Technology

  1. Cross-wiki notifications unite a world of messages in one window

    Photo by TheDasherz, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s Collaboration team has developed “cross-wiki notifications,” a tool that will simplify the editing experience for Wikipedia users by allowing them to get updates from all of the projects they contribute to.... Read more

  2. “It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

    Photo by Eva Cranford, CC-BY-SA-3.0

    The wiki’s importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realised how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Hackathon finds in Jerusalem a fertile ground for experimentation

    Photo by Ralf Roletschek, FAL 1.3.

    The first non-European Wikimedia Hackathon was a smashing success, as were the nearby WikiArabia meetups in Amman and Ramallah.... Read more

  4. Find, Prioritize, and Recommend: An article recommendation system to fill knowledge gaps across Wikipedia

    Map by Markus Krötzsch, TU Dresden, public domain/CC0.

    Millions of articles are missing across Wikipedia’s language editions. Recommendation systems can help close these gaps.... Read more

  5. “Dare to be different, yet hold your head high”: the impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia

    Photo by Zarateman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    “Prince is synonymous with indulging in yourself shamelessly and with passion. His music and his cultural impact mean more than words can offer.”
    “He taught me that being black was more than a color. That despite our circumstances or limitations in life, you could change the world and you could reach out and touch the stars.”
    “Dare to be different, yet hold your head ... Read more

  6. Wikimedia sites will go into read-only mode twice this week

    Photo by Victor Grigas, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    We are launching a new data center in Texas, and to do so we will be placing Wikimedia sites into read-only mode for two short periods on 19 and 21 April. Translations of this message are available below or on Meta.... Read more

  7. Wikimedia failover test—expected impact for editors

    Photo by Arild Vågen, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    We are launching a new data center in Texas, and to do so we will be placing Wikimedia sites into read-only mode for two short periods next week.... Read more

  8. First-ever Wikimedia Hackathon at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

    Photo by Saurabh Jain, public domain/CC0.

    The participants ended the day with fifteen successful patch submissions.... Read more

  9. Introducing the unique devices dataset: a new way to estimate reach on Wikimedia projects

    Photo by Tiago Aguiar, public domain.

    With the unique devices dataset, we’ve been able to quantify the shift to mobile across all projects. In almost all Wikimedia projects, more than half of our unique devices are accessing content using the mobile sites.... Read more

  10. How can we make Wikipedia more interactive for readers?

    Photo by Lia Chang, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    We’re looking forward to your revolutionary ideas and input.... Read more