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Growing the Wikimedia blog

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.

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Keep up with the latest Wikimedia news! Find out when new stories are posted on the Wikimedia blog: subscribe to our new email updates.

Here’s a quick overview on this new feature, how to sign up, and why we created it based on community feedback.

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“My community’s goals drive me”: Tahir Mahmood

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.

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Mohomodou Houssouba has strong ties to his native Mali and its languages and culture. Photo by Mohomodou Houssouba, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Developing a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch: Mohomodou Houssouba

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.

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Danaus chrysippus, also known as the plain tiger or African monarch, is a butterfly widespread in Africa and Asia. This rare and hard to reproduce picture, showing the butterfly's hair-pencil. Photo by Jeevan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Documenting the world’s biological diversity, one insect at a time: Jeevan Jose

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.

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News on Wikipedia: Charleston church shooting, Pakistan heat wave, Danish elections, and 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.

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The annual Wikimania conference will be coming to Mexico City on July 15-19, gathering volunteers and digital rights leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education. Photo by Ralf Roletschek, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

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.

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Wikipedia just received the prestigious 'Princess of Asturias' award to recognize its contributions to universal human heritage. Photo of the Asturias awards by x, CC-BY-SA-3.0?

Wikipedia receives Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

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.

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Space, disease and a natural disaster: this week in news on Wikipedia

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.

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Tomasz Ganicz recalls the early days of the Polish Wikipedia

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.

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