For these academic journals, Wikipedia isn’t a bug—it’s a feature

Community Research Wikiversity

Wikimedia, especially Wikipedia, hasn’t always had the best of relationships with academia. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s a trio of Wikimedia academic journals that are now accepting submissions: the WikiJournal of Medicine, Science, and Humanities. All are run on a traditional academic journal model, including an extensive peer review process by….

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Wikimedia Foundation releases gender equity report

Foundation Gender gap

In April 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team launched the Gender Diversity Mapping Project to gather feedback from Wikimedians at the forefront of gender equity efforts in the Wikimedia movement.  Our plan was to identify active movement leaders and document what they have learned from their work so far.  We had three goals in….

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EU copyright vote leaves the future of online participation uncertain

Advocacy Legal

The European Parliament’s September 12 vote on the proposed Copyright Directive was a missed opportunity to improve copyright, after many years of discussion: Two years ago, the European Commission set out to modernize copyright laws across the EU with a flawed proposal with potential to improve. This proposal was referred to several committees in the….

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What we learned from surveying 4,000 members of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia communities

Foundation

Each year, the Wikimedia Foundation surveys the volunteer communities who edit Wikimedia sites for their input on a variety of topics that, in turn, help Foundation staff make decisions about how to support these communities. In April 2018, over 4,000 Wikimedia community members, answered up to 50 questions about their experiences working on the Wikimedia….

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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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Many faces of Wikibase: Rhizome’s archive of born-digital art and digital preservation

Community Foundation Wikidata

Rhizome, an arts organization in New York City, was one of the early adopters of Wikibase, having been using it since 2015 for its archive of born-digital art and digital preservation activities. Sandra Fauconnier interviewed Dragan Espenschied (Rhizome’s preservation director), Lyndsey Moulds (software curator), and Lozana Rossenova (external Ph.D. researcher) to ask them why and….

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What took place during the movement strategy discussions at Wikimania 2018

Foundation Wikimania

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….

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

Advocacy Legal

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….

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Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers

Foundation

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….

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

Community Legal

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….

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