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Keeping his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia: Chorobek Saadanbekov

A Wikipedia editor wants to resuscitate Kyrgyz, a language in decline.

Chorobek Saadanbekov works to keep his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia. (…)

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Weekly edit-a-thons help create new articles about women and literature in Sweden

During 2014, Wikimedia Sverige organized a new series of regular edit-a-thons and workshops focused on the Gender gap issue. This is what we learned from one of these projects. (…)

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Thank you for keeping knowledge free and accessible

A month ago, the Wikimedia Foundation kicked off its year-end contribution campaign on English Wikipedia. Thanks to the generosity of everyday readers from around the world, we’re very happy to share that we’ve surpassed our goal of $20 million. Your support for this critical campaign helps cover operating expenses of the Wikimedia sites and global outreach programs in order to keep the largest free knowledge resource accessible to the world. Thank you! […]

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Top 10 Most Edited Pages on Wikipedia in 2014

Wikipedia is the world’s largest free knowledge resource, but what makes it so unique is its dynamism–it is a living, breathing knowledge network that changes all the time, thanks to hundreds of thousands of editors around the world who keep it growing and current. … Here are the top 10 most edited pages on English-language Wikipedia in 2014. Many of the topics are to be expected, like Deaths in 2014 or the Israel-Gaza Conflict. (…)

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How we made editing Wikipedia twice as fast

The creator of the wiki, Ward Cunningham, wanted to make it fast and easy to edit web pages. Cunningham named his software after a Hawaiian word for “quick.” That’s why the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to report that editing Wikipedia is now twice as quick. Over the last six months we deployed a new technology that speeds up MediaWiki, Wikipedia’s underlying PHP-based code. HipHop Virtual Machine, or HHVM, reduces […]

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A Culture of Kindness

Can we improve Wikipedia by being nicer to each other? In this post, I would like to share some ideas for growing a “culture of kindness” on Wikipedia: “Be nice,” “Help the newbies,” “Be friendly.” […]

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Free Professionally-Recorded Christmas Carols by Wikimedia Poland

A few years ago, Polish Wikimedia volunteer Borys Kozielski noticed a lack of musical and audio recordings in many Wikipedia articles. To fill this need, he led a group of musicians to record Polish Christmas Carols and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. Now many families in Poland and around the world can experience — even sing along — these traditional holiday chants.

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Egyptian students made the most contributions to the Arabic Wikipedia in 2014

Over the last five academic terms, 978 students from the Arab World added more than 42.6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia, as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. The highest contributions ever in one term came from the Egyptian students in Spring/Summer 2014, with more than 12.38 million bytes of new Arabic content. (…)

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Wikimedia Technical Operations joins the Phabricator party

The Wikimedia Foundation Technical Operations team (“Ops”) are moving their processes to phabricator.wikimedia.org, thus joining the merge of multiple developer and project management tools into a single Wikimedia technical collaboration platform. This week, we migrated 5,986 tickets from RT to Phabricator, and now most requests to Ops can be initiated…

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Interview: Former Swedish Member of Parliament now lobbies for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels

Swedish politician Karl Sigfrid discusses his lobbying work for digital rights and Wikimedia in the European Union. Sigfrid was a Member of Parliament (the Riksdag) in Sweden for the Moderate Party from 2006 to 2014. He now works as a volunteer for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels […]

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