Andrew Turvey | 4 Jan 01:47 2011

Re: Proposal to Strike off

Dear All,

As I promised before, here is a further update on our progress with
our accounts. As I mentioned in my emails below, we were originally
given a date of 17th December for receiving draft accounts from our
accountants, UHY Hacker Young, which would have enabled us to file
accounts with Companies House by the end of December.

I was in constant touch with our accountants from 13th December until
they left on 23rd December. Although they started work on the accounts
on time, when they started to look at the information we had provided
they were unable to read the GNUCash file which contains the detailed
records. We have made some progress with converting the file into CSV
format or similar but this has taken far longer that expected.

They have now completed their work on the numbers but the extra work
they had to do meant they have not yet completed their work on
accounting disclosures and the independent review. Their scheduling
peak regarding tax returns due at the year end and holidays over
Christmas means they have not been able to dedicate any more staff to
the work until the first week of January. However, we now have two
staff dedicated full time to working on these accounts from today,
Tuesday 4th January, and they now expect that they will be able to
complete the accounts by 14th.

Although this is all extremely disappointing, we should keep in mind
that we are still on track to file the accounts before the final date
for striking off. This means that all money received from our donors
will be spent on supporting the goals and activities of the chapter
and will not be lost to the movement.
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Roger Bamkin | 8 Jan 10:36 2011
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Re: Event calenders

Hi Rockdrum

Your calender is looking useful, I'm hoping to have a few dates available for it. I just thought I'd give you some feedback as it can feel that no one is listening.... and they are. Between ourselves I'm proposing an event on April 9th in Derby. Press releases are being prepared.

regards
Roger Bamkin
aka
Victuallers

On 30 December 2010 16:42, Rock drum <rock.drum <at> hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
Hi all,
This is just a quick email to let you all know about the new event calender that I've created on the Wikimedia UK wiki. I would like to know, would you prefer this or a Google Calender, both of which would use content from the events page?
 
Regards,
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Re: Event calenders

Thanks for that, also, do you prefer the new, larger version which I implemented the other day or the old one?
 
Regards,
Rock drum
 
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:36:13 +0000
From: victuallers <at> gmail.com
To: wikimediauk-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Event calenders

Hi Rockdrum

Your calender is looking useful, I'm hoping to have a few dates available for it. I just thought I'd give you some feedback as it can feel that no one is listening.... and they are. Between ourselves I'm proposing an event on April 9th in Derby. Press releases are being prepared.

regards
Roger Bamkin
aka
Victuallers

On 30 December 2010 16:42, Rock drum <rock.drum <at> hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
Hi all,
This is just a quick email to let you all know about the new event calender that I've created on the Wikimedia UK wiki. I would like to know, would you prefer this or a Google Calender, both of which would use content from the events page?
 
Regards,
Rock drum

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Michael Peel | 8 Jan 15:52 2011
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Do we want to have a screening of Truth in Numbers in the UK?

Hi all,

We've been sent permission to screen 'Truth in Numbers' for free - the producer's words were "You are
welcome to do so for free.  The only thing we would ask in return is that you provide us the exact date and time
of your screening, and if possible some photos or videos of the event." If you don't know about this film
already, you can find out about it at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_in_Numbers%3F

Is anyone interested in such a screening, and if so is there anyone that is able and willing to organise it?

Thanks,
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Michael Peel | 8 Jan 16:58 2011
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Re: Editathon at the British Library, 14-15 January

Hi all,

Just a reminder to sign up for this event if you want to come - the deadline for signing up is on the 12th
January, so that we can ensure we have visitor passes for everyone. There's more information about the
event on the wiki now.

Thanks,
Mike

On 29 Dec 2010, at 15:48, Michael Peel wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> I'm delighted to be able to announce that we'll be running an 'editathon' at the British Library on Friday
the 14th and Saturday the 15th January! I've put the details about the event up on the wiki at:
> http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editathon,_British_Library
> If you can come, please sign up there. Please note that the details are still preliminary and may change.
I'll be adding more info to the wiki page as I get it.
> 
> A couple of key points:
> - Some British Library curators will be available on the Friday - if there are specific topics that you are
interested in, then please let us know on the webpage so that we can make sure whether the appropriate
curators will be coming or not. Sadly, we probably won't have many (any?) curators on the Saturday due to it
not being a work day.
> - We're limited to around 20 people in the room at once, so it'll be first come, first served (with priority
for Wikimedia UK members). We can overflow a bit into the reader rooms, but you'll need a reader pass to gain
access to those rooms (info on how to pre-register for one of these is on the wiki page). You may also need a
readers pass to be able to access the British Library's resources in general - I'm checking this with them
at the moment.
> 
> If you have any questions, please let me know - either directly, on this list, or on the wiki.
> 
> Thanks,
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Michael Peel | 9 Jan 19:50 2011
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Open Access, January 2011 issue, from Wikimedia UK

Welcome to the first issue of Open Access, a revived Wikimedia UK newsletter reporting on the activities of
the UK chapter, members and supporters and on all matters of interest to them. This month, we have a number
of dates for your diary for events celebrating Wikipedia's 10th birthday; features on Yeonpyeong and
Visual Arts on Wikipedia; and short summaries of the last Cambridge meet-up, a talk given to the Chartered
Institute of Public Relations, and our Microgrants.

Next month, we'll be doing a round-up of recent GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
activity - including the GLAM-WIKI conference that took place at the British Museum last November.

As a Chapter we want members to get involved as this is your newsletter. We want to learn about our members and
what they are working on. We want to hear what you think, learn about your ideas on how to improve things for
all, or otherwise listen to what you think about the topics covered here. You can leave general comments at
the bottom of the wiki page, or send them to the editor (Charles Matthews, on editor <at> wikimedia.org.uk).

Follow Wikimedia UK also on http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk , and for general discussion join the mailing
list at http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediauk-l .

... for the full newsletter, please visit:
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Open_Access/2011/January

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Michael Peel | 9 Jan 20:33 2011
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Wikimedia UK catch-up chapter report

Hi all,

It's been a while since our last chapters report. We've just re-lauched our newsletter, which you can find at:
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Open_Access/2011/January

Below is a really quick summary of everything we've been up to from August 2009 until December 2010. There's
a lot, so it might take you a while to catch up if you haven't been following our blog!

== Programmes ==

November 2010: Our main event in the last year was GLAM-WIKI: a conference held at the British Museum in
November 2010, bringing together the cultural sector and Wikimedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2010-12-06/GLAM-WIKI_London
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM-WIKI
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/11/announcing-the-%E2%80%9Cglam-wikiuk%E2%80%9D-conference/

August 2010: we launched our Microgrants scheme, offering grants between £5 and £100 to UK wikimedians:
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Microgrants
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/08/wikimedia-microgrants-now-available-in-the-uk/

June 2010: Liam Wyatt was the first Wikipedian in Residence, at the British Museum. He organised various
events, including a Backstage Pass and the Hoxne Challenge. The British Museum also offered prizes for
new Featured Articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BM

June 2010: we put out a press release on the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2009 competition:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/06/wikimedia-commons-picture-of-the-year-2009/

June 2010: we put out a press release about the Pending Changes trial on the English Wikipedia:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/06/pending-changes-trial-on-the-english-wikipedia/

April 2010: we helped the Open Knowledge Foundation organise the Open Knowledge Conference, which
included our AGM as well as a Wikimedia track:
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetings/2010_AGM
http://okfn.org/okcon/2010/

February 2010: we ran Britain Loves Wikipedia - a photo competition taking photos in 20 museums across the UK:
http://www.britainloveswikipedia.org/
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/06/britain-loves-wikipedia-pictures-on-commons/

February 2010: we put out an appeal for new initiatives. We are still welcoming any new suggestions:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/02/call-for-proposals-for-wikimedia-uk-initiatives/
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Initiatives/Proposals

February 2010: we put out a press release about reaching the 6 million files milestone on Wikimedia Commons:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/02/wikimedia-commons-reaches-6-million-files-with-the-upload-of-250000-geograph-images/

January 2010: we announced a content partnership with the Mary Rose Trust, which saw the release of 50
previously unseen images of the Mary Rose and its artifacts:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/01/mary-rose-trust-releases-photographs-onto-wikipedia/

December 2009: we put out a press release about Public Domain Day 2010:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/12/wikipedia-celebrates-public-domain-day-on-1st-january/

November 2009: the photos from Wikipedia Loves Art at the V&A were made available on Wikimedia Commons,
after the prizes were announced in August 2009:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/11/wikipedia-loves-art-at-the-va-photos-on-commons/
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/08/wikipedia-loves-art-prizes/

September 2009: we put out a press release about Wikimedia Commons reaching the 5 million file milestone:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/09/wikimedia-commons-5-million/

August 2009: we put out a press release about the content partnership with Regionarkivet, Sweden:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/08/regionarkivet/

== Fundraiser ==

November 2010: The Annual Fundraiser 2010-11 started on 15 November. Our announcement, and target, is at:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/11/wikipedia-launches-annual-global-fundraising-appeal-%E2%80%93-uk-affiliate-sets-out-local-goals/

May 2010: we hosted the very first Wikimedia Fundraising Summit in Bristol:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/05/wikimedia-fundraising-summit-bristol-may-14/

November 2009: we participated in the Annual Fundraiser 2009-2010. This raised ~£95,000 to support
Wikimedia's activities both in the UK and internationally:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2009/11/support-wikimedia-uk-donate-now/

== Administration ==

December 2010: the first of a new series of Wikimedia UK community IRC meeting happened on 7 December:
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_IRC_meetings

November 2010: Gemma Griffiths is now our Head of Public Relations, volunteering pro bono for us one day a week:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/11/wikimedia-uk-welcome-new-head-of-public-relations/

September 2010: We hired our first (part time) employee! Charles Matthews is our new Office Manager:
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/09/charles-matthews-appointed-office-manager/

May 2010: we participated in the selection process for the chapter selected board members of the Wikimedia
Foundation. We helped select Phoebe Ayers and Arne:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2010/07/08/wikimedia-announces-new-board-appointments/
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2010/05/wikimedia-foundation-board-member-candidates-wanted/

Thanks,
Mike Peel
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Michael Peel | 9 Jan 21:53 2011
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Re: Wikinews reporters' workshop(s).

Hi Brian,

Sorry for not replying to your email sooner. This sounds like a great idea to me, and well worth running. I
would expect the major potential stumbling block to be finding a sufficient number of interested people
to attend - particularly if you're holding the sessions in Edinburgh, which is rather out of the way for
most of the UK populace (sadly).

Depending on the amount of funds you're after from Wikimedia UK to support the event, you might want to put in
a request for a microgrant (up to £100; quick approval process):
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Microgrants
or if larger, post it as an initiative (over £100; slower approval process; more details needed):
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Initiatives

Basically: let us know what you need from Wikimedia UK, and we'll see what we can do to help.

Thanks,
Mike

On 16 Dec 2010, at 21:10, <brian.mcneil <at> wikinewsie.org> <brian.mcneil <at> wikinewsie.org> wrote:

> I have been 'cultivating' good contacts with my local library staff (as
> all on-list should know, this is a smart move).
> 
> Based on that, I would like to move on to developing a Wikinews
> reporters' workshop programme. The UK is fairly well represented in WN's
> small contributor base, and I believe I can tease some free sessions in
> one of Edinburgh's libraries to run a 3-4 x 3 hour workshop session to
> turn interested parties into effective citizen journalists.
> 
> There would be a need to fund printed material; fliers, workbooks,
> reading lists &c. I'd like to know I'd some backing to do this. Then,
> approach the library, see about bloc booking their computer facilities,
> and doing the whole thing as cheaply as possible.
> 
> Thoughts? Constructive criticism? What, such as editing tips, can I
> reuse?
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
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mo hobeyl | 10 Jan 13:43 2011

this is my email

Hi there ,
im sending hereby my email to you to confirm my subscription to Wikimediauk
Nest regards;
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Andrew Turvey | 11 Jan 00:59 2011

Ockham Blue Plaque

Just noticed this posting on the Wikipedia  <at>  10 website. Is anyone
interested in taking this forward? A Wikipedia drinks reception sounds
like a great way to involve a new group of people in the things we do,
although 10th April is a little close to the Annual Conference & AGM
on 16th.

http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/London#Ockham_Blue_Plaque

Ockham Blue Plaque

Hi everyone. I am shortly applying to the City of London for a 'blue
plaque' to be installed at the site of the old Greyfriars monastery on
London Wall, by Newgate Street, to commemorate the great English
philosopher William of Ockham. I have a long list of distinguished
(some not so distinguished!) philosophers from all over the world who
are prepared to support this. I am not sure whether the process will
be finished by April 10 2011. Even if not, it would be great to add to
the London Greyfriars article on Wikipedia to include some facts about
Ockham's period of residence there (when he wrote some of his greatest
works). And I am sure that Merrill Lynch (current occupiers of the
site) would be happy to host drinks, perhaps with a Wikipedia
connection, on April 10. Also the article on Ockham himself could do
with a lot of work. Would anyone be happy to help with this? I could
post material here, and people could paste it into the relevant
articles. Best Peter Damian 12:36, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

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