Below is the Wikimedia UK report for the period 1 January to 31 May 2011. We 
will be making future reports available on a monthly basis from now on. If you 
want to keep up with the chapter's activities as they happen, please subscribe 
to our blog, join our mailing list, and/or follow us on Twitter. You can find 
this report online at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports/2011/May . If you 
have any queries, please leave a comment on the talk page.

WikiConference UK and AGM

We held the first WikiConference UK, which included our 2011 Annual General 
Meeting, at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol. The three main themes of the 
conference were Wikipedia and GLAM; Wikipedia content; and Wikipedia in 
Education (including two keynotes). Slides from the presentations are available 
online.

At the AGM our members elected the Board for the coming year. 8 members stood 
for the 7 available seats, and it was a very close-run election. The new Board 
consists of Roger Bamkin (Chair), Andrew Turvey (Treasurer), Michael Peel 
(Secretary), Chris Keating, Martin Poulter, Ashley Van Haeften and Steve 
Virgin. The new Board put out a blog post announcing their appointment and the 
first board meeting.

The AGM also included the formal business of the outgoing Board's report, 
approval of minutes from the 2009 and 2010 AGMs, and voting on resolutions. 5 
resolutions were put to the members. The first was on extending board seats to 
2 years, which failed to receive the required 75% support. The other four - on 
setting membership fees; appointing board members; approving the 2008-2010 
annual accounts; and appointing auditors - were unanimously approved. 
Preliminary minutes for the AGM are online.

GLAM

The event summary below excludes events and new relationships under current 
negotiation which includes 5 new institutions as well as continuing programmes 
with at least 4 current institutions.

British Library - As part of our 10th Anniversary activities and partially 
inspired by our successes with the British Museum collaboration, on 14-15 
January 2011 we held a editathon at the British Library. At the event, 
Wikimedia UK volunteers alongside the employees of the British Library created 
Wikipedia content related to the British Library - 8 new articles were started 
and infrastructure on the English Wikipedia related to the new GLAM/BL project 
was developed. See Editathon, British Library/January 2011 and the event 
announcement for details.

Derby Museum

Backstage Pass - 9 April, the event established a model for high engagement 
with smaller museums and included the innovative use of QR codes to enable an 
multi-language interactive exhibition at almost no cost.
Wright Challenge - April/May - Gaming has been a great success in order for the 
collaboration to deliver articles in 100 languages. Further press interest 
should probably be encouraged for this achievement, particularly considering 
relationship to multi-language use of QR codes. Victuallers leading.
UGC4GLAM Vienna - 16-17 May Victuallers was invited to join this conference and 
presented on the topics of BM, Derby, QRpedia and the Wright Challenge and 
gained an insight into the GLAM work and logistics for other Chapters.

GLAMcamp NYC - 20-22 May, the workshops arranged by Liam Wyatt were successful 
in pushing forward interchapter relationships and advanced a number of 
international GLAM related projects. This included revising the :outreach 
website, sharing and publicising the Wikimedian in Residence experience, 
proposing a GLAM metrics programme and proposing a European GLAMcamp to be 
hosted in Utrecht late this year. The entire event (with around 30 
participants) was funded with $10,000 from the WMF. Travel cost concerns 
limited UK involvement to Fae and Rock Drum.

In May a GLAM task force was established to help drive the expanding programme 
forward and establish the UK GLAM network of e-volunteers. The current GLAM 
task force members active are Fae (director and budget holder), Leutha, 
WereSpielChequers, Tom Morris, Johnbod and Andrew Davidson.

Education

An Imperial College Wikipedia Society has been officially recognised by 
Imperial College, the first Wikipedia student organisation to be established in 
the UK. The society hopes to feed teaching assignments and outreach on campus 
and hopes to encourage the use of Wikipedia on campus and to seriously question 
its position in the academic community. It has already run two contribution 
team events: wikipedia:Wikipedia:CONTRIB/Imperial & 
wikipedia:Wikipedia:CONTRIB/Imperial2 - as well as the London Wikipedia 
Academy. It was covered by the BBC, Care2 and Sify News.

The ongoing survey into Expert barriers to Wikipedia caught the attention of 
the Guardian, who ran an article on Tuesday 29th March. Mike Peel sent the 
Guardian a variety of suitable contacts, and the paper chose Mike's own photo 
and interview to lead the article. The article mentioned a number of ways in 
which Wikimedia is reaching out to academia, including Wikipedians at Imperial 
College (see above). Wikipedia's detractors piled into the online comments, as 
did some veteran editors. The article caught the attention of the BBC World 
Service, who ran an interview with Rod Ward, who lectures at the University of 
West of England, Bristol. The interviewer seemed taken aback when Rod explained 
that Wikipedians are not paid for their contributions. The Guardian later ran 
an editorial column "In praise of academic Wikipedians".

Martin Poulter spoke at the Open Educational Resources 2011 conference at the 
University of Nottingham on "Wikimedia and Higher Education: Beat them or join 
them?" This urged the UK's Open Educational Resource community to learn from, 
and engage with, the Wikimedia projects.

Wikipedia Workshops

Wikimedia UK ran a 'Wikipedia Workshop' at Cancer Research UK's London offices. 
Cancer Research UK's staff explored how their unique expertise can benefit 
Wikipedia, improving existing cancer-related pages and sharing new information 
about cancer and health. The 'Wikipedia Workshop' was split into two sessions. 
The first took place in early February and consisted of a two hour 
comprehensive introduction to Wikipedia, including what makes a good Wikipedia 
article and how to interact with other contributors. The second session, on 
Monday 28th March 2011, was an all-day 'hands-on' session where the Wikipedians 
guided attendees through their first edits to Wikipedia. Kate Arnold, director 
of patient information at Cancer Research UK, said: "Wikipedia is a key source 
of information for people looking for information about cancer. Either they go 
to the site directly or they Google a term and Wikipedia links appear high in 
the search rank. We believe it is vital for the information available on these 
pages to be accurate and easy to understand." The event received a mention on 
the BBC web site, as well as extremely favourable coverage in The Times. This 
included an editorial which praised CRUK's bold step in engaging with 
Wikipedia, and a double-page spread on the information available to cancer 
sufferers, mentioning Wikipedia as one of the resources that will save lives by 
helping people make informed decisions. The event was also covered by New 
Scientist, AccuraCast and DigitalJournal

As a result of the Cancer Research UK event, the UK's Medical Research Council 
requested a workshop at its London offices, which is set for July. The 
Institute of Physics, an educational and scholarly charity, is exploring shared 
activities with Wikimedia UK. As part of this, the IoP will host a workshop at 
its London headquarters in September.

Saturday 19th March saw a one-day event at the University of Bristol, jointly 
branded between Wikimedia UK and the University, and organised by Steve Virgin 
and Martin Poulter. Attending were representatives from potential partner 
organisations and the local Somali and Bengali-speaking communities, as well as 
some students from the city's two universities. After Martin's overview, Alex 
Stinson explained the Five Pillars, GLAM sector partnerships and the Ambassador 
programme. Rod Ward spoke about article quality and WikiProjects (see Rod's 
blog). William Avery demonstrated image uploading. Steve Woods gave a 
non-technical intro to MediaWiki (see Steve's blog). Roger Bamkin made a very 
persuasive case for QR codes, placing examples around the room. Jezhotwells was 
on hand to provide one-to-one help to new users. Martin spoke to BBC local 
radio in the morning to promote the event. Matt Jukes of the Medical Research 
Council blogged favourably: "I think if more people were aware of just how 
tough the Wikipedia peer-review system was then there would be a lot less 
nay-sayers. The focus not only on getting things factually correct and well 
cited but also on the quality of the copy (and even layout) was really 
impressive."

Wikipedia's 10th birthday

Wikimedia UK hosted two events in Bristol in honour of Wikipedia’s 10th 
Birthday. Wales spoke to an audience of 700 at the University of Bristol's 
Victoria Rooms, with 3000 more watching the live video stream, and about 25,000 
on watching the recorded videos after the event. Local user Jezhotwells had 
made it his ambition to get the article about the event's venue to Good Article 
status beforehand, and managed it at 3am on the day of the talk. After an 
introduction from Guy Orpen, the University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, 
Wales gave a prepared speech and answered selected questions. His comments 
about Net Neutrality & HP Labs led to a large number of news stories about the 
event the following morning. The BBC Anchor Project recorded and edited the 
talk: a six minute video has been uploaded to Commons. Earlier in the day, 
Wales had spoken at the Bristol Cathedral School, from which a YouTube video is 
available. Throughout the day, Wales gave interviews to local, national and 
international media, including a lengthy interview with the New Statesman while 
en route from Bristol to London.

After the Bristol events, Jimmy threw a celebratory party in London, attended 
by many Wikimedia contributors and public figures. Jimmy was introduced by 
Richard Dawkins, who said that if he had been told about Wikipedia at its 
outset, he would have bet a large sum of money on it failing. Video of the 
party is available on the Reuters site. See summary of events. The Editathon at 
the British Library (see above) was also a 10th anniversary celebration event.

Miscellaneous

We put out a blog post on Wikimedia Commons reaching the 10 million multimedia 
files milestone.
A major media story at the end of April was regarding the disclosure of 
information subject to UK injunctions, which was covered by the Guardian and 
Daily Mail, and which Jimmy Wales criticised to the BBC (also covered by The 
Independent). Additionally, in May The Guardian covered a high court order 
regarding defamation on Wikipedia.
Back in January, a big news story was about the gender imbalance on Wikipedia, 
which was covered in the UK by The Telegraph in two articles.
Mike Peel attended the Chapters meeting 2011 in Berlin on behalf of WMUK. 
Documentation from the meeting is available online, and Manuel Schneider wrote 
a summary of the conference. WMUK provided sponsorship of €4,000 to hire the 
facilitators for the event.
Minutes of board meetings are available for 4 January, 5 February, 1 March, 8 
April, 16 April (pre-AGM), 16 April (post-AGM), 26 April (full board) and 20 
May (Exec).
Wikimeets happened in London on 9 January, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April and 
8 May; in Cambridge on 27 February and 21 May; and in Manchester on 24 April.
UK Community IRC meetings were held on 3 May and 17 May.
Upcoming activities in June

4 June - British Library English and Drama behind-the-scenes 
11-12 June - Board meeting, Birmingham
12 June - London meetup
22 June - National Railway Museum (provisional date, details under discussion)
24 June - GLAMcamp London
For events in July and onwards, please see Events.


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