Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 31 August 2011. If you want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, and/or follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line on this report's talk page.
This month, Fiona Apps had meetings with staff at the University of Liverpool and University of Manchester about possible collaborations, and Sam Knight, the University of Bristol Outreach Ambassador, has been meeting with various student and staff groups within the University. He also helped to organise the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner (see below).
On 8 August, The Guardian ran a story on "British Museum makes the Wikipedia connection", based on an interview with Matthew Cock, covering the museum's viewpoint of Liam's Wikipedian in Residence, creating content vs. uploading photographs, QR codes and more.
The ARKive project - a collaboration to improve Wikipedia articles on threatened species - has continued through the month, led by Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing). Four articles related to the project have been appeared on English Wikipedia's Did You Know?. Full information is available at Wikipedia:GLAM/ARKive. The project will continue with two public events in Bristol on 15 September; one in the afternoon, the other in the evening.
There is now a Wikipedia article about QRpedia, the QR code based, multi-lingual, mobile-friendly interface to Wikipedia, launched at GLAM/Derby. Appropriately, nine other-language versions have also been created. Meanwhile, developer Terence Eden is soliciting views on how QRpedia should deal with cases where articles are not available in the user's preferred language.
Roger Bamkin attended Wikimania on behalf of the chapter on 4-7 August. WMUK also provided scholarships to Isaac Kosgei from Kenya, a Wikimedian from Hungary and a number of UK Wikimedians. Isaac Kosgei was particularly successful as a proposal to improve health related issues in sub-Saharan Africa was created around him. In September, he will meet Michelle Obama to discuss his work.
UK presenters at Wikimania included Christopher Cooper, Roger Bamkin, Ironholds, Deryck Chan, James F., Tom Morris and WereSpielChequers. WereSpielChequers was interviewed by the local press - see the article in Hebrew, or the Google Translate version of the article.
On 15th July, Simon Smith (User:Tagishsimon) ran a Wikipedia workshop for post-graduate students of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Medieval Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies as part of the King's Manor Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York. Feedback from the 15 participants was very positive and Simon stayed on for a workshop on interdisciplinary studies of the past and the conference's wine reception.
In August, forty people attended an evening event at the University of Bristol, jointly organised by Wikimedia UK and Bristol Girl Geek Dinners. The theme was Women in Wikipedia and the evening was led by Fiona Apps (User:Panyd). The mostly-female audience had one-to-one help from experienced Wikipedians including Jezhotwells, MartinPoulter and Bs5er. Fiona followed up with a post on the chapter's blog and an interview in the Signpost. There are more 'Wikipedia/Girl Geek Dinners' planned in future.
There were two board meetings this month. The first, an Executive board meeting on 9 August, focused on our participation in the annual Wikimedia fundraiser, as well as reviewing the status of recruitment for our office administrator and chief executive, and ensuring our adherence to the 2010 fundraising agreement.
The second, an in-person full board meeting on 27-28 August, was kindly hosted by Derby Museum and Art Gallery. On the first day, Ting Chen from the Wikimedia Foundation was present at the meeting by invitation, as were several Wikimedia UK members. The principle of openness, as well as the growth potential for WMUK, was discussed; Andy Mabbett described his experiences with the ARKive project; and John Byrne gave an update on progress with our application to become a charity. The upcoming fundraiser and the 2012 activity plan were also discussed. On the second day, discussion topics included assessment of Wikipedia trainers; reviews of actions and board member reports; and a continuation of the discussion around the 2012 activity plan. Draft minutes of the meeting are available on our wiki.
As mentioned in last month's report post-publication, a revised submission has now been sent to the Charities Commission, and we received their response to our submission in early September.
This month, we received £1485.89 in donations from 81 donors - this is our highest number of donors since February. For more information please see our monthly fundraising report at Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 2011.
Our annual accounts for the period 1 February 2010 until 31 January 2011 are now available at File:Wikimedia UK accounts 31 January 2011.pdf. Note that they are pending the correction of one minor error, after which they will be signed and filed with Companies House.
We provided an additional £4,037.04 (6,598 USD) to the Wikimedia Foundation via an extension of the previous grant we gave them earlier this year, representing 50% of the donations received by WMUK in the months of February through June this year.
We also signed a contract with SmartDebit to provide administrative services which will enable us to accept Direct Debit payments. We expect to have systems set up for Direct Debit donations in good time for the 2011 Wikimedia Fundraiser.
First stage interviews for the Chief Executive position also took place this month, with in-person interviews scheduled for the start of September. A total of 83 applications were received for the position. (For more information, see the blog post put out in early September.)
UK press coverage
Press coverage of Wikipedia in UK publications this month included:
- 2 August, London plods raid Wikipedia in counter-anarchist operation, Register - covering the reuse of Wikipedia content by the Metropolitan Police without attribution.
- 5 August, "The US should let its credit rating be downgraded – and shrug" mentions "You may have never heard of David Beers but every finance minister in the world knows of him," noted Reuters in a recent – and rare – profile of the analyst, who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page."
- 8 August, S&P's powerful chief steps out of the shadows - "Some time last Friday night, someone created a Wikipedia page for David T Beers. Overdue, you might think."
- 8 August, British Museum makes the Wikipedia connection, The Guardian (see #GLAM activities)
- 8 August, Wikipedia wants more contributors, MacWorld UK; also Wikipedia targets addition of many more contributors in ComputerWorldUK
- 8 August, Women! Wikipedia needs you, Guardian blogs
- 10 August, The end of Wikipedia as we know it?, Irish Times
- 19 August, Wikipedia founder to lead Radio 3 Festival, also covered by NewsOnNews and Cambridge technology news
- 22 August, The Spark (a free magazine distributed in South-West England) did a profile of WMUK trustee Martin Poulter, discussing reasons for contributing to the chapter and to Wikipedia.
- There was one UK Wikimeet this month: London on 14 Aug.
Upcoming activities in September
We have quite a number of events planned for September, including:
- 1st - Institute of Physics Workshop
- 2nd to 3rd - Science Online London - "How are wikis being used to carry out and communicate science?" session
- 2nd-4th - RegioWikiCamp Brest (France) - Unconference on regional wiki projects
- 3rd - Mayor of Derby on Webstream to give prizes to Russia, France and Indonesia for Multilingual challenge
- 8th - British Museum internal workshop
- 8th - Steve Virgin and Roger Bamkin talking at TEDx Bristol
- 11th - London meetup with Chief Exec short list
- 14th - Workshop for GLAMs at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
- 15th - Wiki Wildlife Bristol
- 17th - Manchester meetup
- 18th - In-person executive board meeting - Derby
- 27th - Manchester Girl Geek Dinner at B-Hive, Manchester. Fiona Apps (User:Panyd) speaking about Women and Wikipedia.
- 27th - Presentation for all staff at the British Library
For events in October and onwards, please see Events.