January, 2017

  1. Community digest: Dutch Wikipedia rewards prolific contributors with owls; news in brief

    Photo by Kolossos, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The Dutch Wikipedia community shows appreciation to their best contributors each year with little statues of owls. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates from MediaWiki and Phabricator, new grants program opens for applications, Wikipedia events around the world, and more.... Read more

  2. Knowledge knows no boundaries

    Photo by 	NASA/Apollo 17 crew, public domain/CC0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation is headquartered in the U.S., where we have unique freedoms that are essential to supporting the Wikimedia projects. But our mission is global. We strongly urge the U.S. administration to withdraw the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from certain nations, and closing the doors to many refugees. ... Read more

  3. A history of the finger, as seen through Wikipedia

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    The finger has become an indelible symbol of contempt in Western culture. One Wikipedia editor took it on himself to document its history on Wikipedia.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation receives $500,000 from the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist Charitable Fund to support a healthy and inclusive Wikimedia community

    Photo by Daniel McKay, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Grant supports development of more advanced tools for volunteers and staff to reduce harassing behavior on Wikipedia and block harassers from the site.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, December 2016

    Female Wikipedians aren’t more likely to edit women biographies; Black Lives Matter in Wikipedia
    With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Aaron Shaw, Reem Al-Kashif, and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  6. The first week’s highlights from #1lib1ref

    Photo by Andrew Dunn, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    We are just over a week into the second annual #1lib1ref campaign, where we “imagine a world where every librarian adds one more reference to Wikipedia.”... Read more

  7. “I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to stop writing”: Başak Tosun

    Photo by Muzammil, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Eleven years after hesitating to join Wikipedia, Başak Tosun has now created over 1,100 articles. “Many artists, writers and scientists were missing on Wikipedia,” she says. “I felt empowered knowing I could do something about it.”... Read more

  8. Community digest: Wiki Loves Women, bridging two gaps at a time; news in brief

    Photo by Teemages, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Wiki Loves Women is addressing two content gaps on Wikipedia through adding content about African women, helping to increase the encyclopedia’s gender and geographical diversity. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates about Wikimania, Wikimedia project milestones, Wiki Project Med, and more. ... Read more

  9. Introducing the Wikimedia Resource Center: A hub that helps volunteers find the resources they need

    Photo via the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Flickr Commons.

    To expand Wikimedia communities’ efforts, we need to guarantee open access to resources that support this very important work. The Wikimedia Resource Center is a hub designed in response to this issue: it is a single point of entry for Wikimedians all over the world to access the resources and staff support they need to develop new initiatives, and expand existing ones.... Read more

  10. Why I wrote 100 articles in 100 days about inspiring Jewish women

    Ester Rada, an Israeli musician who now has an article on the Spanish Wikipedia. Photo by Oren Rozen, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Maor Malul participated in the #100wikidays challenge, creating 56 articles in Spanish, 21 in Portuguese, 13 in Ladino and 10 in English. Here, he talks about this experience and what made him move on to #100WikiCommonsdays shortly afterwards.... Read more