Wikimedia UK Board meeting Tuesday 1st September 2009, 8:30pm BST at #wikimedia-uk-board
Present: Michael Peel (MP) (Chair); Andrew Turvey (AT) (minutes); Zeyi He (ZH); Joseph Seddon (JS) (part); Paul Williams (PW); Tom Holden (TH)
Apologies: Steve Virgin (SV); JS for early departure
Minutes of previous meetings
The minutes of the meeting dated 18 August was approved.
The following actions were carried forward:
1. AT will look into where we could produce branded merchandise.
2. MP to draft templates for the six press scenarios identified at Media relations#Media response.
3. MP to work with SV to do mini press releases, no more than one per month, advertising spikes in traffic per WP:POPULAR related to particular news events.
4. JS to get a copy of the WMF's press release contact list in the UK.
5. PW will develop a proposal for buying a computer for the Schools Project with, potentially, peripherals such as a projector, screen, printer etc.
6. JS to draft an email for the Open Knowledge Foundation mailing list, to recruit new members.
7. AT to arrange printing of the business cards
8. MP to investigate moving our wiki at http://uk.wikimedia.org to http://www.wikimedia.org.uk subject to technical feasibility re Single User Logins and hosting, with gb.wikimedia.org as a potential alternative. Bug Report. Once this has been completed, MP to follow up with Wikimedia Ukraine regarding the "uk." website conflict.
9. AT agreed to investigate getting paid legal advice on charitable status, using the Foundation's offer to fund.
10. TH will inform member #29 of their acceptance and update the Register of Members accordingly.
11. SV will chase Steve Bowbrick to get an update on how his meeting with some senior BBC managers to discuss collaboration went.
12. JS agreed to follow up with his contacts at the BBC Digital Revolution and click and get them in touch with the Workplace Learning Lunches.
13. JS to email round draft blog post on th 2010 Conference for approval.
It was agreed that the budget for each project from the funding received from the Foundation should be reduced pro-rata to take account of the adverse exchange rate when we received the money:
|Project||Expense||Expected value (GBP)||Value (USD)||Actual value (GBP)|
|Encouraging Wikipedia use in schools||Computer||1,000||1,630||953.16|
|Content access projects||Travel, refreshments||1,000||1,630||953.16|
|Content generation projects||Advertising||1,000||1,630||953.16|
|Attending the chapters conference||Travel, accommodation||500||815||476.58|
|Attending free content conferences||Travel||500||815||476.58|
We agreed to ask the Foundation to reallocate this funding as follows:
Under "Encouraging Wikipedia use in schools":
- "Computer" change to "Computer and peripherals" and reduce by £250 ($427.50)
- "travel" change to "travel and shipping" and reduce by £250 ($427.50)
- New category "statutory checks" allocate £500 ($855)
Under Content generation projects
- "Advertising" change to "Advertising and travel"
TH agreed to contact the Foundation to request the change.
JS left the meeting
It was agreed to pencil in the weekend 10-11 October for an in person board meeting. Members would be expected to fund their own travel and accommodation as required. MP will follow up by email.
It was agreed to transfer the press release on 5m commons files to the main wiki and request drafting help from wikimediauk-l, commons-l, wmfcc-l and the Commons Village Pump. AT and PW agreed to cover press queries whilst MP is away, redirecting the phone to AT and giving PW's phone as an alternate.
ACTION: AT, PW
The Secretary's report was noted. AT agreed to email round a summary of the proposed fundraiser agreement for discussion at the next business meeting.
AT agreed to draft a response to the supporter who wants to support us anonymously and circulate to the board.
Members 30, 31 and 32 were approved unanimously. TH will notify the new members and update the Register accordingly.
The Chair's Report was noted. It was agreed in principle that Britain Loves Wikipedia could use part of the advertising budget to register a domain name such as www.blw.org.uk. MP agreed to investigate options and recommend a domain to register.
The Conferences Report was noted.
No report was available.
It was agreed that the board did not have to approve the budget or timeline but it could be discussed if a member felt it should be. Otherwise, the initiatives would be left to run themselves. Only the actual expenditure of funds requires board approval.
The Volunteers Report was noted. MP suggested members merchandising would be a good membership draw and donors in the winter fundraiser should be able to join at the same time. AT agreed to complete the business cards action in time for the PLASA conference.
Charity commission application
Conflict of interest policy
The Conflict of Interest policy was adopted with minor amendments. It was agreed the Board would consider any amendments at its next business meeting.
AT agreed to contact each board member to complete the register of interests.
Vulnerable people section of the application
The wording of section D of the Charity Commission application was approved with minor changes.
Child Protection Policy
The Child Protection Policy was adopted with minor amendments. It was agreed the Board would reconsider this policy in detail at its next business meeting.
MP agreed to arrange CRB checks for board members and Schools Project volunteers once the funding reallocation had been agreed with the Foundation.
Public benefit section of the application
The revised wording of section C of the Charity Commission application was approved with minor changes.
Now that all section had been completed and all required policies adopted, the application is now ready to send. AT agreed to submit it to the Charity Commission.
Any other business
It was agreed to look into moving our OTRS system to one hosted by ourselves to reduce the risk that confidential emails are inappropriately viewed by non-WMUK people or emails are sent in the name of the chapter without approval. MP agreed to investigate.
MP has contacted the foundation requesting detailed statistics on the proportion of UK internet users who use Wikipedia. It was agreed he should continue to follow this up.
The September newsletter is due out on 13th September. AT agreed to draft a section on the charity application; PW will contact others to get sections written as needed. MP will distribute on wiki on 14th.
ACTION: AT, PW, MP
The next meeting was arranged for Tuesday 15th September 2009, 8:30 - 10:30 in #wikimedia-uk-board.