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Profile of registrant

Wikimedia UK

Identification number in the register: 743281012752-12
Registration date: 30/01/14 12:48:41

The information on this organisation was last modified on 05/01/15 15:29:56
The date of the last annual update was 05/01/15 14:10:57

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Wikimedia UK
Acronym: WMUK
Legal status: Registered charity in England and Wales
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Michael Maggs
Position: Chair

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Stevie Benton
Position: Head of External Relations

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 56-64 Leonard Street London
London EC2A 4LT
Telephone number: (+44) 020 7065 0990
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Full postal address:

Wikimedia UK
4th floor Development House
56-64 Leonard St

Telephone number: 020 7065 0990

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Wikimedia UK is an independent registered charity in England and Wales. It is the UK chapter of the global Wikimedia movement which works to support and promote Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, and other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikiversity.

We exist to collect, develop, promote and distribute freely licensed knowledge. We do this by supporting volunteer editors and contributors – Wikimedians – and by working in partnership with cultural and educational institutions.

Wikimedia UK’s mission is to help people and organisations build and preserve open knowledge to share and use freely. Our long-term vision is free knowledge for all.

The ways in which we work to achieve this mission are varied. We work closely with a range of cultural and educational institutions to encourage them to share their resources and archives under open licences. Content that is released under open licences can be used on Wikipedia and other projects, making them available to others to use, reuse, distribute and adapt for other purposes, including educational and commercial.

We are also developing projects that make Wikipedia available in non-conventional settings, such as areas where there is no internet access, whether by design or because of a lack of infrastructure.

We believe that the use and editing of Wikipedia can help to promote important digital skills such as digital literacy, the ability to code, critical thinking and research skills. We work with academics and lecturers to demonstrate the value of using Wikimedia projects to teach those skills and host an annual conference dedicated to the use of Wikimedia projects in education – EduWiki.

Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects are written and curated by volunteers. These projects are the ultimate example of online voluntary collaboration. We support volunteers in their efforts, whether by providing access to source materials, teaching them the skills necessary to create educational content or by arranging access to extensive collections held by institutions.

Wikimedia UK works closely with other European chapters of the Wikimedia movement, and with the Wikimedia Foundation in the United States.

Our main area of engagement with the European Commission will be to advocate change to the Directive on Copyright. We believe that change is required in three key areas – allowing the use of orphan works, harmonising freedom of panorama and public domain licensing of publicly-funded works.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information: Stevie Benton is the lead on this work. He is the charity's head of external relations. This work takes around 15% of his time.

Michael Maggs is the chair of the charity and also the support contact. He is an unpaid volunteer and will be involved in an advisory capacity.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The EU initiative that is currently of interest to Wikimedia UK is the ongoing consultation on copyright reform. As noted above there are three main areas of copyright reform that we wish to see.

Public Domain for Public Works

We believe that all publicly funded works can belong to the public and can be released into the public domain. We want to see all works published by the European Union institutions, national governments and their respective agencies become freely available.

We are calling on the European Union to set the standard and become the global leader in this field. Releasing publicly funded content into the public domain will democratise it, increase competition and give start-ups a fairer chance. It will have positive effects on culture, science and the economy.

European Freedom of Panorama

We believe that Freedom of Panorama can be harmonised throughout the European Union.

Publishing images of publicly accessible buildings is unlawful in many EU countries, as architecture and public artworks are covered by copyright. This means that there is no freedom to use and re-use images taken in public spaces.

Freedom of Panorama allows people to freely use and share images taken in public spaces. It should apply across the European Union so that all Europeans have this freedom.

Free Use of Orphan Works

Orphan works are creations whose rights holder is not known. They are protected, although there is no copyright holder to ask for permission. We want to remove barriers obstructing the digitisation and use of orphan works.

We want to see orphan works digitised and used in a way that contributes to our culture, science and economy. The fastest, cheapest and most transparent way to achieve this is to remove current limitations.

We urge the European Union to revise its Directive on Orphan Works to fit the digital age in order to preserve these works that may otherwise be lost.

Time to act

By taking these steps the European Union will enable people to make greater use of cultural works - driving participation, creativity and economic & social activity.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Information Society
  • Research and Technology
  • Trans-European Networks


Total number of members that are natural persons: 253
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Wikimedia UK is affiliated with several other European chapters of the global Wikimedia movement, as well as others internationally and the Wikimedia Foundation in the United States.

Many of these European chapters are beginning to work together as a loose collective, currently labelled as the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU.

Wikimedia UK is also working to strengthen networks between organisations working in the fields of open knowledge, open licencing, open access and so on. This group, while not formally established, is colloquially known as the Open Coalition.

Financial data

Financial year: 02/2013 - 01/2014
Total budget: 936,517
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 936,517
- donations: 336,466
- contributions from members:
Charitable grant from Wikimedia Foundation : 403,273
Charitable reserves : 196,778
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Wikimedia UK is dependent almost entirely on charitable donations. These take the form of donations made directly to the charity (donations, listed above) and a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation (Charitable grant, listed above). For the financial year in question, our budget also comprised the use of some of our financial reserves )charitable reserves, listed above).

At a later stage in our development as a charity we may begin to receive funding from other partners for specific pieces of work. That isn't happening currently.

We are a charitable, not for profit organisation.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.