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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 five-fold increase in activity on the translation platform Translatewiki.net.

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The Inspire Campaign sought ideas for initiatives to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Here are some of our key findings and lessons learned from the campaign. Community members proposed 266 ideas throughout the month of March, as shown in this graph. Image by JMorgan_(WMF), freely licensed under ,a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC-BY-SA-4.0.

What we learned from the Inspire campaign to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia

The Inspire Campaign sought ideas for initiatives to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Community members proposed 266 ideas, leading to 16 grant-funded projects. Here’s what we learned from this pilot.

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When comedian John Oliver called on the Internet to edit the Wikipedia biographies of US congressional representatives, the Internet answered. Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, CC-BY-2.0

A dark side of comedy: the impact of John Oliver’s ‘fowl’ jokes on Wikipedia

When John Oliver called on the Internet to edit the Wikipedia biographies of US congressional representatives, the Internet answered. This required Wikipedia’s volunteer editors to clean up vandalism on a wide range of articles.

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Scuba diver Doug Taylor took a plunge to fix an error on a Wikipedia article in 2008, and is now an active contributor to the free knowledge movement. Photo by Helpameout, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Scuba diving on Wikipedia: Doug Taylor

An experienced scuba diver, Doug Taylor took his first plunge into editing Wikipedia when he found a mistake in an article on deep diving in 2008. Since then, he has become an active contributor to the free knowledge movement, serving as a trustee of Wikimedia UK, and joining the Wikiproject Med Foundation.

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Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek. Since 2007, she has made over 5,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project. Photo by Karen Sayre, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Editing the Uzbek Wikipedia: Kamarniso Vrandečić

Chemistry student Kamarniso Vrandečić started editing Wikipedia with some simple tasks, such as translating articles from Russian to Uzbek.

Since 2007, she has made over 7,000 edits to the Uzbek Wikipedia, becoming a major contributor to this growing project.

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Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones. Here are some of the Toodyaypedia plates they created to share local knowledge on mobile phones. Photo by Gnangarra, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 au.

WikiTowns use barcodes to share local information on smartphones

Visitors to the small town of Toodyay in Western Australia can learn about historic landmarks by scanning QR codes that bring up related Wikipedia pages on their smartphones.

Find out how this project came about thanks to Wikimedia Australia — and how you could bring it to your own town.

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The sun sets behind a pump jack in Texas. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is involved in researching safety for oil rig workers, who carry out risky jobs in dangerous environments. Photo by NIOSH, public domain

A Wikipedian-in-Residence and the US government join forces to share knowledge on occupational safety and health

The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working with a Wikipedian-in-Residence to improve Wikimedia content on occupational safety and health.

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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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Malebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and thousands of educational books. Sakina, a student in Bamako, reads « Le Petit Prince » on a Cybook e-reader from Bookeen. Photo by Renaud Gaudin, freely licensed under CC0 1.0.

Children in Mali can now read Wikipedia offline, thanks to MALebooks e-readers

MALebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and over 4,000 educational books. This experimental project addresses the serious lack of books for children in Mali, and is made possible by Kiwix developers, Wikimedia Switzerland and other supporters.

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"Is Wikipedia a dance?" video by Michael Epaka, CC BY-SA 4.0. Roger Moore photo by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0. Freedom of Panorama map by Quibik, CC BY-SA 3.0. "Wiki Loves Earth" photo by Mikipons, CC BY-SA 3.0. Mexican Edit-a-thon photo by Thelmadatter, CC BY-SA 4.0. Collage by Andrew Sherman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Highlights, April 2015

Here’s what happened on the Wikimedia Blog last month: the Wikipedia iOS app was updated with new features; Wiki Learning held a massive edit-a-thon in Mexico; we featured the first Wikipedia TV spots in Cameroon; we profiled Allan Warren, celebrity photographer; the Wikipedia store was relaunched; and ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ started their photo contest.

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