Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly report for the period 1 to 31 July 2011. If 
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This report is also available, complete with pictures, on our website at .


1 Board activities
2 Education projects
3 Fundraising
4 GLAM activities
5 Recruitment
6 UK press coverage
7 Wikipedia Workshops
8 Miscellaneous
9 Upcoming activities in August
Board activities

The executive board (chair, secretary and treasurer) met in-person on 9 July, 
followed up by a meeting by telephone on 19 July. The agenda is on the WMUK 
wiki, as are the minutes. The main part of the meeting was to clear the backlog 
of expense claims and postal letters sent to the chapter, which was successful.

On 25 July the full board met by telephone - again, the agenda is on the WMUK 
wiki, as are reports from individual board members and the meeting minutes. 
Most of the discussion was about individual board member activities (including 
GLAM, education and other activities), with specific discussions about our 
application for charity status, recruitment of our Chief Executive, our 
education activities, conflict of interest policies and plans for the 2012 
financial year.

The next full board meeting will be on 27-28 August, and will be in person in 
Derby; the next executive board meeting will be by telephone on 9 August.

Education projects

On 4 July, Sam Knight (wikipedia:User:Wikisamia) started a joint 
WMUK-University of Bristol summer student placement, aiming to build on 
Wikimedia UK's existing relationships with the city to create partnerships that 
benefit both Wikipedia and the community.

On 7-9 July, Wikimedia UK director Martin Poulter, and Chris Hopkin 
(wikipedia:User:Chzz) attended the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit. This 
was a three-day conference held at Simmons College in Boston, Masachusetts.


Monthly fundraising reports are publicly available on our Finances webpage. 
Here are summaries of each month thus far this year:

January, £49,900 received, primarily at the start of the month due to the 
annual fundraiser (detailed report)
February, £2,354.95 received from 109 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly 
Totals 2011)
March, £2,044.60 received from 90 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly 
Totals 2011)
April, £1,064.43 received from 54 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly 
Totals 2011)
May, £1,557.73 received from 70 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly Totals 
June, £1,052.37 received from 65 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly 
Totals 2011)
July, £1,371.01 received from 78 donors (see Fundraising Report - Monthly 
Totals 2011)
Our accounts from incorporation until 31 January 2010 have been completed, and 
were approved by our members at our AGM in April (you can read them online). 
Our accounts for 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2011 been audited, and are in 
the process of being reviewed and signed; we will make them available online 

In May 2011 we gave the Wikimedia Foundation a grant of £293,000 (GBP; approx. 
$475,000 USD) towards their general operating costs.

In July we renewed our Fundraising Agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation; the 
agreement can be found on the WMUK wiki at 2011 Fundraiser/Agreement. We also 
began participating in the pre-testing for the Wikipedia Annual Fundraiser, as 
documented here. We are also close to signing an arrangement with a Direct 
Debit bureau to enable us to take Direct Debit payments in this Autumn's 

GLAM activities

Between 6 and 8 July, wikipedia:User:Johnbod joined the Wikilounge team at the 
"Communicating the Museum" conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.

On 11-12 July, Oliver Keyes and Tom Morris ran a Wikipedia/Wikimedia UK stand 
at the CILIP conference, Hatfield. A public report is available.

The 16th July saw a Wikilounge at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which 
focused on the article on Tipu's Tiger as a multilingual case study and 
improvement effort. The V&A released its official photographs of the automaton 
under a free license so that they could be used on Wikipedia, and the English 
article was dramatically improved as a result of the event, and is now 
available in over a dozen different languages.

On the 11th July, Andy Mabbett (wikipedia:User:Pigsonthewing) started a 
ten-week 'Wikipedian-in-Residence' style project as Wikipedia Outreach 
Ambassador to wikipedia:ARKive. ARKive have donated the text of 200 of their 
articles on endangered species, under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 licence. These texts are 
now being incorporated into the corresponding Wikipedia articles and further 
developed on-wiki. Full information is available at ARKive project and 

The 28th July saw the start of a project with the National Maritime Museum to 
improve Wikipedia's coverage of Royal Navy warship histories - the NMM released 
information about around 20,000 warships under a free license, and this 
information is now being integrated into the corresponding Wikipedia articles.

Finally, the report from last month's National Railway Museum Wikipedia 
Workshop is now available.

For additional information on our recent GLAM activities, see the UK report in 
the global 'This Month in GLAM' report.


This month, we put out job adverts for our first Chief Executive, as well as a 
temporary Office Administrator. Both positions received a large number of 
applications, with interviews due to take place in August.

UK press coverage

We forgot to mention last month that Andy Mabbett, aka User:pigsonthewing, was 
interviewed on BBC Radio West Midlands on 12 June, talking about Wikipedia 
editing. While he was on-air, he took a picture of his interviewer, which was 
uploaded to Wikipedia before the show ended - see Andy's blog post for more 
information and a link to the audio recording.

Press coverage of Wikipedia in UK publications this month included:

4 July, Kaggle contest aims to boost Wikipedia editors, One Per Cent, New 
5 July - Fæ in BBC Radio Scotland interview for Culture Cafe
6 July, NOTW phone hacking protests turn to Wikipedia, The Inquirer
6 July, Edit and update Wikipedia articles, ComputerActive (tutorial)
10 July, The Only Way Is Essex + Wikipedia = philosophy, Guardian - article on 
how clicking on the first link in Wikipedia articles inevitably leads to the 
Philosophy article
11 July, I fell out with Johann Hari – then 'David Rose' started tampering 
viciously with my Wikipedia entry, Telegraph blog
11 July, The scandal that will not go away, Telegraph - related to the above 
blog post.
11 July, Is That Wikipedia in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?, 
Wired blog - about a paid-for app that contains a complete copy of Wikipedia on 
a phone
11 July, Introducing Cameronism, BBC News - notable as a rare example of the 
BBC linking directly to Wikipedia and Wiktionary articles
14 July, Official BBC Twitter rules tell staff: ‘Don't do anything stupid’, 
Telegraph - mentioning "a ban on BBC staff doctoring entries on Wikipedia to 
sanitize critical comments."
17 July, In The Know - Imperica interview with Fæ about recent GLAM activities
Wikipedia Workshops

Several Wikipedia Workshops took place at the start of this month, with the 
Medical Research Council Workshop taking place on 1 July, and the second 
Bristol Wiki Academy taking place on 4 July. The latter event was blogged about 
on the WMUK blog, and was also reported on by the Bristol Wireless and Media 
Quest Mood blog.


As a result of the Derby GLAM project, a Catalan editor flew to Derby to see in 
person what he and others have written ~1000 articles and translations about 
(see picture, right).
UK Wikimeets this month: London (Sun 10 July)
There were no UK Community IRC meetings this month.
On 21 and 26 July, Steve Virgin talked about 'What is your Wikipedia Business 
Strategy' at Business West events at Cheltenham Racecourse & Gloucestershire 
Cricket Club
Upcoming activities in August

August is a fairly quiet month, with just four events taking place:

4-7 August - Wikimania 2011, Haifa (inc. Developer's meetings, 2-3 Aug)
9 August - Executive board meeting
14 August - London meetup
27 August - In-person board meeting
For events in September and onwards, please see Events.

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