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  1. TTIP and Free Knowledge: how the trade treaty (probably) threatens collaboration on Wikipedia

    TTIP_reading_room_in_the_European_Parliament

    Over the past couple of years, the European Union and the United States have been negotiating a new trade treaty behind closed doors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would arguably “liberalize one-third of global trade”—but we can’t be sure, because negotiations are kept secret.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia sites will go into read-only mode twice this week

    Photo by Victor Grigas, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    We are launching a new data center in Texas, and to do so we will be placing Wikimedia sites into read-only mode for two short periods on 19 and 21 April. Translations of this message are available below or on Meta.... Read more

  3. Bringing the world’s cultural heritage online

    Photo by Bernard Gagnon, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Wikimedia Sweden is partnering with UNESCO and several other organizations to bring cultural heritage to the world.... Read more

  4. What I Learned: Improving the Armenian Wiktionary with the help of students

    Photo by Beko, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

    “Wikicamps” for Armenian students have expanded with Wiktionary.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia and zero rating: clear principles for free knowledge

    Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation works to expand free and open access to knowledge everywhere, including areas where affordable access to the internet is a fundamental barrier. In some regions, the Foundation has utilized “zero-rating” to make mobile traffic to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia sites entirely free. This approach removes the barrier of cost for those wishing to read, learn, and contribute t... Read more

  6. Wikipedia Android app, now with interactive map, named a Best App of 2015

    Image courtesy of Google Play.

    Have you downloaded the Wikipedia Android app yet? You should. Google has just called it a “Best App of 2015,” featuring the app in the Google Play Stores of Russia, India, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia. ... Read more

  7. Maithili Wikipedia turns one year old

    Image from Bijay chaurasia, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Happy first birthday, Maithili Wikipedia. Image from Bijay chaurasia, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Maithili Wikipedia completed its first year on 6 November 2015. To celebrate, Wikimedians of Nepal and Rajbiraj Wikimedia Community team members have organized an event to facilitate the winners of first Maithili editathon and the anniversary celebration. Community members have organized a 45-... Read more

  8. 10 stunning photos from Ukraine’s Wiki Loves Monuments

    7th place: Passage, Odesa, by Kateryna Krasnytska, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    See top-10 pictures of Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 in Ukraine, part of international photography competition, which was held locally in Ukraine for the fourth time.... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland urge Reiss Engelhorn Museum to reconsider suit over public domain works of art

    Photo by jelm6, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    Photo by jelm6, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0. On October 28, the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, served a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation and later against Wikimedia Deutschland, the local German chapter of the global Wikimedia movement. The suit concerns copyright claims related to 17 images of the museum’s public domain works of art, which have been uploaded to Wikimed... Read more

  10. ‘Semana i’ student editing in Mexico City improves the Spanish Wikipedia

    Video by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Two campuses of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City adesigned more focused “challenges” for students. Nearly 100 student participants worked to improve coverage of the Xochimilco and Tlalpan boroughs as well as the historic San Ángel neighborhood of Mexico City.... Read more