Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Editing Wikipedia as community service in Mexico

A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia for her “servicio social” requirement, working with the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey University. It was more than just an assignment for her: it was an opportunity for personal and professional growth, as well as a way to positively impact her community.

European Parliament photo by JLogan, public domain.

Wikimedians in Brussels map out key issues about the European Union’s digital future

The European Union is discussing important issues that can impact Wikimedia projects: net neutrality, data protection and copyright reform. Wikimedia Sweden has created an overview of relevant proposals and invites you to help prioritize them.

The Inspire campaign aims to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia. Graphic by Vpseudo, free licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Meet the Inspire grantees working to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a new group of grantees working to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. 16 new projects will receive funding to engage women and allies around the world to improve Wikipedia’s coverage and quality — as well as research and experiment with new ways to support gender diversity on Wikimedia projects.

Edit-a-thon in Banff, Canada.
Photo by ABsCatLib, under CC BY-SA 4.0

How many women edit Wikipedia?

An overview of the existing research on this question, also including new results from the most recent general Wikipedia editor survey

Graphic by Fabrice Florin, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

What we learned from the blog survey

To learn what you think of this blog, we ran a survey in February-March 2015, asking feedback about its content, features — and suggestions for improvement. Many of you shared your insights, telling us you prefer quality over quantity, with more depth and relevance — and more community reports, in more languages.

Photo freely licensed underCC BY-SA 3.0.

Sharing images of the earthquake in Nepal: Krish Dulal

A massive earthquake in Nepal has killed thousands of people since a devastating 7.8 tremor on April 25, 2015. Nepalese Wikipedian Krish Dulal shared many photos of this disaster. He invites you to donate to support relief efforts, as well as contribute more images on Commons, so they can be re-used by others.

[[File:MRT Singapore Destination 13.png|25px]] Pool of Cortalet, marshes of Empordà.Estany del Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.[[:File:Aiguamolls de l'Empordà 2.jpg|Photo]] by [[User:Mikipons|Mikipons]], freely licensed under [ CC BY-SA 3.0.][[:File:MRT Singapore Destination 13.png|“Destination 13.png”]] by [[c:User:Seloloving|Seloloving]], [ CC0 1.0.]

Join Wiki Loves Earth 2015: help capture our natural heritage

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 starts on May 1st, and invites you to contribute photos about the world’s natural heritage. This international photo contest is organized by the Wikimedia community, with the help of its Ukrainian and Polish chapters. We hope you will participate!

Map by Quibik, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events were six times as likely to be rated as featured pictures, such as this one. Main du juive à Tikjda, 5º prize on Wiki Loves Earth Algeria 2014. Photo by Chettouh Nabil, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

First 2015 Wikimedia Programs Evaluations reports examine Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events

What is the impact of Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events? The first two Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that these programs contributed 14% of the media uploaded to Commons from September 2013 to September 2014.