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News on Wikipedia: Stock markets plunge, train attack thwarted, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A Hawker Hunter jet crashes into a busy road in Shropshire, England, killing at least 11 people on the ground; Jihadist group Islamic State demolishes the ancient Syrian Temple of Baalshamin; Global markets seesaw violently in the wake of a Chinese stock market crash; The ongoing Okanogan Complex fire becomes the largest wildfire in Washington state history; Passengers on an international Thalys train subdue a gunman, preventing an apparent terrorism attack.

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Photo by Thomas Nitz/Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When cultural heritage gets a digital life

An additional 600,000 free files are now available on the Wikimedia Commons, ranging from century-old films to recordings of mechanical pianos, World War II photographs, scans of dried flowers, and other art and heritage, all sourced from German museums, archives, and libraries.

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News on Wikipedia: Explosions in China, Brazilian protests, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: A bomb blast near a shrine in central Bangkok kills 23 people; Protesters in more than 200 Brazilian cities demand the resignation of Dilma Rouseff; A series of massive explosions in Tianjin, China, kill more than 114 people; American golfer Jordan Spieth becomes world number one, while Australian Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship; A domestic plane carring 54 people crashes in Indonesia, killing all on board.

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Photograph by Chamal N, public domain.

When countries disappear

A plethora of countries have disappeared into the annals of history. Wikipedia has a project that covers them.

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News on Wikipedia: Google reshuffles into Alphabet, Japan remembers, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Google announces plans to reorganise under umbrella company Alphabet; Japan commemorates 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; The New Suez Canal opens in Egypt after a year’s development; Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall, killing at least 29 people; North Korea moves clocks permanently back half an hour.

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Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

My father’s railroad photographs now benefit the world, free of charge

Michael Barera’s father is something of a train enthusiast. While attending an ArborWiki meetup in 2014, he was introduced to A2Digital and decided to digitize his father’s sizable collection of train photographs.

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Illustration from "Atlas de Zoologie" (1844) by Paul Gervais. Originally scanned by the Natural History Museum, London, public domain

Sharing a million photographs

Fæ shares some case studies from his million uploaded photographs, and the experience of volunteering for Wikimedia Commons over the last three years.

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News on Wikipedia: Beijing wins Winter Olympics, MH370 wreckage recovered, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Beijing is announced as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics; Barack Obama announces a Clean Power Plan for the United States; Plane wreckage, thought to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, washes up on Réunion; Zimbabwe seeks the extradition of Cecil the lion’s killer from the United States; Taliban’s leader, Mohammed Omar, is confirmed to have died in 2013.

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"12-03-31-conference-berlin-by-RalfR-40" by Ralf Roletschek, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia encourages collaboration online and off

The Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia got students to contribute to the world of free knowledge on the internet by editing Wikipedia and bringing experienced editors of the online encyclopedia to work on the ground and help newbies. The journey was not an easy nor a short one for them. Leaders were able to take the challenge, support their initiative, and learn from their past lessons.

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Photo by Sukanta Das, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Bangladesh celebrates as Bangla Wikipedia turns 10

Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has organized a series of events to mark the tenth anniversary of the Bangla Wikipedia. The events included university-based Wikipedia workshops, rewarding the best Wikipedians, photography contest, photowalks, school programs and conference. This was the first country-wide event organized by WMBD engaging volunteers from across the country.

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