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Wikipedia was born in 2001. And the world got a bit truthier

“Jan. 15, 2001?Sixteen years ago, while working on Nupedia, an online encyclopedia written by scholars, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched a second free online encyclopedia that anyone could contribute to. Called Wikipedia, it didn’t initially attract much attention. It took about nine months before mainstream newspapers took note of it and only slightly longer for millions of students to start cribbing from it for school papers.” (via The Washington Post)

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Death, politics, and Vincent van Gogh: 2016 as seen through the lens of Wikipedia

“Anecdotally, 2016 was a year of transition and change in much of the western world. Some events could be described as tragedy, others as cause for celebration.Regardless of how you feel about this year, Wikipedia editors were there to help you understand what happened in 2016 and then some. Without further ado, here is 2016 as seen through the most-edited articles on the English Wikipedia, both for the full year and by month.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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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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