2013 Annual Review/Wiki version/What's next

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What's next[edit | edit source]

The staff of Wikimedia UK
Development House, home of Wikimedia UK's office

2013-14 is a very important year for the open knowledge movement in general and for Wikimedia UK in particular. The charity has an extensive activity plan in place and will be working very hard, led by volunteers, to deliver a programme that is ambitious, positive and makes a valuable contribution to our movement, both at home and abroad.

The most important aspect of our activity is going to be supporting the volunteers that currently work with the charity and recruiting lots of new volunteers. Key to this is making sure that our programme is compelling to our community and offers exciting opportunities to lead projects for the charity to help further its objectives.

Wiki Loves Monuments this summer is an excellent opportunity to encourage lots of new contributors to Wikimedia Commons. The world’s largest international photography competition is a simple and accessible way to get involved. We're excited to be taking part for the first time in 2013.

On the subject of excitement, we're thrilled that Wikimania, the annual conference of Wikimedians, is taking place in London in 2014. The charity is looking forward to helping the volunteer bid team, who secured the conference for the UK, in the delivery of the event. For the first time, Wikimania in London will feature a large-scale outreach element to encourage more people to become Wikimedians.

The 2013 EduWiki Conference is in development. This event in November will bring together delegates interested in the use of open educational resources, especially Wikimedia projects, within secondary and higher education, and the University of the Third Age.

Our continuing Wikimedian in Residence programme shows great promise. Some of the world's most famous cultural institutions are set to participate in 2012-13, including the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Others WiRs are in the pipeline with our GLAM Organiser working with volunteers to build the necessary relationships and we’re looking forward to seeing the results.

As well as the larger scale partnerships there are some other activities happening at a grass roots level. A good example is an editathon at the Bloomsbury Festival, focusing on the Bloomsbury Group of writers. We will also be hosting an event exclusively for Wikimedia UK donors later on in the year.

Making a contribution to the international Wikimedia movement remains crucial and we look forward to working closely with both the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia chapters. In addition to all of the above – which is just a snapshot – we would love for volunteers to come forward with their suggestions for projects they may wish to lead. You can find full contact details on the back cover of this review.