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  1. Community Digest: Using data to visualize Wikipedia knowledge gaps; news in brief

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    This group has compared data from Wikidata to define the knowledge gaps on Wikimedia projects about Africa. The resulting visualizations helped make the gaps easier to understand for anyone. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes the second WikiCite in Vienna, the Danish and Ukrainian Wikipedia communities celebrate their Wikipedia anniversary, an effort to commemorate the WWI era o... Read more

  2. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

    Photograph courtesy of Shalor Toncray.

    “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. Community digest: Norwegian-Armenian partnership to improve Wikipedia’s content on the two countries; news in brief

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    Wikipedians in Armenia and Norway collaborated in a cross-cultural writing contest. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes a program to support open-source science in Germany, events celebrating Black History Month and Women History Month, updates about Wikimania 2017, and more.... Read more

  4. WikiIndaba 2017: A continent gathers to chart a path forward

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    A regional conference of African Wikimedians, WikiIndaba was held on 20–22 January. It is named for the Zulu tradition of gathering the Indunas (chiefs) to determine problems and find ways forward. ... Read more

  5. Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive, building the Bengali Wikipedia

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    Since becoming a Wikipedia editor, Hasive has tried to add something new to Wikipedia every day. He has visited over 30 universities across his country, Bangladesh, to tell the students about Wikipedia, co-organized events to encourage people to edit, and published a style guide book about the Bengali Wikipedia.... Read more

  6. Algorithms and insults: Scaling up our understanding of harassment on Wikipedia

    Visualization by Hoshi Ludwig, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    A research collaboration with the technology incubator Jigsaw is helping us better understand and explore technical solutions to harassment on Wikipedia.... Read more

  7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public domain art freely available under Creative Commons Zero

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    The release, which covers images of the great majority of the museum’s holdings, will enable anyone, anywhere to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.... Read more

  8. Community digest: Dutch Wikipedia rewards prolific contributors with owls; news in brief

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    The Dutch Wikipedia community shows appreciation to their best contributors each year with little statues of owls. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates from MediaWiki and Phabricator, new grants program opens for applications, Wikipedia events around the world, and more.... Read more

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

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    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

  10. “I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to stop writing”: Başak Tosun

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    Eleven years after hesitating to join Wikipedia, Başak Tosun has now created over 1,100 articles. “Many artists, writers and scientists were missing on Wikipedia,” she says. “I felt empowered knowing I could do something about it.”... Read more