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50 weird Super Bowl facts for 50 Super Bowls

Wikipedia is written and edited by volunteers who combine and hone a crowdsourced view off the mainstream media path; there are many odd nuggets along the way. As we head into Super Bowl 50, take a peek at a quirky factoid for each of the games below.

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Millions read Bowie biography following sudden death

Following a string of celebrity deaths, Wikipedia’s editors work to polish biographies to serve as ready-made obituaries providing readers with a depth of insight about entertainers’ lives and careers.

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Wikimedia Highlights, December 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in December 2015: Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge; Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske; Making our pageview data easily accessible; and more.

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Community digest: Urdu Wikipedia reaches 100,000 articles

On December 29, 2015, the Urdu Wikipedia community achieved a major milestone with a new article on the tiger shark.

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Fifteen years ago, Wikipedia was a very different place: Magnus Manske

Magnus Manske, a Wikipedia contributor since 2001, was born and went to university in Cologne, Germany. The city’s famed cathedral is pictured here. Photo by Thomas Wolf, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Germany. Update, January 25: today is Magnus Manske Day. On this day in 2002, Wikipedia switched over…

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15 years of Wikipedia in data visualization

Leave it to designers to show us how dynamic, global, and human Wikipedia really is. Here, we look at fifteen of the best data visualizations making use of Wikipedia data.

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Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge

The Wikimedia community celebrates Wikipedia and its sister projects with nearly 150 events on six continents as the Wikimedia Foundation announces an endowment to sustain Wikipedia for the future.

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Wikipedia statistics show that 2015 was the year of the movie

2015 was the year of the movie on Wikipedia, with eight film-related articles in the top 25—and one climbing all the way up to No. 3 in the last two months of the year.

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Kelly Battles and Arnnon Geshuri join Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

New Trustees bring deep financial, operational, and organizational development expertise to Wikimedia’s free knowledge mission.

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“Wikipedia is a testament to what we can create together as a global community”: Sara Mörtsell

Sara Mörtsell, Education Manager for Wikimedia Sverige, is working to help educators and learners in Sweden understand how free and open education can work for them.

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