Community, Editor engagement, Global, Profiles, Wikipedia, WikiWomen
BY Shaila Nathu ON May 21st, 2015
Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.
Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.
Chapters, Free Knowledge, Global, Mobile, Technology, Wikipedia
1 Comment on WikiTowns use barcodes to share local information on smartphones
BY Gnangarra ON May 20th, 2015
Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones.
Find out how this project came about thanks to Wikimedia Australia — and how you could bring it to your own town.
BY Tilman Bayer and Terence Gilbey ON May 19th, 2015
The Wikimedia Foundation’s report for last quarter gives an overview of how we fared on 130 goals by 32 different teams, alongside some key overall metrics.
Community, Free Knowledge, Wikipedia, WikiWomen
BY Emily Temple-Wood ON May 19th, 2015
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working with a Wikipedian-in-Residence to improve Wikimedia content on occupational safety and health.
Chapters, Community, Editor engagement, Events, Global, Wikipedia
3 Comments on First ever WikiArabia conference gathers Wikipedians in Tunisia to connect and share experiences
BY Samir El-Sharbaty ON May 14th, 2015
Wikipedians from around the Arab world met last April for their first regional Wikipedia conference in Monastir, Tunisia.
This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community’s challenges and opportunities — and the future of the free knowledge movement.
Education, Free Knowledge, Mobile, Offline, Technology, Wikipedia
5 Comments on Children in Mali can now read Wikipedia offline, thanks to MALebooks e-readers
BY Renaud Gaudin, Emmanuel Engelhart and Julia Lipps ON May 14th, 2015
MALebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and over 4,000 educational books. This experimental project addresses the serious lack of books for children in Mali, and is made possible by Kiwix developers, Wikimedia Switzerland and other supporters.
Communications, Highlights, Wikipedia
BY Andrew Sherman ON May 13th, 2015
Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: the Wikipedia iOS app was updated with new features; Wiki Learning held a massive edit-a-thon in Mexico; we featured the first Wikipedia TV spots in Cameroon; we profiled Allan Warren, celebrity photographer; the Wikipedia store was relaunched; and ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ started their photo contest.
Chapters, Community, Events, Global, Participation, The wikis, Wikimania, Wikipedia
6 Comments on Wikimania and the differences between online and offline cultures
BY Lionel Scheepmans ON May 12th, 2015
A Belgian anthropologist observes the differences between online and offline participation in the Wikimedia movement, based on a visit to the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. In this essay, he identifies some of the disparities between the values, ethics and organizational structures of online Wikipedia projects and offline conferences such as Wikimania.
Chapters, Fundraising, Global
BY Till Mletzko and Tobias Schumann ON May 8th, 2015
What makes a good banner? How can we cultivate donors to ensure long term commitment to our cause? Wikimedia Deutschland has released a Fundraising Report that assess the development of campaigns from the last few years.
Chapters, Community, Editor engagement, Global, Participation, Technology, Wikidata
2 Comments on It’s time for some #tastydata
BY John Andersson ON May 7th, 2015
You’re invited to join the Menu Challenge, starting May 8! We could use your help to add translations, photos and/or audio recordings to Wikidata — about ingredients and dishes to be served at the ‘Taste Stockholm’ food fair. This can show the endless possibilities of open data and crowdsourcing to thousands of visitors. Let’s get some #tastydata!