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A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

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Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

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Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events were six times as likely to be rated as featured pictures, such as this one. Main du juive à Tikjda, 5º prize on Wiki Loves Earth Algeria 2014. Photo by Chettouh Nabil, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

First 2015 Wikimedia Programs Evaluations reports examine Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events

What is the impact of Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events? The first two Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that these programs contributed 14% of the media uploaded to Commons from September 2013 to September 2014.

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Watch this fun TV spot: "Wikipedia? Isn't that a new dance?" You can also view this video on YouTube.com here. Video by Michael Epaka, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The first Wikipedia TV spots and awareness campaign in Cameroon (VIDEO)

The first-ever television spots for Wikipedia in Cameroon were created as part of a campaign designed to raise awareness of Wikipedia in this western African country — where the use and awareness of Wikipedia has been historically low.

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You can also watch it on YouTube or Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

New features on Wikipedia iOS app help readers access, explore, and share knowledge

The new Wikipedia iOS app lets you easily share facts with friends from your iPhone or iPad, along with a range of new features.

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Collaboration logo by Berdea, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Single-User Login provides access to all wikis

Later this month, all accounts on Wikimedia projects will be global. This means that you will be able to use the same user name on every wiki, without having register a separate account on each wiki you visit.

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Students and teachers participate in the a massive three-day edit-a-thon at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de Mèxico. Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Learning holds massive edit-a-thon at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City

In March 2015, Tec de Monterrey’s Education Program (Wiki Learning) held a three-day edit-a-thon on three campuses in Mexico City. Nearly 300 students participated, creating or editing 200+ articles on Spanish Wikipedia.

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A lot happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month. Editatonas photo by Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 4.0. Raspberry Pi photo by Janet Chapman, CC BY-SA 4.0. Terry Gilbey photo by Myleen Hollero, CC BY-SA 3.0. Open Data graph by LSE Library, CC BY-SA 3.0. Kourosh photo by Jerry Kim, CC BY SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Highlights, March 2015

Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: WMF filed a suit against NSA; we published 15 stories about women and gender diversity on Wikimedia; we reported on a school in Tanzania using Raspberry Pi; the foundation shared open data sets and a new open access policy – and welcomed new executives.

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Photo by Victor Grigas, free licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fighting corruption with Wikipedia: Johnson Oludeinde

Meet Johnson Oludeinde, who is using Wikipedia to expose corruption in Nigeria — and inviting others to prevent injustice through shared knowledge.

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Screenshot by Runa Bhattacharjee, freely licensed under CC0 1.0

The new Content Translation tool is now used on 22 Wikipedias

The Content Translation tool makes it easier to create new Wikipedia articles from other languages. In the past three months, this tool has been used by over 260 editors to create more than 850 articles in 22 Wikipedias.

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