European court decision punches holes in free knowledge

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision is undermining the world’s ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events. The impact on Wikipedia is direct and critical.

Wikipedia pages censored in European search results

Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation began receiving notices that certain links to Wikipedia content would no longer appear in search results served to people in Europe. This is the result of a recent court decision, Google Spain v. AEPD and Mario Costeja González, that granted individuals the ability to request that search engines “de-index” content about them under the so-called “right to be forgotten” doctrine.[1]

"Top page - Evaluation portal" by EGalvez (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Evaluation Portal on Meta: A Redesigned Space for Learning

Just over one year ago, the Wikimedia Foundation started talking about evaluating programs like Wiki Loves Monuments and the Wikipedia Education Program. The goal was to grow support for program leaders to evaluate activities and outcomes that would lead to learning and improving the effectiveness of their programs.

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"Ulaz u Maticu srpsku" by Micki, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Venerable cultural institution partners with Wikimedia Serbia

The Matica Srpska (MS) and Wikimedia Serbia (WMRS) are joining forces for an exciting new endeavor to digitalize all of the contents of at least two Serbian dictionaries over the next year, including the Serbian ornithological dictionary, and the dialects of Vojvodina dictionary.

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"User I JethroBT at Wikimania" by Ktr101, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Reimagining Mentorship with the Wikipedia Cooperative

An editor’s initial experience when contributing to Wikipedia can be daunting: Editing can be difficult, there is a ton to read, it is easy to make mistakes right off the bat and feel pushed away when edits are reverted. My name is Jethro and a small team of editors and I are addressing these obstacles by building a mentorship space called the Wikipedia Cooperative, or simply the Co-op.

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Amir Aharoni of the Wikimedia Language Engineering team introduces the Content Translation tool to the student delegation from Kazakhstan at Wikimania 2014, in London.

Content Translation: 100 published articles, and more to come!

On July 17, 2014, the Wikimedia Language Engineering team announced the deployment of the ContentTranslation extension in Wikimedia Labs. This first deployment was targeted primarily for translation from Spanish to Catalan. Since then, users have expressed generally positive feedback about the tool. Most of the initial discussion took place in…

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Wikimedia engineering report, July 2014

Major news in July include: a recap of how the Operations team collaborated with the RIPE NCC to measure the delivery of Wikimedia sites to users in Asia and elsewhere; an analysis of the impact of the San Francisco data center on the speed of Wikimedia sites; the launch of…

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"Wikimania 2014 Grantmaking Community Village stall CROP" by MCruz (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Grants, Programs and Learning: This year at Wikimania London

Those present at this year’s Wikimania may have witnessed a different presence of the Grantmaking team. The department, formed by Grants, Learning & Evaluation and Education teams, was present in the global conference that brings together Wikimedia project programs, movement leaders and volunteers to learn from and connect with one another at the five day event.

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"Via Delle Oche, Bologna" by Sketching Workshop, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Remembering Jorge Royan

Wikimedia Argentina is saddened by the passing of our great friend and collaborator, the Argentinian architect and photographer Jorge Royan. Jorge was a winner of the [Ranking Nacional de foto color de la AFA] and gold medal winner of FIAP, and held various exhibits in local and international events. He was nominated for Agfa International as “professional of the month.”

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"中文维基百科月刊第12期(简体版)" by Yhz1221, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Chinese Wikipedia Online Magazine: A Community Gateway

Chinese Wikipedian Wilson Ye created an online magazine called The Wikipedian in December 2012, in partnership with Addis Wang and Eric Song. This project began as part of the Chinese Social Media Program, as another way to connect the local community with the international community.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, July 2014

Shifting values in the paid content debate; cross-language vandalism detection; translations from 53 Wiktionaries

With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Maximilian Klein, Heather Ford, and Han-Teng Liao

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"CIS-A2K Train-the-Trainer Program2" by Psubhashish, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Two shades of Wikipedia in Punjabi

In June of 2014, the Wikimedia blog reported the end of a month-long Umepedia Challenge which aimed to create Wikipedia articles on the Swedish city of Umeå in as many languages as possible. If somebody were to take a wild guess, they could make the assumption that the contributing winner would hail from Europe since the contest pertains to a European city.

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