Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for February 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. To see what we have planned in coming months, please visit our events page. If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line on this report's talk page.
- 14th Cambridge meetup - 4th February
- 54th London meetup - 12th February
- 1st Coventry meetup - 19th February
The first Coventry meetup was held at The Litten Tree in Coventry. There was a good turnout of around a dozen Wikimedians, and discussions ranged from the purpose of Meta-Wiki to a new proposal for GAs. Another meetup in the city is being planned.
- 11th Manchester meetup - 25th February
The 11th Manchester meetup took place at The Waterhouse, close to the Manchester Town Hall. With 15 people present, this was one of the most well-attended wikimeets to take place in Manchester. The next meetup in the city is planned for 28th April.
22nd - Steve Virgin speaking on 'Wikimedia UK - an opportunity, a challenge and a grand vision' at the FoodCycle Student Restaurant at the Anson Rooms, University of Bristol Students' Union
- Elitism for the Masses
On the 29th, Martin Poulter spoke on "Elitism for the Masses" at an IDEoGRAMS seminar at the University of Leicester.
- Other media coverage
- Wikipedia looks to expand Arabic content via educational initiative, Guardian, 15 Feb (US-based interview)
- See also the This Month in GLAM UK report for this month.
- QRpedia made the final four top UK mobile innovations, coming second in the finals.
- QRpedia: Language code, Telecoms.com, 20 Feb
- Mentioned in Mobile World Congress: The UK firms hitting Barcelona, BBC News, 24 Feb
- Smart QR codes bridge language divide, Gomo News, 7 February
- Monmouth: world’s first Wikipedia town also to be first WiFi town in Wales, Monmouthshire Council, 22 Feb
- Monmouth to be Wales' first WiFi town, Monmouthshire Beacon, 29 Feb
- Black country Backstage Pass
- Backstage Pass at Black Country Living Museum
- Wikipedia day aims to highlight borough's hidden treasures, Stourbridge News, 11 February (also Halesowen News)
- Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library
- Wikipedian in Residence for British Library, CorpComms, 13 February
- British Library seeks taxpayer-funded Wikipedia-fiddler, Register, 16 Feb
- The British Library is looking for a Wikipedian-in-residence
A brainstorming session focused on whether the UK should participate in Wiki Loves Monuments took place on the 18th February at the WMUK offices in London. The session led to the establishment of a steering group for WLM:UK 2012. For more details, see
- Further reading
- Rusic hackday
- RISC OS
On the 25th, Trevor Johnson hosted a stand at RISC OS South West Show, nr. Bristol
- Typosquatting fines by UK watchdog
- An organisation that was using a domain name that was a typo of Wikipedia in order to get people to call a premium-rate number was fined by the UK watchdog PhonePayPlus. News coverage included:
- Watchdog fines £100,000 for online 'squatting' that misled consumers, PhonePayPlus press release, 16 Feb
- ‘Typosquatting’ websites fined £200,000, Telegraph, 16 Feb
- 'Typosquatting' premium rate phone firms fined £100,000, BBC News, 16 Feb
- Typosquatting Sites ‘Wikapedia’ and ‘Twtter’ Have Been Shut Down, Mashable, 17 Feb
- Wikipedia, Twitter Typosquatting Websites Shut, Fined £100,000 each, IT Pro Portal, 19 Feb
- Wikipedia android app
- An encyclopaedia in your pocket with Wikipedia for Android, ComputerActive, 9 Feb
- Wikipedia blocked in Uzbekistan
- Uzbekistan blocks Wikipedia pages say witnesses, Telegraph, 20 Feb
- Wikipedia vandalism
- Suffolk: Anglian Bus boss hits back on online claims, EADT24, 1 Feb (also EDP24)
- RIP Mr Bean: False rumour of actor Rowan Atkinson's death trends worldwide on Twitter, Daily Mail, 26 Feb
- PR companies
- Wikipedia: Friend or foe?, PR Week UK, 2 Feb
- Wikipedia: the real public relations opportunity, CIPR, 3 Feb
- Wikipedia and PR: is there any point in talking?, Clement Reputation, 4 Feb
- Wikimedia and New Collaborations at Third #OpenDataLDN Meetup in London, Open Knowledge Foundation blog, 1 February
- Board meeting, 11-12 February
We were pleased to welcome our third member of staff in five months and a number of people who had shown interest in becoming a trustee. For the first time the board had advertised for non-Wikipedians to broaden our approach. We now have staff and Jon Davies had arranged to have a large number of draft policies which were nearly all agreed. A volunteer policy was presented by Tom Dalton. On the Sunday the trustees presented the work they had led since the last board meeting. Not all the items were dealt with but this meant that the board were able to join the 54th London meetup and remind ourselves of our membership.
Fundraising and Budgeting
- Finance meeting
On the 17th-19th, Wikimedia UK trustees Chris Keating and Mike Peel attended the global Finance meeting 2012 in Paris, France. This meeting focused on furthering the debate about which Wikimedia organisations should be able to fundraise via the Wikimedia projects. A key outcome of the meeting was the intention to establish a Wikimedia Chapters Council in the next few months, which will be responsible for the representation, accountability and development of the Wikimedia chapters, as well as facilitating knowledge exchange between the chapters.
This month, we received £4,441.70 in one-off donations, with 211 individual donations. The average donation amount was £21.05. 98 of these donors have had Gift Aid Declarations made and matched with their records. 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 6,278 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £24,949.74.
When we established our office, we made sure that there was enough desk space for the four employees that we planned to hire this year. However, we have found that we are having a significant number of visitors to the office, including Wikimedia community members, visitors from other organisations, and Wikimedia UK trustees. As such, we have decided to increase the number of desks at the WMUK office from four to six, to make sure we have hot desking capacity available for visitors. Our hot desking facilities include a large-screen monitor as well as a USB keyboard and mouse, and refreshments, to ensure that visitors are welcome.
In addition, the floor of Development House that our office is located on will be re-modeled in the next few weeks. We are hoping that a sofa area will be set up, which will mean that there will be even more room for visitors who want to come and edit - or just chat with a cup of tea.
Learn to Edit
We held a 'Learn to Edit day' at the Wikimedia UK Offices, which was the first of many to come. Several Wikimedia volunteers were in attendance, along with four charities and two companies.
We have received a letter from the UK's Advertising Standards Authority stating that they had had a complaint from a member of the public regarding our allegedly misleading banner advertisements on Wikipedia during the annual Wikimedia fundraiser. After soliciting input from our lawyers and the Wikimedia Foundation, we have responded to this letter explaining the banners that we ran in November and December last year. Although we don't have permission to post the ASA's letter (it is copyrighted), our own reply to them is posted here. More information is available in the March report
After an exhaustive search, Daria Cybulska will be joining Wikimedia UK on March 1st as our Events Organiser. She will be focusing on providing logistical support for our volunteer-led events, taking the strain off Richard Symonds (our Office and Development Manager), Jon Davies (our Chief Exec) and our Trustees, and will help to kick-start our programme of events and activities over the next few years.
Following from our rigourous advertising and interview process, our new Communications Organiser will be starting work from the 19th March. They will be focusing both on our external communications with media organisations, and our internal communications with our Wikimedia volunteers and the community at large.