Foundation Wikimania

What took place during the movement strategy discussions at Wikimania 2018

The Wikimedia 2030 Strategy Process is about addressing complex challenges and seizing the opportunities for the Wikimedia movement, now and in the future. It is a process initiated by the Wikimedia Foundation, seeking broad affiliate and community involvement on a global scale. Currently, the Strategy Process focuses on determining how the movement needs to change….

Legal

Your internet is under threat. Here’s why you should care about European Copyright Reform.

You can also read this post in Spanish and in French. Back in 2001, the European Parliament came together to pass regulations and set up copyright laws for the internet, a technology that was just finding its footing after the dot com boom and bust. Wikipedia had just been born, and there were 29 million websites. No one….

Communications Foundation

Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers

The Wikimedia vision is a world in which every single person can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe knowledge belongs to everyone, and that people from diverse backgrounds should be empowered to participate in the collaborative creation of knowledge. While we often discuss diversity and inclusion in the context of the….

Ars Electronica 2013 - Quotidian Record

Community Legal

Can Beethoven send takedown requests? A first-hand account of one German professor’s experience with overly broad upload filters

Imagine you are a teacher at a public school, and you want to use a free recording of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in your classroom. As an author of music textbooks and a music theory professor, I am always looking for creative ways to develop teaching materials as Open Educational Resources (oer-musik.de), so that everyone can….

Foundation Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Court rules for government on evidentiary issue

It has been some time since we last provided an update on Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA, our legal challenge to the United States National Security Agency’s “Upstream” mass surveillance practices. As you may recall, after we brought the suit in 2015, the government argued that the Foundation’s claims weren’t “plausible” because the NSA hadn’t admitted….

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Foundation Wikipedia

You don’t need to pay for a Wikipedia article

The benefits of having a Wikipedia article about yourself or your business seem obvious—they rank highly in search engine results, and having one can make your online presence more “professional”. However, Wikipedia works in a very different way than the rest of the internet. An article is by no means guaranteed; it can seem really….

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Foundation Research Wikipedia

How many Wikipedia references are available to read? We measured the proportion of open access sources across languages and topics.

Let’s say you’re planning a trip to a subtropical region and you want to learn about available vaccines for yellow fever. You look up the English Wikipedia article. You’re lucky to find a well-sourced section, with a wealth of references, many of them pointing to information from public health agencies and reputable news articles. Great!….

Himalayan yaks in the Everest region

Foundation Grantmaking

How impactful are our grants? We’re investigating.

For almost a decade, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team has been funding people and organizations pursuing our vision: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. In the last five years alone, we’ve given out over 35 million US dollars across almost 80 countries. Our efforts….

Community Foundation Research

Understanding workflows of Wikimedia editors

Wikipedia exists because of a vast army of people who work alone and in concert. The amazing work of these volunteer editors in making Wikipedia is a complex world of interactions, processes, and activities. They range across the whole work of donating content, including editing, fixing things, adding media, and many other ways. Collectively, these….

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Foundation Legal

Wikimedia to Senate: Don’t weaken the public domain

In an attempt to harmonize copyrights for the use of sound recordings created before 1972, the U.S. Senate is currently poised to pass a bill which could endanger the preservation and sharing of historical sound recordings online. The Music Modernization Act (MMA), which was passed in the House of Representatives in April and recently received….