Technology

Apertium and Wikimedia: A collaboration that powers the Content Translation tool

Many readers of this blog know about the Content Translation initiative. This project, developed by the Language Engineering team of the Wikimedia Foundation, brings together machine translation and rich text editing to provide a quick method to create Wikipedia articles by translating them from another language. Content Translation uses Apertium…

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"WikiReaders at Sinenjongo" by Pamrob3, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia supports the Lyon Declaration and Access to Knowledge

The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to join the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development which calls for United Nations member states to provide all people the ability to access and share knowledge. After all, this speaks to the ambition of the Wikimedia movement: sharing the sum of all human knowledge to all people around the world. [...]

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Updates in MediaWiki internationalization reflect changes from CLDR

CLDR, the Common Locale Data Repository project from the Unicode Consortium, provides translated locale-specific information like language names, country names, currency, date/time etc. that can be used in various applications. This library, used across several platforms, is particularly useful in maintaining parity of locale information in internationalized applications. In MediaWiki,…

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The Content Translation tool can be used to translate articles more easily (here from Spanish to Portuguese). It provides features such as link cards, category adaptation (in development), and a warning to the editor when the text is coming exclusively from machine translation.

Announcing the second version of the Content Translation tool

A few months back, the Language Engineering team of the Wikimedia Foundation announced the availability of the first version of the Content Translation tool, with machine translation support from Spanish to Catalan. The response from the Catalan Wikipedia editors was overwhelming and nearly 200 articles have already been created using…

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"Structured Data Bootcamp - Berlin 2014 - Group Photo", photo by Christopher Schwarzkopf, camera and direction by Fabrice Florin, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Structured Commons project launches in Berlin

How can we make multimedia data easier to use on Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and sister sites? Today, information about media files on Wikimedia sites is stored in unstructured formats that cause a range of issues: for example, file information is hard to search, some of it is only available in…

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Screenshot of the Nearby feature in the Wikipedia iOS App.

Do you know what’s around you? Let Wikipedia tell you!

The Wikimedia App team has just added the first native “Nearby” functionality to the new Android and iOS Wikipedia apps. Using this feature, you’ll be able to retrieve a list of Wikipedia articles near your current location and see their relative distance to you. [...]

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Wikimedia engineering report, August 2014

Major news in August includes: the Wikimania 2014 conference in London, and the associated hackathon; a statement on Wikipedia Zero and net neutrality; progress on the new content translation tool and its passing the milestone of 100 translated articles.

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"Pudel-drawing" by Gustav Mützel (Brehms Tierleben), public domain

Protecting users against POODLE by removing SSL 3.0 support

To protect our users against the recently disclosed POODLE security vulnerability, we are removing support for SSL 3.0 on all Wikimedia sites as of 15:00 UTC (8:00 am PDT) today.

SSL 3.0 is an outdated implementation of the HTTPS web encryption protocol. [...]

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Content-Translation-Warning.png, includes text from en:Tree, by Wikipedia contributors, under CC-BY-SA 3.0, and es:Árbol, by Wikipedia contributors, under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Round-table with editors from the Catalan Wikipedia

On September 5, 2014 the Language Engineering team hosted an online round-table with editors of the Catalan Wikipedia to discuss the Content Translation tool.

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"Ghoshal, Sucheta staff photo Sept 2013" by Sucheta Ghoshal, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

New FOSS Outreach Program internships for female technical contributors

The Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women offers paid internships to developers and other technical contributors working on projects together with free software organizations. [...]

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