Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 30 June 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 queries, please leave a comment on the talk page.
The Board met in person on 11-12 June in Birmingham. The first day was spent on strategy discussions, and included the writing of a vision statement - "free knowledge for all" - and a mission statement. The second day was spent on formal business, particularly our charity status application, our plans for recruitment of full time staff, the upcoming fundraiser and reallocation of budget holders. Key decisions included the decision to proceed with hiring a 'chapter manager' and office manager, and to participate in the fundraiser this Autumn/Winter.
A summary of the meeting was posted on the Wikimedia UK blog.
Mike Peel spoke at the Impact of Social Sciences conference, hosted by the London School of Economics, talking about Wikipedia as an innovative approach to academic impact. A podcast recording of the talk is available.
A call for applicants was put out for a Wikimedia Outreach Ambassador position at the University of Bristol. Samuel Knight from the University of Bristol was selected, and is due to start in July.
Additionally, Campus Ambassador training event took place in London on 18 June, where four people from three different universities were trained to support the use of Wikipedia in higher education.
Several GLAM events happened this month, including:
- 4th, British Library English and Drama behind-the-scenes, which had around 20 attendees, saw the creation of 24 new Wikipedia articles and improvement of various other articles - full details are at Editathon, British Library#Output.
- 22nd, National Railway Museum Wikimedia workshop - the agenda and participants of which are listed on
- 24th, GLAMcamp London had a range of Wikimedian and museum representatives meeting to discuss approaches to taking UK Wikimedia-GLAM relations forward in new and innovative ways.
- 1 June, Hundreds of GPs admit to using the website Wikipedia as a medical research tool, BBC News
- 10 June, Mystery of the Wikifixer: who is the secret image-cleansing agent?, The Independent
- For a summary of this story, see the Wikipedia Signpost write-up.
- There were 4 UK Wikimeets this month: Birmingham (Sun 12 June), Edinburgh (Mon 20 June), London (Sun 12 June) and Manchester (Sat 25 June).
- A UK Community IRC meeting was held on the 14th June.
- Steve Virgin spoke at the Mashable Social Media Day Bristol - info about which is on facebook and mashable.
- Martin Poulter wrote a blog post on "Six unorthodox ways to use Wikipedia".
Upcoming activities in July
- 01 - Medical Research Council Workshop
- 04 - Bristol Wiki Academy 2
- 05 - Fæ in BBC Radio Scotland interview for Culture Cafe
- 06 - 6-8 July, Johnbod part of Wikilounge team for "Communicating the Museum" conference, Dusseldorf
- 07 - 7-9 July, Martin Poulter attending the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit
- 09 - Executive board meeting
- 10 - London meetup
- 11 - 11-12 July, Wikipedia stand at the CILIP conference, Hatfield
- 16 - V&A Wikilounge
- 21 - Steve Virgin talking about 'What is your Wikipedia Business Strategy', Business West event at Cheltenham Racecourse & Gloucestershire Cricket Club
- 25 - Board meeting
- 26 - Steve Virgin talking about 'What is your Wikipedia Business Strategy', Business West event at Cheltenham Racecourse & Gloucestershire Cricket Club
For events in August and onwards, please see Events.