We are approaching the time of year when readers of English Wikipedia are asked to give a small financial contribution to Wikipedia, to help ensure that the largest online collection of free knowledge is available to everyone across the world. We recently surveyed 1,000 readers to find out what motivates them to donate, and are now sharing those findings.... Read more

  1. You’re a researcher without a library: What do you do?

    Investigating solutions for frustrated scholars, nonprofits, independent learners, and the rest of us. To read the full post, including far more specific ideas hinted at by the bullet points here, head over to Medium.... Read more

  2. The future of offline access to Wikipedia: The RACHEL example

    A chat with WorldPossible’s Jeremy Schwartz, the developer of RACHEL—”Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education & Learning”—a portable plug-and-play server which stores educational websites and makes that content available over any local (offline) wireless connection.... Read more

  3. What is technical debt, and why should you pay attention to it?

    This is the first post in a three-part series on technical debt. In this post, I will address what technical debt is and its impact. The second post will focus on how to avoid incurring technical debt. Lastly, I’ll talk about reducing accrued technical debt in the third post.... Read more

  4. Wikipedia iOS app named an Editor’s Choice

    The Wikipedia iOS app is among the newest to hold the “Editors’ Choice” distinction in Apple’s iTunes store. ... Read more

  5. As Wikipedia Asian Month returns, meet one of its top contributors: J. Patrick Fischer

    The third edition of the Wikipedia Asian Month writing competition has started and will continue through the end of November. Addis Wang, the coordinator for this initiative is sharing with us the story of a top contributor in the past two years.... Read more

  6. Three principles in CDA 230 that make Wikipedia possible

    Three principles in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act enable volunteers to collaborate in building the world’s largest online encyclopedia. The current law gives website operators the freedom to review content when necessary, sets consistent national standards for liability, and makes sure small, new platforms can develop and innovate. Congress should not disrupt the balance establis... Read more

  7. Wikimedia Foundation appoints Toby Negrin as Chief Product Officer

    Toby Negrin has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2013 and brings nearly two decades of experience in research, design, analytics, and product development.... Read more

  8. How to design for low-bandwidth users: a conversation with members of Wikimedia’s Global Reach, Audiences, and Performance teams

    Over the last few years, there have been many additional performance improvements to Wikipedia to improve the experience of low-bandwidth users. In this wide-ranging conversation, Melody Kramer chats with employees across the Wikimedia Foundation who think about offline and intermittent access on a daily basis.... Read more

  9. So -happy to meet you: Advanced searching techniques on Wikimedia sites

    Search engines repurpose certain symbols—like the hyphen and exclamation point—which sometimes leads to unresolvable ambiguity. Nonetheless, advanced searching techniques can help you find what you are looking for!... Read more