Profiles

"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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"Gentoo-chinstrap" by Hans Oleander, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Hans Oleander: Using offline Wikipedia to guide tours at the bottom of the Earth

Hans Oleander lives and works in southern Germany, but once a year he gets away from his desk and voyages to the bottom of the Earth to spend a few weeks as a tour guide in Antarctica.

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"Emmanuel Engelhart-49" by VGrigas (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Emmanuel Engelhart, Inventor of Kiwix: the Offline Wikipedia Browser

Wikipedia’s goal is to be the sum of human knowledge, available to anyone at any time, but when billions of people have no internet access at all, how can that goal be realized?

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The sixteen-wheeled Wikipedia machine

The Spokes team, just before setting off from California. For most people, a cross-country bike ride sounds like a daunting prospect, but for Ethan Sherbondy, a computer science senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it was a welcomed challenge. Last summer, he and seven other students, under the moniker of…

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Luis Villa: “I wanted to be an Internet lawyer”

Around legal circles, the Wikimedia Foundation is often seen as a curiosity. With a fraction of the staff of other top ten websites, the Foundation arguably does more with less. The core of this complex apparatus consists of two indispensable parts − a strong volunteer community and an equally dedicated…

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How a teenage student from Malaysia set a high Wikipedia standard for editing

In 2009, when she was 15 years old, Evangeline Han began contributing to Wikipedia from her home computer. Evangeline was being home-schooled, and her computer — and Wikipedia — were a gateway to sharing knowledge with others who were also learning outside the classroom. Evangeline has since made close to…

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Open letter for free access to Wikipedia on mobile in South Africa

In November 2012, the students of Sinenjongo High School penned an open letter on Facebook, encouraging cellphone carriers to waive data charges for accessing Wikipedia so they can do their homework. In May 2013, filmmaker Charlene Music and I asked them to read their open letter on camera. Below is…

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Wikipedia editor profile: Tony the Marine

Antonio “Tony the Marine” Santiago In 2004, Antonio Santiago, aka Tony the Marine, began editing Wikipedia by expanding upon the work that his son started on the free encyclopedia. Since then, he has become a passionate researcher, broadening and polishing articles about Puerto Rican military history. Six years after his initial…

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