February, 2017

  1. Wait, what? How a double-agent codenamed Zigzag two-timed everyone

    Eddie Chapman, a former safecracker, worked for both sides in World War II, and had three fiancées. He also may have saved London from many bombings. ... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, January 2017

    Special issue: Wikipedia in education
    With contributions by Piotr Konieczny and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  3. Wikimedia community in Iraq partners with Asiacell to bring Wikipedia to nearly 12 million subscribers free of mobile data charges

    Community initiative inspires mobile partnership with Asiacell, one of Iraq’s largest mobile operators, to expand access to Wikipedia across Iraq.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation appoints Chief Talent & Culture Officer and Chargée d’Affaires (Vice President)

    Joady Lohr and Anna Stillwell, the current leaders of Wikimedia Foundation’s Talent & Culture department, will be assuming permanent senior leadership roles as Chief Talent & Culture Officer and Chargée d’Affaires (Vice President).... Read more

  5. Community Digest: Using data to visualize Wikipedia knowledge gaps; news in brief

    This group has compared data from Wikidata to define the knowledge gaps on Wikimedia projects about Africa. The resulting visualizations helped make the gaps easier to understand for anyone. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes the second WikiCite in Vienna, the Danish and Ukrainian Wikipedia communities celebrate their Wikipedia anniversary, an effort to commemorate the WWI era o... Read more

  6. Wikipedia builds a digital library system

    Through the Wikipedia Library program, the resources available to Wikipedians continue to grow, allowing these editors to use the best sources available to improve Wikipedia.... Read more

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

    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

  8. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

    “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

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

    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

  10. WikiIndaba 2017: A continent gathers to chart a path forward

    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