Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1st to 30th April 2013. If you want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe to our blog, join a UK 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.
- John Cummings becomes Wikimedian in Residence at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum.
- April 3rd Jonathan Cardy joins Wikimedia UK as GLAM Organiser
Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit a microgrant application of your own, are at Microgrants/Applications.
- Microgrants/Photographing of London approved. The microgrant enables User:Chmee2 to travel round London taking high-resolution photographs of the city. Over 500 photographs have been taken so far, and already two are Featured Pictures on Commons: a statue of Genghis Khan at Marble Arch, and a close-up of railings at the Albert Memorial.
- Microgrants/Wrecks on Doom Bar update. On 15 April the article on Doom Bar was promoted to Featured Article status. WormThatTurned's next target is creating a list of wrecks at Doom Bar.
- Microgrants/Core Contest (prizes) update. The article improvement competition with prizes from WMUK began on 15 April and will conclude on 12 May. So far nine articles have been submitted, ranging from the crusades to Charles Babbage.
- Microgrants/KFC update. This microgrant covers the purchase of books to enable User:Farrtj, an independent editor who has no affiliations with KFC, to improve the KFC article on the English-language Wikipedia. The books were purchased and sent to Farrtj who has improved the article and is ready to nominate it at Featured Article Candidates.
UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
- Daily Telegraph - Labour star Chuka Umunna admits his aides probably set up and edited his own Wikipedia page
- The Independent - Chuka Umunna's 'British Obama' Wikipedia entry came from his former office
- Daily Record - National Library of Scotland looking to recruit first ever 'Wikipedian'
- The Scotsman - National Library of Scotland to hire ‘Wikipedian’
- The Guardian - Wikipedia bumps women from 'American novelists' category
- Daily Telegraph - 'Gallic Kim Kardashian' banned from Wikipedia
- The Guardian - Welcome to Wikidata! Now what?
- The Register - French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base
- Gizmodo - French Secret Service Freaks Out About Seemingly Nonexistent Military Secrets On Wikipedia
- New Statesman - How Wikipedia covered Thatcher's death
- PR Week - Hit or Miss? MP Chuka Umunna responds to claims he edited his own Wikipedia page
- Wisbech Standard - Video: Computer narrates Wikipedia history of Fenland, with amusing results
- Standard - Mystery deepens over who changed Wikipedia entry of Labour star Chuka Umunnah
- London Loves Business - Chuka Umunna's "UK Barack Obama" Wikipedia label added from his work computer
- Daily Telegraph - Chuka Umunna's Wikipedia entry edited from computer at his work
- The Scotsman - National Library of Scotland want Wikipedia expert
- The Scotsman - National Library of Scotland want Wikipedia expert
- The Independent - Wikipedia in sexism row after labelling Harper Lee and others 'women novelists' while men are 'American novelists'
Blog posts this month
- 2nd April - Announcement: QRpedia donated to Wikimedia UK This was also pushed out as a press release to our media list a week later.
- 4th April - Open Educational Resources - some reflections on OER'13 This review of the OER'13 conference was written by Wikimedia UK Associate Dr Martin Poulter.
- 8th April - THATCamp London: Have you registered yet? This post was written by Martin Lugton, co-organiser of THATCamp - The Humanities and Technology Camp. It is part of a series of guest blogs leading up to our GLAM-Wiki conference.
- 9th April - GLAMWiki keynote preview: Lizzy Jongma, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Another in our series of guest blogs leading into GLAMWiki, this was written by Lizzy Jongma of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
- 10th April - GLAMWiki keynote preview: Michael Edson, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC Another GLAMWiki preview guest blog, this was written by Michael Edson of the Smithsonian.
- 11th April - GLAMWiki preview: Nick Poole, Collections Trust, London This is the final GLAMWiki preview guest blog and was written for us by Nick Poole of the Collections Trust. Nick presented at the conference.
- 18th April - National Library of Scotland and Wikimedia UK to jointly appoint Wikimedian in Residence This post announced the beginning of the recruitment process for our first Wikimedian in Residence in Scotland.
- 22nd April - Wikimedia projects reach more than 500 million people per month This post was written by Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation and was originally published on the Foundation's blog. Reaching 500 million unique visitors to Wikimedia projects is a huge achievement and represents around 1 in every 14 people - of all people on the planet! - using a Wikimedia project in March 2013.
- 25th April - Jisc and Wikimedia UK to jointly recruit a Wikimedia Ambassador This post announced the beginning of the recruitment process our first education-focused long term residency project.
- 25th April - The Wikidata revolution is here: enabling structured data on Wikipedia This was written by Tilman Bayer, Senior Operations Analyst of the Wikimedia Foundation, and was originally published on the Foundation's blog.
Activities in April and May
- 06 - Manchester meetup
- 07 - Coventry meetup
- 10 - Martin Poulter delivering a workshop on "Improving Psychology Articles on Wikipedia: An opportunity for education and impact" at British Psychological Society Conference 2013, Harrogate
- 10 - A tour of Blythe House from 14:00-16:00, details on the GLAMwiki page
- 12–14 - GLAM-WIKI 2013
- 13 - EGM 2013
- 14 - London meetup
- 17 - IRC office hours
- 18 - Technology Committee - 1900 - 2100 UTC+1 (BST) on Mumble (joining details here)
- 18–21 - Wikimedia Chapters Meeting, Milan
- 25 - Wiki Loves Monuments in the UK planning meeting
- 26 - Wikidata workshop, British Library
- 26 - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums 26 April Wikipedia training
- 27 - Oldham Wikipedia training
- 28 - First ever Brighton meetup
- 30 - University of Oxford Zoology Department Wikipedia training day
- 30 - Governance Committee meeting
- 05 - Oxford meetup
- 11 - Board meeting (in-person, London)
- 12 - First Glasgow meetup
- 12 - First Nottingham meetup
- 12 - London meetup
- 15 - IRC office hours
- 18 - Liverpool meetup
- 18 - Cambridge meetup
- 19 - Lua on Wikimedia
- 20 - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums 20 May Wikipedia training
- 24 - Queen Victoria's Journals University of Oxford editing day
- 24–26 - Amsterdam Hackathon
- 25 - Academic Dress editathon, London
- 28 - Education Committee conference call
For events in June 2013 and onwards, please see Events.
- EGM 2013
- 13 April 2013 board meeting to approve new members
- 29 April Audit & Risk committee meeting
- 30 April Governance Committee meeting
News from the Chief Exec
- For information on Jon's activities this month, see News from the Office.
Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in April, as well as blog posts published this month.
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Fundraising and Membership
This month, we received £220 in one-off donations, with 4 individual donations. The average donation amount was £55 - 75% 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 katherine.bavagewikimedia.org.uk and let her know your requirements.
There were 4963 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £19474.77
Up to 30th April 2013:
- 189 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current members - with 8 new join-ups in April.
- 96 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership should be renewed)
- This adds up to 285 members who were eligible to vote
- 23 Expired members
- April 2013 Members Newsletter