March, 2011

Project ideas, students, and mentors wanted for Google Summer of Code

Wikimedia is participating in the Google Summer of Code program. The MediaWiki community is looking for students, mentors and project ideas.

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Campus Ambassador program tackles gender gap

A key piece of Wikimedia’s strategic plan is to close the gender gap by encouraging more women to participate in projects. One area where we already see progress is the Wikipedia Ambassadors program, developed in conjunction with the Public Policy Initiative. During the 2010-11 academic year, university students across the United States are writing…

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Article Feedback Pilot: Next Version

On March 14, we launched v2.0 of the Article Feedback Tool.  Version 2.0 is represents a continuation of the work we started last September.  To quickly recap, the tool was originally launched as a part of the Public Policy Initiative.  In November, the feature was added to about 50-60 articles…

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Welcoming more ubuntu spirit to the Wikimedia movement

We’re excited to welcome our newest Wikimedia Chapter: Wikimedia South Africa (WMZA). This news is particularly exciting as WMZA is the first Wikimedia chapter on the African continent. As the 31st global chapter, WMZA has been in the making since August 2010, initiated by a small meeting in Johannesburg of…

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Presenting our 2009-10 annual report

Today we released the 2009-10 Wikimedia Foundation annual report, the Foundation’s third annual report since 2008. This year’s report is built on our incredible vision statement, well known to just about any Wikimedian in our community: Imagine a world in which every person on the planet is given free access…

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UploadWizard nearing 1.0, preview available for testing

I’m happy to announce that we’re getting close to a 1.0 release for UploadWizard, and we’re planning to deploy it to Wikimedia Commons by the end of this month.

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Update on Offline Wikipedia Projects

The last week was a big week for expanding offline Wikipedia work. Right now, offline refers to supporting read access to Wikimedia content without an Internet connection.  This increases the reach of the Wikipedia movement by providing more opportunities for people all over the world to access the materials.  Some…

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UI Design Experiments

In 2009 the Wikipedia Usability Initiative performed research on how to improve the usability of MediaWiki by watching users as they performed various tasks on Wikipedia. Each of the problems that were identified were then matched with potential solutions which were then filtered by technical complexity and user impact. During the…

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Site fixes this week

We’re still in the middle of cleaning up some lingering issues from the 1.17 deployment, and despite our best efforts, you may see a little bit of quirkiness in the site: One problem with the site since the deployment was a problem with our job queue, which meant that emails…

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Wikipedia celebrates International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a holiday around the world that celebrates the accomplishments of women in all walks of life, as well as a collective reminder of past and continuing efforts to eliminate inequalities faced by women. On the Main Pages of Wikipedias in every language, there is…

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