[okfn-discuss] Wikimedia UK AGM, Manchester, Sunday 26th April 2009

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Apr 24 20:18:47 UTC 2009

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say that Wikimedia UK is having their AGM in
Manchester on this Sunday 26th April. Rufus will be there - as will
lots of other people interested in free/open stuff, including:

 * Jo Seddon, Oxford Wikimania
 * Steve Bowbrick, BBC
 * Duncan Harris, Wikipedia for Schools

Its looks like it will be interesting!


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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 secretary at wikimedia.org.uk or reply to this message.


The Board
Wikimedia UK

Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited.
Wiki UK Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England
and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
The Registered Office is at 23 Cartwright Way, Nottingham, NG9 1RL,
United Kingdom.



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 [1] and their
website for more information is at [2]. Full address in at [3].
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 the AGM.

[1] http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Oxford+Rd,+Manchester,+Greater+Manchester+M13,+UK&sll=52.925384,-1.212973&sspn=0.086308,0.253716&ie=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=53.464883,-2.232379&panoid=0hk59f_vMnNIBxaHTX1fbQ&cbp=11,90.04377178574016,,0,5&ll=53.464854,-2.232456&spn=0.01911,0.126858&z=13&iwloc=A
[2] http://www.kro.co.uk
[3] 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 since 2004.

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[1]  - the potential of this relationship with our new
chapter is very exciting.

[1] 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 [1]

[1] http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/charity-news/wikipedia-for-schools.htm

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

1:30pm: Introduction by the secretary, Andrew Turvey, and the Chair,
Kwan Ting Chan.

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 discussion.

3pm: Formal business of the meeting, including hustings and election
of the new Board

3:00pm: Coffee break

3:15pm: Hustings

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.

3:45pm: Resolutions

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 election.

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.


Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

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