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These Texans are on a quest to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of their state’s revolution

Alongside several collaborators and after investing hundreds of hours, Karanacs has finally completed her quest to rewrite Wikipedia’s article on the Texas Revolution.

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“My community’s goals drive me”: Tahir Mahmood

Tahir Mahmood recently became the first Urdu Wikipedian to surpass 100,000 edits. He says community-set goals help inspire him to be so dedicated.

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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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Barnstars are awesome, but perhaps we could take them to a new level? Image by Isha, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Open Badges for editor retention

Open Badges are new digital credentials that can recognize an editor’s achievements on a variety of websites — not just on Wikipedia. They can be a powerful tool for engaging more contributors. During the Wikimedia Hackathon in Lyon, a few important steps were taken to make them a reality on projects powered by MediaWiki.

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Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

An experienced scuba diver, Doug Taylor took his first plunge into editing Wikipedia when he found a mistake in an article on deep diving in 2008. Since then, he has become an active contributor to the free knowledge movement, serving as a trustee of Wikimedia UK, and joining the Wikiproject Med Foundation.

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Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek. Since 2007, she has made over 5,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project. Photo by Karen Sayre, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Editing the Uzbek Wikipedia: Kamarniso Vrandečić

Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.

Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.

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The sun sets behind a pump jack in Texas. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is involved in researching safety for oil rig workers, who carry out risky jobs in dangerous environments. Photo by NIOSH, public domain

A Wikipedian-in-Residence and the US government join forces to share knowledge on occupational safety and health

The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working with a Wikipedian-in-Residence to improve Wikimedia content on occupational safety and health.

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ciclovías_de_Buenos_Aires.jpg">"Ciclovías de Buenos Aires"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Flickr_upload_bot">Flickr upload bot</a>, under <a href="">CC-BY-2.0</a>

Creating Safe Spaces

This morning I read an article entitled Ride like a girl. In it, the author describes how being a cyclist in a city is like being a woman: Welcome to being vulnerable to the people around you. Welcome to being the exception, not the rule. Welcome to not being in…

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Ram Prasad Joshi: Writing Wikipedia from the western hills of Nepal

Ram Prasad Joshi Ram Prasad Joshi doesn’t have a computer. His village may be beautiful but there is no electricity. It’s a three-hour walk to the nearest road. In spite of all this, Joshi has accumulated more than 6,000 edits to the Nepali Wikipedia using nothing more than a feature…

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Positive feedback works for editing, say Wikipedia editors

“Our brains and our behavior are driven by feedback loops. Harness their power and change your life,” points out Wired magazine in its latest cover story on how feedback can be used to change human behavior. Similarly, data from the Wikipedia Editor Survey, April 2011, shows that feedback from other…

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