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GB1900 Project Launch: The Historically Open Gazetteer of Great Britain

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Project Launch of of GB1900; the first ever historical gazetteer of the entirety of Great Britain, capturing the isles between the years 1888 to 1914. I was invited by Humphrey Southall, Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Southall, who… read more »

OER18, FLOSS UK and CELT Conference Reflections

By Lorna M. Campbell, University of Edinburgh Earlier this spring I was honoured to be invited to keynote at three open knowledge conferences in the UK and Ireland, which presented a great opportunity to highlight the work of the Wikimedia community to a wide and diverse audience. The first event was the OER18 Open for… read more »

A weekend at MozFest

This post was written by Stuart Prior, Fundraising Assistant I recently spent the weekend at Mozfest, the annual Mozilla conference, held in Greenwich. The aim of going was to find out how Mozilla’s community worked, to make project and fundraising contacts in the open sector and, after my role in organising our own community conference,… read more »

Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU publishes copyright reform paper

The Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU (FKAGEU), of which Wikimedia UK is a member, has this week published a paper on copyright reform across the European Union. This is in response to the Report on the responses to the Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules and the draft white paper on a… read more »

Does Wikimania save lives?

This post was written by Fabian Tompsett, Wikimedian and co-ordinator of the Wikimania support team, and originally published here. I am just coming to the end of a four-month stint working for Wikimedia UK helping to deliver Wikimania 2014 at London’s Barbican Centre. It was all quite exciting and as The Signpost put it was “not too bad, actually”. In the… read more »

Building the Open Access Button

This guest blog post was written by David Carroll, Open Access Button Project Lead Earlier this month, as I sat at the Wikimania Open Data Hack in the Barbican, silently whirring in the back of my mind was an impending anniversary. It had been one year since the first line of code of what would… read more »

Your Wikimania Needs You!

This blog post was written by John Cummings, Wikimania support at Wikimedia UK and Harry Mitchell, Wikimedia UK volunteer. Wikimania 2014 is a 2000+ person conference, unconference, festival, meetup, workshop, hackathon, and party, spread over five days in August 2014, preceded and followed by fringe events. It’s the official annual event of the Wikimedia movement,… read more »

Interested in helping improve OpenStreetMap?

Our friends at OpenStreetMap are working to collaboratively create a global, openly licensed map that’s free for everyone to use. They are always keen for more people to participate in their work and many Wikimedians are among the contributors. OpenStreetMap is hosting a “hack weekend” on 8 & 9 March for volunteers to get together… read more »

Teaming up with Mozilla for an editathon

Mozilla UK have been supportive to Wikimedia UK since they opened their Mozilla Spaces venue in June 2012, allowing us to use their space in central London a few times for free, and continuing to do so whenever possible. This is particularly useful when the meeting spaces in our London office are fully booked (which… read more »

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