The wikis

Sailors from the US Navy join forces with other volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families who lost their houses in the 2003 Southern California Wildfires.US Navy Photo by Johansen Laurel. Public domain.

Civility, Wikipedia, and the conversation on Gamergate

The debates on Wikipedia about the Gamergate controversy have been heated. The Wikimedia Foundation believes inclusion and diversity are essential to achieving the mission of free knowledge, and that civil discourse is key to making that happen. (…)

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A US postmark from Whitby, Virginia confirms that this forgotten coal town once existed.
Postmark is public domain.

Putting forgotten coal towns back on the map: Mark Combs

Mark Combs has been documenting small towns using Wikipedia, so they won’t vanish without a trace. (…)

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Wikipedia editor and high school student Ntsika Kellem on graduation day, near Cape Town, South Africa.See related video. Photo by Sydellewillowsmith, licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The grand adventure of the Annual Report

The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to release its 7th annual report. This year’s theme: knowledge is a foundation.

People do amazing things with Wikipedia. Read the 2014 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report to learn more (…)

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A female blow fly. 
Drawing by Amedeo John Engel Terzi. From Wellcome Library, licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Wellcome Library donates 100,000 medical images to Wikimedia Commons

The high resolution photographs and scans are used to illustrate a wide range of Wikipedia articles such as disease, art history, cartoons, sexuality and biographies. (…)

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Translate a Wikipedia article in 3 minutes with Content Translation. Screencast by Pau Giner, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Try Content Translation: A quick way to create new articles from other languages

Try Content Translation: A quick way to create new articles from other languages. This new tool makes it easy to translate articles from one language to another. It is now available as a beta feature in 8 different languages. (…)

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High school student Jack Andraka talks about how Wikipedia enabled his research to find a test for pancreatic cancer. 
Image by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

How high school student Jack Andraka used Wikipedia to research a new test for cancer

After a family member died from pancreatic cancer, high school student Jack Andraka set out to find a cure for the disease. His fast, inexpensive test may someday be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. (…)

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The Wikipedia app shows the article about Strasbourg on an Android device. New features like make it easier to access knowledge on the go. Screenshot by Deskana (WMF), licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A more immersive mobile experience on Android devices

The Wikipedia app makes it easier to access knowledge on the go — and provides a more immersive reading experience on mobile devices. This new Android release features a more image-centric design, improved search functionality, and suggestions for further reading. (…)

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Desiderius Erasmus was a renowned humanist, scholar and theologian. Erasmus portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, from Le Musée du Louvre and The Yorck Project. Public Domain.

Wikipedia turns 14, receives prestigious Erasmus Prize 2015

Today, Wikipedia turns fourteen years old. On this day in 2001, a simple idea changed the world: the idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

Fourteen years later, we’re happy to announce that the Erasmus Prize 2015 was just awarded to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community. (…)

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter Logo, by DarTar, under CC BY-SA 3.0

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, December 2014

Featured in this edition of the Research Newsletter:
* Wikipedia in higher education
* Gender-driven talk page conflicts
* Disease forecasting

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Group photo of the faculty and students of KISS Bhubaneswar who took part in the campus program to digitize books.
"Group Photo"© by Subhashish Panigrahi, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Odia Wikisource digitizes classic books to create large Unicode text library

Volunteers from the Odia language Wikipedia joined forces to archive text from early literature and old books now out of print. Odia Wikisource is lightweight, completely text-based and searchable — and accessible on computer and mobile devices. With thousands of books printed so far in this language, Odia Wikisource opens up a whole new world to readers and book lovers. (…)

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