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Rena Takiguchi learned about local politics in Togo on Wikipedia. She's pictured here in the courtyard of the Shitennō-ji temple in Osaka, Japan.
"Shitennoji Temple Photo" by Amivi1, under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Thanking Wikipedia editors for covering local politics in Togo: Rena Takiguchi

Rena Takiguchi, a native of Japan, says that she would have been consumed with worry for her friends in Togo, if it were not for the Wikipedia article about the Togolese presidential election in 2010. She learned more about this event on Wikipedia than from other sources. (…)

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Sailors from the US Navy join forces with other volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families who lost their houses in the 2003 Southern California Wildfires.US Navy Photo by Johansen Laurel. Public domain.

Civility, Wikipedia, and the conversation on Gamergate

The debates on Wikipedia about the Gamergate controversy have been heated. The Wikimedia Foundation believes inclusion and diversity are essential to achieving the mission of free knowledge, and that civil discourse is key to making that happen. (…)

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A US postmark from Whitby, Virginia confirms that this forgotten coal town once existed.
Postmark is public domain.

Putting forgotten coal towns back on the map: Mark Combs

Mark Combs has been documenting small towns using Wikipedia, so they won’t vanish without a trace. (…)

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Wikipedia editor and high school student Ntsika Kellem on graduation day, near Cape Town, South Africa.See related video. Photo by Sydellewillowsmith, licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The grand adventure of the Annual Report

The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to release its 7th annual report. This year’s theme: knowledge is a foundation.

People do amazing things with Wikipedia. Read the 2014 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report to learn more (…)

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High school student Jack Andraka talks about how Wikipedia enabled his research to find a test for pancreatic cancer. 
Image by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

How high school student Jack Andraka used Wikipedia to research a new test for cancer

After a family member died from pancreatic cancer, high school student Jack Andraka set out to find a cure for the disease. His fast, inexpensive test may someday be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. (…)

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Erasmus portrait by Hans Holbein, from Le Musée du Louvre and The Yorck Project. Public Domain.

Wikipedia turns 14, receives prestigious Erasmus Prize 2015

Today, Wikipedia turns fourteen years old. On this day in 2001, a simple idea changed the world: the idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

Fourteen years later, we’re happy to announce that the Erasmus Prize 2015 was just awarded to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community. (…)

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"The Goodall family" by Simon Goodall, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Sailing the South Pacific with a copy of Wikipedia on board: The Goodall Family

The Goodall family is part of a growing number of Wikipedia users that benefit from Kiwix, an offline browser for Wikipedia. The family of five hails from the South American island of Tierra del Fuego and has been sailing across the world for the past year.

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"Suzanne Fox" by Suzanne Fox, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Creative writing using Wikipedia: Suzanne Fox

[…] Fox set her mind on writing a literary novel set in 1850s Great Britain, but found it challenging to write prolifically about an era she has never known. That’s when she turned to Wikipedia for inspiration, and found that she could relive some of the past she was looking for. […]

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"David Thomsen-274" by VGrigas (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

On Philadelphia’s birthday, a look at how it came alive on Wikipedia

Fulfilling your civic duty can mean a lot of different things. David Thomsen, a retired programmer and member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, sees it as his civic duty to get the facts straight on almost everything Philadelphia-related on Wikipedia. […]

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