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Women in Red is changing Wikipedia’s coverage of women, one article at a time

The news that optical physicist Donna Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page before winning the Nobel Prize in Physics brought renewed attention to Women in Red, a long-standing volunteer effort to add more biographies about women to the encyclopedia. After the announcement, the Women in Red WikiProject had one of their best weeks ever,….

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This eight-year-old is inspiring others to edit Wikipedia

Sophia Fairweather is eight years old. She’s an inventor, a startup creator, a mentor, and a proud champion of women in STEM-related fields. She’s also a big advocate of Wikipedia and getting more people to edit the free encyclopedia. Sophia recently asked on LinkedIn and tweeted about an editing initiative she was launching throughout Canada….

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A new visualization uses Wikipedia pageview data to map celebrity deaths

Last year, the data visualization website The Pudding mapped out Miles Davis’ legacy by sorting through every Wikipedia page that mentioned the jazz legend. It was just one of dozens of visualizations that have been built on Wikipedia data over the past decade. This week, The Pudding released a new visualization that examines Wikipedia pageview increases….

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Meet the scientist working to increase the number of underrepresented scientists and engineers on Wikipedia

By day, Dr. Jess Wade is a physicist best known for her work on “polymer-based, circularly polarising, light-emitting diodes.” But in the evenings (and on the weekends, and as other time permits) Dr. Wade is a strong advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM subjects, speaking at conferences and starting a campaign on Wikipedia to promote more early-career women….

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What should journalists know about Wikipedia? A Poynter Institute NewsU webinar

Join us for a Poynter Institute NewsU webinar to help journalists around the world better understand Wikipedia. Here's some additional details on what we're going to talk about on July 12.

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‘Conversations gone awry’—the researchers figuring out when online conversations get out of hand

Did you know that humans make the right guess about 72% of the time, and that indicates that they have an intuition for this task, while also highlighting that the task is far from trivial?

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How to hold workshops that are fully remote accessible

Holding workshops in person is challenging, but holding workshops for people in multiple locations is even more so. Design Researcher Abbey Ripstra and Grace Gellerman, the Manager of Program Management, explain how they approached holding a series of remote-accessible meetings.

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The Erdős paradox: When a mathematical number and Wikipedia collide

An interview with the author of a recent Medium piece on mathematician Paul Erdős, the mathematical degree of separation that his collaborations inspired, and Wikipedia's gender gap.

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Wikimedia engineer contributes several fonts to the Malayalam language

Wikimedia Foundation Engineer Santhosh Thottingal maintains and/or has engineered about 12 high-quality fonts used for writing his native language, Malayalam. We reached out to Thottingal to learn more about creating fonts, and his other projects related to digital access.

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On the year where "a very fundamental human right—the right to access information" was challenged: Raju Narisetti, Wikimedia Foundation Board member

New Wikimedia Foundation board member Raju Narisetti says, “We will look back at 2017 as a year where there were systematic and sustained challenges worldwide to a very fundamental human right—the right to access information.” We talk with him about some of the challenges the Wikimedia projects may face.