Much has happened on the Wikimedia blog in the past six months. Here’s an update on our goals, accomplishments, lessons learned — and new improvements under development. The stories we share on the blog bring together readers and contributors from around the world — and help spread knowledge across diverse cultures.Read more
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Tahir Mahmood recently became the first Urdu Wikipedian to surpass 100,000 edits. He says community-set goals help inspire him to be so dedicated.Read more
Mohomodou Houssouba has spent the last two years on a missions: to build a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch and help bring free knowledge to the people of west Africa.Read more
Jeevan Jose has been documenting the flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world — one butterfly, one insect, and one plant at a time. Five years and a thousand pictures later, he’s eager to get back in the field.Read more
This week in the news: Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; In Denmark, the opposition alliance wins by five seats in a general election; Pope Francis's second encyclical, Laudato si', is published; A heat wave in Pakistan kills an estimated 700 people;
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2015 NBA Finals.
The annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, will be coming to Mexico City this July 15-19, co-organized by Wikimedia Mexico and the Wikimedia Foundation. This event will gather Wikimedia volunteers and digital thought leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education.Read more
Wikipedia was just awarded Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The award acknowledges exemplary and internationally recognized cultural, scientific and social achievements.Read more
Here are some of the global news stories covered on Wikipedia this week: the Philae lander awakens from its comet; a MERS outbreak in South Korea kills 19; Flooding in Georgia kills 15 people; Zhou Yongkang sentenced to life in prison; Omar al-Bashir evades arrest for war crimes. This news roundup is a new content experiment for the Wikimedia blog. What do you think about this first example? Please share your comments.Read more
Chemist Tomasz Ganicz, better known as Polimerek on Wikipedia, has been involved with the Polish Wikipedia and the Polish Wikimedia chapter since their inception almost fourteen years ago. He recalls the early days, when there were no articles on chemistry on the Polish Wikipedia — and he had to write the first definitions for an atom, a molecule and an electron.Read more