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Bringing libraries closer to Wikipedia: Merrilee Proffitt

Merrilee Proffitt is on a mission to bring American librarians closer to Wikipedia—a group she thinks is hesitant towards the idea of a community edited encyclopedia.

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When a journalist edits Wikipedia in a famous Argentine opera house

A testimony from an Argentine journalist who participated in an editathon in the Teatro Colón organized by Wikimedia Argentina.

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“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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“Be bold, be patient and be kind”: Rich Farmbrough

Rich Farmbrough, one of the most prolific editors on the English Wikipedia with more than a million edits, talks about his diverse contributions to the site, and gives sound advice for new editors.

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How much time do editors spend editing? and more survey results

How much time do Wikipedians spend editing each week? What is their most important motivation for contributing? What are their views of the Wikimedia Foundation? Results from the 2012 editor survey, with a public dataset enabling everyone to drill deeper into such questions.

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WWII veteran, kamikaze survivor honors shipmates through Wikipedia articles

George Pendergast survived a kamikaze attack in the Second World War. Today, he edits Wikipedia. Both photos—from 1943 and earlier this year, respectively—are courtesy of George Pendergast. Over seventy years ago, the US destroyer Mahan was patrolling off Ponson Island in the Philippines when eleven Japanese kamikaze aircraft appeared over…

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Wikimedia Highlights, July 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in July 2015: Konkani Wikipedia goes live; Leigh Thelmadatter is involved in the changes she wants to see; Wikidata, coming soon to a menu near you; Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama; ACLU files amended complaint on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation; Get the latest Wikipedia updates easily with IFTTT.

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Get help editing Wikipedia with the new “Co-op” mentorship program

The pilot of a new mentorship space for editors called the Co-op on the English Wikipedia was completed earlier this year. Results from the pilot revealed benefits for newer editors in terms of retention and productivity, and subsequently, the Co-op has recently been opened for general usage. We are seeking new editors, mentors, and others interested in maintaining, improving, or otherwise participating in this new help space.

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It’s all due to hockey: Kunal Mehta’s journey from casual editor to programming mentor

Wikimedia Foundation software engineer Kunal Mehta started editing Wikipedia due to his passion for hockey and statistics. Having learned programming from Wikibooks, he now actively contributes to the software that also powers Wikipedia, and gives back to the community by mentoring new software developers.

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Getting newcomers into Wikipedia with Content Translation

Content Translation is changing the way people access and use Wikipedia and allowing all speakers of African languages to improve online educational content in their languages.

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