Melody Kramer

  1. How to hold workshops that are fully remote accessible

    Holding workshops in person is challenging, but holding workshops for people in multiple locations is even more so. Design Researcher Abbey Ripstra and Grace Gellerman, the Manager of Program Management, explain how they approached holding a series of remote-accessible meetings.... Read more

  2. The Erdős paradox: When a mathematical number and Wikipedia collide

    An interview with the author of a recent Medium piece on mathematician Paul Erdős, the mathematical degree of separation that his collaborations inspired, and Wikipedia’s gender gap.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia engineer contributes several fonts to the Malayalam language

    Wikimedia Foundation Engineer Santhosh Thottingal maintains and/or has engineered about 12 high-quality fonts used for writing his native language, Malayalam. We reached out to Thottingal to learn more about creating fonts, and his other projects related to digital access.... Read more

  4. On the year where “a very fundamental human right—the right to access information” was challenged: Raju Narisetti, Wikimedia Foundation Board member

    New Wikimedia Foundation board member Raju Narisetti says, “We will look back at 2017 as a year where there were systematic and sustained challenges worldwide to a very fundamental human right—the right to access information.” We talk with him about some of the challenges the Wikimedia projects may face.... Read more

  5. How two Wikimedians spent their time at the Montreal Hackathon

    As Rachel Farrand noted today, three participants from the Vienna Hackathon were sponsored to attend the Wikimania Hackathon and Wikimania in Montreal earlier this year. Here, Johanna Mayr and Fotios Tsalampounis share their experiences, and explain what they worked on.... Read more

  6. Behind the hackathon: Six questions with events organizer Rachel Farrand

    We chat with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Rachel Farrand about Wikimedia’s technical spaces and ways to make people feel welcome. ... Read more

  7. How to design for low-bandwidth users: a conversation with members of Wikimedia’s Global Reach, Audiences, and Performance teams

    Over the last few years, there have been many additional performance improvements to Wikipedia to improve the experience of low-bandwidth users. In this wide-ranging conversation, Melody Kramer chats with employees across the Wikimedia Foundation who think about offline and intermittent access on a daily basis.... Read more

  8. From Sesame Street to Maya Angelou, this Wikipedian digs deeper

    Christine Meyer, better known to Wikipedians as FigureSkatingFan, has worked on many of the English Wikipedia’s articles about Sesame Street. We asked why.... Read more

  9. Celebrate Open Access Week by adding open citations to Wikipedia

    “Wikipedia is open access by nature, but it’s important that our citations be free to read as well,” says Jake Orlowitz, who leads the Wikipedia Library. “For readers to use Wikipedia as a starting point for deeper research, it’s essential that our citations lead to sources that are not behind paywalls.”... Read more

  10. How we collaborated to build a new open source plugin to improve search results across language-wikis

    Erik Bernhardson, a software engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, explains how we’re improving search results across language wikis. ... Read more