Free as in Open Access and Wikipedia

This post by Yana Welinder (Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation and Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford CIS) was first published on the blog of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as part of Open Access Week – a week to acknowledge the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and…

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Photo: Conrad Poirier, PD-Canada, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

First GLAM collaboration in Canada with BAnQ

The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Wikimedia Canada are announcing a pilot project to upload public domain images from the Conrad Poirier collection at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal. Freelance photographer Conrad Poirier (1921-1968) [...]

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Wikimedia engineering report, August 2014

Major news in August includes: the Wikimania 2014 conference in London, and the associated hackathon; a statement on Wikipedia Zero and net neutrality; progress on the new content translation tool and its passing the milestone of 100 translated articles.

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During the editathon.
"Madrid - Editatón Madrid BNE 2014 - 140927 145624" by Barcex, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

First editathon on the Spanish language and literature in Madrid

Group photograph of participants in the editathon at the National Library of Spain. On Saturday, September 27th, Wikimedia España co-organized in Madrid the first editathon focused on improving content about the Spanish language and literature in the Spanish Wikipedia. This editathon was fostered by three relevant institutions strongly committed to…

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"Pudel-drawing" by Gustav Mützel (Brehms Tierleben), public domain

Protecting users against POODLE by removing SSL 3.0 support

To protect our users against the recently disclosed POODLE security vulnerability, we are removing support for SSL 3.0 on all Wikimedia sites as of 15:00 UTC (8:00 am PDT) today.

SSL 3.0 is an outdated implementation of the HTTPS web encryption protocol. [...]

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"WMCH Volunteers teaching wikipedia during a wikipermanence " by Chandres, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Why librarians should edit Wikipedia: A testimonial from Switzerland

Since April, the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCUL) hosts, on a monthly basis, Wikipedian get-togethers in their Unitheque room, referred as the “Wikipermanences”. How do they proceed and what happens during those gatherings? [...]

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"Main Building of Moscow state University" by Rdfr, under CC-BY-2.5

Free licenses and freedom of panorama now recognized in Russian law!

[...] the amendments are extremely important for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects; and for developers of free software. The amendments entered into force on October 1st, 2014; Wikimedia RU actively participated in their preparation. [...]

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"Supposing-me-asleep-they-began-to-talk" by Sridhar1000, under CC-PD-Mark

New learning series: Telling your program story

[... ] Starting October 15, the Learning & Evaluation team will host a new learning series, Telling your program story. If you are a program or project leader and struggle to get your story across in reporting, this is your chance to learn tricks and gather resources to tell a better story. [...]

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"Nobel Peace Center" by AMIRBL25, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

#Wikinobel

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, and in cooperation with Wikimedia Norge, the Nobel Peace Center has invited Wikipedians from the Norwegian Wikipedia community to an editathon to improve the article about the winner(s?) as soon as possible. [...]

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"Journée contributive Germain Muller Strasbourg 17 octobre 2013-00 crop" by Benoit Rochon, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

International Francophone Contribution Month

Throughout October, the International Francophone Contribution Month, Wikipedia training workshops are organized in more than twenty cities of the Francophonie. In those workshops, experienced Wikimedians, students, and the local population get together to improve French Wikipedia and its sister projects. Whether in a college, a GLAM institution, in a library or in a pub, Wikimedians and novices mingle to share their experience, to initiate beginners to contribution to Wikimedia projects, or to simply get to know each other. [...]

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