The wikis

Photo by Nan Palmero, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 2.0.

These Texans are on a quest to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of their state’s revolution

Alongside several collaborators and after investing hundreds of hours, Karanacs has finally completed her quest to rewrite Wikipedia’s article on the Texas Revolution.

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Photo by אוראל כהן, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Wikimedia Israel’s annual conference focuses on Wikipedia in education

Wikimedia Israel held its seventh Wiki Academy conference earlier this month, and was joined by Lila Tretikov and other guests from the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Privacy is a core tenant of the Wikimedia movement. Photo by Owen Moore, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s “Got Your Back” when it comes to user privacy

The Wikimedia Foundation was recently recognized in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) “Who’s Got Your Back?” report.
We are proud to say that we received perfect marks across all five categories.

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Wealthy apples in Piper Orchard, Seattle, Washington taken with a Leica CL. Photo by Dennis Bratland, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

World Camera Day 2015: What’s your favorite camera?

Today is World Camera Day 2015! Have fun taking your own photos or check out Wikimedia Commons for categories of photos labeled by with the camera used.

At the same time learn more about the cameras used by visiting Wikipedia to find an article or start your own!

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Photo by Tahir Mahmood, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

“My community’s goals drive me”: Tahir Mahmood

Tahir Mahmood recently became the first Urdu Wikipedian to surpass 100,000 edits. He says community-set goals help inspire him to be so dedicated.

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The Wikipedia Library aims to connect writers with high-quality sources. Photo by JHistory, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

New French partners for The Wikipedia Library

The Wikipedia Library added a new French-language branch earlier this month. Along with this new branch, the library has received three new donor partners to help contributors of Wikipedia articles use higher-caliber sources.

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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 SS Arctic was an early Titanic-like disaster. Painting by James E. Buttersworth, Public domain.

Wikipedia Picks: disaster, trial by battle, and more

English Wikipedia editor Gary Greenbaum discusses five fascinating articles that he and others have authored on the site—including a maritime disaster, a pioneer, and a horse trainer-turned-publisher. This is the first installment of ‘Wikipedia Picks’, a proposed weekly feature for the Wikimedia blog. Please share your feedback about this new content experiment.

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Mohomodou Houssouba has strong ties to his native Mali and its languages and culture. Photo by Mohomodou Houssouba, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Developing a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch: Mohomodou Houssouba

Mohomodou Houssouba has spent the last two years on a missions: to build a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch and help bring free knowledge to the people of west Africa.

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Danaus chrysippus, also known as the plain tiger or African monarch, is a butterfly widespread in Africa and Asia. This rare and hard to reproduce picture, showing the butterfly's hair-pencil. Photo by Jeevan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Documenting the world’s biological diversity, one insect at a time: Jeevan Jose

Jeevan Jose has been documenting the flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world — one butterfly, one insect, and one plant at a time. Five years and a thousand pictures later, he’s eager to get back in the field.

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