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"Workshop on oral tradition being conveyed by local female and male elderly in Otjinene." by DanielGCabrero, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Tapping into the knowledge of indigenous communities

Wikipedia has made tremendous progress towards its mission to provide free access to the sum of human knowledge, but indigenous knowledge is largely excluded because the majority of it is not available in writing. Starting from some theoretical considerations, I designed a workshop for the 2014 Participatory Design conference in w:Windhoek to produce and document examples of relevant oral citations. See the detailed workshop description.

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Three Questions and Three Answers as Food for Thought About the Future of Wikipedia

This is an opinion piece by Amos Meron of Wikimedia Israel. All views are the author’s own; discussion is welcome in the comment section of this blog post. What should Wikipedia (also) be? Wikipedia prides itself of being the encyclopedia of the 21st century. Except that in the 21st century…

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"Järnvägsmuseet, Kristianstad - 2013-05-03 - 10" by Haxpett, under CC BY 4.0

Photos aside, how else does Wiki Loves Monuments deliver?

For the past four years, Wikimedia Sverige has organized the photo contest Wiki Loves Monumentsin Sweden. Besides getting great photos to showcase Wikipedia and involving many new photographers, we have noticed another benefit from the contest that has received little attention.

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"Adacamp DC attendees 3" by Valerietai, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

How to get the Wikimedia Foundation to fund your international gathering

María Cruz, Learning and Evaluation, Wikimedia Foundation, outlines different steps and considerations for you to secure funding for international gatherings and conferences.

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"Viquimarató Estudis Catalans" by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, under CC-BY-3.0

First Wikipedian in Residence in a European University

Josep-Anton Fernàndez, academic director of the MA in Catalan Studies, explains motivation for holding Catalan Studies Edit-a-thon. The Catalan Studies Edit-a-thon closed the first stage of a pioneer collaboration project between Amical Wikimedia and Open University of Catalonia. The Open University of Catalonia (UOC after its Catalan initials) was a…

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Pang-start 2014: A collaboration between the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Wikimedia Norge

In June 2014, Wikimedia Norge was contacted by Andreas Berg, a professor of illustrations at the department of graphic design and illustration at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He had an idea. […] The aim of this workshop was to teach students how to design and make use of freely licenced illustrations. […]

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"Emergency Telephone Used on College Campus (cropped)" by PEarley (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A behind the scenes look at the Wikimedia Foundation’s emergency response system

When my work phone rings in the middle of the night, I don’t ever have to wonder what it is. As one of the team of five who are charged with addressing emails sent to the Wikimedia Foundation’s emergency address, I sleep lightly on nights when I’m on call. […]

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"20140809 OpenGLAM presentation" by Beat Estermann, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

OpenGLAM at Wikimania 2014

The is a syndicated post originally published by OpenGLAM. The original version can be found here. Wikimania 2014 logo. “Wikimania 2014 Shard logo v3 with logotype and date” by EdSaperia, under CC-BY-SA-3.0 GLAM activities in the last two months have been quite happening! After Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin, OpenGLAM…

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"Maury Wills Milton Berle Jimmy Piersall Willie Mays Hollywood Palace 1967" by We hope, under PD US no notice

WikiProject Report: Bats, gloves and baseballs

Last month, the Wikipedia Signpost, the English Wikipedia’s community-written newsletter, talked with three members of WikiProject Baseball: users Go Phightins!, Wizardman and isaacl. A WikiProject is a team of contributors who aim to improve Wikipedia articles on a specific topic. […]

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"Biplab" by बिप्लब आनन्द, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Focused Approach for Maithili Wikipedia

[…] A few days back, this linguist Wikipedian posted a message of appreciation on compatriot Biplab Anand’s Incubator talk page: “बिप्लवजी धन्यवाद यो विकिलाई बाहिर निकाल्ने प्रयास गर्नु पर्ने छ।” which translated states, “Biplab ji, thank you for the efforts to bring out this wiki” – referring to Biplab Anand’s dedicated approach in trying to transform Maithili Wikipedia from its current incubator status into a full-fledged Wikipedia. […]

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