Communications

  1. “Dare to be different, yet hold your head high”: the impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia

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    “Prince is synonymous with indulging in yourself shamelessly and with passion. His music and his cultural impact mean more than words can offer.”
    “He taught me that being black was more than a color. That despite our circumstances or limitations in life, you could change the world and you could reach out and touch the stars.”
    “Dare to be different, yet hold your head ... Read more

  2. TED is partnering with the Wikimedia community to add “ideas worth spreading” to Wikimedia projects

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    A collaboration between the Wikimedia community and TED will help bolster free knowledge.... Read more

  3. News on Wikipedia: Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph recreated in London as Syria reclaims town

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    Weeks after Syria reclaimed the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra from ISIL, the Institute of Digital Archaeology’s 3D-printed Arch of Triumph was exhibited in London. We look at other projects seeking to protect cultural heritage during times of conflict, including that of imprisoned artist Bassel Khartabil.... Read more

  4. These editors spent one year writing Charlie Chaplin’s Wikipedia article

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    “I’ll tell you one thing: it’s essential to have a passionate interest in the subject if you’re going to take on an article like this.”... Read more

  5. News on Wikipedia: SpaceX takes next step to reusable rockets

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    SpaceX landed a reusable rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. How has Wikipedia covered it?... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Highlights, March 2016

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    Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in March 2016: The new alchemy—turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists; New completion suggester helps you find what you need on Wikimedia sites; Jimmy Wales tells South by Southwest that community is key to Wikipedia’s future.... Read more

  7. Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz

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    “Men can be a champion for women. I know that, for example, a lot of feminists have said ‘no they can’t,’ that that’s not a good thing, that actually women should be the people championing women’s own causes. But I don’t think that there should be such a division. There should be people arguing for women, right, not just women arguing for women and men arguing for men... Read more

  8. News on Wikipedia: How a world of volunteers dove into the leaked Panama Papers

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    Wikipedia editors jumped into action only nine minutes after the Guardian’s report, and the consequent Wikipedia article has been edited once every 2.5 minutes since then.... Read more

  9. He reaches across continents: editing the Urdu Wikipedia from the Czech Republic

    A Czech contributor is helping to build the Urdu Wikipedia, the national language of Pakistan and six states in India.... Read more

  10. News on Wikipedia: Documenting history as it unfolds in Cuba and the US

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    “I think a lot of us feel like we are, in a small way, writing an early draft of history,” one Wikipedia editor says.... Read more