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Category: Community Engagement

A growing Wikimedia movement, with training and learning at its core

Community Engagement Foundation

How do we make knowledge creation truly participatory for every community on our planet? The Wikimedia movement has been growing steadily, with more volunteers joining, and new affiliate groups created every year. Affiliates represent our movement at the local level and are charged with organizing activities and events to get people and organizations involved in….

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India’s Wikimedia communities adapt the Wikipedia Library to their own contexts

Community Wikipedia Library

Wikipedia’s article on the culture of India notes that the country contains “thousands of distinct and unique … languages, religion [and] customs [that] differ from place to place within the country.” To bring the vast knowledge of these many differing cultures to the world requires volunteers who both understand individual languages, religions and cultures of….

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Wikimedia Foundation appoints Valerie D’Costa as Chief of Community Engagement

Communications Community Engagement Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Valerie D’Costa as Chief of Community Engagement. Valerie joins the Foundation after a decade at the World Bank Group, including nine years as leader of InfoDev, an initiative to facilitate sustainable development through access to data and information. Altogether, Valerie brings more than 25 years….

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We applaud the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new open-access policy—and here’s what remains to be done.

GLAM

This week, the Cleveland Museum of Art implemented a clear and permissive open access policy, removing all copyright restrictions on photographs of 30,000 items and releasing all metadata related to the 61,000 works in their collection. In short, this means that anyone, in any context, can access, reuse, and remix the collections. With this decision,….

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Through #1Lib1Ref, we ask that you give the gift of a citation

Community Foundation GLAM Wikipedia

2019 marks the fourth year of #1Lib1Ref, an annual campaign that asks everyone to jump in and improve Wikipedia by adding at least one citation. In doing so, they help improve the reliability and authenticity of the site for billions of readers. Though literally meaning “One Librarian, One Reference”, #1Lib1Ref has grown to include archivists,….

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WikibaseNYC conference explores the frontier of linked open data infrastructure

Community GLAM Wikidata

When you think about the work of art historians or genetics researchers, installing database software is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, from 19 to 21 September, Wikimedians, art curators, and scientists gathered at the New Museum in New York City’s Lower East Side for a three-day workshop to talk about an….

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Community digest: Writing about Islam in Hebrew; GLAM activity kicks off in Indonesia; news in brief

Communications Community Community digest GLAM

Writing about Islam in Hebrew: Dar AsSalam Editors Last January, Wikimedia communities around the world celebrated Wikipedia’s seventeenth birthday—and Wikimedia Israel joined in. Held at the IBM office in Tel Aviv, nearly 60 Wikimedians attended, including a group of Palestinian editors from the Dar AsSalam Islamic Center (meaning House of Peace) in Kafr Qara, Haifa….

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1Lib1Ref spreads to the Southern Hemisphere and beyond

GLAM Wikipedia Library

#1Lib1Ref is an annual campaign where librarians and other contributors to Wikipedia add references to improve statements with the ultimate objective of improving the reliability of Wikipedia. In 2018, the Iberocoop Network participated in the #1lib1ref campaign (1bib1ref in Spanish) in Latin America. The campaign ran for three weeks in May 2018, to commemorate the….

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Mexican Ministry of Culture and Wikimedia Mexico partner to preserve Mexican culture and heritage

Affiliates Communications Foundation From the archives GLAM Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

"We are excited to continue to expand Wikipedia's free knowledge alongside one of the leading keepers of culture in my country," says Iván Martínez, President of Wikimedia Mexico.

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What are the ten most cited sources on Wikipedia? Let’s ask the data.

Foundation From the archives GLAM Research Wikipedia

A new dataset of fifteen million records documents source usage in Wikipedia by identifier and across languages.

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