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Below is the Wikimedia UK monthly
report<https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports> for
the period 1st to 31st July 2013. If you want to keep up with the chapter's
activities as they happen, please subscribe to our
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 Program activities Community

A Wikipedia editing training session took place on 20 July in Monmouth. The
office received feedback from one local attendee that the training was
excellent, attendees went away very happy and that "all of the Wikimedia
volunteers were fantastic!" Eight people attended (including three women),
all newcomers to Wikipedia editing, attended. A good understanding of how
Wikipedia works and the rules around notability and referencing was
achieved. All users went away confident in making basic edits to articles
and were enthusiastic to be involved. You can see more details of the event
on the event page<https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Monmouth_Wikipedia_training>
 Education activities EduWiki

Work progresses on delivering the Wikimedia UK's flagship education
conference, EduWiki
2013<https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/EduWiki_Conference_2013> (1-2
November 2013, Cardiff). Registration opens soon, and we are already
looking for volunteers for various support roles. If you are interested do
get in touch with the Education Organiser Toni Sant - toni.sant[image: at]
Y Coleg Cymraeg

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol <http://www.colegcymraeg.ac.uk/en/> (the
federal Welsh College) is a national body which plays a key role in
planning, supporting and developing Welsh medium education and scholarship
at universities in Wales. Wikimedia UK has initiated discussion regarding
open content.
European young researchers network Wikipedia workshop

Sphingonet a European network of PhD-candidate and post-doc researchers
focusing on Sphingolipids. Part of their activities is outreach work and so
we organised a 
how Wikipedia works, and how to improve it with the attendees' specific
knowledge. The people on the network came from 10-12 different countries
(UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland). The goal of this event
was to make a significant contribution to the quality of Wikipedia
scientific content in Sphingonet-­‐related topics.

Luc Henry, the organiser from the network, reflected:

"The workshop was exactly what we expected. We found a team of extremely
motivated and talented editors willing to freely share their time and
knowledge to improve Wikipedia. As most of the participants were beginners,
the basics of the language and inner workings were covered first, but the
aim was that each participant would create or significantly improve one
article. In order to be more productive, a draft article was prepared in
advance so that we could focus on the technicalities during the afternoon.
The five hours of the workshop were just sufficient to cover some
background and technical information and learn enough to achieve the task.

The feedback from the participants was unanimously positive and the comment
that was heard the most was that people found it very useful to get
started, overcoming their apprehension to modify anything found in the
encyclopedia. A majority of people also found it very likely that they
would continue editing Wikipedia articles now that they had a basic
training, something they would not have done on their own."
 GLAM activities Open Culture 2013

The Collections Trust very kindly gave us a free stand at their exhibition
on the 2nd/3rd of July 2013. This was a great opportunity for us to talk to
attendees at OpenCulture2013 <https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/OpenCulture2013>,
people who are committed to the idea of free culture, but who may need
information on what Wikipedia can do with mass releases of images. Or
indeed just show them how to edit an article or add an image to an article.
In actuality it gave us the opportunity to talk to a range of museum
professionals, from those who weren't sure if we'd be interested in their
little museum, to those who only see us as a threat to their sale of
images; and we did get to show one curator how to upload images.
Welsh Books Council

The Welsh Books Council
<http://www.cllc.org.uk/hafan-home?diablo.lang=eng> agreed
to Wikimedia UK's Manager in Wales' request to upload all their Welsh book
reviews (3249 articles) onto Wicipedia Cymraeg.
 Technology Other activities Wiki Loves Monuments

The third planning meeting for Wiki Loves Monuments in the UK took place in
July. Volunteers have been adding lists on Wikipedia, with lots of help
from editors, resulting in a strong collaborative effort. At the same time,
the organisers are setting up a website and arranging events such as photo
walks, and looking for partners. The competition takes place in September,
and if you are interested in helping out or participating, please leave a
message on 
efforts are being co-ordinated.

Information about microgrants that are currently running, and how to submit
a microgrant application of your own, are at
 UK press coverage (and coverage of UK projects & activities)

   - Dr Martin Poulter appointed Jisc-Wikimedia
   Bristol University
   - Revealed: Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza was obsessed with correcting
   Wikipedia articles about mass killers and admitted having a bullet
   Daily Mail
   - Boot up: wireless contact lens, Wikipedia's visual editing, Samsung's
   share slide and
   - Wikimedia yn penodi Cymro fel
   - Wicipedia Cymraeg: New manager looks to expand Wiki in
   BBC News Wales
   - Wikimedia’s annual Wikimania conference is coming to London in
   The Next Web
   - Using Wikipedia to inspire the next generation of women
   The Guardian, 25 July 2013
   - Wikipedia edit-a-thon to inspire women
   Cambridge News
   - Wikimedia announces Wikimania conference coming to London in 2014 and
   reveals update
   ITProPortal, 23 July 2013

Blog posts this month

2 July - Wikimedia UK yn penodi Rheolwr i Gymru / Wikimedia UK appoints
a post in English and Welsh announcing the appointment of Robin Owain as
Wales Manager

4 July - Wikipedia to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s
this piece is about an event to be jointly hosted with the Royal Society
and Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research
(NIMR) celebrating the contributions of women in science.

5 July - - a painting from Commons to feature in new
painting uncovered by Andy Mabbett at the The New Art Gallery, Walsall, is
to feature in a new book.

5 July - Canadian Copyright Collection from the British Library on
Wikimedia UK and the British Library announced the release of 2,000 images
of historic Canada.

11 July - Notes from a Wikimedian in
Residence<http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2013/07/1733/> -
a report from John Cummings, Wikimedian in Residence at the Science Museum
and Natural History Museum.

13 July - Ashley Van Haeften steps down from Wikimedia UK
noting that Fae has stood down as a Trustee.

16 July - Twentieth century culture and Wikimedia
A report from Jonathan Cardy about the editathon at the Royal Opera House.

27 July - Mike Peel resigns as a Trustee of Wikimedia
Announcing Mike's departure from the Board.

29 July - Sphingonet and
A report from Richard Nevell about an editing event in Oxford.
 Administrative activities Finances

Our FDC progress report form is available at
This breaks down our activities and spends over the months of May, June and

Our Annual Accounts and Financial Statements for the year have also been
published: see 

There was a board meeting on 13 July. You can see the agenda
the minutes here <https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Minutes_13Jul13> and
the reports
made to the board here <https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports_13Jul13>.
 News from the Chief Exec *For information on Jon's activities this month,
see News from the


Please see the above links to relevant press coverage received in July. In
other top line communications news, Stevie visited journalists from some of
the national newspapers to build relationships and keep them up to date
with potential stories, including Wikimania 2014 and Wiki Loves Monuments.
He also spent some time meeting academics and learning more about the way
they use Wikipedia in their university courses. These form the basis of
some potential case studies and will be useful in the lead up to the
EduWiki conference. The annual review was successfully printed in Hong Kong
for sharing at Wikimania 2013 which was a great relief. Rock drum visited
the office for a few days to make a short film for Wikimania 2014 and did
an excellent job. Planning began for a key messages workshop offered to the
charity for free by a volunteer.

If you're interested in getting more involved with our communications or
have any questions or comments, please email Stevie Benton –
 Fundraising and Membership Fundraising

This month, we received £2,357 in one-off donations, with 7 individual
donations. One of these was a large donation of £2,000. Excepting this, the
average donation amount was £59.50 - 71%% of these donors have 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.bavage[image: at]wikimedia.org.uk and let her know your

There were 5414 successful direct debits this month, bringing in a total of

Up to 30th July 2013:

   - 180 new (membership commenced in preceding three months) and current
   members - with 6 new join-ups in July.
   - 34 'grace' members (membership within six months after date membership
   should be renewed)

This adds up to 214 members who were eligible to vote

Visitors to the office

   - Lucile - volunteer from France
   - John Cummings WiR Natural History and Science Museum
   - Visitors from National Library of Scotland
   - A Brazilian Wikimedian en route from Hungary to Brazil
   - Alaistair McCapra and Micahel Maggs - new trustees
   - Ed Saperia and James Knight from Wikimania Team
   - Martin Poulter - JISC Ambassador
   - Garfield Byrd CFO Wikimedia Foundation
   - Greyham Dawes
   - Mark Kelleher - BBC
   - Rockdrum for volunteering.


Stevie Benton
Communications Organiser
Wikimedia UK
+44 (0) 20 7065 0993 / +44 (0) 7803 505 173

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