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Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama

Recently, the European Parliament amended recommendations that places restrictions across all European Union member states. The Wikimedia community has mobilized in response.

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Design mockup of new features for the Wikimedia blog. Photo by Ralf Roletschek,  CC BY-SA 3.0.

Growing the Wikimedia blog

Much has happened on the Wikimedia blog in the past six months. Here’s an update on our goals, accomplishments, lessons learned — and new improvements under development. The stories we share on the blog bring together readers and contributors from around the world — and help spread knowledge across diverse cultures.

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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 SS Arctic was an early Titanic-like disaster. Painting by James E. Buttersworth, Public domain.

Wikipedia Picks: disaster, trial by battle, and more

English Wikipedia editor Gary Greenbaum discusses five fascinating articles that he and others have authored on the site—including a maritime disaster, a pioneer, and a horse trainer-turned-publisher. This is the first installment of ‘Wikipedia Picks’, a proposed weekly feature for the Wikimedia blog. Please share your feedback about this new content experiment.

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Mohomodou Houssouba has strong ties to his native Mali and its languages and culture. Photo by Mohomodou Houssouba, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Developing a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch: Mohomodou Houssouba

Mohomodou Houssouba has spent the last two years on a missions: to build a Songhay Wikipedia from scratch and help bring free knowledge to the people of west Africa.

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Danaus chrysippus, also known as the plain tiger or African monarch, is a butterfly widespread in Africa and Asia. This rare and hard to reproduce picture, showing the butterfly's hair-pencil. Photo by Jeevan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Documenting the world’s biological diversity, one insect at a time: Jeevan Jose

Jeevan Jose has been documenting the flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world — one butterfly, one insect, and one plant at a time. Five years and a thousand pictures later, he’s eager to get back in the field.

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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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World Music Day: What are you listening to?

Today is World Music Day. What better way to celebrate than by listening to and reading about the cultures and songs that have influenced the music we listen to everyday? Check out Wikimedia Commons for a vast and diverse repository of freely licensed songs, images, and video all related to music.

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Wikipedia encyclopedias on a shelf, check out the full gallery of images on Wikimedia commons.Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet Print Wikipedia

Wikipedia has finally been printed! Ever wonder what your favorite Wikipedia article would look like in real life? Well know you can check out the exhibit Print Wikipedia in Denny Gallery (261 Broome Street), New York.

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