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London Wikimedia Meetup Number 51

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Date and time: Sunday 13th November 2011 — 13:00 onwards

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Location: Penderel's Oak Pub, Holborn, London WC1

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Attendees

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Add your name to this list if you can make it to our fifty-first meeting. Note that people of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome!

Please also invite any London Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!

After the London 51 meetup on 13 November 2011, Sue Gardner will be making a presentation entitled 'Participation of Female Editors on Wikipedia and its Sister Projects' . This will take place at Imperial College London, from 18:30 - 20:00. All Wikipedians are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further details see Sue Gardner at Imperial College London

  • Seven stops westbound on the Piccadilly line from where we are near Holborn station. Chunks of the District line are closed this weekend, as is the entire Circle line. WilliamH 04:20, 5 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]
This part of Kensington is pubs desert. The Queen's Arms is the closest, and is not bad. Further South is a bit better if you don't mind the walk. The Anglesea Arms has been a favourite of mine for many years. Peter Damian 22:38, 9 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Agenda

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Informal chitchat with no set agenda. We usually have some experienced users and some laptops around so if you want a ten minute lesson in creating tables doing history merges or you just have a question on copyright this is a good venue (but please don't start discussions on copyright until enough people have arrived for a non-copyright conversation to run in parallel).

If you have some ideas for discussion topics, please put them below.

  • Open source textbooks, how can we encourage teachers to make more of them?

About the meetup

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The Penderel's Oak in Holborn
Map
Location of The Penderel's Oak

London meetups are generally casual social events where we...

  • Drink coffee, beer, tea and some of us have Sunday brunch. Sunday roasts are no longer offered but they do a reasonable pizza now and have a range of other snacks and dishes.
  • Welcome guests from around the world and other groups which meet there
  • Chat about Wikimedia or any other topics
  • Experienced Wikimedians help out new editors and share experiences about anything from copyright to editing tools.

You can expect to meet some very keen Wikimedians; however, this is also an open invite for anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and Wikisource.

New and prospective editors are also very welcome.

The pub is quite quiet and family-friendly on a Sunday lunchtime, so younger Wikimedians will also feel welcome and safe. Alcohol consumption is not compulsory!

Disabled access

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The pub has an accessible loo on the ground floor. There are some sections of the pub that are only accessible by steps, but we always meet in the main step free section, usually opposite the main doors.

Location: Penderel's Oak

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The Penderel's Oak is a Wetherspoons pub in Holborn.
Address: 283-288 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HP (OpenStreetMap) (Google Maps)

It's easy to find us – we're usually the crowd with several laptops on the large tables straight ahead of you when you enter the pub. If not, then look for a tabletop Wikimedia/Wikipedia poster and laptops with Wikipedia stickers on them. Wikimania t-shirts can also be a good clue.

Getting there

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Central line
 
Chancery Lane 0.2 miles

(350 m)

Central line
Piccadilly line
Holborn
Circle line
Hammersmith & City line
Metropolitan line

Elizabeth line

Farringdon 0.5 miles

(800 m)

Circle line

District line

Temple

The Penderel's Oak is between Holborn tube station and Chancery Lane tube station. Farringdon station and Temple tube station are not too far. The pub is also within walking distance of Waterloo railway station (1.3 miles; 2 km), St Pancras railway station (1.2 miles; 1.9 km) and Kings Cross.

Several bus routes also go directly to Holborn station; if travelling from Waterloo, it is quicker to travel by bus than by tube.

Bike hire (TfL scheme) is in Red Lion Street, just opposite the pub.

Visit the TfL Journey Planner for more information about your fastest route.

Back-up plan

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In the rare event of a kitchen closure or another problem at the Penderel's Oak, the meetup will be relocated to the Shakespeare's Head – another Wetherspoons pub located nearby. To get there from the Penderel's Oak, when exiting onto the street turn left, then when walking past Holborn tube station turn left again down Kingsway, and after a short walk the pub will be found on the left-hand side.