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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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‘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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Have you ever read Wikipedia’s article on Lady Gaga?

Meet Wikipedia user "FrB.TG," also known as Frankie.

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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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The future of offline access to Wikipedia: The RACHEL example

A chat with WorldPossible's Jeremy Schwartz, the developer of RACHEL—"Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education & Learning"—a portable plug-and-play server which stores educational websites and makes that content available over any local (offline) wireless connection.

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From Sesame Street to Maya Angelou, this Wikipedian digs deeper

Christine Meyer, better known to Wikipedians as FigureSkatingFan, has worked on many of the English Wikipedia's articles about Sesame Street. We asked why.

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The future of offline access to Wikipedia: The Kiwix example

A chat with a developer of Kiwix, an open source software which allows users to download web content for offline reading, and the future of offline access to Wikipedia.