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Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

An experienced scuba diver, Doug Taylor took his first plunge into editing Wikipedia when he found a mistake in an article on deep diving in 2008. Since then, he has become an active contributor to the free knowledge movement, serving as a trustee of Wikimedia UK, and joining the Wikiproject Med Foundation.

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Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek. Since 2007, she has made over 5,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project. Photo by Karen Sayre, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Editing the Uzbek Wikipedia: Kamarniso Vrandečić

Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.

Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.

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"Is Wikipedia a dance?" video by Michael Epaka, CC BY-SA 4.0. Roger Moore photo by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0. Freedom of Panorama map by Quibik, CC BY-SA 3.0. "Wiki Loves Earth" photo by Mikipons, CC BY-SA 3.0. Mexican Edit-a-thon photo by Thelmadatter, CC BY-SA 4.0. Collage by Andrew Sherman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Highlights, April 2015

Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: the Wikipedia iOS app was updated with new features; Wiki Learning held a massive edit-a-thon in Mexico; we featured the first Wikipedia TV spots in Cameroon; we profiled Allan Warren, celebrity photographer; the Wikipedia store was relaunched; and ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ started their photo contest.

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Graphic by Fabrice Florin, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

What we learned from the blog survey

To learn what you think of this blog, we ran a survey in February-March 2015, asking feedback about its content, features — and suggestions for improvement. Many of you shared your insights, telling us you prefer quality over quantity, with more depth and relevance — and more community reports, in more languages.

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Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

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Watch this fun TV spot: "Wikipedia? Isn't that a new dance?" You can also view this video on YouTube.com here. Video by Michael Epaka, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The first Wikipedia TV spots and awareness campaign in Cameroon (VIDEO)

The first-ever television spots for Wikipedia in Cameroon were created as part of a campaign designed to raise awareness of Wikipedia in this western African country — where the use and awareness of Wikipedia has been historically low.

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A lot happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month. Editatonas photo by Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 4.0. Raspberry Pi photo by Janet Chapman, CC BY-SA 4.0. Terry Gilbey photo by Myleen Hollero, CC BY-SA 3.0. Open Data graph by LSE Library, CC BY-SA 3.0. Kourosh photo by Jerry Kim, CC BY SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Highlights, March 2015

Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: WMF filed a suit against NSA; we published 15 stories about women and gender diversity on Wikimedia; we reported on a school in Tanzania using Raspberry Pi; the foundation shared open data sets and a new open access policy – and welcomed new executives.

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Photo by Victor Grigas, free licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fighting corruption with Wikipedia: Johnson Oludeinde

Meet Johnson Oludeinde, who is using Wikipedia to expose corruption in Nigeria — and inviting others to prevent injustice through shared knowledge.

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Women gather for "WikiWomen Day" in Pune, India, to help each other contribute to Wikipedia and increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Photo by Abhishek Suryawanshi, under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Women and gender diversity on Wikimedia: our top stories

Here are our most popular stories about women and gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, published last month to celebrate International Women’s Day and WikiWomen’s History Month.

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The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the world's most popular websites with around two hundred employees. Our new report outlines what we accomplished together in 2014.  Staff photo by Myleen Hollero, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

New Wikimedia Foundation report on activities in 2014

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to release a report on our programs, activities, and outcomes from 2014.

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