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Crowdfunding free knowledge

Crowdfunding is the ever popular method of funding projects and ventures, particularly on the Internet. It is also growing in popularity among Wikimedia volunteers looking for funds to help them spread their knowledge. We asked some of them to share their lessons learned and suggestions they might have for future crowdfunding organizers.

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Wikimedia strategy consultation shows potential in mobile, rich content, and translations

The consultation, conducted in February and March of this year, asked users to answer two questions to help define the Foundation’s strategy and how it should respond to future trends.

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News on Wikipedia: Stock markets plunge, train attack thwarted, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A Hawker Hunter jet crashes into a busy road in Shropshire, England, killing at least 11 people on the ground; Jihadist group Islamic State demolishes the ancient Syrian Temple of Baalshamin; Global markets seesaw violently in the wake of a Chinese stock market crash; The ongoing Okanogan Complex fire becomes the largest wildfire in Washington state history; Passengers on an international Thalys train subdue a gunman, preventing an apparent terrorism attack.

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As Odia Wikipedia turns 13, what happens next?

Odia Wikipedia (or.wikipedia.org) celebrated its 13th anniversary on June 3. Instead of just celebrating the day, the community brainstormed together on needs assessment, learning from past and strategies for future.

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When cultural heritage gets a digital life

An additional 600,000 free files are now available on the Wikimedia Commons, ranging from century-old films to recordings of mechanical pianos, World War II photographs, scans of dried flowers, and other art and heritage, all sourced from German museums, archives, and libraries.

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News on Wikipedia: Explosions in China, Brazilian protests, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A bomb blast near a shrine in central Bangkok kills 23 people; Protesters in more than 200 Brazilian cities demand the resignation of Dilma Rouseff; A series of massive explosions in Tianjin, China, kill more than 114 people; American golfer Jordan Spieth becomes world number one, while Australian Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship; A domestic plane carring 54 people crashes in Indonesia, killing all on board.

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Despite headlines, frequent edits don’t cause inaccuracy

Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. It didn’t surprise us to learn that articles considered to be controversial are frequently edited.

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How Wikipedia responds to breaking news

Wikipedia often deals with breaking news that is developed and expanded rapidly by its community of volunteer editors. 607 Journalists is a thesis that looks deeper into this development, investigating the speed of development, verifiability of article text, and the range of contributors to the article overall.

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When countries disappear

A plethora of countries have disappeared into the annals of history. Wikipedia has a project that covers them.

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Content Translation updates from Wikimania 2015

Many participants were introduced to Content Translation at Wikimania, Mexico and they created their first articles using the tool at the translation sessions.

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