An experiment in self-organization at the Wikimedia Foundation

Recently, the Wikimedia Foundation’s mobile web engineering team underwent a rapid change, more than doubling the number of engineers on the team within a period of four weeks. While this change was eagerly anticipated, the team size increase had unanticipated impacts on our team process and communication. It quickly became…READ MORE

Wikimedia Foundation launches year-end contribution campaign to support free knowledge

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, so there’s no more fitting time for the Wikimedia Foundation to begin its year-end contribution campaign on English Wikipedia. During this time, we ask for contributions to support operating expenses of the Wikimedia sites and global outreach programs and to help keep the largest free knowledge resource accessible to the world. […]

"Eqiadwmf 9051" by RobH, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia Technical Operations joins the Phabricator party

The Wikimedia Foundation Technical Operations team (“Ops”) are moving their processes to phabricator.wikimedia.org, thus joining the merge of multiple developer and project management tools into a single Wikimedia technical collaboration platform. This week, we migrated 5,986 tickets from RT to Phabricator, and now most requests to Ops can be initiated…

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"Wikimedia Sverige - årsmöte 2009 Karl Sigfrid" by Hannibal, under public domain

Interview: Former Swedish Member of Parliament now lobbies for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels

Swedish politician Karl Sigfrid discusses his lobbying work for digital rights and Wikimedia in the European Union. Sigfrid was a Member of Parliament (the Riksdag) in Sweden for the Moderate Party from 2006 to 2014. He now works as a volunteer for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels […]

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"Lead images on the Wikipedia Android app" by Deskana (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Introducing lead images to Wikipedia’s Android beta app

Here in the Mobile Apps Team at the Wikimedia Foundation, we’re working to make it easier for the world to experience knowledge on mobile. More and more, users around the world are accessing Wikipedia on the go through their mobile devices, and it’s important that they can easily and quickly…

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"Encuentro Wikimedia Iberoamericano 2014 - Foto grupal"  by  ProtoplasmaKid , under  CC BY SA-4.0

Iberoconf 2014: towards a regional perspective

Iberoconf is the annual meeting for Wikimedia chapters and user groups that are members of the Ibero-American cooperative. The event was held between November 21 and 23 and was made possible through a Project and Events Grant. The purpose of this grant was to develop the Wikimedia movement in Iberoamerica with a specific approach: to strengthen the affiliates’ capacity. This was important to do not only as individual organizations, but as vital parts in the connected through the cooperative’s network.

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"Workshop on oral tradition being conveyed by local female and male elderly in Otjinene." by DanielGCabrero, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Tapping into the knowledge of indigenous communities

Wikipedia has made tremendous progress towards its mission to provide free access to the sum of human knowledge, but indigenous knowledge is largely excluded because the majority of it is not available in writing. Starting from some theoretical considerations, I designed a workshop for the 2014 Participatory Design conference in w:Windhoek to produce and document examples of relevant oral citations. See the detailed workshop description.

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"Persian Language Location Map1" by  Mani1  , public domain.

Global Impact: The Wikipedia Library and Persian Wikipedia

Last month, the Wikipedia Library announced another round of digital resource access partnerships to the Wikimedia community. These partnerships allow experienced editors in the community and from all around the globe to access research materials behind a paywall in order to advance our goal of creating and sharing a summary of all human knowledge.

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"Карпатский 05" by Balkhovitin, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wiki Loves Earth 2014 winners announced

Wiki Loves Earth, a photo contest of natural monuments, became international for the first time in 2014 and was held in 16 countries. The contest is over now, and after the careful evaluation the international jury is happy to announce the winners. […]

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Content Translation user dashboard

Content Translation: Announcing Version 3

Exciting new features are now available in the third version of the Content Translation tool. Development of the new version was recently completed and the newly added features can be used in Wikimedia’s beta environment. To use it, you first need to enable the Content Translation beta-feature in the wiki,…

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<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cappadocia_Balloon_Inflating_Wikimedia_Commons.JPG">"Cappadocia Balloon Inflating Wikimedia Commons"</a>, by <a href="Benh">Benh LIEU SONG</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>

Using Licenses in an easy (and legal) way

[…] “Open Content – A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences” is a publication by the German Commission for UNESCO, the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre and Wikimedia Deutschland. […]

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pasaje_Lodares.jpg">"Pasaje Lodares"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Chowdon">Chowdon</a>, under <a href="">PD</a>

Inaugural Monuments of Spain Challenge completed

In October 2014, Wikimedia España ran the Monuments of Spain Challenge. This contest takes profit from our Wiki Loves Monuments experience in order to spread the knowledge of Spanish culture –mainly architectural in this case- around the World […]

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