September, 2017

  1. Community digest: Italy gets ready for State of the Map 2018; news in brief

    Milan, Italy will be the host for State of the Map (SOTM), the annual OpenStreetMap community gathering, in 2018. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates from editathons in India, the next Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, the Armenian Wikipedia, and more. ... Read more

  2. Raising awareness for Wikipedia in Nigeria

    A discussion with Sam Oyeyele, Eyitayo Alimi, Olushola Olaniyan, Blossom Ozurumba, and Kayode Yussuf.... Read more

  3. Bashkir becomes the first language collated inside MediaWiki

    Are the names of articles in the wiki in your language shown in the correct alphabetical order? If not, perhaps you can now fix this similarly to how it was done for the Bashkir language.... Read more

  4. Admittedly loopy but not entirely absurd—Understanding our Search Relevance Survey

    We’re experimenting with machine learning as part of our work to improve search on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. This can sometimes lead to amusing or even strange queries for users—but they’re not an error.... Read more

  5. Odisha becomes first state government in India to release its social media under a free license

    Following a request by the Odia Wikipedia community, eight of the government of Odisha’s social media channels have been freely licensed, allowing individuals to use their content with minimal restrictions.... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation signs amicus brief challenging U.S. travel and immigration restrictions at Supreme Court

    We’ve filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that opposes an executive order which places restrictions on travel and immigration to the U.S. based upon national origin.... Read more

  7. Wiki Loves Archives: Citizen participation helps rescue damaged archival resources

    At Wikimania Montreal last month, BAnQ and Wikimedia Canada invited Montrealers to digitize iconographic archives in peril. Photographic negatives dating back to the beginning of the century were rapidly oxidizing, and the digitization of these archives was urgent. One hundred volunteers came to the rescue of these memories of Quebec.... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2017

    Discussion summarization; Twitter bots tracking government edits; extracting trivia from Wikipedia
    With contributions by: Baha Mansurov and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  9. Wait, what? Split brain, when two personalities live in one body

    Is there a medical case in which a person lives with the two hemispheres of their brain separated? Would the two halves disagree, fight, have different views, and even different beliefs?... Read more

  10. Exploring Wikimedia’s gender gap with six contributors from Scandinavia

    Wikipedia aims to offer the sum of all knowledge, but whose knowledge is it? ... Read more