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Using social media to engage Wikipedia readers and editors in China

Addis Wang’s postcard project Wikipedia editor Addis Wang has developed an approach to spreading awareness of Wikipedia in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He and several collaborators use an account on Weibo–a Twitter-like social media platform that is the 7th highest trafficked website in China–to promote both Wikipedia’s content…

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Wikipedians go to Open Help Conference

Ocaasi, Valeriej, and the wub sprinting at Open Help Conference 2013 What do thoughtful, well-designed, engaging community help systems look like for Wikipedia? What do our help systems have in common with other open source projects, and how do they differ? In June the Wikimedia Foundation sent a team of…

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Documenting the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 for Wikimedia

I got an idea in May, 2012, as the Eurovision Song Contest was ending and Loreen had just been named the 2012 winner, with her song Euphoria. Because Loreen represented Sweden, the 2013 contest would be held in my country. This would create an exciting opportunity for me and Wikipedia,…

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The Wikimedia train rolls through Poland this summer

A Polish national railways class EU07 Wikimedia Polska, the Polish Wikimedia Chapter, is about to organize a Railways Expedition in collaboration with the Polish Railways Company. The photography expedition is devoted to train infrastructure in Poland and will give participants unprecedented access to sites they wouldn’t otherwise see so closely….

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Have a question about Wikipedia? Ask a WikiWoman on January 17!

“What’s it like to be a Wikipedian?” “How did you get started editing?” “How do you make an account on Wikipedia?” “How do you upload a photo on Commons?” …those are just some of the many questions that people often ask those of us who edit Wikipedia and contribute to…

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A simultaneous Spanish Wikipedia editathon from two continents

In Wikimedia México, we have had success partnering with groups and initiatives that share our values of freedom and the commons. One of those initiatives is Procommons Mexico Lab, a project supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), where our member Alan Lazalde works. Recently, we developed the idea to conduct an editathon at…

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Writing Malayalam on Wikipedia, just like with pen and paper

Lakshmi Valsalakumari is an IT professional who wants to expand her horizons. She attended the recent Wikimedia Developers Camp in Bangalore and had this story to tell: I have been an Information Technology professional working with well-known software organizations over the last 15 years. While IT has been keeping me…

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Wikipedia Club Pune celebrates WikiWomen Day

Sunday, 28th October 2012, was “WikiWomen Day” in Pune, India. The day brought together women from a variety of educational backgrounds, castes, creeds, religions, and age groups. The purpose of the gathering was to both educate women about the huge gender gap that exists within Wikipedia and to encourage women…

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Learning from Wikipedia

Students regularly use Wikipedia, and so do teachers. Whether we’re looking for information related to a class project, seeking an illustration for a paper, or reading background material so we can better understand an assigned text, free knowledge shared digitally is now a major component of education. Because Wikipedia is…

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Carleton University hosts its first edit-a-thon, focused on women in science

On September 20, tucked away in a computer lab in the engineering building at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, twelve new Wikipedians learned how to edit Wikipedia. The new editors participated in the Carleton University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Edit-a-thon, with the goal of adding more content about…

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