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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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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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Map by Quibik, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

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Students in a Tanzanian high school without electricity can now access Wikipedia via Wi-Fi, using a donated Raspberry Pi computer. Photo by Janet Chapman, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Raspberry Pi in Masekelo: Bringing Wikipedia to a school without electricity

Students in a Tanzanian high school without electricity can now access Wikipedia via Wi-Fi, using a donated Raspberry Pi computer. (…)

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This Sankey diagram shows how readers reach the English Wikipedia article about London and where they go from there, based on the Wikipedia Clickstream data set. Graph by Ellery Wulczyn and Dario Taraborelli, CC0.

Growing free knowledge through open data

Open data can help us understand how people find and share knowledge online. The Wikimedia Foundation’s Research and Data Team has published 5 open data sets about Wikimedia projects. (…)

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The Medieval Women Edit-a-thon at Swansea University focused on women’s access to justice in Wales, Britain and Ireland.
Photo of editors at work by Swansea University, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

First Welsh university edit-a-thon creates new articles on medieval women

The Medieval Women Edit-a-thon at Swansea University focused on women’s access to justice in Wales, Britain and Ireland. (…)

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Women participate in a FemWiki workshop in Kraljevo, to increase gender diversity on the Serbian Wikipedia. These events help them form friendships, share advice and support each other to write more articles about women and gender issues.
Photo by BoyaBoBoya, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Serbian women edit Wikipedia together in new FemWiki project

The FemWiki project invites women to collaborate to increase gender diversity on the Serbian Wikipedia. Regular workshops help them form friendships, share advice and support each other to write more articles about women and gender issues. (…)

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