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The Wikipedia Library aims to connect writers with high-quality sources. Photo by JHistory, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

New French partners for The Wikipedia Library

The Wikipedia Library added a new French-language branch earlier this month. Along with this new branch, the library has received three new donor partners to help contributors of Wikipedia articles use higher-caliber sources.

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Wikimedia developers from around the world met last month in Lyon, France, for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. To meet a few of them, watch this short video.

Developers gather in France for the 2015 Wikimedia Hackathon

Developers from around the world gathered last month in Lyon, France for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. Here are some of the highlights of this edition of the annual event, which invited coders to develop new features, software and tools to make editing and reading wiki projects more enjoyable and effective.

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The annual Wikimania conference will be coming to Mexico City on July 15-19, gathering volunteers and digital rights leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education. Photo by Ralf Roletschek, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

The annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, will be coming to Mexico City this July 15-19, co-organized by Wikimedia Mexico and the Wikimedia Foundation. This event will gather Wikimedia volunteers and digital thought leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education.

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Photo by Christian Mehlführer, CC BY-SA 3.0.

A translation rally invites volunteers to localize technical messages for MediaWiki software

Volunteers from around the world localized tens of thousands of technical messages for open source software, in a translation rally hosted by Wikimedia Sverige during nine days in May. This triggered a four-fold increase in activity on the translation platform Translatewiki.net.

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Contributors to the Arabic Wikipedia met for the first ever WikiArabia conference in Monastir, Tunisia. This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community's challenges and opportunities. Photo by Habib M’henni, CC BY-SA 3.0.

First ever WikiArabia conference gathers Wikipedians in Tunisia to connect and share experiences

Wikipedians from around the Arab world met last April for their first regional Wikipedia conference in Monastir, Tunisia.

This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community’s challenges and opportunities — and the future of the free knowledge movement.

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Wikimedians sometimes interact both online and offline -- and these experiences are very different from each other, says anthropologist Lionel Scheepmans. Hackathon photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Wikimania and the differences between online and offline cultures

A Belgian anthropologist observes the differences between online and offline participation in the Wikimedia movement, based on a visit to the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. In this essay, he identifies some of the disparities between the values, ethics and organizational structures of online Wikipedia projects and offline conferences such as Wikimania.

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A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia as part of her community service, working with other students and the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey university (Maria is standing fourth from the left). Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Editing Wikipedia as community service in Mexico

A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia for her “servicio social” requirement, working with the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey University. It was more than just an assignment for her: it was an opportunity for personal and professional growth, as well as a way to positively impact her community.

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You can also watch it on YouTube or Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

New features on Wikipedia iOS app help readers access, explore, and share knowledge

The new Wikipedia iOS app lets you easily share facts with friends from your iPhone or iPad, along with a range of new features.

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Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main. Photo by  Roland Meinecke, licensed under a Free Art license.

Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program. (..)

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Hindi Wikipedians met to discuss a conference ('sammelan') in Delhi, to bring together editors dispersed across India. Photo by Hindustanilanguage, free licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Hindi Wiki Sammelan: Bringing together dispersed Wikipedians

A proposal to hold a conference in Delhi, inviting editors from across India to come plan next steps for the Hindi Wikipedia. (…)

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