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These minutes were approved at the Board meeting on 20 October 2009.

Wikimedia UK Board meeting Tuesday 29th September 2009, 8:30pm BST at #wikimedia-uk-board

Present: Michael Peel (MP) (Chair); Andrew Turvey (AT) (minutes); Tom Holden (TH); Steve Virgin (SV)

Apologies: Zeyi He (ZH); Paul Williams (PW)

Absent: Joseph Seddon (JS)

Comment Note: Please mark your actions with one of the following:

* {{done}} if you have completed what was agreed
* {{doing}} if you have started doing what was agreed but haven't finished
* {{cf}} if you have not yet done what was agreed but will do in the future
* {{canc}} if you have not done what was agreed and will not now do it

In addition please mark {{discuss}} if the board needs to discuss the action and add it to the agenda of the next meeting.

Minutes of previous meetings

The minutes of the meeting dated 15 September were approved.

The following actions were carried forward:

1. AT will look into where we could produce branded merchandise. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

2. MP to work with SV to do mini press releases, no more than one per month, advertising spikes in traffic per WP:POPULAR related to particular news events. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

3. PW will develop a proposal for buying a computer for the Schools Project with, potentially, peripherals such as a projector, screen, printer etc. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

4. JS to draft an email for the Open Knowledge Foundation mailing list, to recruit new members. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

5. AT to arrange printing of the business cards Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

6. MP to investigate moving our wiki at to subject to technical feasibility re Single User Logins and hosting, with as a potential alternative. Bug Report. Once this has been completed, MP to follow up with Wikimedia Ukraine regarding the "uk." website conflict. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

7. AT agreed to investigate getting paid legal advice on charitable status, using the Foundation's offer to fund. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

8. JS agreed to follow up with his contacts at the BBC Digital Revolution and click and get them in touch with the Workplace Learning Lunches. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

9. AT agreed to draft a response to the supporter who wants to support us anonymously and circulate to the board. Yes check.svg Done

10. MP agreed to investigate options for a Britain Loves Wikipedia domain name and recommend one to register. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

11. AT agreed to contact each board member to complete the register of interests. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

12. MP agreed to arrange CRB checks for board members and Schools Project volunteers. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

13. MP agreed to investigate moving our OTRS system to one hosted by ourselves to reduce the risk that confidential emails are inappropriately viewed by non-WMUK people or emails are sent in the name of the chapter without approval. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

14. MP agreed to follow up with the foundation his request for detailed statistics on the proportion of UK internet users who use Wikipedia. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

15. AT to add to the press contact lists that PW and SV have emailed round. Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

Matters arising

MP has discussed CRB checks with a bureau and they require a letter of invitation from a school before they can process the application. AT agreed to approach Theresa Knott, Paul Williams and the Wrexham school contact to see if any of these could help with this.

ACTION: AT X mark.svg Cancelled - see discussion at next meeting

MP will also follow up a potentially cheaper option regarding CRB checks.

Now that JS is unable to be the contact for free content conferences, MP agreed to do this.



The Secretary's Report was noted. AT agreed to ask about Ian Hawkins filming the AGM on the email list and with OKFN and to ask Ian Hawkins if we could have a copyright-free copy of his filming.

ACTION: AT Go-next-red.svg Carried forward

MP agreed to follow up with WildScreen.

ACTION: MP Go-next-red.svg Carried forward


The Treasurer's Report was noted.


The Chair's Report was noted.


The Corporate Report was noted. MP has emailed the St Helenan user.


AT mentioned that he had proposed a timetable and budget for the Workplace Learning Lunches.

Wikimedia France workshop

Wikimedia France and the Wikimedia Foundation are organising a Usability Project Meeting in early November. They have offered to fund someone from the UK attending - who should be technically active but needn't be a board member. ZH and MP have volunteered. "River" was also suggested as someone who is active on the technology side.

It was agreed that we would approach River as a first choice and also email the mailing list for interested parties. If River is unable to make it and no one else comes forward, MP will attend.

ACTION: AT Yes check.svg Done


The board went in camera

When the board returned, the following decisions were summarised (more details are contained in the in camera minutes)

The board appointed Tom Dalton (Tango42) as the Head of Fundraising, liaising mostly with MP.

The board agreed their approach to the Chapter Fundraising Agreement, and AT agreed to approach the Foundation to negotiate.

ACTION: AT Symbol wait.svg Doing...

Any other business

It was agreed that MP could claim travel costs for attending the "Pictures in Public" conference out of the "attending free content conferences" budget and for the National Archive and Tate Gallery meetings out of the "content access projects" budget.

Next meeting

Sunday 11th October, in person at the London Wikimeet

Tuesday 20th October, 8:30pm, #wikimedia-uk-board