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Content Translation tool has now been used for 50,000 articles

Last year around this time, we announced the arrival of a new tool that evolved out of an experiment aimed at making the editing process easier for our users. The tool in question—Content Translation—has been used by more than 11,000 editors across 289 Wikipedias to create more than 50,000 new articles.

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Wikimedia Foundation takes part in Google Code-in 2015

Google Code-in 2015 is over. As a co-admin and mentor for the Wikimedia Foundation—one of the 14 organizations who took part and provided mentors and tasks—I can say it’s been crazy as usual.

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Wikimedia and zero rating: clear principles for free knowledge

The Wikimedia Foundation works to expand free and open access to knowledge everywhere, including areas where affordable access to the internet is a fundamental barrier. In some regions, the Foundation has utilized “zero-rating” to make mobile traffic to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia sites entirely free. This approach removes the barrier of cost for those wishing to read, learn, and contribute to Wikipedia, in any language. We call this program Wikipedia Zero.

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15 years of Wikipedia in data visualization

Leave it to designers to show us how dynamic, global, and human Wikipedia really is. Here, we look at fifteen of the best data visualizations making use of Wikipedia data.

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Wikimedia Foundation to explore new ways to search and discover reliable, relevant, free information with $250,000 from Knight Foundation

Funds will support work to help people find the most relevant information on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects.

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Discovery: What happens when you search Wikipedia?

Wikipedia’s new ‘completion suggester’ makes finding what you’re looking for easier than ever before.

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Wikipedia Android app, now with interactive map, named a Best App of 2015

Have you downloaded the Wikipedia Android app yet? You should. Google has just called it a “Best App of 2015,” featuring the app in the Google Play Stores of Russia, India, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia.

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MediaWiki 1.26 released

The latest release of MediaWiki, the popular open source wiki platform that powers Wikipedia, hundreds of other Wikimedia wikis, and thousands of public and private sites.

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Making our pageview data easily accessible

Solomon Northup was the most-visited Wikipedia article on December 12, according to HatNote’s Top 100—a new app that takes advantage of the new pageview API. Illustration from Twelve Years a Slave (1853), public domain. Wikipedia and its sister projects receive more than 16 billion pageviews each month—more than double the…

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Of Great Pyramids and agile software development: how and why we developed Phragile

Phragile is a tool that generates burn down charts, burn up charts and sprint oberviews for the Phabricator boards of agile software projects. Why was it developed?

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