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Join us for #Wikinobel 2015

On October 9, this year’s laureate(s) of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced by the Nobel Committee in Oslo. Wikipedians will be there updating Wikipedia as it happens.

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Wikipedia awareness programs drive Bangla Wikipedia usage

Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) is conducting ‘Secondary level school programs’ in different schools in Bangladesh named “Wikipedia awareness program”. These programs are specially designed more to encourage students to effectively use Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects for their benefit than to contribute to it. As part of Bangla Wikipedia 10th anniversary celebration, it is the first time in the country that a Wikipedia-related events are taking place in school levels.

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Making Chinese Wikipedia more ethnologically diverse

Wikimedia Taiwan collaborate with Department of Ethnology at National Cheng-Chi University to improve Chinese Wikipedia ethnological articles.

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What I Learned: Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina

In this new blog series, we will share a story a month that stems from the implementation and practice of Wikimedia programs in communities all over the world. In this first delivery, we review one lesson shared by Wikimedia Argentina in their latest report, that serves to describe the work done through their education program.

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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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Graph by Joe Sutherland, in the public domain.

Wikipedia’s very active editor numbers have stabilized—delve into the data with us

Very active editor numbers (>100 edits per month) since the English Wikipedia’s launch in 2001. The thick red line symbolises a five-month moving average. Graph by Joe Sutherland, in the public domain. The English Wikipedia’s population of very active editors—registered contributors with more than 100 edits per month—appears to have…

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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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Wikimedia project milestones: Swedish Wikipedia hits 2 million articles

In the first post in a series celebrating milestones across all Wikimedia projects, we look at some of the projects hitting major milestones over the past month.

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Should I pay for a Wikipedia article?

There are specific rules for when you can edit the English Wikipedia for money. Image by Erik Zachte, freely licensed under CC-by-3.0. At the end of August, volunteer editors on the English Wikipedia blocked 381 user accounts for so-called “black hat” editing—or more specifically, undisclosed paid advocacy. As the Wikimedia…

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The first smile and photobomb ever photographed

Six months of work at the National Library of Wales is already showing great benefits. Take, for example, the smiling boy.

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