Women gather for "WikiWomen Day" in Pune, India, to help each other contribute to Wikipedia and increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Photo by Abhishek Suryawanshi, under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

This month’s focus: Women in Wikimedia

This month, we’re featuring stories about women and gender diversity in the Wikimedia movement, in honor of International Women’s Day and WikiWomen’s History Month. Learn more. (…)

Group editing Wikipedia at the Schomburg Center in New York City. Photo by Terrence Jennings, free license under CC BY-SA 4.0

Black History Month edit-a-thons tackle Wikipedia’s multicultural gaps

Edit-a-thons took place throughout the United States, to honor black history and help fill the multicultural gaps in Wikipedia. (…)

Participatory grantmaking works because of committees such as this one. These community members review proposals for funding and help decide what to fund. Photo by Adam Novak, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Report finds the Wikimedia Foundation to be the largest known Participatory Grantmaking Fund

A report by the The Lafayette Practice group found that the Foundation’s participatory grantmaking program is “innovative and groundbreaking”, with the largest peer-review participation of any funder of this kind. (..)


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…


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,…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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…