Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web

The funding will support Wikimedia community efforts to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository with more than 35 million media files.

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Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Victoria Coleman as Chief Technology Officer

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce Victoria Coleman as our new Chief Technology Officer. As the Foundation’s senior technology executive, Victoria will be responsible for setting the vision and strategy for technology and operations behind the Wikimedia projects, in cooperation with the global communities of volunteer contributors, users, and researchers. Her first day is 7….

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How Wikimedia helped mobile web readers save on data

Photos are a ubiquitous element of Wikipedia's most popular and highest quality articles, and this change means that your phone will only load images as you scroll down a page, rather than on opening a page.

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Android app now offers new ways to browse Wikipedia and find trending, recommended articles

The updated Wikipedia app for Android features a completely redesigned home screen, now including the explore feed, in addition to other new features and improvements.

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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.

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“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.

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"Dare to be different, yet hold your head high": The impact of Prince’s death on 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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Introducing the unique devices dataset: a new way to estimate reach on Wikimedia projects

With the unique devices dataset, we’ve been able to quantify the shift to mobile across all projects. In almost all Wikimedia projects, more than half of our unique devices are accessing content using the mobile sites.

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New Wikipedia app for iOS puts the joy of exploration in your hand

Our new Wikipedia app for iOS features major design and usability improvements, including the new Explore feed.

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Wikipedia’s coverage of essential vaccines is expanding

The Medical Translation Task Force has boosted its productivity by 17% and increased the amount of health care content by using the content translation tool. Rather than handing out a Microsoft Word document full of Wikimedia markup for translation, translators are being coached on how to use the content translation tool. As a new process, this….

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