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A US postmark from Whitby, Virginia confirms that this forgotten coal town once existed.
Postmark is public domain.

Putting forgotten coal towns back on the map: Mark Combs

Mark Combs has been documenting small towns using Wikipedia, so they won’t vanish without a trace. (…)

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Wikipedia editor and high school student Ntsika Kellem on graduation day, near Cape Town, South Africa.See related video. Photo by Sydellewillowsmith, licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The grand adventure of the Annual Report

The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to release its 7th annual report. This year’s theme: knowledge is a foundation.

People do amazing things with Wikipedia. Read the 2014 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report to learn more (…)

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Desiderius Erasmus was a renowned humanist, scholar and theologian. Erasmus portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, from Le Musée du Louvre and The Yorck Project. Public Domain.

Wikipedia turns 14, receives prestigious Erasmus Prize 2015

Today, Wikipedia turns fourteen years old. On this day in 2001, a simple idea changed the world: the idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

Fourteen years later, we’re happy to announce that the Erasmus Prize 2015 was just awarded to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community. (…)

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nigeria_-_Location_Map_(2013)_-_NGA_-_UNOCHA.svg">"Nigeria - Location Map (2013) - NGA - UNOCHA"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pharos">Pharos</a>, under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode">CC-BY-3.0</a>

UN, Wikimedia New York deliver open, free world maps on GIS Day

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) believes that accurate, reliable, and easy-to-understand maps should be available to everyone. That is why they’ve partnered with Wikimedia New York City and ReliefWeb to release a collection of more than 200 freely licensed “country-location” maps that are available on Wikimedia Commons and on the ReliefWeb site. In addition, many maps are also featured on Wikipedia country pages […]

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"Diagram showing the possible scar lines after surgery for oesophageal cancer CRUK 364" by Cancer Research UK uploader, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

New images released are quickly put to use

I’ve had two recent uploads of images released by organizations where I am Wikimedian in Residence. Neither of them are huge in quantity compared to some uploads, but I’m really pleased that an unusually large percentage of them are already used in articles.

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"SF Pride 2014 - Stierch 6" by SarahStierch, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia

Since Wikipedia’s gender gap first came to light in late 2010, Wikipedians have taken the issue to heart, developing projects with a focus on inclusivity in content, editorship and the learning environments relevant to new editors. 

Wiki Loves Pride started from conversations among Wikipedians editing LGBT topics in a variety of fields, including history, popular culture, politics and medicine, and supporters of Wikimedia LGBT – a proposed user group which promotes the development of LGBT-related content on Wikimedia projects in all languages and encourages LGBT organizations to adopt the values of free culture and open access. […]

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"Coding da Vinci - Der Kultur-Hackathon Gewinner" by Katja Ullrich (WMDE), under CC-BY-3.0

Coding da Vinci: Results of the first German Culture Hackathon

The weather was almost as hot as it was in Hong Kong one year ago. But whereas on that occasion a time machine had to catapult the audience ten years into the future, at the event held on Sunday, July 6 at the Jewish Museum Berlin, the future had already arrived.

At the final event of the programming competition Coding da Vinci, seventeen projects were presented to both a critical jury and the public audience in a packed room. Five winners emerged, three of whom used datasets from Wikimedia projects.

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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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"Cmglee Cambridge Cancer Research" by Cmglee, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Cancer Research UK, Royal Society and Women Fellows

I’m fortunate to have been appointed as Wikipedian in Residence at Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the world’s largest cancer research charity, funding over 4,000 research staff working on cancer. The role will run until mid-December 2014 and is funded by Wellcome Trust, a large UK medical research charitable foundation. I’ll be based at CRUK’s London headquarters, the Angel Building in Islington, working there four days a week. Alongside this, until early July I will also be continuing my six month term, on a one day a week basis, in the same role at the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy of Science.

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"Wikipedia-logo-v2-lg" by Odder, under

Luganda Wikipedia project

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to write articles in one of Wikipedia’s least represented languages? Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to combine sustainable development, village and school development and mobile learning with Wikipedia in a developing country? Well, here’s my experience doing just that!

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