Events

"Big Fat Brussels Meeting April 2014" by Hubertl, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Weasel-Lobster Race

It’s five to three. A dapper man, slightly out of breath, enters the room and quickly makes his way to the front. The event started almost an hour ago, but despite double-bookings in his schedule, Marco Giorello – deputy head of unit “Copyright” at the European Commission – didn’t want to miss the debate on Mass Digitisation and Access to Cultural Heritage co-organized by Wikimedia and the Flemish Commission for UNESCO.

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"LGM2014 DSC7848" by EduMerch, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Libre Graphics Meeting 2014 at Leipzig

The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) started in 2006 as an annual event aimed at bringing together graphic developers of free software for design, desktop publishing, photo editing, 3D modeling and animation

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Global Action Against Mass Surveillance on the Anniversary of the Snowden Revelations

Graphic designed for the Snowden anniversary. On June 5, 2013, the Guardian confirmed that the US National Security Agency collected communication records of millions of individuals — indiscriminately and regardless of whether they were the subject of an investigation. The story revealed the first of a series of government documents…

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"Amanecer Moai Rano Raraku - Flickr - Alanbritom" by Superzerocool, under CC-BY-SA-2.0

Wiki Tour Chile 2014 photo contest in its final stage!

Wikimedia Chile organized the photo contest Wiki Chile Tour 2014 which ran between April 5 and May 4 with a theme centered around Chile’s heritage and identity. The competition focused on photographs of nature, urban landscapes, holiday destinations, typical locations, economic activities, crafts, customs and cuisine that showed the cultural particularities of Chile.

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"WikimediaConference2014 13" by AWang (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Collaborative Definition of Impact: Building Metrics Together

As part of the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, on Thursday, April 10, members of the WMF Grantmaking department’s Learning and Evaluation team held a brainstorming session around metrics with chapter representatives from around the world. The aim of the session was to start a conversation around what the evaluation metrics piloted in the (beta) Evaluation Reports tell us about our current programs and what they do not tell us, in terms of program impact.

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"Elephants in the wild" by Dieu-Donné Gameli, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wiki Loves Earth Goes International

Wikimedia Ukraine is organizing an international photo contest with a natural heritage theme, Wiki Loves Earth 2014. This is the second year of the competition. Last year, Ukraine was the only participant, but now the contest encompasses 14 countries!

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"Wikimedia Hackathon Zurich 2014 Group Photo" by Chandres, under CC-BY-3.0

Hacker osmosis: Ideas abound at the European Hackathon in Zurich

After an exciting first encounter with the San Francisco-based WMF staff at the May Metrics Meeting where I was introduced as the incoming ED, I had the opportunity this past weekend to meet even more dedicated staff and community members, and learn a little more about what the WMF life is like for our nearly 30% of WMF product and engineering staff that work remotely.

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"Influenza virus particle 8430 lores-Beschriftung" by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske), under PD US HHS CDC

Ten years of the German Wikipedia writing contest

The article on Direct Democracy in Germany is the best article written on the German Wikipedia for the month of March, 2014. After a long and heated discussion, the jury of the German writing contest (“Schreibwettbewerb“) chose it above the article about historian Percy Ernst Schramm and the article about Block 11, a building in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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"Hackathon - Zürich - 2014 - 3" by Ludo29, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Tech wizards behind Wikipedia meet in Zürich for hackathon

More than 150 developers, engineers, sysadmins, and technology enthusiasts have gathered in Zürich this week-end for the annual European Wikimedia hackathon, organized by Wikimedia CH, the local Wikimedia chapter.

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"2014 Kłodzko, most św. Jana" by Jacek Halicki, under CC-BY-SA-3.0-PL

There are no barriers to free knowledge

When Jacek Halicki first discovered the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest through a banner located on top of the main page of the Polish Wikipedia, not only hadn’t he realized he could actually edit Wikipedia by himself; he could never have foreseen that contributing to Wikipedia would soon become a passion and a way to overcome the barriers in his life.

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