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“No interviews. Except for Wikipedia!” – Documenting the Eurovision Song Contest on Wikimedia Commons

One of my photos of Conchita Wurst. A few days ago this photo was selected as a “Quality image“ I like to illustrate Wikipedia articles, and I like to take unique photos. When Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, it meant the Eurovision was…

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Wikimedia RU expands Wikipedia Voice intro project to include music

Recently, Wikimedia RU (the Russian Wikimedia chapter) successfully launched the Russian version of the “Wikipedia voice intro project” and expanded it to incorporate the “WikiMusic” project. Now it not only covers celebrity voices but also free music – which prior to this had no significant presence in any Wikimedia project….

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Journey across Pakistan – Saqib Qayyum

Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park in Khyber Pakhtunkwa is encircled throughout the year by snow clad peaks Saqib Qayyum intends to forever alter Pakistan’s tourism reputation via Wikivoyage. Pakistan is not exactly a leading tourist destination, but for Saqib Qayyum, a young active contributor to one of Wikimedia’s youngest projects – Wikivoyage…

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Launching an Unconventional Trademark Policy for Open Collaboration

The Wikipedia puzzle globe and wordmark. On February 1, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved an unconventional new trademark policy. The new policy is uniquely permissive, was developed in a massive online collaboration among the Wikimedia community, and contains cutting-edge information design principles to make it user-friendly….

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Wikimedia and Open Access — a rich history of interactions

This post is part of a week of action by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations in January 2014, to which the Wikimedia Foundation is invited to contribute, particularly on Wednesday January 15, when the topic of action is Open Access.   Open access is about freedom to read…

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Enter the video game museum through Wikipedia

The first video game Evan Amos ever played was Super Mario Bros on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and he remembers the day clearly: December 25th, 1988. In the 25 years since, the 30-year-old Missouri native has witnessed the evolution of gaming consoles into they state-of-the-art units they are…

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As Arab countries participate in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time, stakes are especially high in Syria

Khan As’ad Pasha in the Old City of Damascus Damascus, Aleppo, and Homs are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The monuments in these cities are among the oldest on the planet. There are buildings, churches, theaters, and gates that date back to the second century. Unfortunately,…

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“Good Pictures do Matter” – Miha Grmek

Panorama of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia 5 years ago Miha Grmek began uploading his photographs to Wikimedia Commons. By doing so, he hopes to have allowed countless others to travel vicariously through his images. Grmek loves to travel. Before every trip he uses Wikipedia as a tool to learn…

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A bird’s eye view of “Wikiproject Sauerland” on German Wikipedia

(This post was drafted by Commons user Falkmart. It is a translation from his corresponding post in German, published on the Wikimedia Deutschland blog.) Eine Landschaft im Sauerland “WikiProject Sauerland” was an initiative by German Wikipedians to document the region of Sauerland and beyond by conducting a photo flight. The flight took…

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Prominent wildlife photographer donates images to Wikimedia Commons

Nilgiri tahr kid photo by N.A. Naseer For those who love nature and photography, there is exciting news in the Malayalam Wikimedia community. The photographs of one of India’s famous photographers have been published in Wikimedia Commons. N.A. Naseer was approached as part of the Malayalam Loves Wikimedia-3 program in…

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