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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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“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey

Project leaders Dr. Lourdes Epstein, Leigh Thelmadatter and Dr. Paola Ricaurte. Tec de Monterrey has officially adopted Wiki Learning throughout the school system, working with Wikimedia projects as part of its continuing effort to develop a 21st century pedagogy for the institution. Tec de Monterrey is Mexico’s largest private university…

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Yale Information Society Project’s Big Data Symposium: Expanding the conversation in an international context

Every time you send an email or a text message or save a file to the cloud, pieces of data related to your activity are created—the type of computer you are using, your IP address, where you are, the types of files that you’re uploading. Big data[1] and the tools…

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Opposing Mass Surveillance on the Internet

Surveillance cameras, Quevaal, CC BY-SA 3.0. We are pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is signing the Necessary and Proportionate Principles on the application of human rights to surveillance. Privacy on the Internet is closely connected to our mission to disseminate free knowledge.[1] We strive to provide a platform…

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Armenian students enjoy editing Wikipedia

  Video of participants of the Wikipedia Education Program in Ayb High School, Armenia. Watch the movie with subtitles here. Educational programs are one of the primary programs being addressed by Wikimedia Armenia. To date, they have been implemented in seven high schools and select departments at various universities. Contrary…

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Wikipedia Education Program students keep editing in Arabic long after their assignments are finished

The Arab world Wikipedia Education Program (WEP) started with our pilot in Cairo in the Spring of 2012 and has ran each term since. We started with 54 students and 7 professors with the idea that students should edit Wikipedia as part of their coursework. (The idea came from the…

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Cochrane Collaboration Recruits Talented Wikipedian In Residence

A background of collaboration Cochrane Collaboration and Wiki Project Med Foundation (WPMEDF) have partnered to bring on Sydney Poore (User:FloNight) as a Wikipedian-in-Residence. Cochrane Collaboration publishes top-quality systematic reviews of medical evidence. Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization consisting of a group of over 28,000 volunteers in more…

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Ten years of the Lebewesen portal

Bradypus. The editorial teams of German Wikipedia bring together Wikipedia volunteers from different subject areas. The oldest editorial team of the German Wikipedia is Redaktion Biologie, which originated from the Lebewesen portal [which literally means “living beings” portal and roughly corresponds to the English Wikipedia’s Animals portal, whereas the Redaktion…

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A comprehensive evaluation of Wikimedia contributors for recognition

KLRWP Awardees who were felicitated during Telugu Wiki decennial celebrations on 16-17 Feb 2014 (from L to R: Veeven, Sasi, Ravichandra, JVRK Prasad, Ahmed Nisar, Palagiri, & Bhaskarnaidu ; Chaduvari, M Pradeep, and Chava kiran could not make it to the function.) Photo: Pavan Santhosh S The Telugu Wikipedia (Tewiki) community…

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Are you the next Wikipedia Visiting Scholar?

Wikipedia Visiting Scholars gain full university library access. Many Wikipedia editors are limited by the sources they have access to. The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars (WVS) program is a novel approach that aims to connect Wikipedia editors with reference resources at top research universities. The WVS program adapts an existing model…

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