Free Culture

  1. Standing on the shoulders of “good enough”—25 years of Linux

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    Happy birthday to Linux, the free and open source computer operating system.... Read more

  2. Victory in Germany (part two): German court unanimously dismisses appeal

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    The German courts sided with the Wikimedia Foundation and dismissed Dr. Evelyn Schels’ appeal. The proceeding is now officially over, marking a victory for public knowledge.... Read more

  3. How MediaWiki is streamlining San Francisco’s new Museum of Modern Art

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    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is experimenting with MediaWiki as a hub for curated information for hundreds of complex artworks.... Read more

  4. Community celebrates birthday of Odia Wikipedia and Odia Wiktionary

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    With the Odia Wikipedia and its sister projects, a handful of dedicated volunteer editors are taking the Odia language to the world outside.... Read more

  5. “It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

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    The wiki’s importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realised how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.... Read more

  6. TTIP and Free Knowledge: how the trade treaty (probably) threatens collaboration on Wikipedia

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    Over the past couple of years, the European Union and the United States have been negotiating a new trade treaty behind closed doors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would arguably “liberalize one-third of global trade”—but we can’t be sure, because negotiations are kept secret.... Read more

  7. News on Wikipedia: Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph recreated in London as Syria reclaims town

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    Weeks after Syria reclaimed the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra from ISIL, the Institute of Digital Archaeology’s 3D-printed Arch of Triumph was exhibited in London. We look at other projects seeking to protect cultural heritage during times of conflict, including that of imprisoned artist Bassel Khartabil.... Read more

  8. Wikipedia’s coverage of essential vaccines is expanding

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    Language shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to accessing quality health information.... Read more

  9. What’s TPP? The problematic partnership

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    At the Wikimedia Foundation, we believe that shorter copyright terms make it possible for more people to create and share free knowledge.... Read more

  10. Top 20 most-edited pages on Wikipedia in 2015

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    Death, pop culture, current events … and one person writing about the Juneau Icefield.... Read more