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  1. Creative Commons: Preserving culture, 1 billion items at a time

    Photo by Phantom3Pix, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The golden ceiling of a mosque in Iran, an orange and white lighthouse in Germany, the red roof of a Buddhist temple in Thailand. This year’s Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest winners glow with the colorful cultural heritage of the world. And the over 230,000 entries poured into Wikimedia projects with the help of Creative Commons licenses.... Read more

  2. My life as an autistic Wikipedian

    Photo by Guillaume Paumier freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

    Two years ago, I discovered that I was on the autism spectrum. As I learned more about myself and the way my brain worked, I started to look at past experiences through the lens of this newly-found aspect. In this essay, I share some of what I’ve learned along the way about my successes, my failures, and many things that confused me in the past, notably in my experiences in the Wikimedia movemen... Read more

  3. A WikiLove story

    Avner and Darya fell in love while touring Israel with other Wikipedians. Here they are at Mount Eitan. Photo by Deror Avi, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

    Wikipedians Avner and Darya fell in love while volunteering with Wikimedia Israel. They were engaged soon after, thanks to a shared passion for knowledge. Here is their moving love story, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (…)... Read more

  4. Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia

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

    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 medicin... Read more

  5. Coding da Vinci: Results of the first German Culture Hackathon

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

    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 pub... Read more

  6. For Rexford Nkansah, Wikipedia represents the future of education for his country

    Despite its growing economy, Ghana is not the first place one would associate with technology, but for 20-year-old native Rexford Nkansah, it’s second nature. Wikipedians attending WikiAfrica’s Open Africa 2014 course in Cape Town in February of 2014. From left: Abel Asrat, Rexford Nkansah, Michael Phoya, Cyriac Gbogou, and Erina Mukuta. “In Ghana you don’t have hobbies like skiing or ... Read more

  7. Researching collaboration for a better world: John T. Riedl (1962 – 2013)

    Does it matter that women are mostly not editing the most important information resource in our world? Does it matter that one of the most important artifacts in human history tends to be written mostly by males? […] That seems to me really important, and the question for this community, for people with our skills, is: what can we do about it? We know how to redesign socio-technical communities ... Read more

  8. Remembering Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

    Aaron Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment Friday, an apparent suicide. Aaron was a prolific hacker and a free culture activist. He was also a Wikipedian. Today, the Internet community at large is reeling from Aaron’s early death, and Wikimedia is joining in remembering an extraordinary individual. In 2000, as a 13-year-old, he was the youngest finalist in a teen website competition... Read more

  9. Wiki inventor supports Wikimedia Foundation with donation of award winnings

    “Come on in and I’ll trust you to contribute in good faith and to make your words a gift to this community.” That’s the spirit of the original wiki, invented by programmer Ward Cunningham, that persists in Wikipedia today. It’s also one of the great quotes from an interview Ward did recently in honor of winning the Excellence in Programming Award from Dr. Dobb’s... Read more

  10. Wikimedia supports American Censorship Day

    Today (Wednesday, November 16, 2011) is an important day in Washington, DC. This morning, hearings take place regarding the “Internet Blacklist Bill” – a bill that, if approved, would overturn laws relating to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor, and would allow any government or corporation to block a website, remove it from a search engine, and/or cut it off f... Read more