announcement

Adding guided tours to Wikipedia

One of the great strengths of Wikipedia is that community members can employ the same tool used to write the encyclopedia – a wiki – for collaborating on documentation about the project. The downside of this approach is that these pages, written by encyclopedists, tend to be broad and extremely…

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Google Summer of Code students reach project milestones

This year, the MediaWiki community again participated in Google Summer of Code, in which we selected nine students to work on new features or specific improvements to the software. They were sponsored by Google and mentored by experienced developers, who helped them become part of the development community and guided…

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Improving the accuracy of the active editors metric

We are making a change to our active editor metric to increase accuracy, by eliminating double-counting and including Wikimedia Commons in the total number of active editors. The active editors metric is a core metric for both the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia communities and is used to measure the…

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Wikimedia Foundation selects nine students for summer software projects

We received 63 proposals for this year’s Google Summer of Code, and several mentors put many hours into evaluating project ideas, discussing them with applicants and making the tough decisions. We’re happy to announce our final choices, the Google Summer of Code students for 2012: Ankur Anand, working on integrating…

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Project ideas, students, and mentors wanted to improve Wikimedia tech this summer

For the seventh year in a row, Wikimedia Foundation is participating in the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program where Google pays summer students USD 5000 each to code for open source projects for three months (read more). We hope 2012’s students will…

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US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator: Lori Byrd Phillips

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce Lori Byrd Phillips as the United States Cultural Partnerships Coordinator in 2012. Through this new position within the Global Development department, the US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator will lead in building the infrastructure needed to support the growing interest in Wikimedia partnerships among cultural…

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Do It Yourself Analytics with Wikipedia

As you probably know, we publish on a regular basis backups of the different Wikimedia projects, containing their complete editing history. As time progresses, these backups grow larger and larger and become increasingly harder to analyze. To help the community, researchers and other interested people, we have developed a number…

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New comparative study to re-examine the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia

Much of Wikipedians’ efforts is devoted to ensuring the quality of the encyclopedia they are producing collaboratively – the community is constantly working to improve it. The effectiveness of this work has been recognized many times, perhaps most notably in a study published in 2005 by the scientific journal Nature…

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Announcing the WikiChallenge Winners

Over the past couple of months, the Wikimedia Foundation, Kaggle and ICDM organized a data competition. We asked data scientists around the world to use Wikipedia editor data and develop an algorithm that predicts the number of future edits, and in particular predicts correctly who will stop editing and who…

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Google Summer of Code students reach project milestones

Congratulations to the seven Google Summer of Code students who made it through the summer of 2011! They all accomplished a great deal, but want to continue contributing to ensure their work maximally benefits Wikimedia. Yuvi Panda‘s assessment parsing/aggregating extension aims “to make it easier to select and export article…

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