Technology

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My life as an autistic Wikipedian

Two years ago, I discovered that I was on the autism spectrum. As I learned more about myself and the way my brain worked, I started to look at past experiences through the lens of this newly-found aspect. In this essay, I share some of what I’ve learned along the way about my successes, my failures, and many things that confused me in the past, notably in my experiences in the Wikimedia movement.

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Wikidata, coming soon to a menu near you

Wikidata hosted a menu challenge for restaurants, around the world, to expand their menus with key information. Participants used wikidata to provided wikidata labels, translations, images and more.

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Content Translation, used in over 10,000 articles, now available on Wikipedias in all languages

Content Translation – the new article creation tool has been enabled as a beta-feature on all Wikipedias. Logged-in users can use Content Translation to create a new article by translating from any language. A roundup of the recent developments can be seen on this blog post.

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Get the latest Wikipedia updates easily with IFTTT

Wikipedia’s new Channel on IFTTT makes it easier than ever to share free knowledge.

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Get email updates from the Wikimedia blog

Keep up with the latest Wikimedia news! Find out when new stories are posted on the Wikimedia blog: subscribe to our new email updates.

Here’s a quick overview on this new feature, how to sign up, and why we created it based on community feedback.

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Wikimedia developers from around the world met last month in Lyon, France, for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. To meet a few of them, watch this short video.

Developers gather in France for the 2015 Wikimedia Hackathon

Developers from around the world gathered last month in Lyon, France for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. Here are some of the highlights of this edition of the annual event, which invited coders to develop new features, software and tools to make editing and reading wiki projects more enjoyable and effective.

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The annual Wikimania conference will be coming to Mexico City on July 15-19, gathering volunteers and digital rights leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education. Photo by Ralf Roletschek, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

The annual Wikimedia conference, Wikimania, will be coming to Mexico City this July 15-19, co-organized by Wikimedia Mexico and the Wikimedia Foundation. This event will gather Wikimedia volunteers and digital thought leaders to discuss access to knowledge, participation in the Wikimedia projects, and the role of Wikipedia in education.

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Securing access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS

The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce that we are implementing HTTPS to encrypt all traffic on Wikimedia sites. With this change, nearly half a billion monthly visitors on Wikipedia and its sister projects will be able to share in the world’s knowledge more securely.

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Updated selector with image thumbnails for search results. Screenshot by Runa Bhattacharjee, freely licensed under CC0 1.0

Over 5,000 new articles created with the Content Translation tool

The Content Translation Tool makes it easier to create new new Wikipedia articles from other languages. It is now available as a beta-feature in 148 Wikipedias — and was used to create more than 5,000 new articles since January 2015. Learn more in this update from the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language Engineering team.

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Accessing sources in the Odia language is set to become easier than ever before. Photo by Subhashish Panigrahi, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

How the Odia Wikimedia community is enriching Wikipedia with character encoding technology

The Odia Wikimedia community has successfully built character encoding technology to convert digital content from external sources to Unicode, which will enrich the Odia-language Wikipedia -— just in time for its thirteenth birthday.

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