1. New dataset shows fifteen years of Wikipedia’s quality trends

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    Looking to study how Wikipedia articles have improved over time? We’ve generated a dataset that tracks the quality of articles at monthly intervals over the entire 15-year history of Wikipedia across multiple languages—that’s 670 million assessments!... Read more

  2. Wikipedia community and Internet Archive partner to fix one million broken links on Wikipedia

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    More than one million formerly broken links in the English Wikipedia have been updated to archived versions from the Wayback Machine, thanks to a partnership between the Internet Archive, and volunteers from the Wikipedia community, and the Wikimedia Foundation.... Read more

  3. Wikipedia’s hurricane hunters

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    A small group of Wikipedians provides a large amount of the information about tropical cyclones people read on the internet. We went to them to learn about their motivations and the secret recipe behind their work... Read more

  4. Wikipedia on rational ignorance and Brazilian elections

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    There is evidence (what is referred to in political science as “rational ignorance”) to support the claim that voters do not usually remember much about previous elections. Wikipedia can provide information on elections that is easy-to-read and of good quality.... Read more

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

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    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

  6. People all over the world have yet to discover Wikipedia. We went to them to find out why.

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    We went to India, Nigeria, and Mexico to reach the young, mobile, and search-dependent, and found that Wikipedia brand recognition and awareness were less than 50% of surveyed participants in all three countries. In India and Nigeria, over 75% of participants said they had never heard of Wikipedia.... Read more

  7. Editing Wikipedia for a decade: Gareth Owen


    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

  8. When the Nobel Peace Prize laureate is announced, Wikipedia editors will be there to document them

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    This Friday, Wikipedians around the world will gather for #Wikinobel 2016—a collaborative effort to ensure that as many Wikipedias as possible have an article on this year’s Peace Prize laureate.... Read more

  9. What motivates a Wikipedia editor to write about the Battersea Power Station?

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    “Electricity was generated in these enormous, beautifully designed cathedrals … modern temples to worship a new sort of power.”... Read more

  10. Editors chronicle the life of baseball pitcher José Fernández after his untimely death

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    The sudden tragic death of a young superstar shocked millions of fans and followers. Many of them flocked to his Wikipedia page to confirm the news and read about his life and accomplishments.... Read more