Profiles

  1. Vitor Mazuco and the fandom that drives his Wikipedia editing

    Vitor Mazuco is a veteran Wikipedian, Education Program leader, and community leader in São Paulo, Brazil. But it is his love for a certain celebrity that has helped to propel him into becoming one of the Portuguese Wikipedia’s most active contributors.... Read more

  2. “How to write about the entire world from scratch”: Britta Gustafson

    Britta Gustafson started editing Wikipedia very early back in 2001. She made her first edit because “information on a favorite topic was missing,” and carried on with editing Wikipedia for sixteen years to keep bridging knowledge gaps. Currently, she leads workshops to train beginner editors in person and spends zillions of hours online to advocate their contributions from deletion, when mista... Read more

  3. A Wikipedian’s mission to educate others—one Chilean at a time: Sarah Chambers

    In 2011, the Wikimedia chapter in Chile held its first meeting in the country’s capital of Santiago. Sarah Chambers made her first edit there, which at that time was a requirement to become a member. Today, the freelancer and Nevada transplant is on a mission to increase the awareness of Wikipedia in the South American country … and beyond.... Read more

  4. Editing to change the world: Vinicius Siqueira

    Vinicius Siqueira has been contributing to Wikipedia for a decade, during which he has made thousands of edits online and led successful offline initiatives to train fellow students to edit. ... Read more

  5. Why does Venezuelan photographer Wilfredo Rodríguez donate his work to the world?

    “I think the message is more important than the author,” says Venezuelan photographer Wilfredo Rodríguez, who uses his photographs to show both the beauty and challenges of living in his country. ... Read more

  6. Building communities to support free knowledge: Addis Wang

    Addis Wang has created thousands of articles and made nearly 100,000 edits on Wikipedia, but nothing has made him quite as proud as recruiting new editors for the encyclopedia.... Read more

  7. Sharing a live experience of the world: Luis Álvarez

    Luis Álvarez records and uploads music and other audio files to Wikimedia Commons, along with adding photos and editing Wikipedia articles. A strong believer in the culture of sharing and remixing, he sees Wikimedia as a place that could embrace not only knowledge but live experiences from around the world.... Read more

  8. Why I spend my Sundays photographing Kolkata

    When I go out almost every Sunday to shoot various places in and around my city, people often ask me why I do it. I tell that that I am just trying to illustrate the reference they use every day—Wikipedia.... Read more

  9. Sharing Indian culture with the world through Wikipedia: Ashish Bhatnagar

    Born and raised in a community that embraces different cultures, Ashish Bhatnagar wanted to share what he learned about this community with the world through Wikipedia.... Read more

  10. Alangi Derick: Wikimedia’s first African contributor to Google Summer of Code

    Alangi Derick is Wikimedia’s first African participant in Google Summer of Code. He joined the movement to develop his skills in coding, and he was quickly hooked by the movement’s values and its community culture, becoming a staunch advocate for it in his university.... Read more