A regional conference of African Wikimedians, WikiIndaba was held on 20–22 January. It is named for the Zulu tradition of gathering the Indunas (chiefs) to determine problems and find ways forward. ... Read more

  1. Node 6 at Wikimedia: Stability and substantial memory savings

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    Node 6 has delivered on stability and performance, setting a new benchmark for future releases. When combined with our shared library infrastructure and deployment processes, we are in a good spot with our Node platform: it lets our engineers focus on delivering reliable features for users and minimizes time spent on unexpected issues.... Read more

  2. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

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    “There are so many people who have sunk into obscurity and had their stories forgotten. We can’t put all of them on Wikipedia, but we can work on ensuring that we do what we can.”... Read more

  3. Community digest: Norwegian-Armenian partnership to improve Wikipedia’s content on the two countries; news in brief

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    Wikipedians in Armenia and Norway collaborated in a cross-cultural writing contest. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes a program to support open-source science in Germany, events celebrating Black History Month and Women History Month, updates about Wikimania 2017, and more.... Read more

  4. Quebec City mosque shooting: In the wake of tragedy, Wikipedia responds with facts

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    Two weeks ago, many people around the globe were affected by the news of the Quebec City mosque shooting. Wikipedia editors quickly documented the tragedy on Wikipedia. ... Read more

  5. Niels Christian Nielsen appointed to Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board

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    He joins Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia; Annette Campbell-White, a successful venture capitalist and founder of MedVenture Associates; and Peter Baldwin, professor and co-founder of the Arcadia Foundation.... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation releases first transparency report of 2017

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    The newly-issued report covers information about requests we received between July and December 2016.... Read more

  7. Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive, building the Bengali Wikipedia

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    Since becoming a Wikipedia editor, Hasive has tried to add something new to Wikipedia every day. He has visited over 30 universities across his country, Bangladesh, to tell the students about Wikipedia, co-organized events to encourage people to edit, and published a style guide book about the Bengali Wikipedia.... Read more

  8. Algorithms and insults: Scaling up our understanding of harassment on Wikipedia

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    A research collaboration with the technology incubator Jigsaw is helping us better understand and explore technical solutions to harassment on Wikipedia.... Read more

  9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public domain art freely available under Creative Commons Zero

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    The release, which covers images of the great majority of the museum’s holdings, will enable anyone, anywhere to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.... Read more