Finding inspiration from editing Wikipedia: a profile of Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

By day, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight is a business administrator for a healthcare company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. By night, she studies diverse countries and cultures and posts her discoveries online for the benefit of anyone in the world. You see, Rosie is a prolific Wikipedia editor. “At heart, I am a…

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Wikimedia Commons Profile: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Muhammad Mahdi Karim is an avid contributor to Wikimedia Commons and his beautiful photographs have been Featured Pictures and Pictures of the Day, regarded as some of the finest images on the database. Karim describes his motivation for contributing to Wikipedia as the opportunity to share a memory with others….

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Benoit Rochon

Benoit Rochon wants more Quebecers to edit French Wikipedia When Benoit Rochon organized his first event for Wikipedia, he didn’t anticipate the arrival of one unwelcome guest. Rochon had organized a Wikimedia Commons photo event on August 28th of 2011 in order to illustrate Wikipedia articles about Montreal. However, it…

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Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Day: Andromeda Galaxy

For photography enthusiast Adam Evans, the true allure in capturing an image lies in shooting upwards. Evans, who works at Google Maps, said that his interest and education in aerial and satellite mapping is related to what he calls his “astronomy hobby.” “Mapping cameras point downward from aircraft or satellites,…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Gideon Digby

(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.) What Gideon Digby will do to get a good photo for Wikimedia Commons Gideon Digby has climbed fences, crossed swollen…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: Adrianne Wadewitz

(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. If you have trouble viewing the video below, try watching it here.) When Adrianne Wadewitz first began editing Wikipedia as a graduate student at Indiana University, her professors…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Andorran finalists

  The Andorran finalists did a phenomenal job of showcasing the country’s magnificent landscapes. Eight of the ten finalists photographed Andorra’s ancient churches, with Angela Wolf taking first place for the photo above of the Església de Sant Miquel d’Engolasters shot against the stunning backdrop of the Pyranees mountains. This impressive…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Israeli finalists

Wiki Loves Monuments took place in Israel for the first time this year and the biggest challenge for our organizing team was creating the lists of monuments. Prior to the competition no list of national monuments existed, and now, as a result of the competition, a list is available to…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Mexican finalists

As part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 in Mexico, more than 700 participants contributed over 10,000 photos. Volunteers organized several events, including a photo tour through the streets of Mexico City’s historic center. While a tour guide explained the rich background of the city’s monuments, participants snapped photos of the…

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2012: the Swiss finalists

Among the Swiss finalists of Wiki Loves Monuments 2012, first place went to Tobias Hoderlein with this image of the water tower in Lucerne. The other finalists photos include a striking image of the Ostermundigen farmhouse in the open-air museum Ballenberg, a black and white photo of the graceful arches supporting…

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