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Reimagining the Wikimedia Foundation’s grants

Participation from over 200 community members in the Reimagining WMF grants consultation led to planned changes to WMF’s grants programs illustrated by the above graphic. Image by Chris Schilling, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 4.0 Last month, the Wikimedia Community Resources team offered an idea for restructuring the WMF’s grant programs….

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Mon Dieu! Why a French novelist gave an entire year’s royalties to Wikipedia

Antoine Bello is a well-known French author; his donation is the first time an author has donated an entire year’s royalties to the Wikimedia Foundation. Photo from Antoine Bello, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0. In Antoine Bello’s 2009 French-language novel Les Éclaireurs, a secret agent from Iceland named Sliv Dartunghuver…

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Graph by Joe Sutherland, in the public domain.

Wikipedia’s very active editor numbers have stabilized—delve into the data with us

Very active editor numbers (>100 edits per month) since the English Wikipedia’s launch in 2001. The thick red line symbolises a five-month moving average. Graph by Joe Sutherland, in the public domain. The English Wikipedia’s population of very active editors—registered contributors with more than 100 edits per month—appears to have…

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Photograph by Victor Grigas, Wikimedia Foundation, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

“It’s addicting, editing Wikipedia. It’s just something I love to do”: Paulina Sanchez

Paulina Sanchez is a biologist, cancer researcher, and writer. When not breaking technological barriers in the area of genome sequencing, she contributes articles on female biologists and organizes events to involve more women with editing Wikipedia.

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Wikimedia project milestones: Swedish Wikipedia hits 2 million articles

In the first post in a series celebrating milestones across all Wikimedia projects, we look at some of the projects hitting major milestones over the past month.

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News on Wikipedia: Japan shocks the rugby world, an earthquake strikes Chile, and more

Find out how Wikipedia is covering this week’s current news events: Syriza wins a snap legislative election following prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s resignation last month; Despite opposition, Japan promotes legislation allowing its military to engage in foreign conflict; A severe earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile, leading to 14 deaths; In a coup d’état, the Regiment of Presidential Security detains the President and Prime Minister of Burkina Faso; In the Rugby World Cup, Japan records a shock first-ever win over South Africa.

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Should I pay for a Wikipedia article?

There are specific rules for when you can edit the English Wikipedia for money. Image by Erik Zachte, freely licensed under CC-by-3.0. At the end of August, volunteer editors on the English Wikipedia blocked 381 user accounts for so-called “black hat” editing—or more specifically, undisclosed paid advocacy. As the Wikimedia…

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The first smile and photobomb ever photographed

Six months of work at the National Library of Wales is already showing great benefits. Take, for example, the smiling boy.

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Drone photography of Versailles: Lionel Allorge

France-based photographer Lionel Allorge was drawn to Wikimedia Commons from the appeal of free and open licensing. Now, his images illustrate articles of grand monuments and landmarks in his home country.

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Photo designed at PLoS, modified by Wikipedia users Nina, Beao, and JakobVoss, freely licensed under CC0 1.0.

Writing an open-access encyclopedia in a closed-access world

We’re committed to the open access movement. Photo designed at PLoS, modified by Wikipedia users Nina, Beao, and JakobVoss, public domain. On Friday, Elsevier, one of the world’s largest academic publishers, announced its recent partnership with the Wikipedia Library—a program that helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia. The…

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