, which will help members understand which projects have
over- or under-achieved this year.

*Board activities

*There was a Board phone call on 8 January 2013, where the main item of
business was to approve the 2013-4 Budgets. The minutes are
*There was also a phone meeting of the Executive Working Group on 24
January 2013; minutes are also available [[Minutes 24Jan13|here]].
*The Board also received, with regret, the resignation of John Byrne. John
had served as Treasurer since the 2012 AGM. There's more on our [
*Work continued during January on the independent review of Wikimedia UK's
governance, conducted by Compass Partnership, which was published at the
beginning of February.

*News from the Chief Exec*

:''For information on Jon's activities this month, see [[News from the
Office/Posts|News from the Office]].''


Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in January.

January was a fairly quiet month in terms of communications. We
re-introduced a scheduled monthly IRC chat for the Wikimedia UK community,
volunteers, trustees and staff to get together for a discussion. This
doesn't replace other means of communication but is a useful supplementary
event. These now take place on the third Wednesday of every month.

Planning for an event for journalists continued well. This is now booked in
for March. Other meetings with journalists were also fruitful and some
positive features will develop from these in the future.
The communications strategy underwent a review in January with a paper
prepared for the Board meeting at the beginning of February.

If you're interested in getting more involved with our communications or
have any questions or comments, please email Stevie Benton –
stevie.benton at wikimedia.org.uk


This month, we received £6,320 in one-off donations, with 27 individual
donations, one of which was a major gift of £5000. The average donation
amount with the major gift removed from consideration was £50.76  - 30.7%
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{{@}}wikimedia.org.ukand let her know your

There were 5148 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of


Up to 31st January 2013:

*159 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current
members - with 3 new join-ups in January.
*117 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership
should be renewed)
:This adds up to 276 members who are eligible to vote


Stevie Benton
Communications Organiser
Wikimedia UK+44 (0) 20 7065 0993 / +44 (0) 7803 505 173

Wikimedia UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England
and Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513.
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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.*
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