1. Project ideas, students, and mentors wanted for Google Summer of Code

    Wikimedia is participating in the Google Summer of Code program. The MediaWiki community is looking for students, mentors and project ideas.... Read more

  2. Sue Gardner joins Ada Initiative advisory board

    Today the Ada Initiative announced the appointment of Sue Gardner, ED of the Wikimedia Foundation, to its first advisory board. The Ada Initiative launched just a few weeks ago, and has the aim of promoting the visibility and participation of women in open-source culture. The group, founded by Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner, will undertake unique research in the field of women in open-source cul... Read more

  3. WikiBhasha

    Microsoft Research announces WikiBhasha and releases its client code under an OSI-approved open source license.... Read more

  4. Video Labs: Universal Subtitles on Commons

    For the past 6 months the Participatory Culture Foundation has been hard at work on their latest open web video mission to make captioning, subtitling, and translating video publicly accessible in a way that’s free and open. Part of the Mozilla Drum Beat campaign for a better web, Universal Subtitles is a tool and platform to help bring an open solution to subtitling web video. Commons has s... Read more

  5. Video Labs: P2P Next Community CDN for Video Distribution

    As Wikimedia and the community embark on campaigns and programs to increase video contribution and usage on the site, we are starting to see video usage on Wikimedia sites grow and we hope for it to grow a great deal more. One potential problem with increased video usage on the Wikimedia sites is that video is many times more costly to distribute than text and images that make up Wikipedia article... Read more

  6. Video Labs: Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer available on Wikimedia Commons

    I am happy to invite the Wikimedia community to try out the latest Kaltura HTML5 video sequencer as part of a Wikimedia/Kaltura Video Labs project that can now be used on Wikimedia Commons with resulting sequences visible on any Wikimedia project. For those that have been following the efforts, it has been a long road to  deliver this sequence editing experience within the open web platform and w... Read more

  7. The power of translators

    Wikimedia projects support over 270 languages. This amazing global reach is powered by volunteers who translate not only the contents but also text used in MediaWiki so that localized wikis can be easily navigated and operated by users in their local language. is the amazing translation engine which not only supports Wikimedia projects but other open source projects. Siebrand and... Read more

  8. Wikimedia donates servers to deserving non-profits.

    Every year, Wikipedia usage goes upward, and every year the technical folks working and volunteering with Wikimedia have to plan, purchase, and implement new servers to keep up to the growing popularity of Wikipedia and its sister projects.  With the advances in computing, running 9 new application servers this year took the load of 36 application servers from 3 years ago. So when we upgrade, wha... Read more

  9. SVG Open

    I’m hanging out down in Mountain View for the SVG Open conference this weekend, to speak a bit on how we use and plan to use SVG at Wikimedia and to get up to date on the state of the art. I’ll post my full talk slides on Sunday after my talk… One of the most exciting new developments in the SVG world right now is svgweb, a very cool tool which brings high-quality SVG rendering s... Read more

  10. SVG for all… with Flash?

    For several years, we’ve supported uploading SVG vector images to Wikimedia sites… with the limitation that they would be rendered to static PNG raster images when actually used inline. This gives our editors great flexibility in editing, customizing, and translating maps and diagrams using cross-platform free tools like Inkscape, but we’re missing out on some of the big potentia... Read more