Profiles

Photo by Tahir Mahmood, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

“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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"Tomasz Ganicz" by VGrigas (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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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Geoffrey Bilder is working to preserve Wikipedia citations for the future -- and prevent the death of hyperlinks, also known as "link rot". Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Preserving Wikipedia citations for the future: Geoffrey Bilder

The average lifespan of a hyperlink is around six years—a problem for a site like Wikipedia, which relies on many linked references. That’s what Geoffrey Bilder and others have worked to prevent: the death of hyperlinks, also known as “link rot”.

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Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

An experienced scuba diver, Doug Taylor took his first plunge into editing Wikipedia when he found a mistake in an article on deep diving in 2008. Since then, he has become an active contributor to the free knowledge movement, serving as a trustee of Wikimedia UK, and joining the Wikiproject Med Foundation.

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Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek. Since 2007, she has made over 5,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project. Photo by Karen Sayre, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Editing the Uzbek Wikipedia: Kamarniso Vrandečić

Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.

Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.

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Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

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Watch this fun TV spot: "Wikipedia? Isn't that a new dance?" You can also view this video on YouTube.com here. Video by Michael Epaka, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The first Wikipedia TV spots and awareness campaign in Cameroon (VIDEO)

The first-ever television spots for Wikipedia in Cameroon were created as part of a campaign designed to raise awareness of Wikipedia in this western African country — where the use and awareness of Wikipedia has been historically low.

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Photo by Victor Grigas, free licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fighting corruption with Wikipedia: Johnson Oludeinde

Meet Johnson Oludeinde, who is using Wikipedia to expose corruption in Nigeria — and inviting others to prevent injustice through shared knowledge.

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