Communications

  1. Why I write about battleships

    Photo from the German Federal Archives, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE.

    Nate Ott has written hundreds of Wikipedia articles about German warships, including every major ship from the 1860s to World War II. We asked why.... Read more

  2. Freely licensed magic at Eurovision

    Photo by Albin Olsson, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Thanks to Albin Olsson, free photographic mastery was on display at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Highlights, April 2016

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    Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in April 2016: Find, Prioritize, and Recommend: An article recommendation system to fill knowledge gaps across Wikipedia; First-ever Wikimedia Hackathon at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee; A strike against freedom of panorama: Swedish court rules against Wikimedia Sverige.... Read more

  4. Wikipedia’s 15th birthday inspires Bangla translators; Odia-language Women’s History Month edit-a-thons

    Photo by Motiur Rahman Oni, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

    Bangla-language Wikipedians translated about 600 articles for their language’s Wikipedia; Odia-language Wikimedians hosted their second annual Women’s History Month edit-a-thon.... Read more

  5. “It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

    Photo by Eva Cranford, CC-BY-SA-3.0

    The wiki’s importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realised how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.... Read more

  6. News on Wikipedia: Leicester City win historic Premier League title

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    Once rank outsiders, association football club Leicester City won the Premier League this week to cap a memorable season in England’s top division.... Read more

  7. A Death Star filled with all the May the Fourth facts you’ll ever need

    Photo by Cjp24, CC-BY-SA-4.0

    Featuring a chocolate Millennium Falcon, sound designers, Leia’s distinctive hairstyle, James Bond, Ukrainian politics, and a holiday special that many might prefer to forget.... Read more

  8. Improving constructed languages: Dietrich Michael Weidmann

    Photo by Dietrich Michael Weidmann, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
  9. “Dare to be different, yet hold your head high”: the impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia

    Photo by Zarateman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    “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

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

    Photo by Factologist5000, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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