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Mon Dieu! Why a French novelist gave an entire year’s royalties to Wikipedia

Antoine Bello is a well-known French author; his donation is the first time an author has donated an entire year’s royalties to the Wikimedia Foundation. Photo from Antoine Bello, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0. In Antoine Bello’s 2009 French-language novel Les Éclaireurs, a secret agent from Iceland named Sliv Dartunghuver…

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“It’s addicting, editing Wikipedia. It’s just something I love to do”: Paulina Sanchez

Paulina Sanchez is a biologist, cancer researcher, and writer. When not breaking technological barriers in the area of genome sequencing, she contributes articles on female biologists and organizes events to involve more women with editing Wikipedia.

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Drone photography of Versailles: Lionel Allorge

France-based photographer Lionel Allorge was drawn to Wikimedia Commons from the appeal of free and open licensing. Now, his images illustrate articles of grand monuments and landmarks in his home country.

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“Be bold, be patient and be kind”: Rich Farmbrough

Rich Farmbrough, one of the most prolific editors on the English Wikipedia with more than a million edits, talks about his diverse contributions to the site, and gives sound advice for new editors.

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Both photos courtesy of George Pendergast.

WWII veteran, kamikaze survivor honors shipmates through Wikipedia articles

George Pendergast survived a kamikaze attack in the Second World War. Today, he edits Wikipedia. Both photos—from 1943 and earlier this year, respectively—are courtesy of George Pendergast. Over seventy years ago, the US destroyer Mahan was patrolling off Ponson Island in the Philippines when eleven Japanese kamikaze aircraft appeared over…

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Funding projects and pizza with Wikimedia Foundation grants: meet Emily Temple-Wood

Veteran editor Emily Temple-Wood focuses on medical articles and improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists. She’s found the ideal method of attracting newcomers to events and workshops: Lots of pizza.

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It’s all due to hockey: Kunal Mehta’s journey from casual editor to programming mentor

Wikimedia Foundation software engineer Kunal Mehta started editing Wikipedia due to his passion for hockey and statistics. Having learned programming from Wikibooks, he now actively contributes to the software that also powers Wikipedia, and gives back to the community by mentoring new software developers.

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“Becoming involved in making the changes you want to see”: Leigh Thelmadatter

A university teacher by profession and a Wikipedia volunteer by hobby, Leigh Thelmadatter has contributed articles ranging from Mexican dishes and beverages to biographies and churches. Today, she works with students to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Mexico and its culture, and travels across the country in search of information worth sharing.

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Raising awareness of endangered species, one Wikipedia page at a time: Christian Cariño

Christian Cariño is a biologist from Mexico interested in conservation of endangered species. For her, Wikipedia was the obvious place to help improve coverage of and interest in these creatures.

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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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