Chapters

"Celebration of the Wikipedia monument in Słubice – unveiling (DerHexer) 12" by DerHexer, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Wikipedia Monument unveiling

Wikipedia was honoured to have a statue built to commemorate its efforts; Dr. Krzysztof Wojciechowski, the head of Collegium Polonicum in Słubice, Poland, led the effort to have Wikipedia recognized. Crowds gathered to see the one-of-a-kind statue revealed to celebrate the contributions of the community.

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50 hours of art in Wikipedia: the Museo Soumaya editathon

We had the rare chance to visit a museum overnight, as Wikipedians, guided by experts. We definitely never thought we would eat and sleep inside the museum for over two days! It was longest continuous editathon ever recorded in the movement, with 64 new articles created in several languages, and over 1,100 total edits to the Wikimedia projects were made. [...]

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"Tunguska E.M.S. for Creative Commons (track 11, pic.2)" by David Revoy / Blender Foundation, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia Russia and Tunguska Electronic Music Society release first freely licensed 3plet album

Recently, Wikimedia RU and the free music society “Tunguska E. M. S.” announced the release of their first mutual album, published in the new digital format 3plet and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 open licence. [...]

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"Drawing of Chapters Dialogue presentation at WMCON 01" by Nicole Ebber (WMDE), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Chapters Dialogue: Imagine a movement striving for Free Knowledge at full potential

In spring 2013, Wikimedia Deutschland initiated a project called “Chapters Dialogue”. The main aim of the project was to discover the roles, relationships and responsibilities of Wikimedia organisations. After 94 interviews with staff and volunteers from Chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation [...]

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Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First edition. Photography Hablot Knight Browne, Heritage Auctions, Inc. Dallas, Texas. Public Domain

A Tale of Two Copyrights: The (im)probable reform in Europe

Recently, the European Wikimedia Chapters, together with a group of 18 further civil society organisations, published a Position Paper initially drafted by our EU Policy work group to be send to European Commission units responsible for intellectual property. We made four proposals that we’re convinced must be included in any meaningful copyright reform if it is to make anything fit the so-called “digital age”. [...]

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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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