July 16th, 2009

Internal updates: moving files around

We’re now running all Wikimedia sites on our internal deployment branch of MediaWiki, so we’ve got a consistent record of what software we’re running and can more easily test it offline. There were a couple brief glitches during the switchover, but everything seems to be running smoothly now. Additionally, we’ve…

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Protecting the public domain and sharing our cultural heritage

Last week, the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK sent a threatening letter to a Wikimedia volunteer regarding the upload of public domain paintings to Wikimedia’s media repository, Wikimedia Commons. The fact that a publicly funded institution sent a threatening letter to a volunteer working to improve a non-profit encyclopedia…

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Live from the NIH Wikipedia academy

Today Wikimedia Foundation staff and volunteers are in the middle of the first-ever Wikipedia Academy in the United States – at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland (see Frank’s post for more info). You can follow the twitter dialog live.  Volunteer/speaker/photographer Mathias Schindler is also uploading photos,…

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ESAMS Servers not reachable, some EU traffic affected. (Fixed!)

Starting approx. 03:20 GMT, servers in our ESAMS facility began to roll offline one after another.  After some investigation, it appea rs power is not being supplied to all the servers.  This has resulted in some slow downs for traffic of EU users. We have temporarily migrated all traffic to…

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