Interview

  1. How a feminist stood up to trolls and measurably changed Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists

    Did the efforts of Emily Temple-Wood (“Keilana”) and other editors really make a difference in Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists—especially given the vast expanse of an encyclopedia that has 5.4 million articles in English alone? The answer, one year after the headlines, is an unequivocal yes.... Read more

  2. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

    “There are so many people who have sunk into obscurity and had their stories forgotten. We can’t put all of them on Wikipedia, but we can work on ensuring that we do what we can.”... Read more

  3. A history of the finger, as seen through Wikipedia

    The finger has become an indelible symbol of contempt in Western culture. One Wikipedia editor took it on himself to document its history on Wikipedia.... Read more

  4. News on Wikipedia: Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, dead at 90

    Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons are here to help you learn more about the recently deceased Fidel Castro.... Read more

  5. A passion for hurricanes and video games: Brenden Moses

    Brenden Moses joined Wikipedia at a very young age. In the past nine years, he has invested his interest in storms and other topics to contribute 177 quality articles on Wikipedia.... Read more

  6. Arctic temperatures are no match for retiree Andreas Weith and his camera

    “I am no doubt infected by the arctic virus,” Andreas Weith says. “I just can’t resist using every chance to go north … the only region of this earth where man’s influence is not really obvious and where nature still rules over everything else.”... Read more

  7. Wikipedia’s hurricane hunters

    A small group of Wikipedians provides a large amount of the information about tropical cyclones people read on the internet. We went to them to learn about their motivations and the secret recipe behind their work... Read more

  8. A fascination with exploration: the polar pioneers of Wikipedia

    Polar explorers were singular individuals who embarked on voyages of discovery, and as one Wikipedia editor put it, “Stories of endurance in the face of extreme hardship and danger will always fascinate people. This is apparent in the way that each new generation seems to rediscover and relish these stories.”... Read more

  9. Editors chronicle the life of baseball pitcher José Fernández after his untimely death

    The sudden tragic death of a young superstar shocked millions of fans and followers. Many of them flocked to his Wikipedia page to confirm the news and read about his life and accomplishments.... Read more

  10. When it comes to shipwrecks raised off the seafloor, Peter Isotalo may be Wikipedia’s resident aficionado

    Isotalo has written several Wikipedia articles on centuries-old archaeologically significant shipwrecks, working with museums and spending hundreds of hours to make them accurate and comprehensive. We wanted to find out why.... Read more