We’re experimenting with machine learning as part of our work to improve search on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. This can sometimes lead to amusing or even strange queries for users—but they’re not an error.... Read more

  1. What ten students made for Wikimedia while participating in Google Summer of Code and Outreachy round 14

    Ten students from India, Israel and United States contributed thousands of lines of code to Wikimedia projects this past summer under the mentorship and guidance of thirteen mentors.... Read more

  2. Where to find all the slides, links, videos, and tutorials from Wikimania 2017 (and what we learned from our remote-first strategy)

    In August, 900+ people gathered in Montreal for five days of workshops, a hackathon, edit-a-thons, presentations, and keynote talks on topics ranging from how to use Wikidata tools to the future of real-time collaboration. If you weren’t able to attend Wikimania 2017 in person, fear not: We have gathered the available notes, presentation material, and video streams from presenters—and detailed... Read more

  3. Natacha Rault: Taking a feminist approach to Wikipedia’s gender gap

    Natacha Rault browsed Wikipedia frequently but never hit the ‘edit’ button until she learned about Wikipedia’s gender gap. ... Read more

  4. A ‘couple’ of Telugu-language Wikimedians: T Sujatha and Sri Ramamurthy

    T Sujatha started, Sri Ramamurthy joined, and now both contribute to Telugu-language Wikimedia projects.... Read more

  5. The great Wikipedia bot-pocalypse: Challenging an established narrative

    Headlines assumed that when Wikipedia bots reverted edits made by other bots, the two were in conflict or ‘fighting’. This assumption sounds reasonable, but it is not the case for an overwhelming majority of bot-bot reverts.... Read more

  6. How we encouraged people to freely license their solar eclipse photos for the future

    The recent total solar eclipse captured the imagination of millions. We hoped to get people to share that wonder and joy through freely licensed imagery on Wikimedia Commons—and as it turns out, we only had to ask.... Read more

  7. Wikipedia, search, and the “Цкщтп” keyboard

    People sometimes search for things on Wikipedia that look like gibberish. Unlocking that mystery was up to Trey Jones, a senior software engineer who spends a lot of time uncovering the secrets of search on Wikipedia. ... Read more

  8. Vitor Mazuco and the fandom that drives his Wikipedia editing

    Vitor Mazuco is a veteran Wikipedian, Education Program leader, and community leader in São Paulo, Brazil. But it is his love for a certain celebrity that has helped to propel him into becoming one of the Portuguese Wikipedia’s most active contributors.... Read more

  9. Pulling ‘Puppet’ strings on Discovery’s Dashboard framework

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s Discovery Analysis team recently switched to a Puppet-based configuration for their metrics dashboards. In this post, we share resources and tips for learning Puppet for non-Technical Operations (Ops) people, and—as an educational exercise for newcomers—explain how the new configuration works.... Read more

  10. We need transparency and permissive copyright in NAFTA

    As governments in North America open negotiations for a new trade treaty, the Wikimedia Foundation and other organizations call for a transparent process and adequate protections of user rights and access to knowledge.... Read more