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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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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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