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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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In Egypt, Ain Shams’ Al-Alsun celebrates four terms of successful work on Wikipedia

This post is available in 2 languages: English  • Arabic English Students, ambassadors and professors celebrate as they wrap up the fourth term on Wikipedia. Two years ago the Wikipedia Education program had its first inception in the Arab world with Egypt’s Cairo Pilot. With such a large number of Arabic…

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The Umepedia Challenge has now ended!

The Umepedia Challenge is the latest part of the work done in the QRpedia project Umepedia. The winner will, amongst other things, be able to showcase this on her/his user page. Everybody who takes part in the Challenge and through their efforts helps us once again to show how fantastic…

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New grantees bring fresh perspectives on research, mobile, and community-building

A new group of Individual Engagement Grantees will be starting to experiment soon, boldly piloting new ideas aimed at improving Wikimedia’s projects and online communities. This round, the Wikimedia Foundation is supporting 12 projects led by 16 grantees with countless volunteer participants from around the world. For the first time,…

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Tracker software: Efficiently track grant expenses and support volunteer activity

To ease the administrative burden of tracking grant expenses and to support a higher volume of volunteer activity, the Czech Wikimedia chapter (WM Czech Republic) created their own “tracker” – a lightweight expense tracking system that can be adopted by any organization. WM Czech Republic has been utilizing this software…

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