Reports/2013/March

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Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1st-31st March 2013. If you want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe to our blog, join the UK Wikimedia 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.

Program activities[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

GLAM activities[edit | edit source]

Technology[edit | edit source]

Other activities[edit | edit source]

Microgrants[edit | edit source]

Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit a microgrant application of your own, are at Microgrants/Applications.

  • Microgrants/KFC was approved. This microgrant covers the purchase of books to enable User:Farrtj, an independent editor who has no affiliations with KFC, to improve the Kentucky Fried Chicken article on the English-language Wikipedia. Farrtj hopes to work the article up to Featured Article quality, and may improve related articles along the way.
  • Microgrants/Core Contest (prizes) was approved. The Core Contest, which is currently run by Casliber, encourages community members to improve the most important articles on the English-language Wikipedia. This will be the third WMUK-sponsored Core Contest, and we are providing £250 worth of Amazon vouchers as the prizes for the contest.
  • Microgrants/Wrecks on Doom Bar has a status update. The key aims of the grant are to get the English Doom Bar article promoted to Featured Article status and to create a list of wrecks at Doom Bar, perhaps working it up to Featured List status. After using WMUK-purchased resources to enhance the article, the Doom Bar article was nominated at Featured Article Candidates on 5 March.

UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)[edit | edit source]

Blog posts this month[edit | edit source]

March events[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]


For past events please see here.

For events in April and May 2013 and onwards, please see Events.

Administrative activities[edit | edit source]

Board activities[edit | edit source]

The Board held a meeting by telephone on Tuesday 26 March 2013. This meeting principally dealt with governance changes that were recommended by the Governance Review, including approving the charters of the Governance Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee. It also covered an update on QRpedia, a modification to the Finance Policy, and the proposed Scheme of Delegation.

Prior to the meeting, the Board passed a resolution approving the motions that it would be proposing to the membership at the Extraordinary General Meeting to be held in April 2013. It also approved new membership applications. Both of these decisions took place on the office wiki, and were confirmed at the board meeting.

The draft minutes of the meeting have been made available on-wiki, and are scheduled to be approved at the Board meeting on 11 May 2013.

News from the Chief Exec[edit | edit source]

For information on Jon's activities this month, see News from the Office.

Communications[edit | edit source]

Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in March.

There was a mixture of communications activity in March. We hosted an event for journalists in central London which was attended by Jimmy Wales. Jimmy's show of support was very welcome and you can see the video of his talk here.

Work began on actually drafting the 2012-13 annual review after community consultation didn't lead to a great deal of participation. A couple more short briefing papers were prepared for Trustees and staff related to potential hot topics.

If you're interested in getting more involved with our communications or have any questions or comments, please email Stevie Benton – stevie.bentonatwikimedia.org.uk

Fundraising and Membership[edit | edit source]

Fundraising

This month, we received £155 in one-off donations, with eight individual donations. The average donation amount was £19.37 - 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.bavageatwikimedia.org.uk and let her know your requirements.

Please note that March's fundraising data for regular donations will be uploaded soon, pending a response to clarify the data from our payment provider. This page will be edited to reflect the amounts as soon as the data is provided.

Membership

Up to 31st March 2013:

  • 178 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current members - with 13 new join-ups in March.
  • 94 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership should be renewed)
This adds up to 272 members who were eligible to vote
  • 10 Expired members