Highlights

Photo by Christian Mehlführer, CC BY-SA 3.0.

A translation rally invites volunteers to localize technical messages for MediaWiki software

Volunteers from around the world localized tens of thousands of technical messages for open source software, in a translation rally hosted by Wikimedia Sverige during nine days in May. This triggered a four-fold increase in activity on the translation platform Translatewiki.net.

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Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones. Here are some of the Toodyaypedia plates they created to share local knowledge on mobile phones. Photo by Gnangarra, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 au.

WikiTowns use barcodes to share local information on smartphones

Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones.

Find out how this project came about thanks to Wikimedia Australia — and how you could bring it to your own town.

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The sun sets behind a pump jack in Texas. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is involved in researching safety for oil rig workers, who carry out risky jobs in dangerous environments. Photo by NIOSH, public domain

A Wikipedian-in-Residence and the US government join forces to share knowledge on occupational safety and health

The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working with a Wikipedian-in-Residence to improve Wikimedia content on occupational safety and health.

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Malebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and thousands of educational books. Sakina, a student in Bamako, reads « Le Petit Prince » on a Cybook e-reader from Bookeen. Photo by Renaud Gaudin, freely licensed under CC0 1.0.

Children in Mali can now read Wikipedia offline, thanks to MALebooks e-readers

MALebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and over 4,000 educational books. This experimental project addresses the serious lack of books for children in Mali, and is made possible by Kiwix developers, Wikimedia Switzerland and other supporters.

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"Is Wikipedia a dance?" video by Michael Epaka, CC BY-SA 4.0. Roger Moore photo by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0. Freedom of Panorama map by Quibik, CC BY-SA 3.0. "Wiki Loves Earth" photo by Mikipons, CC BY-SA 3.0. Mexican Edit-a-thon photo by Thelmadatter, CC BY-SA 4.0. Collage by Andrew Sherman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Highlights, April 2015

Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: the Wikipedia iOS app was updated with new features; Wiki Learning held a massive edit-a-thon in Mexico; we featured the first Wikipedia TV spots in Cameroon; we profiled Allan Warren, celebrity photographer; the Wikipedia store was relaunched; and ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ started their photo contest.

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Wikimedians sometimes interact both online and offline -- and these experiences are very different from each other, says anthropologist Lionel Scheepmans. Hackathon photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Wikimania and the differences between online and offline cultures

A Belgian anthropologist observes the differences between online and offline participation in the Wikimedia movement, based on a visit to the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. In this essay, he identifies some of the disparities between the values, ethics and organizational structures of online Wikipedia projects and offline conferences such as Wikimania.

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Image by Offnfopt, CC0 1.0.

It’s time for some #tastydata

You’re invited to join the Menu Challenge, starting May 8! We could use your help to add translations, photos and/or audio recordings to Wikidata — about ingredients and dishes to be served at the ‘Taste Stockholm’ food fair. This can show the endless possibilities of open data and crowdsourcing to thousands of visitors. Let’s get some #tastydata!

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You are invited to join the #100wikidays challenge, which encourages participants to create a new Wikipedia article every day for 100 days. This community program was started by Vassia Atanassova, a Bulgarian Wikipedian. Photo by Vassia Atanassova, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

The #100wikidays challenge

You are invited to join the #100wikidays challenge, which encourages participants to create a new Wikipedia article every day for 100 days. This community program is inspired by the popular #100happydays initiative, and was started by a Bulgarian Wikipedian, to engage more people to contribute on Wikimedia projects.

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The European Union is discussing important issues that can impact Wikimedia projects, such as net neutrality regulation, a new data protection law and a major copyright reform. Wikimedia Sweden has created an overview of relevant proposals. European Parliament photo by JLogan, public domain.

Wikimedians in Brussels map out key issues about the European Union’s digital future

The European Union is discussing important issues that can impact Wikimedia projects: net neutrality, data protection and copyright reform. Wikimedia Sweden has created an overview of relevant proposals and invites you to help prioritize them.

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Sharing images of the earthquake in Nepal: Krish Dulal

A massive earthquake in Nepal has killed thousands of people since a devastating 7.8 tremor on April 25, 2015. Nepalese Wikipedian Krish Dulal shared many photos of this disaster. He invites you to donate to support relief efforts, as well as contribute more images on Commons, so they can be re-used by others.

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