UK Wikimedian of the Year 2015

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The UK Wikimedian of the Year is an annual award given by Wikimedia UK to thank those in the UK or abroad who have helped the UK Wikimedia movement. These volunteers and institutions have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help bring open knowledge to all. The 2015 winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 25th July.

The prizes were first awarded at WikiConference UK 2012 at the Science Museum on 12 May 2012. The purpose of the awards is to recognise achievement, and inspire efforts for next year!


The winners and nominating statements are below

  • UK Wikimedian of the Year
    • Tim Riley
      One of our finest FA contributors, who in past year has promoted core articles like Lawrence Olivier, Falstaff and Benjamin Disraeli. Not only is he constantly producing one FA after the other he's been of enormous help to me personally reviewing my own articles for GA/FA and being a very productive editor in peer reviews. He not only does that regularly for me but at least half a dozen others, always making the effort to review the work of others, even if the subject is not to his taste like Indian cinema. I'd estimate that he's had a role in over 200 featured articles aside from his own with reviewing. One very recent comment about him here. He also sets a shining example in temperament and is the perfect gentleman, and remains calm even in situations where others I greatly respect flare up. I ask the judges here to kindly look through the best efforts section of his wiki user page and look at the sheer class of Mr. Riley!
  • Partnership of the Year
    • Cancer Research UK
      For working with Wikimedia UK to secure an external grant for a Wikimedian in Residence, and for continuing the engagement with Wikimedia movement since their first experience in 2011. During the WIR project, the institution worked to change its internal policies to become more open, which was not without hurdles. Now open sharing of cancer information diagrams is included in the standard workflows of the organisation, giving an example to follow for other institutions.
  • Honourable Mention
    • Phoebe Harkins, Wellcome Trust
      Phoebe has been instrumental in our work with Wellcome. They have released a huge number of files to Commons and are a major supporter of the upcoming Wikipedia Science Conference. Wellcome Trust, the Wellcome Library, and Wellcome Images are important allies of Wikimedia UK in opening up access to knowledge, especially in the critically important areas of health and medicine. While Wikimedians have had good experiences with all of Wellcome, Phoebe has played a crucial part in helping the two charities working with each other. The forthcoming Wikipedia Science Conference was made possible by her advocacy and we should all be extremely grateful.