Technology

  1. Investigating a mysterious performance improvement

    Late last month, large wiki articles were appearing to load faster in our testing environment. We wanted to find out why.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia’s open source software community launches Code of Conduct for technical spaces

    The Code of Conduct will help the technical community thrive by promoting healthy and productive interactions in Wikimedia technical spaces.... Read more

  3. What we learned by making both newcomers and experienced participants feel connected and engaged at the Vienna Hackathon

    At the Wikimedia Hackathon last month, we wanted to create a warm, welcoming environment for newcomers—while also making it really easy for both new and experienced participants to learn from each other and work on their technical projects.... Read more

  4. Powerful new search tools help edit patrollers find their targets

    Fact one: Human editors made about 15 million edits to the wikis in March—almost a half million edits a day. If each of those edits took just 10 seconds to review, then checking one day’s changes would require 1,344 hours, or 168 eight-hour workdays.
    Fact two: New editors to the wikis are more likely than others to withdraw from wiki work when their contributions are reverted during edit rev... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Foundation urges Turkish authorities to restore access to Wikipedia

    On Saturday, April 29, Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey. If it remains, this block will result in millions of people in Turkey losing access to free knowledge about their country and the world around them. We believe knowledge is a fundamental human right and urge the Turkish government to remove this block.... Read more

  6. Editing will temporarily pause for a failover test

    We are planning a test to find out how quickly and reliably we can transfer all application server traffic and tightly coupled service dependencies to the secondary data center. During this, Wikimedia sites will be placed in read-only mode for two short periods.... Read more

  7. Share your photography with the world with the newly improved Wikimedia Commons Android app

    The second version of the Wikimedia Commons Android app has been released; the app now has several new features alongside improvements and multiple bug fixes.... Read more

  8. Search: all of the new bright and shiny objects

    We’re starting to test out some really cool features that will enable some fun and fascinating clicking—down the rabbit hole of Wikipedia.... Read more

  9. Wikimedia REST API hits 1.0

    Wikimedia’s content and metadata in machine-readable formats, at scale.... Read more

  10. How we know what we know: The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) helps unlock millions of connections between scholarly research

    The Wikimedia Foundation and more than 60 other organizations and scholarly publishers announce the I4OC initiative, making scholarly citation data freely available for anyone to access and reuse.... Read more