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Wikimedia Highlights, December 2014

Here are some of the top stories published on this blog in December 2014. They cover a selection of activities of the Wikimedia Foundation,as well as important events from the Wikimedia movement — from making Wikipedia twice as fast with HHVM to the winners of the Wiki Loves Earth photo contest. (…)

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A Culture of Kindness

Can we improve Wikipedia by being nicer to each other? In this post, I would like to share some ideas for growing a “culture of kindness” on Wikipedia: “Be nice,” “Help the newbies,” “Be friendly.” […]

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Structured Data project launches in Berlin

How can we make multimedia data easier to use on Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and sister sites? Today, information about media files on Wikimedia sites is stored in unstructured formats that cause a range of issues: for example, file information is hard to search, some of it is only available in…

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Help Test Media Viewer

Media Viewer lets you browse larger images on Wikimedia sites. We invite you to try out Media Viewer, a new tool for browsing multimedia content, which is now in beta on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. Today, viewing images on our sites can be a frustrating experience for casual users:…

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RfC: Should we support MP4 video on our sites?

  A video of a cheetah, captured in slow-motion at 1200 fps. The video was released on Vimeo in MP4 format and converted to OGV format before uploading to Commons. It cannot be viewed in this format on most mobile phones and many web browsers. The Wikimedia Foundation’s multimedia team…

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A Multimedia Vision for 2016

How will we use multimedia on our sites in three years? The Wikimedia Foundation’s Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions on Wikipedia, Commons, and MediaWiki sites. We believe that audio-visual media offer a unique opportunity to engage a wide range of users…

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Introducing Beta Features

We’re pleased to announce Beta Features, a way you can try out new features on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites before they are released for everyone. Beta Features lets developers roll out new software in an environment where lots of users can use these features, then give feedback to help…

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Notifications Launch on More Wikipedias

We’re happy to announce the release of the Notifications feature on dozens of Wikipedias in many languages! Notifications inform users of new activity that affects them, such as talk page messages or mentions of their names. It was developed this year by the Wikimedia Foundation’s Editor Engagement Team. New languages…

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Notifications launch on the English Wikipedia

Notifications inform you of new activity that affects you on Wikipedia — and let you take quick action. We’re happy to announce this week’s release of Notifications on the English Wikipedia. Notifications inform users about new activity that affects them on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, such as talk page…

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Echo: A new notification system for Wikipedia

How can our users learn about events that affect them, so they can contribute more productively to MediaWiki sites like Wikipedia? In this post, we’d like to introduce a new notifications system called Echo, now under development by the Wikimedia Foundation’s editor engagement team to address this question. Echo aims…

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