Events

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Wikimedia Israel’s annual conference focuses on Wikipedia in education

Wikimedia Israel held its seventh Wiki Academy conference earlier this month, and was joined by Lila Tretikov and other guests from the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Wikimedia developers from around the world met last month in Lyon, France, for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. To meet a few of them, watch this short video.

Developers gather in France for the 2015 Wikimedia Hackathon

Developers from around the world gathered last month in Lyon, France for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. Here are some of the highlights of this edition of the annual event, which invited coders to develop new features, software and tools to make editing and reading wiki projects more enjoyable and effective.

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February's Train the Trainer program—which aims to increase the number of new editors and 'ambassadors' for the movement at large—proved a rewarding experience for attendees. Photo by U.B. Pavanaja, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Train the Trainer: Running effective outreach activities in India

Train the Trainer, a program run by India Access To Knowledge, promotes skill building and capacity development for Indic language Wikimedians while bringing communities together.

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News on Wikipedia: Charleston church shooting, Pakistan heat wave, Danish elections, and more

This week in the news: Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; In Denmark, the opposition alliance wins by five seats in a general election; Pope Francis's second encyclical, Laudato si', is published; A heat wave in Pakistan kills an estimated 700 people;
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2015 NBA Finals.

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Wikipedia encyclopedias on a shelf, check out the full gallery of images on Wikimedia commons.Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet Print Wikipedia

Wikipedia has finally been printed! Ever wonder what your favorite Wikipedia article would look like in real life? Well know you can check out the exhibit Print Wikipedia in Denny Gallery (261 Broome Street), New York.

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Help Wikipedia by uploading your photos of events like this pride parade in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Another Believer, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Loves Pride: Help expand Wikipedia’s LGBT coverage

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities are underrepresented on Wikipedia. In the month of June, help change this by photographing pride parades, LGBT districts and landmarks, and working with us to get your photographs on Wikipedia articles!

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Space, disease and a natural disaster: this week in news on Wikipedia

Here are some of the global news stories covered on Wikipedia this week: the Philae lander awakens from its comet; a MERS outbreak in South Korea kills 19; Flooding in Georgia kills 15 people; Zhou Yongkang sentenced to life in prison; Omar al-Bashir evades arrest for war crimes. This news roundup is a new content experiment for the Wikimedia blog. What do you think about this first example? Please share your comments.

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Wikipedia meetups happen all around the world and are an easy way to learn how to edit the encyclopedia. Follow this link to find a meetup near you. You can also view the above video on YouTube and Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

How to join a Wikipedia meetup near you (VIDEO)

Wikipedia meetups happen all around the world and are an easy way to learn how to edit the encyclopedia. They help newcomers meet Wikipedia editors in person, get oriented, and become familiar with best practices. To find a meetup near you, check out this short video and companion FAQ.

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Contributors to the Arabic Wikipedia met for the first ever WikiArabia conference in Monastir, Tunisia. This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community's challenges and opportunities. Photo by Habib M’henni, CC BY-SA 3.0.

First ever WikiArabia conference gathers Wikipedians in Tunisia to connect and share experiences

Wikipedians from around the Arab world met last April for their first regional Wikipedia conference in Monastir, Tunisia.

This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community’s challenges and opportunities — and the future of the free knowledge movement.

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Wikimedians sometimes interact both online and offline -- and these experiences are very different from each other, says anthropologist Lionel Scheepmans. Hackathon photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Wikimania and the differences between online and offline cultures

A Belgian anthropologist observes the differences between online and offline participation in the Wikimedia movement, based on a visit to the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. In this essay, he identifies some of the disparities between the values, ethics and organizational structures of online Wikipedia projects and offline conferences such as Wikimania.

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