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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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"Ward Cunningham, Inventor of the Wiki" by Vgrigas, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Happy Birthday, Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki

I’m convinced that Ward Cunningham will go down in history as one of the greatest programmers of all time. He invented the wiki, based on an offline HyperCard system that he had developed to track ideas as they flowed through his company.

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"Nepali Wikipedia screenshot" by Ganesh Paudel, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikipedia Zero will accelerate Wikipedia in Nepal

On May 6th mobile operator NCELL announced the launch of Wikipedia Zero in Nepal. Wikipedia Zero is expected to be a very useful service in Nepal, where over 90% of internet users access the internet using their mobile phones. The service will provide Nepalese users in very remote areas access to Wikipedia – free of cost. The local Wikipedia community, Wikipedia Education Program leaders, Wiki Poject Med and all volunteer contributors are excited by the news.

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"Jim Pacha - Legacy Donor, Wikimedia Foundation" by Vgrigas, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Donating His Estate to the Wikimedia Foundation: The Story of Jim Pacha

As he reflected on his life in a video interview with the Wikimedia Foundation on April 29, Jim Pacha beamed and smiled a lot. During the talk, Pacha was reminded of all the remarkable things that happened to him, including highlights in learning and career advancement. Pacha became a senior software engineer at a prestigious aerospace company, even though he never graduated from college. He entered his profession at one of its lowest ranks and through the years mastered the necessary skills through study and hard work.

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Wikimedia Foundation selects CyrusOne in Dallas as new data center

In October 2013, we launched a public request for proposals regarding a new data center location in the continental US for co-locating Wikimedia infrastructure. We’ve now concluded this process and selected the CyrusOne facility in Dallas/Carrollton. Wikimedia’s primary data center is in Ashburn, Virginia, and we’ve been preparing to end…

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