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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February's Train the Trainer program—which aims to increase the number of new editors and 'ambassadors' for the movement at large—proved a rewarding experience for attendees. Photo by U.B. Pavanaja, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Train the Trainer: Running effective outreach activities in India

Train the Trainer, a program run by India Access To Knowledge, promotes skill building and capacity development for Indic language Wikimedians while bringing communities together.

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News on Wikipedia: Charleston church shooting, Pakistan heat wave, Danish elections, and more

This week in the news: Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; In Denmark, the opposition alliance wins by five seats in a general election; Pope Francis's second encyclical, Laudato si', is published; A heat wave in Pakistan kills an estimated 700 people;
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2015 NBA Finals.

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The annual Wikimania conference will be coming to Mexico City on July 15-19, gathering volunteers and digital rights leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education. Photo by Ralf Roletschek, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

The annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, will be coming to Mexico City this July 15-19, co-organized by Wikimedia Mexico and the Wikimedia Foundation. This event will gather Wikimedia volunteers and digital thought leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education.

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Photo by Dalbera, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

World Music Day: What are you listening to?

Today is World Music Day. What better way to celebrate than by listening to and reading about the cultures and songs that have influenced the music we listen to everyday? Check out Wikimedia Commons for a vast and diverse repository of freely licensed songs, images, and video all related to music.

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Wikipedia encyclopedias on a shelf, check out the full gallery of images on Wikimedia commons.Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet Print Wikipedia

Wikipedia has finally been printed! Ever wonder what your favorite Wikipedia article would look like in real life? Well know you can check out the exhibit Print Wikipedia in Denny Gallery (261 Broome Street), New York.

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Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Ukraine unlocks ‘secret’ cultural heritage lists

Wikimedia Ukraine needed to start and win a legal case in order to obtain state lists of cultural heritage sites.

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Help Wikipedia by uploading your photos of events like this pride parade in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Another Believer, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Loves Pride: Help expand Wikipedia’s LGBT coverage

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities are underrepresented on Wikipedia. In the month of June, help change this by photographing pride parades, LGBT districts and landmarks, and working with us to get your photographs on Wikipedia articles!

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