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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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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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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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"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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