Wikipedia

“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey

Project leaders Dr. Lourdes Epstein, Leigh Thelmadatter and Dr. Paola Ricaurte. Tec de Monterrey has officially adopted Wiki Learning throughout the school system, working with Wikimedia projects as part of its continuing effort to develop a 21st century pedagogy for the institution. Tec de Monterrey is Mexico’s largest private university…

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Inviting anonymous editors to join the Wikipedia community

There’s a silent majority that edits Wikipedia every day, but who we do not know. Called anonymous or “IP” editors, these are people who contribute to Wikipedia without logging in. They are identified in page histories only by their IP address, a string of numbers used in Internet routing and…

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Wikimedia Projects in Urdu: Unleashing the Latent Potential

Urdu Wikipedia logo commemorating the creation of 50,000 articles. On April 24, 2014, Urdu Wikipedia reached a new milestone of 50,000+ articles. There was jubilation among the contributors and a special project page to commemorate the event was created. The event was reported in the Urdu media with the Hindustan…

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Armenian students enjoy editing Wikipedia

  Video of participants of the Wikipedia Education Program in Ayb High School, Armenia. Watch the movie with subtitles here. Educational programs are one of the primary programs being addressed by Wikimedia Armenia. To date, they have been implemented in seven high schools and select departments at various universities. Contrary…

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Wikipedia Education Program students keep editing in Arabic long after their assignments are finished

The Arab world Wikipedia Education Program (WEP) started with our pilot in Cairo in the Spring of 2012 and has ran each term since. We started with 54 students and 7 professors with the idea that students should edit Wikipedia as part of their coursework. (The idea came from the…

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The Wikipedia editors behind the curtain

The last modified bar gives prominence to the editors behind an article. Find it at the top of every page. Wikipedia has been around for over 10 years and it’s not uncommon, all these years later, for someone to be surprised to learn that this is an encyclopedia that anyone…

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Ten years of the Lebewesen portal

Bradypus. The editorial teams of German Wikipedia bring together Wikipedia volunteers from different subject areas. The oldest editorial team of the German Wikipedia is Redaktion Biologie, which originated from the Lebewesen portal [which literally means “living beings” portal and roughly corresponds to the English Wikipedia’s Animals portal, whereas the Redaktion…

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The sixteen-wheeled Wikipedia machine

The Spokes team, just before setting off from California. For most people, a cross-country bike ride sounds like a daunting prospect, but for Ethan Sherbondy, a computer science senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it was a welcomed challenge. Last summer, he and seven other students, under the moniker of…

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Are you the next Wikipedia Visiting Scholar?

Wikipedia Visiting Scholars gain full university library access. Many Wikipedia editors are limited by the sources they have access to. The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars (WVS) program is a novel approach that aims to connect Wikipedia editors with reference resources at top research universities. The WVS program adapts an existing model…

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In memoriam of Cynthia Ashley-Nelson

Cynthia Ashley-Nelson Cynthia Ashley-Nelson passed away Friday, April 11th. She was attending the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin as an AffCom member, and on Thursday had participated on her first annual AffCom meeting. The news about her death has surprised and shocked the people at the conference. I realize there are…

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