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Photo: Conrad Poirier, PD-Canada, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

First GLAM collaboration in Canada with BAnQ

The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Wikimedia Canada are announcing a pilot project to upload public domain images from the Conrad Poirier collection at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal. Freelance photographer Conrad Poirier (1921-1968) [...]

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"Pudel-drawing" by Gustav Mützel (Brehms Tierleben), public domain

Protecting users against POODLE by removing SSL 3.0 support

To protect our users against the recently disclosed POODLE security vulnerability, we are removing support for SSL 3.0 on all Wikimedia sites as of 15:00 UTC (8:00 am PDT) today.

SSL 3.0 is an outdated implementation of the HTTPS web encryption protocol. [...]

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"WMCH Volunteers teaching wikipedia during a wikipermanence " by Chandres, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Why librarians should edit Wikipedia: A testimonial from Switzerland

Since April, the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCUL) hosts, on a monthly basis, Wikipedian get-togethers in their Unitheque room, referred as the “Wikipermanences”. How do they proceed and what happens during those gatherings? [...]

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"Journée contributive Germain Muller Strasbourg 17 octobre 2013-00 crop" by Benoit Rochon, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

International Francophone Contribution Month

Throughout October, the International Francophone Contribution Month, Wikipedia training workshops are organized in more than twenty cities of the Francophonie. In those workshops, experienced Wikimedians, students, and the local population get together to improve French Wikipedia and its sister projects. Whether in a college, a GLAM institution, in a library or in a pub, Wikimedians and novices mingle to share their experience, to initiate beginners to contribution to Wikimedia projects, or to simply get to know each other. [...]

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"Wikipedia-logo-v2-el" by Orange-kun, under

Greek Wikipedia user wins key hearing in defamation case

We are happy to report that a member of our community, Greek Wikipedia user and administrator Diu, has won a critical hearing in an ongoing defamation suit

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"Sala Gabriela Mistral de la Biblioteca Nacional de Chile" by Freddy Alexander Bugueño Tolmo, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Chilean regulator welcomes Wikipedia Zero

Since 2012, Wikipedia Zero has provided access to freely licensed educational information to mobile users in Africa and Asia, free of data charges.

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Wikimedia Foundation releases its first transparency report

We are happy to announce the release of the Wikimedia Foundation’s first transparency report. Transparency is a tenet of the Wikimedia movement. Anyone can see how a Wikipedia article is created and how it evolves, and anyone can contribute to the software that runs the Wikimedia projects. The transparency report we share today is in furtherance of our commitment to such openness. [...]

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Victory in Italy: Court rules Wikipedia “a service based on the freedom of the users”

Last week, the Wikimedia community obtained a resounding victory in Italian court. For more than four years, the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Italia [1] had been involved in a lawsuit initiated by Italian politician Antonio Angelucci and his son, Giampaolo. The Angeluccis were seeking €20,000,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation over allegedly defamatory statements appearing on two Italian-language Wikipedia pages.

The Roman Civil Tribunal handed down its ruling [in Italian] on 9 July, 2014 with respect to the Wikimedia Foundation, dismissing the lawsuit and declaring that the Foundation is not legally responsible for content that users freely upload onto the Wikimedia projects. The victory, however, runs deeper than the case at hand. [...]

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"Primer Editatón del Exilio Republicano Español (México) 20" by ProtoplasmaKid, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Recovering the shared history editing Wikipedia in Argentina, Mexico and Spain

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Sinaia vessel to the Mexican port of Veracruz, the Wikimedia chapters in Argentina, Spain and Mexico ran ​​the First Spanish Republican Exile Edit-a-thon of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource on historical facts, biographies and testimonials related to these events.

The coordination of this event was conducted by the Iberocoop initiative. The event in Mexico City was held at the Space X of Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. [...]

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Translatewiki.net_logo.svg">"Translatewiki.net logo"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sarang">Sarang</a>, under <a href="">PD ineligible</a>

Translatewiki.net in the Swedish spotlight

Most Swedes have a basic understanding of English, but many of them are far from being fluent. Hence, it is important that different computer programs are localized so that they can also work in Swedish and other languages. This helps people avoid mistakes and makes the users work faster and more efficienttly. But how is this done?

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