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

From the archives Mobile Technology

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

Community Technology Wikipedia

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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Artificial intelligence service “ORES” gives Wikipedians X-ray specs to see through bad edits

Community From the archives MediaWiki Research Technology Wikipedia

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.

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My life as an autistic Wikipedian

Community From the archives Technology

Two years ago, I discovered that I was on the autism spectrum. As I learned more about myself and the way my brain worked, I started to look at past experiences through the lens of this newly-found aspect. In this essay, I share some of what I’ve learned along the way about my successes, my failures, and many things that confused me in the past, notably in my experiences in the Wikimedia movement.

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Securing access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS

Foundation From the archives Legal Technology Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce that we are implementing HTTPS to encrypt all traffic on Wikimedia sites. With this change, nearly half a billion monthly visitors on Wikipedia and its sister projects will be able to share in the world’s knowledge more securely.

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Children in Mali can now read Wikipedia offline, thanks to MALebooks e-readers

Blog transition Education From the archives Mobile Technology Wikipedia

MALebooks e-readers provide an offline library to children in Mali, including the French version of Wikipedia and over 4,000 educational books. This experimental project addresses the serious lack of books for children in Mali, and is made possible by Kiwix developers, Wikimedia Switzerland and other supporters.

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How we made editing Wikipedia twice as fast

Deployments From the archives MediaWiki

The creator of the wiki, Ward Cunningham, wanted to make it fast and easy to edit web pages. Cunningham named his software after a Hawaiian word for “quick.” That’s why the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to report that editing Wikipedia is now twice as quick. Over the last six months we deployed a new technology that speeds up MediaWiki, Wikipedia’s underlying PHP-based code. HipHop Virtual Machine, or HHVM, reduces [...]

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Welcome to Phabricator, Wikimedia’s new collaboration platform

From the archives Technology

Wikimedia launches a space for collaboration open to all contributors: phabricator.wikimedia.org. Primarily devoted to software development, this platform also welcomes non-technical projects. Wikimedia Phabricator has been available since September for early adopters. Its prime time starts this week, after having incorporated 73,681 reports migrated from Bugzilla, the bug management tool that has served our projects….

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"Tech News": Fighting technical information overload for Wikimedians

From the archives Technology

Every week, tech ambassadors assemble, simplify and translate "Tech News," a curated newsletter then delivered to hundreds of subscribers across wikis. But how exactly did this start, how does it work behind the scenes, and how does it fit within our efforts to bring developers and users closer together?

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