Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 30 April 2012. 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.
The Monmouth meet up had been organised because of the MonmouthpediA project which had brought the WMUK to its first board meeting outside the English borders. Actually this was the first Wikimeet in Wales. Since December of 2010 the project had written over 100 articles in English and a similar number in other languages. This meant that over 50 notable buildings (including most of the pubs) had articles and QRpedia codes had been placed on the notable objects inside several of the buildings.
- Manchester meetup (12)
- Wikimania bid
- Video launched to boost Bristol's bid to host Wikimania 2013, This Is Bristol, 17 April
- Collaboration between WP:MED, Wikimedia Canada and Translators without Borders
- Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap, Guardian, 11 April
- English Wikipedia user reaches 1 million edits
- First man to make 1 million Wikipedia edits, Daily Telegraph, 20 April
- First man hits a MILLION Wikipedia edits after averaging an incredible 385 per day for seven years, Daily Mail, 20 April
- Seven Years, One Million Edits, Zero Dollars: Wikipedia’s Flat Broke Superstar, Gizmodo UK, 20 April
- Doctors use, but don’t rely totally on, Wikipedia, WMUK blog, 24 April
- See also the This Month in GLAM UK report for this month.
- John Rylands Library
- Guest Post: Librarians meet Wikipedians: collaboration not competition!, UK Web Focus, 3 April
- Sharing Knowledge on the Web Coventry Observer (12 April 2012)
- The BBC, Open Content and Wikipedia, Andy Mabbett, 18 April
- For an update on Monmouthpedia, see the GLAM newsletter.
- Baroness Warsi visits Monmouth's Shire Hall, Monmouthshire Beacon, 18 April
- Terence Eden talked about QRpedia at Museums Showoff, London, 25 April
- User:Pigsonthewing has deployed eight QRpedia codes at the historic Birmingham Moor Street railway station, courtesy of the Centenary Lounge cafe there - see commons:Category:QRpedia codes at Birmingham Moor Street Railway Station for pictures.
- Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham, has started experimenting with QRpedia codes.
- WMF switching to using OSM rather than Google Maps for Wikimedia Mobile
- OpenStreetMap posing surprise threat to Google Maps, PC Advisor, 9 April
- Boot up: Wikipedia shoves out Google Maps, Instagram reaction, pics inside Apple, OLPC in Peru and more, Guardian, 10 April
- http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/wikimedia-openstreetmap-google-71969, TechWeek Europe, 10 April
- There were no microgrants approved this month.
- Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map, Guardian, 4 April
- Jimmy Wales
- Jimmy Wales: internet will 'change perception of privacy', Telegraph, 16 April
- Jimmy Wales was included in The Guardian's Open 20: fighters for internet freedom, Guardian, 20 April
- PR industry
The Public Relations Society of America published a journal article on "Measuring Public Relations Wikipedia Engagement". UK media coverage included:
- Iffy-pedia: Up to six in ten articles on Wikipedia contain factual errors, Daily Mail, 18 April
- Six out of 10 Wikipedia business entries contain factual errors, Telegraph, 18 April
- PR mag: Let promoters edit clients' Wikipedia entries, Register, 18 April
- The online copyright war: the day the internet hit back at big media, Guardian, 18 April
- Wikipedia vandalism
- AA Gill Wikipedia Page Hacked: Critic Labelled 'Pitiable Little Sexist' After Insulting Mary Beard, Huffington Post, 24 April
- will.i.am upset over Wikipedia age joke, Orange, 25 April
Upcoming activities in May
- (To be copied here from Events at the end of this month)
For events in June and onwards, please see Events.
- Full board meeting (21-22nd April)
The full board meeting was held at Monmouth Shire Hall in Monmouth. Discussions included the Funds Dissemination Committee, Wikimedia Chapters Association, Chapter Selected Seats for Wikimedia Foundation board, Wikimania scholarships and winners of UK Wikimedian of the Year. For more information, see the Minutes. Videos can also be found on Wikimedia Commons.
News from the Chief Exec
- For information on Jon's activities this month, see News from the Office.
Fundraising and Budgeting
This month, we received £624.25 in one-off donations, with 50 individual donations. The average donation amount was £12.485. If anyone would like a full (but anonymised) csv file with more information, please get in touch with richard.symondswikimedia.org.uk and let him know your requirements.
As for direct debit donations, there were 5898 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £23,049.62. We have also begun analysing our Direct Debit attrition rate, which appears to be circa 20%.
Office and Staff
Data Protection registration
Wikimedia UK has been added to the Data Protection Register, registered number Z3098483. Put simply, this means that our data handling, personal records is secure and in line with the data protection act.