Why the world reads Wikipedia: What we learned about reader motivation from a recent research study

From the archives Research Wikipedia

Wikimedia’s mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it. Doing so requires understanding the needs and motivations of the people who read Wikipedia. In this blog post, we discuss what we learned about Wikipedia reader motivations and needs across 14 languages from a recent research study.

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"We keep the servers going … and much more": Recent highlights from our Technology department

From the archives Technology

Running the servers is only a fraction of the technical and community work that the Wikimedia Foundation's Technology department does every day. Here's who we are, along with a few snapshots of our work.

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Foundation research project learns from Czech and Korean Wikipedia communities

Community Foundation From the archives Research Wikipedia

From May to July 2017, researchers conducted in-person interviews with 64 new and experienced editors in South Korea and the Czech Republic. The Czech and Korean Wikipedias were chosen to represent mid-sized wikis.

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Wikimedia IEG program will fund fourteen community-led projects

Community From the archives Grantmaking Wikipedia Wikivoyage

We are excited to announce the successful grantees from round two of the Wikimedia Foundation’s 2015 Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program. Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) provide funding to individuals and small teams to take on projects with potential for online impact and that advance the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission and strategic priorities. These projects can take….

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Despite headlines, frequent edits don’t cause inaccuracy

Communications From the archives Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. It didn’t surprise us to learn that articles considered to be controversial are frequently edited.

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What happens when you give a Wikipedia editor a research library?

Community Education From the archives Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program gives editors special access to university and library resources, which helps them improve content quality and support new collaborations, as part of the Wikipedia Library project.

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Who links to Wikipedia?

From the archives Research Wikipedia

To learn more about who links to Wikipedia, University of Sheffield researchers analyzed the structure of links that point to Wikipedia pages from external websites. Here's what they found. (...)

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Top 10 Most Edited Pages on Wikipedia in 2014

From the archives Year in Review

Wikipedia is the world’s largest free knowledge resource, but what makes it so unique is its dynamism–it is a living, breathing knowledge network that changes all the time, thanks to hundreds of thousands of editors around the world who keep it growing and current. ... Here are the top 10 most edited pages on English-language Wikipedia in 2014. Many of the topics are to be expected, like Deaths in 2014 or the Israel-Gaza Conflict. (...)

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