Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1st to 31st May 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.
The proposal for funding to support an editathon on 29 May on the topics related to genetics has been approved.
Information about project grants that are currently running, and how to submit an application of your own, are at Project grants/Applications.
Queen Street Mill
Almost a year after the first Wikipedia event there, a second editathon was held at Queen Street Mill, Burnley, organised by Wikipedian-in-Residence, Andy Mabbett. New and experienced editors collaborated on a number of articles (including Tinker, Shenton & Co and Steaming process in Lancashire cotton mills) and took numerous photographs and video recordings of machinery demonstrations conducted especially for the attendees.
The Metropolitan Police (the police service for London, England) have indicated that they are willing to consider requests to open licence some of their images - not least the scenic (as opposed to scene-of-crime) pictures taken from their helicopters, and/ or images posted to their social media accounts, but will do so on an individual (not blanket) basis. Requests may be sent to: DMC-Mailbox-.PressBureau-DMC@met.pnn.police.uk
Librarians in Wales
Brian Kelly gave a talk to Librarians in Wales on the theme of "Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users".
Royal Society WiR
No public events in May, but The Royal Society journals offer was open for most of the month, and other work continued.
Cancer Research UK WiR
John Byrne also started as WiR here, see his blog post
Carbon Caryatid hosted a Wikimedia editathon in the Mary Wollstonecraft room at Newington Green as part of the Wadewitz memorial programme.
Wikimania is coming to London for the 8-10th August 2014, both preceded and followed by a fringe of events that will have something of a GLAM focus - including a couple of editathons.
Registrations have opened and several hundred people have already booked, and most of the contents of the GLAM track have been settled. We hope to hold the GLAM meetup for Wikimania during the 4.30-6.30 slot on Friday afternoon.
- Social Machines Weekend (24-25 May) was successfully held.
Mass upload tool
We always knew that the mass upload tool had the capability to break the wiki by throwing very large amounts of data at it, and that has been tested recently. Guidelines are now being established for how big an upload needs to be before you need to notify the developers.
The plan now is to improve the documentation before Wikimania, and to use Wikimania to show relevant Wikimedians how to use this software and how to persuade our GLAM partners to use it.
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.
Wikimania Future of Education Workshop
Plans for The Future of Education workshop to be held 21-22 June as a Wikimania 2014 Fringe event entered the final stage during this month. Registration opened at the start of May remained open until the second week of June. It is expected that up to 30 participants will be attending this two-day workshop at the Barbican in preparation for the Future of Education track at Wikimania 2014.
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.
The second planning meeting for the EduWiki Conference 2014 was held on the 29th of May via Skype. The most important outcome of this meeting was a decision on the venue for the event, following the separate quotes acquired from possible venues in Edinburgh. 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.
- EduWiki 2013 Survey
A survey about WMUK's education activities around EduWiki has been circulated to attendees of the conferences organised in 2012 and 2013. 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.
Busy year so far!
We have taken time to look back at the education activities in the first half of 2014. Since January, the UK chapter has organised and/or supported a wide variety of events. Here is an annotated list of all the Education-related events that have taken place until the end of May 2014:
- On Saturday 1 February 2014 Katherine Bavage and Toni Sant led the training for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Wikipedia Workshop at the V&A Museum Reading Room in London.
- On Tuesday 5 February 2014 Charles Matthews supported long-standing Wikipedian Luke Surl with a training session for postgraduate students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
- A number of volunteer trainers led by Chris McKenna delivered a series of events called Wikipedia Takes UCL between 17-20 February 2014.
- Students at University of Hull in Scarborough participated in a WWI editathonn as part of their use of Wikipedia in the classroom.
- Magnus Manske spoke about Wikidata to the Cambridge University Wikipedia Society on Thursday 27 February 2014.
- As part of International Women's Day celebrations, on 8 March 2014 we supported the Women's Arts Practices editing event at Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths University of London. WMUK supported other events related to Women’s Month.
- A Wiki-Themed Symposium was held at Stirling University - entitled What I Know Is - with the participation of several academics and guest speakers involved in Open Knowledge, Open Education and Open Publishing, on 19 March.
- A second TaPRA Wikipedia Workshop was held at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 20 March; Ally Crockford helped me deliver this workshop.
- On 3 April WMUK supported a volunteer-led Editathon at University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, organised by WMUK volunteer Harry Mitchell, along with WMUK-accredited trainers Doug Taylor and Chris McKenna who provided one on one instruction for the attendees.
These are the most recent events in a string of education outreach activities which will continue throughout 2014. My WMUK colleague Richard Nevell and Toni Sant are in the process of collating basic information (mainly usernames and contact details, where appropriate) from all participants at these events to ensure appropriate follow-up and engagement through future education-related activities.
The Technology Committee met on 6 May with three attendees. The minutes of the meeting can be found here.
UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)
- Iran blocks Google, Wikipedia: report - Times of India
- Wikipedia, a new perspective on an old problem - Huffington Post
- Wikipedia founder calls European Google ruling "wide sweeping censorship" - CBS
- Chemistry references in the digital age - page 15 of the widely circulated Royal Society of Chemistry newsletter (May edition)
- Hilsborough Wikipedia scandal: 'Strong leads' in hunt for trolls who used Government computer - Mirror
- How a raccoon became an aardvark - The New Yorker
- 'Strong leads' in hunt for trolls behind Government computer Hillsborough Wiki scandal - Liverpool Echo
- English Wikipedia edited by UK government IPs (in Spanish) - FayerWayer.com
- Civil servants behind 'sickening' Hillsborough slurs identified - Daily Telegraph
- Wikipedia is a masterclass in digital democracy - Wired
- Do NOT try to diagnose yourself on Wikipedia! 90% of its medical entries are inaccurate, say experts - Daily Mail
- Don't diagnose yourself on Wikipedia, doctors warn - Daily Telegraph
- Trust your doctor, not Wikipedia, say scientists - BBC News
- In brief - WMUK protests WMF decision (re: fundraiser) Wikipedia Signpost
- 'Don't use Wikipedia for medical advice', scientists warn after errors found - The Independent
- University students shunning books in favour of Wikipedia - Daily Telegraph
- What Is the Longest Disambiguation Page on Wikipedia? - Slate
Blog posts this month
- What happens when you release photos on Wikimedia Commons? (1 May)
- Wikimedia UK welcomes new starters for Wikimania (6 May)
- Six weeks in at the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (7 May)
- Wikimedia UK microgrant leads to Wikipedia featured article (8 May)
- Bekka Kahn to co-ordinate the Open Coalition (9 May)
- Falling to pieces: Wikipedia and history (12 May)
- Cancer Research UK, Royal Society and Women Fellows (21 May)
- Fabian’s thoughts on a few weeks in post (28 May)
- Connecting knowledge to power: the future of digital democracy in the UK (29 May)
Activities in May
For events in June 2014 and onwards, please see Events.
There has been a bit of discussion about stopping these reports, as they're redundant now that we have the much more thorough FDC reporting structure. We'll do a survey on this later in the year.
A very busy month. Lots of follow-on from last month's coverage of vandalism to the Wikipedia article about Hillsborough. I have booked media training from some staff and volunteers ahead of Wikimania and this will take place in July. The first draft of the annual review is complete and, following a round of amends will be going to our designer. Bekka Kahn officially began work as the Open Coalition Project Co-ordinator. More of the communications for Wikimania are being brought in-house to the chapter and Stevie will be leading on much of this. An interesting project is developing with Demos, WMUK and the Open Coalition, which will see attempts to crowdsource evidence to the Speaker of the House of Commons on ways to encourage participation in digital democracy. A speaking slot has been secured for Toni Sant at a high profile conference on community education and learning. Late in the month a story appeared relating to the quality of health-related articles on Wikipedia in several of the larger nationals. Comment and quotes from the chapter appeared and the story shifted in tone slightly as a result.
One more significant "win" to report. A couple of phonecalls to the International Olympic Committee in Geneva secured full media accreditation for a Wikinews reporter to cover the Youth Olympic Games in China. This is a significant breakthrough and shows a growing credibility of both Wikinews and Wikimedia UK.
Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in May and blog posts published during the same period.
If you're interested in getting more involved with our communications or have any questions or comments, please email Stevie Benton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising and Membership
This month, we received £10 from an individual donation. 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 4575 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of £18528.42
You can view more detailed membership data here
Visitors to the office this month
The office was visited 48 times in May.