Melody Kramer

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Where to find all the slides, links, videos, and tutorials from Wikimania 2017 (and what we learned from our remote-first strategy)

    In August, 900+ people gathered in Montreal for five days of workshops, a hackathon, edit-a-thons, presentations, and keynote talks on topics ranging from how to use Wikidata tools to the future of real-time collaboration. If you weren’t able to attend Wikimania 2017 in person, fear not: We have gathered the available notes, presentation material, and video streams from presenters—and detailed... Read more

  8. Join Wikimedia volunteers and free knowledge leaders for Wikimania 2017 in Montréal

    Wikimania, the annual gathering of the Wikimedia movement, will be coming to Montréal this August, co-organized by Wikimedia Canada and the Wikimedia Foundation. The event will gather roughly 1,000 Wikimedia volunteers and free knowledge leaders to discuss participation in Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, outreach across the globe, and the future of the Wikimedia movement, among other topics... Read more

  9. Helping you find that needle in the haystack: Building Wikipedia’s search functions

    On a daily basis, millions of terms are entered into the Wikipedia search engine. What comes back when people search for those terms is largely due to the work of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Discovery team.... Read more