UK Wikimedian of the Year 2015/Nomination
To submit a nomination, please specify who you're nominating along with a brief description on why you think they should win the award. Please no comparisons ("Bill is so much nicer than Mary" would be better phrased "Bill is very nice"). The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 21 July.
UK Wikimedian of the Year
Brian Kelly (User:Lisbk)
Brian has been using his professional connections with the librarian, researcher, and web communities to promote Wikipedia in various ways over the past year, actively promoting the kind of cultural change that Wikimedia UK's GLAM, Education, and Expert outreach activities try to bring about. Some examples (not by any means a complete list):
- He attended the first Altmetrics conference to present a poster titled "Wikimedia and Metrics" showing how Wikipedia can be used as a source of data about how well-popularised a piece of research is. I worked with him on some of the text of the poster, but this was his work and his initiative. In getting the bulk of the research community
- He has run multiple talks and workshops about Wikipedia for librarians, including a workshop at the LILAC conference with Nancy Graham and Andrew Gray.
- As part of a continuing interest in "Wikipedia as the front matter for all research" (a theme inspired by Cameron Neylon at Wikimania), he has researched the links from Wikipedia to the repositories of the UK's top research universities, and urged universities to consider Wikipedia links as a way to promote these repositories, but to act ethically, respecting Wikipedia's policies and ethos.
- He entered an essay "Librarians and Wikipedia: an Ideal Match?" to a blog competition run by CILIP. This makes a persuasive case that librarians should actively engage with Wikipedia, and that they are the ideal people to do so, sharing the ideal skills and values. He wrote a guest article on the topic for a CILIP newsletter, which he has subsequently released on the open web.
James Heald (User:Jheald) and Owen Blacker (User:OwenBlacker)
I jointly nominate James and Owen for this award because of their outstanding efforts throughout the campaign to save freedom of panorama. Although they have been active in other ways throughout the Wikimedia projects, I'm not altogether familiar with their work there, so prefer to focus on something I have experience of.
I first became aware of the work of James and Owen through the Open Rights Group but it's over the last two months or so really that I've really seen their drive, determination and intelligence come to the fore. Not only did they both work on the Wikimedia side of the campaign, taking great efforts to raise awareness to the point that banners were activated on the English Wikipedia, they were both extremely active in communicating with MEPs and other agencies.
John Byrne (User:Johnbod)
I'm nominating Johnbod not just for his activities this year - although they are worthy of recognition in themselves - but also for his long-term dedication to our project.
In 2014/15 John was the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Cancer Research UK and was central to the hugely successful collaboration that has emerged over the past twelve months. The number of initiatives is too great to list here, but anyone taking a look at en:Wikipedia:WikiProject CRUK can't fail to be impressed by the achievements.
I think it's also important to recognise the on-going body of work that John has contributed particularly to Wikipedia. He has made close to 150,000 edits since 2006 and has been materially responsible for 14 Featured Articles. Again, a look at his user page, en:User:Johnbod, gives an idea of the breadth and depth of his contributions. Finally, we should not forget his service as a Trustee of WMUK in 2012/13 where he served as Treasurer. --RexxS (talk) 17:44, 16 July 2015 (BST)
Tim Riley (User:Tim riley)
Well, there's few words to truly describe this London-based editor, Phenomenal. One of our finest FA contributors, who in past year has promoted core articles like Lawrence Olivier, Falstaff and Benjamin Disraeli. Not only is he constantly producing one FA after the other he's been of enormous help to me personally reviewing my own articles for GA/FA and being a very productive editor in peer reviews. He not only does that regularly for me but at least half a dozen others, always making the effort to review the work of others, even if the subject is not to his taste like Indian cinema. I'd estimate that he's had a role in over 200 featured articles aside from his own with reviewing. One very recent comment about him here. He also sets a shining example in temperament and is the perfect gentleman, and remains calm even in situations where others I greatly respect flare up. I ask the judges here to kindly look through the best efforts section of his wiki user page and look at the sheer class of Mr. Riley! - Dr. Blofeld (talk) 19:00, 16 July 2015 (BST) & SchroCat (talk) 20:15, 16 July 2015 (BST) Cassianto (talk) 21:54, 16 July 2015 (BST) Brianboulton (talk) 22:15, 18 July 2015 (BST)
Because she's great! ~~~~
Partnership of the Year
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
I think the Bodleian deserve an award - for reasons why, see my nomination last year - but now I'm a paid employee I'm probably not the ideal person to do a full nomination. MartinPoulter (talk) 18:40, 30 June 2015 (BST)
University of Edinburgh
This nomination is in respect of the record-breaking four-day editathon organised in February by Melissa Highton (User:Melissa Highton) and led by Ally Crockford (User:ACrockford). The theme was "Women, Science and Scottish History" and the week's events made great progress on the gender gap in a short time, both in terms of content and the demographics of users. Going by the tweets from participants, this event was great fun while also very welcoming and encouraging for staff who had not edited Wikipedia before.
Melissa has used her post as Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services to advocate for academics and related staff to take Wikipedia seriously, continuing work she was doing in her previous job at the University of Oxford.
MartinPoulter (talk) 18:34, 30 June 2015 (BST)
Cancer Research UK
For working with Wikimedia UK to secure an external grant for a Wikimedian in Residence, and for continuing the engagement with Wikimedia movement since their first experience in 2011. During the WIR project, the institution worked to change its internal policies to become more open, which was not without hurdles. Now open sharing of cancer information diagrams is included in the standard workflows of the organisation, giving an example to follow for other institutions. Daria Cybulska (WMUK) (talk) 14:19, 2 July 2015 (BST)
Phoebe Harkins, Wellcome Trust
A short and sweet nomination. Phoebe has been instrumental in our work with Wellcome. They have released a huge number of files to Commons and are a major supporter of the upcoming Wikipedia Science Conference. I think this definitely deserves recognition! Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 08:12, 17 July 2015 (BST)
- To expand and support this nomination: Wellcome Trust, the Wellcome Library, and Wellcome Images are important allies of Wikimedia UK in opening up access to knowledge, especially in the critically important areas of health and medicine. While Wikimedians have had good experiences with all of Wellcome, Phoebe has played a crucial part in helping the two charities working with each other. The forthcoming Wikipedia Science Conference was made possible by her advocacy and we should all be extremely grateful. MartinPoulter (talk) 13:49, 20 July 2015 (BST)
For his tireless work as the example user on all Wikimedia projects. ~~~~