Wikipedia

  1. Growing hashtags: Expanding outreach on Wikipedia

    Photo by Wikimedia Finland, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Hashtags have come to Wikipedia edits with this new search tool. Read on to see how it affects Wikipedia outreach efforts around the world.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Highlights, February 2016

    "Wasei_Dúo_en_MR_02.jpg" by Rubén Ojeda, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.; "THE_BATTLE_OF_COPYRIGHT.jpg" by Christopher Dombres, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.; "BlackLifeMatters_Wikipedia_Edit-a-thon_in_Harlem,_New_York_City,_February_6,_2016.webm" by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.; Collage by Andrew Sherman.

    Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in February 2016: Recording romanticism and filling Wikimedia Commons with 19th century music; What’s TPP? The problematic partnership; #BlackLifeMatters edit-a-thon bolsters Wikipedia’s coverage of black history.... Read more

  3. For more than 30 years, Ireland banned booze on St. Paddy’s: Facts you might not know

    Chris Hadfield

    Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, with green plastic hats and dry Irish stout. Wikipedia covers some of the less well-known facts about the celebration of all things Irish.... Read more

  4. It “revolutionized the way German-speaking people inform themselves about the world”: Fifteen years of the German Wikipedia

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    It’s been so revolutionary that it has even become the de facto replacement for the Brockhaus—the German equivalent of the Encyclopædia Britannica.... Read more

  5. “The potential is huge and waiting to be explored”: Wikipedia for Peace

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    I imagined a rather small and grassroots community project that would break down borders of languages and countries and unite people who want to create awareness by discussing, researching and in the end providing knowledge about topics of sociopolitical relevance. Out of this idea came “Wikipedia for Peace,” which took place in Vienna (Austria) in August 2015.... Read more

  6. News on Wikipedia: Volunteers are bringing reliable information about the Zika virus to the world

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    As the Zika virus outbreak continues to worry the World Health Organization, volunteers continue to develop and maintain information on its spread and impact as scientistic research becomes available.... Read more

  7. When people disappear

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    In Spain, generations have abandoned villages. In such a situation, how do you keep track of their histories?... Read more

  8. News on Wikipedia: what candidates are readers flocking to in the US presidential race?

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    The race to become the next United States president is intensifying as the two main political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are holding caucuses and primaries to determine who their candidates will be in the coming two-person general election.... Read more

  9. Pick and choose and Pikachu: 20 years after Pokémon launched, its impact on Wikipedia remains

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    Years ago, Wikipedia was being overrun by a deluge of articles on Pokémon characters and creatures.... Read more

  10. Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia

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    In recognition of Fair Use Week, which runs from February 22nd–26th, we’ve highlighted how fair use works on the Wikimedia projects, and how those policies were developed and the unique way that the Wikimedia communities develop guidelines to support the values of the free culture movement.... Read more