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WikiConference UK 2011 in Bristol this coming weekend

Wikimedia UK logoBristol has become a hotbed of activity in recent times for all things related to Wikipedia and Wikimedia UK. In May 2010 Bristol opened its arms to delegates from various Wikimedia chapters from around the world (news passim). In February this year the city welcomed Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who gave a talk at the Victoria Rooms to celebrate Wikipedia’s 10th birthday. The last Wikimedia-related event in the city was held in March 2011 when the University of Bristol hosted the UK’s first ever Wiki Academy.

News now arrives in an email from Wikimedia UK Board member Steve Virgin that Wikimedia’s UK chapter will be gathering at Bristol’s Watershed on Saturday 16th April for its 2011 conference and Annual General Meeting. Steve’s email is reproduced verbatim below.

Hi all

It is that time of year again when all organisations hold their AGM & discuss how things went during the last 12 months & consider where they would like to be in the next twelve months.

This is an exciting time for Wikimedia UK as it elects a Board that will be tasked with professionalising the UK Chapter – hiring full time staff, opening a full time, fully staffed UK office for the first time.

There have been a number of success stories over the last twelve months. Local Bristol highlight being the Jimmy Wales talk at the University of Bristol & the British Cathedral Choir School.

The event will be recorded and there will be a live Twitter stream too.

Can we now ask you all a collective ‘crowd sourced favour’ and to ask you to ping the invite to the Wikipedia AGM in Bristol around to as many as possible for me please?

And of course, you are most welcome too – you can become a member or join on the day, only £5!



More information about the WikiConference UK 2011 is on the Wikimedia UK website and the really keen can register here.