Writing an encyclopedia is no simple task, as any one of the global community of Wikipedia editors would be happy to tell you. Doing so amid an economic crisis or armed conflict, like those in Venezuela or Ukraine, is immeasurably more difficult.... Read more

  1. Felix Nartey named Wikimedian of the Year for 2017

    In a video call from Wikimania in Montreal, Jimmy Wales and Emily Temple-Wood surprised Felix Nartey from Ghana with his selection as the 2017 Wikimedian of the Year.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Foundation releases new transparency report, online and in print

    The newly-issued report covers information about requests we received in the first six months of 2017.... Read more

  3. Honoring our friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

    To honor Bassel Khartabil’s legacy and his lasting impact on the open web, a slate of nonprofits are launching a new fellowship in his name.... Read more

  4. Wikimedians pack their bags and head to Montreal for 13th annual Wikimania

    Hundreds of volunteer Wikimedians and free knowledge leaders gather in the heart of Quebec to celebrate Wikipedia, the Wikimedia projects, and the people who make them possible. As part of the opening ceremony of Wikimania 2017, representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and the New Palmyra Project announced the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor Basse... Read more

  5. Wikimedia 2030: A draft strategic direction for our movement

    A draft of the Wikimedia movement’s strategic direction is on Meta-Wiki. Everyone is invited to read and discuss!... Read more

  6. “How to write about the entire world from scratch”: Britta Gustafson

    Britta Gustafson started editing Wikipedia very early back in 2001. She made her first edit because “information on a favorite topic was missing,” and carried on with editing Wikipedia for sixteen years to keep bridging knowledge gaps. Currently, she leads workshops to train beginner editors in person and spends zillions of hours online to advocate their contributions from deletion, when mista... Read more

  7. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, May 2017

    Wikipedia can increase local tourism by 9%; predicting article quality with deep learning; recent behavior predicts quality
    With contributions by: Marco Chemello, Federico Leva, Morten Warncke-Wang, and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  8. A Wikipedian’s mission to educate others—one Chilean at a time: Sarah Chambers

    In 2011, the Wikimedia chapter in Chile held its first meeting in the country’s capital of Santiago. Sarah Chambers made her first edit there, which at that time was a requirement to become a member. Today, the freelancer and Nevada transplant is on a mission to increase the awareness of Wikipedia in the South American country … and beyond.... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation mourns the loss of Bassel Khartabil, Syrian Wikimedian and global open culture advocate

    Bassel’s family received confirmation this week of his execution by the Syrian regime in late 2015, shortly after he was removed from the Syrian prison where he was being held.... Read more