When fact-checking means a lot

Last weekend, Italy held its general elections. It is not important to state who won, after all, Wikipedia is nonpartisan. However, what I do want to talk about holds a certain importance, and it is closely related to Wikipedia. A few days before the elections, Oscar Giannino—a journalist and economist…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Mike Cline

Wikpedia contributor Mike Cline discusses Yellowstone, fly fishing and the value of volunteerism on Wikipedia. Vietnam vet, 28-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Counterintelligence Officer–it’s safe to say that Mike Cline is a not a slouch. The 65-year old resident of Bozeman, Montana retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Q Miceli

Q Miceli contributes articles about baking to Wikipedia. “Volunteering has always been important to me,” said 22-year old Wikipedian Q Miceli. “I believe volunteering generates good karma because it benefits more than just myself.” Miceli, who hails from Byram, New Jersey, began her journey on Wikipedia when she researched a…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Ganesh Paudel

Ganesh Paudel discusses his contributions to Nepalese Wikipedia Ganesh Paudel, a journalist from Nepal, began contributing to English Wikipedia in 2004 as a way to disseminate accurate information about the politics in his country. After discovering that Wikipedia was available in his own language, he realized the immense potential that…

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Wikipedia Signpost report: WikiProject Chess

The other day, the Wikipedia Signpost – the English Wikipedia’s community-written newsletter – provided an update on Wikiproject Chess, which was founded in 2003 and counts over 100 Wikipedians as members. WikiProject Chess editors have written extensively on a cornucopia of chess topics like strategies, endgames and notable players, including…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Gereon Kalkuhl

(This video is part of a series for this year’s Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser. You can support Wikipedia and free knowledge by contributing at donate.wikimedia.org. You can also view this video on YouTube.) Gereon Kalkuhl discussing his contributions to Wikipedia “When I write, I learn at the same time, and learning is what…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Peter Coti

(This video is part of a series for this year’s Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser. You can support Wikipedia and free knowledge by contributing at donate.wikimedia.org. You can also view this video on YouTube.) Peter Coti discussing Wikipedia and his work as an EMT. When someone says they’re into “blood, guts, and trauma,”…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Poongothai Balasubramanian

(Poongothai Balasubramanian is a Wikipedia editor who is part of this year’s Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser. You can support Wikipedia and free knowledge by contributing at donate.wikimedia.org. If you have trouble viewing the video below, please let us know in the comments and try watching it here.) Wikipedia editor Poongothai Balasubramanian discussing…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Spanish finalists

Photographers in Spain uploaded nearly  40,000 images, second only to Poland when it comes to sheer output in Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. In addition to announcing its top 10 images to compete in the international competition, Spain also released a top 100, which is full of gorgeous photos. The stunning sunset image above is of the…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Norwegian finalists

As you can see from these three shots, Norway’s 2012 finalists in the Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 photo contest are inspiring! The image above is of the Kjeungskær lighthouse, built in 1880 on a tiny island at the mouth of the Bjugnfjorden, in the municipality of Ørland. A number of the other photos depict…

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