How could Wikimedia Commons be improved? A conversation with designer George Oates

Foundation Interview Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this year, the Wikimedia Foundation asked designer George Oates, who has worked for Flickr and the Internet Archive‘s Open Library, among others, to conduct a deep dive into Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository that provides many of the images used on Wikipedia. We wanted a fresh pair of eyeballs, and we were particularly….

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After a catastrophic fire at the National Museum of Brazil, a drive to preserve what knowledge remains

Community Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

On 2 September, disaster struck the National Museum of Brazil: a massive fire devastated the building and its extensive holdings. Centuries of cultural heritage, including recordings of dead languages and ancient artifacts from pre-Columbian times, were lost. But amid the carnage and destruction, a movement has risen—one with the aim of adding as much knowledge….

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Infographic comparing the African and Asian elephants

Newspaper partnership results in thousands of freely licensed infographics

Affiliates Community Wikimedia Commons

This year, the Basque Wikimedians User Group carried out an ambitious education project that aimed to improve a series of essential articles for high school students, in collaboration with university professors and lecturers. The project was accomplished with financial support from the Basque government’s Department of Culture, who additionally stipulated that a portion of the sum would be put….

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‘Unfrogettable’ picture of the year announced

Communications Community Picture of the Year Wikimedia Commons

Whichever frog pun (or caption) you choose to label it with, the photo above is this year’s Wikimedia Commons picture of the year. It features two Phyllomedusa rohdei, frogs endemic to Brazil, with one stepping on the other’s head, seemingly reaching for something just out of the frame. The photo was taken by biologist Renato Augusto….

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Wikimedia Canada hits the red carpet, cameras in hand

Affiliates Community Foundation From the archives Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

Canada’s Wikimedia chapter is collaborating with local organizations to coordinate photography sessions with public figures. The results go up on Wikipedia.

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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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Add your photos of spring to the sum of all knowledge

Communications From the archives Wikimedia Commons

The photo repository behind Wikipedia is running a photo contest themed around spring. Here's how you can join.

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You can now upload 3D models to Wikimedia Commons

Deployments Features Foundation From the archives Technology Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

We've enabled a new feature that allows you to upload three dimensional (3D) models.

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The one-man band writing the history of Nigerian cinema into Wikipedia

Community From the archives Profiles Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia

Long-time volunteer Wikipedia editor Sam Oyeyele has written a series of articles on the history of Nigerian cinema, from its colonial origins through its distinctly independent present.

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See the winners from the 2017 Wiki Science Competition in Ukraine

Affiliates Community From the archives Photo contests Wikimedia Commons

Science has to be visible, and Wikipedia needs illustrations. Both goals met in the Wiki Science Competition. Here are winners from its Ukrainian sub-contest.

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