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In worldwide vote, Wikimedia users select extraordinary picture of the year

From the archives Photo contests Picture of the Year Wikimedia Commons

1,322 pictures. 56 finalists. One winner. The vote for Wikimedia Commons' picture of the year is over.

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Freely licensed magic at Eurovision

Community From the archives Interview News on Wikipedia Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to Albin Olsson, free photographic mastery was on display at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

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“It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

Blog transition Communications From the archives MediaWiki

The wiki's importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realised how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.

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"Dare to be different, yet hold your head high": The impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia

Data analytics From the archives News on Wikipedia Wikipedia

"Prince is synonymous with indulging in yourself shamelessly and with passion. His music and his cultural impact mean more than words can offer."

"He taught me that being black was more than a color. That despite our circumstances or limitations in life, you could change the world and you could reach out and touch the stars."

"Dare to be different, yet hold your head high."

(Quotes used with permission from the Wikipedia Facebook page)

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News on Wikipedia: How a world of volunteers dove into the leaked Panama Papers

From the archives News on Wikipedia Wikipedia

Wikipedia editors jumped into action only nine minutes after the Guardian's report, and the consequent Wikipedia article has been edited once every 2.5 minutes since then.

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Wikimedia Highlights, February 2016

Communications Community From the archives Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in February 2016: Recording romanticism and filling Wikimedia Commons with 19th century music; What’s TPP? The problematic partnership; #BlackLifeMatters edit-a-thon bolsters Wikipedia’s coverage of black history.

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It "revolutionized the way German-speaking people inform themselves about the world": Fifteen years of the German Wikipedia

Community From the archives Interview Wikipedia

It's been so revolutionary that it has even become the de facto replacement for the Brockhaus—the German equivalent of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

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The new alchemy: turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists

Communications Community From the archives Gender gap Interview Profiles

By day, Emily Temple-Wood is a biology student. By night, she writes Wikipedia articles on women scientists—one for every harassing email she receives.

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Pick and choose and Pikachu: 20 years after Pokémon launched, its impact on Wikipedia remains

Communications From the archives Wikipedia

Years ago, the English Wikipedia was being overrun by a deluge of articles on Pokémon characters and creatures.

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Millions read Bowie biography following sudden death

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On January 10, just two days after the release of his twenty-sixth studio album, enigmatic British artist David Bowie died following an eighteen-month battle with liver cancer. His death kicked off a string of deaths among aging male entertainers, including Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, René Angélil, and Abe Vigoda—all but the last within six years of age from one another. All….

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