ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SUNDAY 26TH APRIL, 1PM
Here are some more details about the chapter's AGM coming up next Sunday in
Manchester. Included below are further details of the venue, the agenda and the
speakers. If you have any queries please email us at secret...@wikimedia.org.uk
or reply to this message.
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The AGM will be held in Kro-Bar, 325 Oxford Road, opposite the main entrance to
Manchester University Students' Union. We will be upstairs in the Matlock
Rooms. Directions to kro-bar are at  and their website for more information
is at . Full address in at . Downstairs will be open from 10:30 in the
morning to 10:30 at night for anyone wanting to eat or drink before or after
 Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Rd., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 9PG
We are pleased to share the details of our four speakers who will be leading
the discussions from 2pm to 3pm on the future plans of Wikimedia UK. They are:
Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation is one of the UK's leading non-profit
organisations promoting free content. OKF run an annual Open Knowledge
Conference in London which bring together different groups working in the UK on
open content. Rufus Pollock is a co-founder of OKF who has been a director
Jo Seddon, Oxford Wikimania
Jo Seddon has been one of the leaders of the Oxford bid for Wikimania 2010 -
the main annual conference for Wikimedia enthusiasts the world over. We will
know soon whether or not we have won the bid: if we have, Jo will be talking
about the ways the chapter can support Wikimania and what we can expect in the
next 18 months. Otherwise, we will be looking into how we can use our
experience with the bid to put on our own UK conference.
Steve Bowbrick, BBC
Steve Bowbrick is the editor of the BBC Radio 4 Blog and Wikipedia enthusiast.
He will be talking about how the chapter can collaborate with BBC staff. Areas
of discussion include making the BBC archives more freely available,
encouraging the BBC to re-use Wikipedia content and encouraging BBC staff to
get involved with editing Wikipedia.
At a time when the German Wikimedia chapter has just announced their second
major free-content release deal - releasing 250,000 images from a Photo
Museum - the potential of this relationship with our new chapter is very
 For more information on this see
Duncan Harris, Wikipedia for Schools
Wikipedia for Schools is a long-standing project, based in the UK, re-using
Wikipedia content. The project creates child-friendly material organised around
the National Curriculum which teachers can use in their lessons. We are very
fortunate to have this project based here in the UK and look forward to working
together in the coming years. More details of the project are shown at 
Each speaker will be talking for around ten minutes and then we will have 20
minutes at the end for a general roundtable discussion on the subjects
discussed and the future activities of the chapter.
The full details of the Agenda are given below:
1pm: Welcome, refreshments and informal discussions
1:00pm: Arrival, refreshments, meet & greet and an opportunity for informal
discussions and people to join the chapter if they haven't already
1:30pm: Introduction by the secretary, Andrew Turvey, and the Chair, Kwan Ting
1:35pm: Opportunity for further informal discussions
2pm: Discussions led by our invited speakers and the Board
The Chair, Kwan Ting Chan, will introduce each speaker who will talk for around
ten minutes. After the four speakers, there will be twenty minutes roundtable
3pm: Formal business of the meeting, including hustings and election of the new
3:00pm: Coffee break
Chaired by Kwan Ting Chan, each of the eight candidates for the Board will have
an opportunity to give a brief speech for no more than two minutes. The floor
will then be opened to allow members to question the candidates for the
remainder of the time.
Copies of candidate statements, the candidate Q&As and ballot papers will be
available throughout the meeting and members will be able to vote until the
close of the hustings.
Chaired by Kwan Ting Chan, each of the seven Resolutions will be taken in turn.
Resolutions 1-6a will be proposed by Andrew Turvey, Secretary, and Resolution 7
will be proposed by Tom Dalton. The proposer may make a short statement of up
to 1 minute (2 minutes for resolutions 6a and 7 which are contested). The chair
will invite any member present if they want to speak against the resolution or
propose an amendment and will give them the same time as the proposers.
Voting will be by a show of hands, taking care to distinguish between members
and non-members and not to double count proxy votes already received. If the
vote is close to the required majority (75% for the Special Resolutions and 50%
for all others) then a roll call will be taken by the tellers.
4:15pm: Announcement of the election results
Following the resolutions, the tellers will announce the results of the Board
The Annual General Meeting will then close, but people are welcome to stay
around after for refreshments and informal discussions.
4:30pm - 6:30pm: The first meeting of the new Board will start immediately
after the AGM.
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