April, 2017

  1. Wikimedia Foundation urges Turkish authorities to restore access to Wikipedia

    On Saturday, April 29, Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey. If it remains, this block will result in millions of people in Turkey losing access to free knowledge about their country and the world around them. We believe knowledge is a fundamental human right and urge the Turkish government to remove this block.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia strategy: what has been done, and where are we going?

    During last month’s Wikimedia Foundation’s metrics meeting, held on April 27, Guillaume Paumier shared a brief update on the ongoing Wikimedia movement strategy process. What follows is a close adaptation of the original transcript of the talk. You can also watch the video below; Guillaume’s talk starts at 39:11.... Read more

  3. Bridging Wikimedia and “education for all” at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week

    Late last month, educators, tech professionals, and policy makers came together in Paris for Mobile Learning Week, an annual four-day conference that this year was devoted to the problem of “education in emergencies.”... Read more

  4. I realized I was writing for her: mourning my mother through a hundred days of Wikipedia editing

    Everyone has their own reasons for joining 100wikidays. Mine was for mourning.... Read more

  5. Community digest: Serbian Wikipedians look back at WikiLive 2017; news in brief

    Wikipedians in Serbia get together once every year for the WikiLive conference, where they look back at their projects and plan for the future. This week’s news in brief includes student editors in Algeria celebrating their work on Wikipedia, Ghanaian Wikipedians kicking off a new GLAM project, and more. ... Read more

  6. Sharing a live experience of the world: Luis Álvarez

    Luis Álvarez records and uploads music and other audio files to Wikimedia Commons, along with adding photos and editing Wikipedia articles. A strong believer in the culture of sharing and remixing, he sees Wikimedia as a place that could embrace not only knowledge but live experiences from around the world.... Read more

  7. Could posting about women’s history grow our female audience for the future?

    We had a simple question: what would happen if we spent all of Women’s History Month promoting social media posts about women?... Read more

  8. Editing will temporarily pause for a failover test

    We are planning a test to find out how quickly and reliably we can transfer all application server traffic and tightly coupled service dependencies to the secondary data center. During this, Wikimedia sites will be placed in read-only mode for two short periods.... Read more

  9. Why I spend my Sundays photographing Kolkata

    When I go out almost every Sunday to shoot various places in and around my city, people often ask me why I do it. I tell that that I am just trying to illustrate the reference they use every day—Wikipedia.... Read more

  10. Community digest: The UNESCO Challenge aims to help preserve World Heritage Sites; news in brief

    The UNESCO Challenge is a writing competition on Wikipedia where the participants will create and improve articles about heritage sites in different languages. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes Wikipedia courses at Shahid Chamran University in Ahvaz, WikiProject Cannabis, Board elections, and more.... Read more