March, 2018

  1. Why the world reads Wikipedia: What we learned about reader motivation from a recent research study

    Wikimedia’s mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it. Doing so requires understanding the needs and motivations of the people who read Wikipedia. In this blog post, we discuss what we learned about Wikipedia reader motivations and needs across 14 languages from a recent research study.... Read more

  2. How we’re using machine learning to visually enrich Wikidata

    Only 2.5 million of 45 million Wikidata items have an image attached. A new algorithm helps people find relevant and high-quality images to add to Wikidata items.... Read more

  3. James Heilman on expanding the reach of Wikipedia’s medical information

    A conversation with emergency room physician James Heilman, who is working to get medical information into Internet-in-a-Box—a physical device that provides Wikipedia and other content in areas without internet access. ... Read more

  4. Confound it!—Supporting languages with multiple writing systems

    Many of the languages of the world use two or more writing systems, like the familiar Arabic, Cyrillic, or Latin scripts. Supporting those languages and those scripts—for reading, editing, and searching—can be a real challenge.... Read more

  5. Ten months later: People of Turkey still denied access to Wikipedia

    All language versions of Wikipedia have been blocked in Turkey since late April 2017.... Read more

  6. New Wikipedia feature gives you the power to choose whatever language you want

    A new feature makes it easier for English-speaking Wikipedia readers to find versions of the article they’re reading in other languages. To mark the occasion, Amir Aharoni of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language team details the history of interlanguage links on Wikipedia and details what went into the new feature.... Read more

  7. Wikimedia releases eighth transparency report

    Our newly-released transparency report highlights the requests we received in the second half of 2017.... Read more

  8. Community digest: Conversations with Wikimedia women; Arabic Wikinews and Global Voices collaboration; news in brief

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Engagement department is hosting a series of conversations about women in the Wikimedia movement, a collaboration between the Arabic Wikinews community and Global Voices Lingua to support Arabic digital content, in addition to other updates in brief from around the globe. ... Read more

  9. On Wikipedia, Black Panther won the Olympic gold

    Black Panther was far and away the most-viewed article on Wikipedia last month. ... Read more

  10. Oscars predictions made easy with Wikipedia

    On how to use Wikipedia’s pageview data to inform your Oscars predictions.... Read more