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Thngs wants to be a Wikipedia for physical objects

“Moscow-based Thngs is building something akin to a Wikipedia for physical objects. Although, given that the startup is already working on ways to monetize its offering, purists will likely take issue with that comparison. Working with museums initially, Thngs wants to create a digital repository of physical objects, including high quality images and descriptions, so that they are not lost forever.” (via TechCrunch)

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No internet? No problem! Kiwix celebrates ten years of offline Wikipedia reading

“When your goal is to make the sum of all human knowledge available to everyone, how do you ensure that people can actually access it? For many Wikipedia readers around the world, the problem may be that internet access is either slow, censored, or even non-existent—and those with a limited phone plan know that using too much data can really hurt their monthly bill.These are exactly the kind of situations that Kiwix was meant to address: an open-source software that allows people to access a full copy of Wikipedia for offline reading. Wherever you are, wherever you go, you can have Wikipedia with you.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science

“The time had come to choose a major at Caltech, and Alice Michel had a notion that intrigued her. But when she looked it up on Wikipedia, what she got was a whole lot of gobbledygook.It was, she learned, an “interdisciplinary field of scientific research.” It had something to do with “the biosphere, the lithosphere and/or the atmosphere.”Here was a subject worthy of an entire area of study on campus, but its Wikipedia entry was “totally useless.” (via LA Times)

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Is Wikipedia the largest-ever digital humanities project? Exploring an emerging relationship

“Digital humanities is an area of research where humanities and computing collide; it’s a field of study that creates an opportunity to understand Wikipedia from new perspectives, such as its value in the preservation of historical memory and collective knowledge. For this reason, the Digital Humanities Network (Red HD) invited me to participate as speaker in the XXXIV International Latin American Studies Association Congress (LASA), celebrated in New York City from 27 to 30 May.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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

“In his day job, Delso works for an automotive manufacturer to develop electric and hybrid cars. By night, Diego Delso has taken the most “featured” pictures of any editor on Wikimedia Commons, the freely licensed media file repository. Delso, who goes by the username Poco a poco, has contributed over 15,000 images to Commons, including 306 that have been marked as “featured”—a quality level that only the top 0.027% of all images on the site have attained. He’s also credited with 8,696 “quality” images, which have to meet a different set of technical criteria and be taken by an editor on Commons.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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