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Sailors from the US Navy join forces with other volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families who lost their houses in the 2003 Southern California Wildfires.US Navy Photo by Johansen Laurel. Public domain.

Civility, Wikipedia, and the conversation on Gamergate

The debates on Wikipedia about the Gamergate controversy have been heated. The Wikimedia Foundation believes inclusion and diversity are essential to achieving the mission of free knowledge, and that civil discourse is key to making that happen. (…)

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Translate a Wikipedia article in 3 minutes with Content Translation. Screencast by Pau Giner, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Try Content Translation: A quick way to create new articles from other languages

Try Content Translation: A quick way to create new articles from other languages. This new tool makes it easy to translate articles from one language to another. It is now available as a beta feature in 8 different languages. (…)

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The Wikipedia app shows the article about Strasbourg on an Android device. New features like make it easier to access knowledge on the go. Screenshot by Deskana (WMF), licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A more immersive mobile experience on Android devices

The Wikipedia app makes it easier to access knowledge on the go — and provides a more immersive reading experience on mobile devices. This new Android release features a more image-centric design, improved search functionality, and suggestions for further reading. (…)

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Desiderius Erasmus was a renowned humanist, scholar and theologian. Erasmus portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, from Le Musée du Louvre and The Yorck Project. Public Domain.

Wikipedia turns 14, receives prestigious Erasmus Prize 2015

Today, Wikipedia turns fourteen years old. On this day in 2001, a simple idea changed the world: the idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

Fourteen years later, we’re happy to announce that the Erasmus Prize 2015 was just awarded to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community. (…)

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, December 2014

Featured in this edition of the Research Newsletter:
* Wikipedia in higher education
* Gender-driven talk page conflicts
* Disease forecasting

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"Senior citizens learn to edit Wikipedia in special classes held in Prague's Municipal Library" photo by Pavla Pelikánová, under licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Senior citizens learn to edit Wikipedia in the Czech Republic

A new training program in the Czech Republic shows senior citizens how to edit Wikipedia. Here are some of the lessons learned from three separate weekly classes held in Prague last year.

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Keeping his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia: Chorobek Saadanbekov

A Wikipedia editor wants to resuscitate Kyrgyz, a language in decline.

Chorobek Saadanbekov works to keep his language alive on the Kyrgyz Wikipedia. (…)

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Thank you for keeping knowledge free and accessible

A month ago, the Wikimedia Foundation kicked off its year-end contribution campaign on English Wikipedia. Thanks to the generosity of everyday readers from around the world, we’re very happy to share that we’ve surpassed our goal of $20 million. Your support for this critical campaign helps cover operating expenses of the Wikimedia sites and global outreach programs in order to keep the largest free knowledge resource accessible to the world. Thank you! […]

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Top 10 Most Edited Pages on Wikipedia in 2014

Wikipedia is the world’s largest free knowledge resource, but what makes it so unique is its dynamism–it is a living, breathing knowledge network that changes all the time, thanks to hundreds of thousands of editors around the world who keep it growing and current. … Here are the top 10 most edited pages on English-language Wikipedia in 2014. Many of the topics are to be expected, like Deaths in 2014 or the Israel-Gaza Conflict. (…)

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"How to Make Wikipedia Better - Wikimania 2013 - 59" by Fabrice Florin (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A Culture of Kindness

Can we improve Wikipedia by being nicer to each other? In this post, I would like to share some ideas for growing a “culture of kindness” on Wikipedia: “Be nice,” “Help the newbies,” “Be friendly.” […]

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