In an attempt to modernize copyright laws, the European Commission forgets about users

Blog transition From the archives Legal

The European Commission’s leaked plans for EU copyright reform show that their primary concern is rightsholder revenue, with the public’s interest in accessing and sharing knowledge taking a back seat.

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Peter Baldwin, professor and philanthropist, is appointed to the Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board

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Peter Baldwin—a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, and co-founder of the philanthropic Arcadia Foundation—has been appointed to the Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board. Baldwin joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and venture capitalist Annette Campbell-White as the third member of the board that is entrusted with overseeing….

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Why you should be paying attention to Wikidata and GLAM

From the archives GLAM Wikidata

As a collaborative project, Wikidata is looking for more partners to fill in data gaps. Every one of the initiatives listed above needs help matching data from important collections to existing Wikidata entries, or help for the Connected Open Heritage community in prioritizing the next source of cultural data to target and improve.

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Switzerland’s ETH-Bibliothek is uploading 134,000 images to Wikimedia Commons

From the archives GLAM Wikimedia Commons

"We are trying to bring the material to where the users are": the uploads from Switzerland's largest public scientific and technical library include photos from noted aviator Walter Mittelholzer, who flew to places around the world in the 1920s and 1930s.

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No Man’s Sky and the drive to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of video games

Community From the archives Interview News on Wikipedia Wikipedia

Casual readers may not notice that the English Wikipedia's video game articles, like No Man's Sky, usually adhere to a set of stringent guidelines.

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Meet Diego Delso, the amateur photographer who has taken the most featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons

From the archives Interview Photo contests Profiles Wikimedia Commons

Out of 15,084 images Delso has taken and uploaded, the Wikimedia community has rated 306 as 'featured' and 8,696 as 'quality.'

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

Foundation From the archives Mobile Technology Wikipedia

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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Misuse of Creative Commons-licensed photo leads to public apology

Community From the archives Wikimedia Commons

Niccolò Caranti hopes that this "will help clarify that 'free license' is not the same thing as 'public domain'; it does not mean 'you can do whatever you want without conditions.' "

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Foundation Board appoints Katherine Maher as Executive Director

Board Foundation From the archives

In a unanimous vote, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees selected Katherine Maher to lead the organization dedicated to spreading the sum of all knowledge.

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