Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1st to 30th June 2014. 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.
Project grants outcome
Free Culture Weekend
As part of the build-up to Wikimania 2014, a "fringe" Free Culture Weekend was held at the Barbican in London on 7-8 June. A number of GLAM topics were discussed. There is an etherpad with notes from the event.
National Library of Scotland
The first three batches of digital content from the National Library of Scotland’s collections have been successfully uploaded to Wikimedia Commons this month! This follows the acceptance in March 2014 of a library-wide policy that places all NLS-generated metadata under a CC-0 licence; digital content will be released under either a CC-0 or CC-BY-NC-SA licence.
This is extremely exciting and is the result of a combined effort from the NLS and Wikimedia UK; hopefully it is just the first in many projects of this type both at the NLS and at other Scottish organisations!
Education and expert outreach
WMUK is supporting a Wiki Workshop for Geographers at the Royal Geographical Society (1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR) on Monday 7th July 2014, 1pm-5pm. Registration for this expert outreach event opened in May. 2-3 trainers are needed for this event, one of whom will need to act as lead trainer. Travel expenses will be covered as usual. Sign up on this page, if you're willing to join in as a trainer. This workshop is being led by Dr Toni Sant, WMUK's Education Organiser.
Wikimania Future of Education Workshop
The Future of Education workshop was held on 21-22 June as a Wikimania 2014 Fringe. About 20 participants from seven countries (Australia, Austria, Germany, Jordan, Tunisia, UK & USA) attended this two-day workshop at the Barbican in preparation for the Future of Education track at Wikimania 2014. The main outcome involves plans for a 2-day Education Pre-Conference at Wikimania (on 6 + 7 August), focusing mainly on providing workshops for Campus Ambassadors and Educators.
EduWiki Conference 2014
This event looks to raise awareness of the educational possibilities of Wikipedia and sister projects, and developing Wikimedia UK's academic engagement. A survey about WMUK's education activities around EduWiki was circulated in May 2014 to attendees of the EduWiki conferences organised in previous years. It is envisioned that the responses from this survey will help enhance the programme for EduWiki 2014 and further engagement with the event attendees over the years, as well as enhance the final report about last year's conference.
The conference will be held at Edinburgh First's St Leonard's Hall (University of Edinburgh) on Friday 31 October. Latest details about this event are available through this wiki page. Registration is open until late September.
The Technology Committee met in June; the minutes can be found [[|IT Development/Technology committee meetings/Minutes 17 June 2014|here]]. A scoping exercise into how the charity uses technology is being carried out.
Press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
- Is Wikipedia a reliable source for medical advice? - The Guardian
- Letter from Simon Knight to The Psychologist
- Jimmy Wales: UK needs US-style first amendment to protect whistleblowers - The Guardian
- Love and drama at the Wikipedia Conference - New York Magazine
- PR firms outline Wikipedia compliance in joint statement - PR Week
- Education Ministry and Wikipedia collaborate to write content for the internet site - Jerusalem Post
- World Cup 2014: Yuichi Nishimura gets his Wikipedia profile changed after controversial penalty during Brazil's victory over Croatia - The Independent
- PR firms pledge "ethical" use of Wikipedia - BBC News
- The most influential person on Wikipedia is a Swedish botanist, obviously - The Metro
- Wikipedia pops up in bibliographies, and even college curricula - LA Times
- Civil servant fired after Telegraph investigation into Hillsborough Wikipedia slurs - The Telegraph
- Hillsborough - civil servant sacked for Wikipedia slurs - BBC News
- Civil servant sacked for offensive Wikipedia edits on Hillsborough - The Guardian
- Hillsborough Wikipedia edits - civil servant fired for offensive edits - Independent
- Hillsborough Wiki entry civil servant sacked - Sky News
- Hillsborough Wikipedia slurs: Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude's full statement as civil servant is sacked - The Mirror
- Hillsborough - junior civil servant sacked for Wikipedia edits - Herald Scotland
- Dozens more government Wikipedia vandals will never be found, Minister admits - Telegraph
- Wikipedia clamps down on paid editors and sockpuppetry - Wired
Blog posts this month
- Wikimania fringe: Free culture weekend (5 June)
- New Media Academy – a foray into Polish cultural institutions and Wikimedia projects (10 June)
- A model for digital democracy (11 June)
- Office for National Statistics and Wikimedia UK work together to improve the public understanding of statistics (13 June)
- A global editathon – teaching Wikipedia to Barclays (16 June)
- Wikimania Free Culture Weekend (17 June)
- Discussing the future of digital democracy (19 June)
- Wikimania fringe – The Future of Education (25 June)
- The personal touch (27 June)
- What’s Wrong With Wikipedia in Education? (30 June)
Activities in June
For events in July 2014 and onwards, please see Events.
Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in June and blog posts published during the same period.
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Fundraising and Membership
This month, we received £115 in one-off donations, with 2 individual donations. The average donation amount was £57.5 - of the donations that were eligible for gift aid, 50% 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.
There were 4750 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £19827.92
You can view more detailed membership data here