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  1. Admittedly loopy but not entirely absurd—Understanding our Search Relevance Survey

    We’re experimenting with machine learning as part of our work to improve search on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. This can sometimes lead to amusing or even strange queries for users—but they’re not an error.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Foundation signs amicus brief challenging U.S. travel and immigration restrictions at Supreme Court

    We’ve filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that opposes an executive order which places restrictions on travel and immigration to the U.S. based upon national origin.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2017

    Discussion summarization; Twitter bots tracking government edits; extracting trivia from Wikipedia
    With contributions by: Baha Mansurov and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  4. How we encouraged people to freely license their solar eclipse photos for the future

    The recent total solar eclipse captured the imagination of millions. We hoped to get people to share that wonder and joy through freely licensed imagery on Wikimedia Commons—and as it turns out, we only had to ask.... Read more

  5. Wikipedia, search, and the “Цкщтп” keyboard

    People sometimes search for things on Wikipedia that look like gibberish. Unlocking that mystery was up to Trey Jones, a senior software engineer who spends a lot of time uncovering the secrets of search on Wikipedia. ... Read more

  6. Pulling ‘Puppet’ strings on Discovery’s Dashboard framework

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s Discovery Analysis team recently switched to a Puppet-based configuration for their metrics dashboards. In this post, we share resources and tips for learning Puppet for non-Technical Operations (Ops) people, and—as an educational exercise for newcomers—explain how the new configuration works.... Read more

  7. We need transparency and permissive copyright in NAFTA

    As governments in North America open negotiations for a new trade treaty, the Wikimedia Foundation and other organizations call for a transparent process and adequate protections of user rights and access to knowledge.... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation releases new transparency report, online and in print

    The newly-issued report covers information about requests we received in the first six months of 2017.... Read more

  9. Honoring our friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

    To honor Bassel Khartabil’s legacy and his lasting impact on the open web, a slate of nonprofits are launching a new fellowship in his name.... Read more

  10. Wikimedians pack their bags and head to Montreal for 13th annual Wikimania

    Hundreds of volunteer Wikimedians and free knowledge leaders gather in the heart of Quebec to celebrate Wikipedia, the Wikimedia projects, and the people who make them possible. As part of the opening ceremony of Wikimania 2017, representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and the New Palmyra Project announced the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor Basse... Read more