Wikimedia and Outreachy: Technical internships are bridging the free and open source inclusion gap
At Wikimedia, technical internships aren’t reserved just for new college grads seeking work experience at the beginning of their professional lives. We invite individuals of any age and at any stage of their careers to learn and collaborate with technical staff members and volunteers. Throughout the year, our Developer Advocacy team partners with established programs….
MediaWiki is the software that underpins Wikipedia. This conference shows all the other ways it can be used.
Earlier this month, a group of dedicated MediaWiki administrators, contractors, and users met in Daly City, California, United States for the annual Enterprise MediaWiki Conference (EMWCon for short). MediaWiki is the main underlying software that makes Wikipedia possible, but its use cases range far beyond that of the encyclopedia. It is a critical technology for….
Partnerships make it possible: Behind our role in Google Code-in 2018
Wikimedia’s Developer Advocacy Team exists to support the staff and volunteer software developers and technologists who ensure that the free knowledge on Wikipedia and its sister projects is always available and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Developer Advocates work to grow the movement’s technical communities by coordinating participation in hackathons and technical outreach….
Evolving the MediaWiki platform: Why we replaced Tidy with a HTML5 parser
Three years ago, the Wikimedia Foundation's Parsing Team decided to replace Tidy, a tool to fix HTML errors, with a HTML5-based tool. Here's what we did in that time period, and what kind of complexities we faced in changing pieces of the technical infrastructure powering Wikimedia wikis.
It’s now easier to craft content for mobile devices: Responsive web design at the Wikipedia scale
A technology for editors to format content for mobile presentation.
Improving MediaWiki’s documentation and localization practices
We constantly talk about the importance of projects like Wikipedia, but have you ever thought about the hidden things that make it all possible?
Wikimedia Foundation funds six Outreachy interns for round 15
Please join us in welcoming six new Outreachy interns to Wikimedia from Brazil, Cameroon, Germany, and India!
Cross-wiki notifications unite a world of messages in one window
The Wikimedia Foundation's Collaboration team has developed "cross-wiki notifications," a tool that will simplify the editing experience for Wikipedia users by allowing them to get updates from all of the projects they contribute to.
“It pays itself back in dividends”: NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing
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.
Artificial intelligence service “ORES” gives Wikipedians X-ray specs to see through bad edits
When anyone can edit any page of one of the biggest websites in the world, how can you evaluate all those changes? A Wikimedia Foundation research scientist and a team of volunteers has developed an artificial intelligence service to handle some of the highest-volume crowdsourcing issues on the internet.