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Photo: Conrad Poirier, PD-Canada, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

First GLAM collaboration in Canada with BAnQ

The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Wikimedia Canada are announcing a pilot project to upload public domain images from the Conrad Poirier collection at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal. Freelance photographer Conrad Poirier (1921-1968) [...]

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"WMCH Volunteers teaching wikipedia during a wikipermanence " by Chandres, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Why librarians should edit Wikipedia: A testimonial from Switzerland

Since April, the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCUL) hosts, on a monthly basis, Wikipedian get-togethers in their Unitheque room, referred as the “Wikipermanences”. How do they proceed and what happens during those gatherings? [...]

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"Main Building of Moscow state University" by Rdfr, under CC-BY-2.5

Free licenses and freedom of panorama now recognized in Russian law!

[...] the amendments are extremely important for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects; and for developers of free software. The amendments entered into force on October 1st, 2014; Wikimedia RU actively participated in their preparation. [...]

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"Journée contributive Germain Muller Strasbourg 17 octobre 2013-00 crop" by Benoit Rochon, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

International Francophone Contribution Month

Throughout October, the International Francophone Contribution Month, Wikipedia training workshops are organized in more than twenty cities of the Francophonie. In those workshops, experienced Wikimedians, students, and the local population get together to improve French Wikipedia and its sister projects. Whether in a college, a GLAM institution, in a library or in a pub, Wikimedians and novices mingle to share their experience, to initiate beginners to contribution to Wikimedia projects, or to simply get to know each other. [...]

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"Compass of diversity" by Christopher Schwarzkopf (WMDE), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Now available: Charting Diversity – Working together towards diversity in Wikipedia

In the last couple of years, a discussion arose concerning the ratio of male to female contributors on Wikipedia. Various studies verified a significant gender gap within the group of editors. A number of countries have since started initiatives that specialize in the direct support of female contributors.

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"Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong" by Vgrigas, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A look back at Wikimania 2013

Wikimania is the annual global gathering of Wikimedians. To me, it feels like the United Nations moved to Github. It feels like the future of civilization. You get to meet people who have become empowered by human-computer symbiosis. Like any convention or meetup, Wikimania is also an ode to serendipity – there’s no accurate way to predict or measure what the dynamics or the outcomes of it will be.

Interviewing at Wikimania in 2013

Last year, I went to Wikimania in Hong Kong to shoot a documentary about the annual convention …

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Wikimedia Foundation offers assistance to Wikipedia editors named in U.S. defamation suit

Since posting, we have learned that Mr. Barry’s attorney has requested to withdraw their complaint without prejudice and their request has been granted by the court. Mr. Barry’s attorney has further indicated that Mr. Barry intends to file an amended complaint some unspecified time in the future. Wikipedia’s content is…

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Wikipedia for Schools Project

Teachers and students in Nyeri, Kenya listening to a tutorial under the Wikipedia for Schools Project. In 2005, SOS Children, the world’s largest charity for orphan and abandoned children[1] [2] launched the “A World of Learning” project, which handpicks Wikipedia articles and categorizes them by subject for schoolchildren around the…

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Samskrita Bharati and Sanskrit Wikipedia: The journey ahead

“Aksharam,” Samskrita Bharati Office in Bangalore. In 1981, a movement called the “Speak Samskrit Movement” started in Bangalore. The effort quickly spread across India and evolved into the organization “Samskrita Bharati” in 1995. The movement has a number of dedicated volunteers who aim to popularize the Sanskrit language, Sanskrit culture and the…

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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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