"ArtAndFeminismNYC-training1" by Michael Mandiberg, under CC BY-SA 3.0

IEG Selects Exciting New Batch of Experimental Projects to Improve Wikipedia, Wikisource, and Commons

Today we’re announcing round two of Wikimedia’s 2014 Individual Engagement Grantees.

Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) provide funding to individuals and small teams to take on projects that will have online impact and advance Wikimedia’s strategic priorities. These projects can take on many forms, from building and improving online tools or social processes, to creating new types of partnerships with GLAM organizations or conducting actionable research about Wikimedia content and contributors.

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Health-wikipedia_motivational_model_4_(1).pdf">"Health-wikipedia motivational model 4 (1)"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hydra_Rain">Hydra Rain</a>, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Around half of Wikipedia’s medical editors are experts

Half of the editors working on Wikipedia’s 25,000 pages of medical content are qualified medics or other healthcare professionals, providing reassurance about the reliability of the website, according to our newly published research results. Those editors, who are contributing their time for free, are motivated […]

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_Joel_Aldor_in_front_of_San_Pablo_Church_Ruins.JPG">"Portrait of Joel Aldor in front of San Pablo Church Ruins"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Joelaldor">Joelaldor</a>, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Joel Aldor wants to preserve historic Filipino architecture one photo at a time.

Wikipedia Philippines is now working to document the aftermath of a series of natural disasters. Historical cultural sites were left in ruins and a team of volunteers, lead by Joel Aldor, is embarking on a long-term project to photograph and document their country’s architecture on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons as a means of preservation. […]

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OERde14_139.jpg">"OERde14 139"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Christopher_Schwarzkopf_(WMDE)">Christopher Schwarzkopf (WMDE)</a>, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Deutschland organised Europe’s largest conference on Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) have become an important theme for Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE). In September, we organised OERde14, the largest conference on the topic in continental Europe, WMDE’s largest single event in 2014 and a breakthrough for the issue. In this post, I (Sebastian Horndasch of Wikimedia Deutschland’s education and…

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usersessions_stackoverflow.png">"Usersessions stackoverflow"</a> by Aaron Halfakerr, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, November 2014

Gender gap and skills gap; academic citations on the rise; European food cultures
With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Maximilian Klein and Tilman Bayer.

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nearby_in_Android_(landscape_crop).png">"Nearby in Android (landscape crop)"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:DBrant (WMF)">DBrant (WMF)</a>, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Highlights, October 2014

1 New “Nearby” function in Wikipedia apps shows articles around you
2 All Wikimedia logos now under a free license
3 Using offline Wikipedia to guide tourists in Antarctica
4 Structured Commons project launches in Berlin
5 Wikipedia monument unveiled in Poland

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_GLAM-Wiki_Revolution.webm">"The GLAM-Wiki Revolution"</a> by Joe Sutherland and User:Rock drum, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Highlights, August 2014

Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for August 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heading_-_Evaluation_portal.png">"Heading - Evaluation portal"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:EGalvez_(WMF)">EGalvez (WMF)</a>, under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Foundation Report, August 2014

1 Data and Trends
2 Financials
3 Highlights
3.1 Lightweight version of VisualEditor becomes available for tablets
3.2 First transparency report on requests for user information and demands for alteration or deletion of content
3.3 Global metrics for grants
3.4 Foundation staff report on their work at Wikimania
4 Engineering
4.1 HHVM
4.2 Mobile Apps

"Group picture, Edinburgh” by Fedaro, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Education collaborative members meet in Edinburgh

Wikipedia is built upon diversity. A high quality encyclopedia cannot be achieved unless there are opportunities for everyone in the world to contribute to it and people from different cultures, genders and ages are well-represented in the community….

Evan Priestley, Phabricator's main developer (with black shirt) visiting the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San Francisco. ("Wikimedia Phabricator Meeting - June 2014 - Photo 2" by Fabrice Florin (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Welcome to Phabricator, Wikimedia’s new collaboration platform

Wikimedia launches a space for collaboration open to all contributors: phabricator.wikimedia.org. Primarily devoted to software development, this platform also welcomes non-technical projects. Wikimedia Phabricator has been available since September for early adopters. Its prime time starts this week, after having incorporated 73,681 reports migrated from Bugzilla, the bug management tool…