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Innovation is welcome: apply for grants to improve Wikimedia

If you have an idea like or completely different from this that will improve a Wikimedia project, consider participating in Individual Engagement Grants open call for proposals from August 30th through September 29th on Meta. If your idea is still a seed, you can share it in our IdeaLab to seek staff mentorship, community feedback, and a team of collaborators to help it evolve.

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In September, we love monuments

Today marks the start of the sixth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world. Thousands of Wikipedia readers and contributors from more than 30 countries around the globe will be taking part in the contest, hoping to document their local heritage, contribute to Wikipedia, and perhaps win a little prize. Here’s a preview of the competition with a special focus on a long-term participant, Italy.

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Funding projects and pizza with Wikimedia Foundation grants: meet Emily Temple-Wood

Veteran editor Emily Temple-Wood focuses on medical articles and improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists. She’s found the ideal method of attracting newcomers to events and workshops: Lots of pizza.

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Crowdfunding free knowledge

Crowdfunding is the ever popular method of funding projects and ventures, particularly on the Internet. It is also growing in popularity among Wikimedia volunteers looking for funds to help them spread their knowledge. We asked some of them to share their lessons learned and suggestions they might have for future crowdfunding organizers.

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Wikimedia strategy consultation shows potential in mobile, rich content, and translations

The consultation, conducted in February and March of this year, asked users to answer two questions to help define the Foundation’s strategy and how it should respond to future trends.

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Using Wikipedia to preserve indigenous languages of Colombia

Wikimedistas de Colombia joined forces with 15 digital activists to discuss the use of Wikipedia as a way to revitalize and preserve indigenous languages of Colombia.

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The Hunt for Tirpitz

Nick Dowling has written three featured Wikipedia articles on the Royal Navy’s attempts to sink the German battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War. Here’s how he did it.

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La mujer que nunca conociste: the first Iberocoop contest on women biographies

During the months of March and April 2015, Iberocoop led the largest international contest on women biographies, which brought 391 new articles to Wikipedia about women from all over the world.

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2015 Wikipedians of the Year unveiled in Mexico

Jimmy Wales’s announcement of Wikipedian of the Year is now something of a tradition. Two honorable mentions were announced alongside his final choice, both of whom joined him on stage in Mexico.

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Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia encourages collaboration online and off

The Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia got students to contribute to the world of free knowledge on the internet by editing Wikipedia and bringing experienced editors of the online encyclopedia to work on the ground and help newbies. The journey was not an easy nor a short one for them. Leaders were able to take the challenge, support their initiative, and learn from their past lessons.

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