Profiles

  1. Knowledge can’t be limited: Mervat Salman

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    “I want to spread the basic message of the Wikimedia movement by actively providing free knowledge for everyone,” says Mervat Salman, an Arabic Wikipedia contributor from Jordan. A community-elected administrator and organiser, true to her words, she contributes to science articles and works on reducing Wikipedia’s gender gap by creating new articles about women.... Read more

  2. Over a decade in, Piotr Konieczny is still editing and writing Wikipedia

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    Piotr Konieczny has created and developed thousands of articles in his thirteen years of editing Wikipedia—and for ten of those, he has been teaching students with it.... Read more

  3. “The future of information is going to be collaborative”: Jesús Lau

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    A librarian by education, Jesús Lau has worked at five academic libraries in Mexico. As a regular Wikipedia reader, he values it for giving equal access to a comprehensive source of free knowledge. Professionally, he uses Wikipedia to teach information skills to undergraduate and doctoral students at Universidad Veracruzana, a public university in eastern Mexico.... Read more

  4. “Education is crucial for a culture of freedom and success”: Roxana Sordo

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    “As teachers, we are role models for our students, we are agents of change in the digital era. I think it’s fundamental to use new technologies such as Wikipedia in education.”... Read more

  5. For freedom of information: Allan Aguilar

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    Aguilar researches cryptography and politics; he believes that when internet users are exchanging messages or browsing, the content should be protected by the same privacy an electoral vote has. This is what he calls the “democracy of the internet.”... Read more

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

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    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

  7. Arctic temperatures are no match for this retiree and his camera

    Photo courtesy of Andreas Weith.

    “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

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

    Photoby Sergey Tarasenko, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    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. Editing Wikipedia for a decade: Gareth Owen

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    Gareth Owen has been on Wikipedia since its inception. He tells us about his contributions and how Wikipedia has changed over the years.... Read more

  10. Discover Egypt with Roland Unger on Wikivoyage

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    This German chemical physics lecturer has traveled to Egypt 30 times, and has shared his experiences with the world by writing several hundred articles on Wikivoyage.... Read more