Wikipedia

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Securing access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS

The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce that we are implementing HTTPS to encrypt all traffic on Wikimedia sites. With this change, nearly half a billion monthly visitors on Wikipedia and its sister projects will be able to share in the world’s knowledge more securely.

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Barnstars are awesome, but perhaps we could take them to a new level? Image by Isha, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Open Badges for editor retention

Open Badges are new digital credentials that can recognize an editor’s achievements on a variety of websites — not just on Wikipedia. They can be a powerful tool for engaging more contributors. During the Wikimedia Hackathon in Lyon, a few important steps were taken to make them a reality on projects powered by MediaWiki.

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Updated selector with image thumbnails for search results. Screenshot by Runa Bhattacharjee, freely licensed under CC0 1.0

Over 5,000 new articles created with the Content Translation tool

The Content Translation Tool makes it easier to create new new Wikipedia articles from other languages. It is now available as a beta-feature in 148 Wikipedias — and was used to create more than 5,000 new articles since January 2015. Learn more in this update from the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language Engineering team.

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Wikipedia meetups happen all around the world and are an easy way to learn how to edit the encyclopedia. Follow this link to find a meetup near you. You can also view the above video on YouTube and Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

How to join a Wikipedia meetup near you (VIDEO)

Wikipedia meetups happen all around the world and are an easy way to learn how to edit the encyclopedia. They help newcomers meet Wikipedia editors in person, get oriented, and become familiar with best practices. To find a meetup near you, check out this short video and companion FAQ.

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Caitlyn Jenner, a famed Olympic athlete and reality television star, completed her transition on June 1 and revealed it with a cover shoot in Vanity Fair. Wikipedia responded to this news in less than 30 minutes. Photo by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, used under fair use in the Wikipedia article discussing this photo.

How Wikipedia covered Caitlyn Jenner’s transition

Caitlyn Jenner, a famed Olympic athlete and reality television star, completed her transition on June 1 and revealed it with a cover shoot in Vanity Fair. Wikipedia responded to this news in less than 30 minutes.

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Accessing sources in the Odia language is set to become easier than ever before. Photo by Subhashish Panigrahi, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

How the Odia Wikimedia community is enriching Wikipedia with character encoding technology

The Odia Wikimedia community has successfully built character encoding technology to convert digital content from external sources to Unicode, which will enrich the Odia-language Wikipedia -— just in time for its thirteenth birthday.

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Making Wikipedia’s medical articles accessible in Chinese

Medical content on the Chinese Wikipedia was both increased and improved by a collaboration between Wikimedia Taiwan, Wikiproject Medicine, and a Taipei medical school. As a result, a wide range of medical articles were translated into Chinese, while introducing students to Wikipedia editing.

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Geoffrey Bilder is working to preserve Wikipedia citations for the future -- and prevent the death of hyperlinks, also known as "link rot". Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Preserving Wikipedia citations for the future: Geoffrey Bilder

The average lifespan of a hyperlink is around six years—a problem for a site like Wikipedia, which relies on many linked references. That’s what Geoffrey Bilder and others have worked to prevent: the death of hyperlinks, also known as “link rot”.

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The Inspire Campaign sought ideas for initiatives to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Here are some of our key findings and lessons learned from the campaign. Community members proposed 266 ideas throughout the month of March, as shown in this graph. Image by JMorgan_(WMF), freely licensed under ,a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0.

What we learned from the Inspire campaign to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia

The Inspire Campaign sought ideas for initiatives to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Community members proposed 266 ideas, leading to 16 grant-funded projects. Here’s what we learned from this pilot.

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When comedian John Oliver called on the Internet to edit the Wikipedia biographies of US congressional representatives, the Internet answered. Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, CC-BY-2.0

A dark side of comedy: the impact of John Oliver’s ‘fowl’ jokes on Wikipedia

When John Oliver called on the Internet to edit the Wikipedia biographies of US congressional representatives, the Internet answered. This required Wikipedia’s volunteer editors to clean up vandalism on a wide range of articles.

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