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News on Wikipedia: New Zealand selects flags, Google freshens up, and more

Here are some of the global news stories covered on Wikipedia this week: New Zealand announces a shortlist of four flags to be voted on in a referendum; Google radically changes its logo for the first time in sixteen years; Mt. McKinley is officially renamed “Denali”, ending a 40-year dispute; The 2015 World Athletics Championships conclude in Beijing; The Temple of Bel is destroyed by jihadist group ISIL in Syria.

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Photo by Olivier Ortelpa, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Collaborate to make #Edit2015: a Wikipedia Year-in-Review video

You can collaborate to make #Edit2015: a Wikipedia Year-in-Review video. Read how together we can edit our shared history of the events of 2015 by finding articles, uploading photos and developing the story of 2015 as a video that will be shared freely and widely.

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Photo by Federico Di Iorio, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

In September, we love monuments

Today marks the start of the sixth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world. Thousands of Wikipedia readers and contributors from more than 30 countries around the globe will be taking part in the contest, hoping to document their local heritage, contribute to Wikipedia, and perhaps win a little prize. Here’s a preview of the competition with a special focus on a long-term participant, Italy.

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News on Wikipedia: Stock markets plunge, train attack thwarted, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A Hawker Hunter jet crashes into a busy road in Shropshire, England, killing at least 11 people on the ground; Jihadist group Islamic State demolishes the ancient Syrian Temple of Baalshamin; Global markets seesaw violently in the wake of a Chinese stock market crash; The ongoing Okanogan Complex fire becomes the largest wildfire in Washington state history; Passengers on an international Thalys train subdue a gunman, preventing an apparent terrorism attack.

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Photo by Thomas Nitz/Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When cultural heritage gets a digital life

An additional 600,000 free files are now available on the Wikimedia Commons, ranging from century-old films to recordings of mechanical pianos, World War II photographs, scans of dried flowers, and other art and heritage, all sourced from German museums, archives, and libraries.

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News on Wikipedia: Explosions in China, Brazilian protests, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A bomb blast near a shrine in central Bangkok kills 23 people; Protesters in more than 200 Brazilian cities demand the resignation of Dilma Rouseff; A series of massive explosions in Tianjin, China, kill more than 114 people; American golfer Jordan Spieth becomes world number one, while Australian Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship; A domestic plane carring 54 people crashes in Indonesia, killing all on board.

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Photograph by Chamal N, public domain.

When countries disappear

A plethora of countries have disappeared into the annals of history. Wikipedia has a project that covers them.

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News on Wikipedia: Google reshuffles into Alphabet, Japan remembers, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Google announces plans to reorganise under umbrella company Alphabet; Japan commemorates 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; The New Suez Canal opens in Egypt after a year’s development; Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall, killing at least 29 people; North Korea moves clocks permanently back half an hour.

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Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

My father’s railroad photographs now benefit the world, free of charge

Michael Barera’s father is something of a train enthusiast. While attending an ArborWiki meetup in 2014, he was introduced to A2Digital and decided to digitize his father’s sizable collection of train photographs.

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Illustration from "Atlas de Zoologie" (1844) by Paul Gervais. Originally scanned by the Natural History Museum, London, public domain

Sharing a million photographs

Fæ shares some case studies from his million uploaded photographs, and the experience of volunteering for Wikimedia Commons over the last three years.

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