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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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A female blow fly. 
Drawing by Amedeo John Engel Terzi. From Wellcome Library, licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Wellcome Library donates 100,000 medical images to Wikimedia Commons

The high resolution photographs and scans are used to illustrate a wide range of Wikipedia articles such as disease, art history, cartoons, sexuality and biographies. (…)

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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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Group photo of the faculty and students of KISS Bhubaneswar who took part in the campus program to digitize books.
"Group Photo"© by Subhashish Panigrahi, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Odia Wikisource digitizes classic books to create large Unicode text library

Volunteers from the Odia language Wikipedia joined forces to archive text from early literature and old books now out of print. Odia Wikisource is lightweight, completely text-based and searchable — and accessible on computer and mobile devices. With thousands of books printed so far in this language, Odia Wikisource opens up a whole new world to readers and book lovers. (…)

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Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine for their third annual meeting."Closing ceremony photo" by Ilya, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe meet in Ukraine to plan next steps

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe met in Ukraine last month. More than 20 different countries were represented in the conference. They discussed new ways to collaborate with each other on a wide range of themes, from education to multimedia, wikicamps — and solutions to the gender gap. (…)

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"Senior citizens learn to edit Wikipedia in special classes held in Prague's Municipal Library" photo by Pavla Pelikánová, under licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Senior citizens learn to edit Wikipedia in the Czech Republic

A new training program in the Czech Republic shows senior citizens how to edit Wikipedia. Here are some of the lessons learned from three separate weekly classes held in Prague last year.

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"Chorobek Saadanbekov" by Karen Sayre, under  CC BY-SA 3.0

Keeping his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia: Chorobek Saadanbekov

A Wikipedia editor wants to resuscitate Kyrgyz, a language in decline.

Chorobek Saadanbekov works to keep his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia. (…)

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A happy group of Wikipedians gather for a weekly edit-a-thon in Gothenburg."Edit-a-thon photo" by Paracel63, licensed under CC-Zero

Weekly edit-a-thons help create new articles about women and literature in Sweden

During 2014, Wikimedia Sverige organized a new series of regular edit-a-thons and workshops focused on the Gender gap issue. This is what we learned from one of these projects. (…)

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"How to Make Wikipedia Better - Wikimania 2013 - 59" by Fabrice Florin (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Culture of Kindness

Can we improve Wikipedia by being nicer to each other? In this post, I would like to share some ideas for growing a “culture of kindness” on Wikipedia: “Be nice,” “Help the newbies,” “Be friendly.” […]

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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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