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New Year Wikimedia ideas from Magnus Manske

By Magnus Manske, MediaWiki developer and longtime Wikimedian The new year is just over two weeks old, but the WikiVerse already celebrated a joyous event: Wikipedia’s 18th birthday! 50 million seems to be the number of the day – 50M articles across Wikipedia editions, 50M files on Commons, 50M items on Wikidata. But all this… read more »

Wikimedia and UNESCO team up to share the world’s culture

By John Cummings, Wikimedia volunteer I have been working with the Sector for External Relations and Public Information unit at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to make images from their archive available on Wikimedia Commons, the media site for all Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the most used educational resource in the… read more »

Vote for the Picture of the Year on Wikimedia Commons

This post was written by Wikimedia UK volunteer Livia Morarasu It’s that time of the year! The voting for the annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest is now open and there is plenty to marvel at. Last year a total of 981 pictures  were promoted to ‘featured picture’ status in categories ranging from plants and… read more »

Wellcome Library grateful for Wikimedia UK support

Wikimedia UK received a very encouraging email this morning which highlights the nature of the work of our movement. In a collaboration between the Wellcome Library, Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia volunteers, around 100,000 images from their collection have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The message, from Phoebe Harkins of the Wellcome Trust, said: “The Wellcome… read more »

Understanding Sustainable Agriculture Through Wikipedia

By John Cummings, Wikimedia volunteer Wikimedia volunteer John Cummings has worked to make available on Wikipedia 2400 images of tropic agriculture research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and 4000 new images of vegan food, all the images were originally posted on Flickr by people who share their content under a Creative Commons… read more »

Castles in the digital age

When you spend time on one of the busiest websites in the world it’s amazing what patterns emerge. A few weeks ago I was leafing through a borrowed copy of The Historian. It had been passed on to me because there was a piece about castles. As I leafed through its immaculately presented pages I… read more »

Historic library collections get worldwide exposure

This post was written by the team at the National Library of Scotland and was originally published on their website here Images from the National Library of Scotland’s (NLS) historic collections have been added to one of the world’s most popular websites where they can be seen and shared by people everywhere. It is the… read more »

Wikimania Free Culture Weekend

This blog post was written by John Cummings, Wikimania support at Wikimedia UK Last weekend the Wikimania Fringe Free Culture event took place at the Barbican Centre with 20 people attending from a range of cultural organisations, Wikimedia chapters, open knowledge projects and members of the public. Saturday A series of talks on topics related to open… read more »

Falling to pieces: Wikipedia and history

This post was written by Richard Nevell, Assistant Office Manager Ruins are fascinating. From the columns of ancient Greece to the shattered remains of Coventry Cathedral, they evoke all sorts of emotions. Wonder, incredulity, nostalgia, reverence. During the 18th and 19th centuries they helped inspire romanticism. There’s an exhibition about them at the Tate: Ruin… read more »

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