Profiles

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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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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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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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Emily Temple-Wood: A cool Wikipedian on a big mission

Emily at Wiki Boot Camp DC 2013 A self-professed geek, Emily Temple-Wood was 12 years old when she waded into the world of Wikipedia. Bullied in school, as geeks often are, Temple-Wood found Wikipedia to be an outlet where she could be judged by what she contributed. Having read a…

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“Good Pictures do Matter” – Miha Grmek

Panorama of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia 5 years ago Miha Grmek began uploading his photographs to Wikimedia Commons. By doing so, he hopes to have allowed countless others to travel vicariously through his images. Grmek loves to travel. Before every trip he uses Wikipedia as a tool to learn…

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Wikimedia Commons, “a step towards equality and freedom”

The Tivoli Bridge in Sète A year is not a long time, but it’s been more than enough for Christian Ferrer to develop into a well-practiced photographer. Hailing from Sète, a small town in the region of Hérault on the south coast of France, Ferrer does not need to go…

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