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Wikimedia developers from around the world met last month in Lyon, France, for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. To meet a few of them, watch this short video.

Developers gather in France for the 2015 Wikimedia Hackathon

Developers from around the world gathered last month in Lyon, France for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. Here are some of the highlights of this edition of the annual event, which invited coders to develop new features, software and tools to make editing and reading wiki projects more enjoyable and effective.

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The annual Wikimania conference will be coming to Mexico City on July 15-19, gathering volunteers and digital rights leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education. Photo by Ralf Roletschek, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

The annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, will be coming to Mexico City this July 15-19, co-organized by Wikimedia Mexico and the Wikimedia Foundation. This event will gather Wikimedia volunteers and digital thought leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education.

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Image by Hugh D'Andrade, from Electronic Frontier Foundation, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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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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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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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Photo by Christian Mehlführer, CC BY-SA 3.0.

A translation rally invites volunteers to localize technical messages for MediaWiki software

Volunteers from around the world localized tens of thousands of technical messages for open source software, in a translation rally hosted by Wikimedia Sverige during nine days in May. This triggered a four-fold increase in activity on the translation platform Translatewiki.net.

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Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones. Here are some of the Toodyaypedia plates they created to share local knowledge on mobile phones. Photo by Gnangarra, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 au.

WikiTowns use barcodes to share local information on smartphones

Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones.

Find out how this project came about thanks to Wikimedia Australia — and how you could bring it to your own town.

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Malebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and thousands of educational books. Sakina, a student in Bamako, reads « Le Petit Prince » on a Cybook e-reader from Bookeen. Photo by Renaud Gaudin, freely licensed under CC0 1.0.

Children in Mali can now read Wikipedia offline, thanks to MALebooks e-readers

MALebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and over 4,000 educational books. This experimental project addresses the serious lack of books for children in Mali, and is made possible by Kiwix developers, Wikimedia Switzerland and other supporters.

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It’s time for some #tastydata

You’re invited to join the Menu Challenge, starting May 8! We could use your help to add translations, photos and/or audio recordings to Wikidata — about ingredients and dishes to be served at the ‘Taste Stockholm’ food fair. This can show the endless possibilities of open data and crowdsourcing to thousands of visitors. Let’s get some #tastydata!

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