Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 30 June 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.
- London meetup - 10 June
- Manchester meetup - 23 June
- Cardiff meetup - 30 June
- 18 June - Martin Poulter speaking on "Wikipedia and Education" at Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester
- EduWiki 2012: Wikipedia as an educational resource, now and in the future
- Train the Trainers event, London, 9-10 June
- See also the This Month in GLAM UK report for this month.
- GLAMcamp London, 8 June
- World War I Editathon, 16 June
- National Archives partnership
- Pic for victory! We team up with The National Archives to bring war art to public domain
- See commons:Commons:The National Archives (United Kingdom) (includes media coverage)
We started advertising for our first Developer position, which will be a full-time position based in the Office. The deadline for applications is on 1 August, with interviews planned for 8 August - and we hope to have the developer in position shortly afterwards. The developer will work on a variety of tasks, including our fundraising and event organisation systems, supporting the office technology needs, and developing MediaWiki.
- Public relations
- Related to Draft best practice guidelines for PR, David Gerard participated in a live debate with the PR industry about the issues that connect the Wikimedia community and the PR industry.
- The Wikipedia debate: will two communities collaborate or collide?, CIPR webstream, 20 June
- Wikipedia by Numbers Can Be Misleading, Jane Wilson, Huffington Post, 15 June
- Quality of brand pages low on Wikipedia, CorpComms, 14 June
- Brands suffer on Wikipedia, study reveals, PR Week, 14 June
- CIPR tells members not to edit clients' Wikipedia pages, PR Week, 27 June
- Don't Edit Wikipedia Says Top UK PR Body, Huffington Post, 27 June
- Wikipedia unveils guidance for PR professionals using the site, 27 June
- PR firms urged not to edit Wikipedia, 28 June
- Wikimedia UK annual awards
- WMUK awarded its first annual awards at WikiConference UK 2012 in May this year.
- OII Recognised as Educational Institution of the Year at Wikimedia UK's Annual Conference, OII press release, 15 June
- We won Educational Institution of the Year at Wikimedia UK's Annual Conference!, Zerogeography, 19 June
- Microgrants/Core Contest (prizes) has been approved for a re-run of the competition in August.
Upcoming activities in July
- 26 - Board meeting (TBC) - call
- 21 - Liverpool meetup
- 20 - 22 - Edinburgh photography workshop
- 19 - GLAM-WIKI 2012 Conference Meeting
- 12–15 - Wikimania 2012
- 01 - Board meeting - in person in London
For events in August and onwards, please see Events.
An in-person Board meeting took place in London on 30 June to 1 July. The highlights of the meeting will be summarised in the July report; the full minutes from the meeting are available at Minutes 30Jun12.
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 £565 in one-off donations. We also raised £89 through SMS giving. 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 6,328 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £26,061.87.
A couple of major pieces of work this month as far as comms goes. Version one of the Communications Strategy has been finished and shares with the board, staff and the wider community. It's a substantial report and covers most aspects, if not all, of our communications. A version is here and a with only recommendations is here. Some feedback has already been received and this will be acted upon when the document is revised in July. A key example of this is the suggestion that even the shortened version of the strategy is too long. This will be condensed into ten key recommendations.
Work continued with CIPR and development of best practice guidelines - not our guidelines, but the discussion was facilitated by us. Arranged for David Gerard to appear on a CIPR webcast on the issue. First draft of guidelines published at end of the month.
A booklet has been produced for Wikimania about the Monmouthpedia project and how to create a Wiki town. The document was finalised and sent to printers in Washington DC and will be placed in all Wikimania delegate packs.
Excellent Skype meeting with Jay Walsh. Relationship with the Foundation is developing nicely. Also ongoing work with Bold Creative should begin to bear fruit soon. Another meeting booked for 9 July. Other meetings include with David Gerard, The Times and Charles Matthews. Press releases this month include QRpedia stories on railway and church installations. Also offered quotes and comments for CIPR and National Archives releases.