Free Culture

  1. “It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

    Photo by Eva Cranford, CC-BY-SA-3.0

    The wiki’s importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realised how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.... Read more

  2. TTIP and Free Knowledge: how the trade treaty (probably) threatens collaboration on Wikipedia

    TTIP_reading_room_in_the_European_Parliament

    Over the past couple of years, the European Union and the United States have been negotiating a new trade treaty behind closed doors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would arguably “liberalize one-third of global trade”—but we can’t be sure, because negotiations are kept secret.... Read more

  3. News on Wikipedia: Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph recreated in London as Syria reclaims town

    Image by Bernard Gagnon, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

    Weeks after Syria reclaimed the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra from ISIL, the Institute of Digital Archaeology’s 3D-printed Arch of Triumph was exhibited in London. We look at other projects seeking to protect cultural heritage during times of conflict, including that of imprisoned artist Bassel Khartabil.... Read more

  4. Wikipedia’s coverage of essential vaccines is expanding

    Photo by Julien Harneis, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Language shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to accessing quality health information.... Read more

  5. Bringing the world’s cultural heritage online

    Photo by Bernard Gagnon, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Wikimedia Sweden is partnering with UNESCO and several other organizations to bring cultural heritage to the world.... Read more

  6. What’s TPP? The problematic partnership

    Photo by Christopher Dombres, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

    At the Wikimedia Foundation, we believe that shorter copyright terms make it possible for more people to create and share free knowledge.... Read more

  7. Top 20 most-edited pages on Wikipedia in 2015

    Photo by Ludopedia, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Death, pop culture, current events … and one person writing about the Juneau Icefield.... Read more

  8. “I need to see a doctor”: building an open-source refugee phrasebook

    Photo by Christian Michelides, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Volunteers are building an open collection of useful words and phrases for refugees who just arrived. The Refugee Phrasebook is a multilingual tool that provides basic useful vocabulary related to the most common immediate needs and uses Wikibooks as a platform.... Read more

  9. Community digest—Wikipedia in Ukrainian education expands

    Wikitraining in Mykolaiv National University. Image by Illia Korniiko, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

    Being wholly committed to Wikipedia, we in Wikimedia Ukraine have no doubt that Wikipedia belongs in education—the more educators and authorities who know this the better. This month, a significant step forward was made in the expansion of the Wikipedia Education Program in Ukraine, as we welcomed a whole new region into the Education Program: Mykolaiv Oblast.... Read more

  10. Bringing libraries closer to Wikipedia: Merrilee Proffitt

    Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Merrilee Proffitt is on a mission to bring American librarians closer to Wikipedia—a group she thinks is hesitant towards the idea of a community edited encyclopedia.... Read more