2012 September

Joint statement from Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia UK

Over the past six months, a Wikimedia UK trustee led two Wikipedia-related projects, Monmouthpedia and Gibraltarpedia, in a way that seemed to some observers to blur his roles as a Wikimedia UK trustee, a paid consultant for the projects’ government partners, and an editor of the English Wikipedia. This raised questions in the Wikimedia community… read more »

First ever Wikimedia UK intern waves goodbye

Isabelle, the first Wikimedia UK Intern, has finished her internship on 21 September 2012. Here is a message from her written on the last day in the office:   Today is the final day of my internship at Wikimedia UK, and now that the last few things have been wrapped up or handed over to… read more »

Gibraltarpedia: WMUK press release

1. What’s Gibraltarpedia? Gibraltarpedia is a project by the Government of Gibraltar to improve coverage of Gibraltar-related topics on Wikipedia. It is co-ordinated by two Wikipedians, Roger Bamkin and John Cummings, who are working with Gibraltar residents to train them in how to use Wikipedia and add appropriate photos, etc to Wikimedia Commons; as well… read more »

Board update

Wikimedia UK would like to announce that Roger Bamkin has stepped down as a Trustee. “Roger’s energy and enthusiasm has been central to the establishment of Wikimedia UK as a registered charity, our outreach programme, and to many other aspects of our work. QRpedia, one of his creations, is now in use in dozens of… read more »

Wikimedia UK appoints Saad Choudri to its Board

Wikimedia UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Saad Choudri to its Board of Trustees. This appointment is effective from 19 September 2012. Saad brings a wealth of skills and experience to the Board. He is a practising solicitor in the video games industry and has offered legal advice pro bono in the past. He is… read more »

EduWiki 2012 – a review

The first week of September saw the first EduWiki Conference at the University of Leicester, England, bringing together educators and Wikimedians for two days to talk about the Wikipedia Education Program and other ways we can support each other. The keynote speakers were Annie Lin from the Wikimedia Foundation; Leigh Thelmadatter from ITESM Mexico; and… read more »

Wikipedia Takes Coventry – the winners!

This blog post was written by Wikimedia UK volunteer and event organiser, User:Rock drum On Saturday 1 September, local Wikimedians organised the first “Wikipedia Takes…” event in the UK, in the city of Coventry (which, contrary to popular belief, is home to many historic or otherwise interesting buildings and structures). In the latest event in… read more »

Board update

Wikimedia UK is sad to announce that Joscelyn Upendran has stepped down as a Trustee. “It is with great regret that I have accepted Joscelyn’s resignation.” said Chris Keating, Chair of the Wikimedia UK Board of Trustees. “I would like to thank her for her important contributions on the Board and look forward to her… read more »

EduWiki kicks off amid great anticipation

There’s excitement in the air in Leicester this morning as our EduWiki Conference gets under way. Academics from three continents are meeting with Wikipedians and opinion-formers to discuss the use of Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia, in higher education. As well as universities, organisations represented include JISC and the Mozilla Foundation. Delegates will be examining the… read more »

Three months as a Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library

Over the past two years, Wikimedia UK has been working with the British Library. These have involved a series of editing events and tours through 2011-12, and partnerships between curators and volunteers to write about some of the Library’s most significant material. In May 2012, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council,… read more »