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Wikipedia and the Momentum of Tiny Edits

“Among the top-50 longest articles on the English language version Wikipedia, you’ll find lists of comets, Amtrak stations, shipwrecks, fictional astronauts, and cult films. There is a timeline of Baltimore and a look at electric car use by country, along with articles about firearms, Dutch inventions, and rare birds.If there’s a unifying theory here, a rule about why some topics have sprawling Wikipedia pages and others are relative blips, it’s not immediately evident. A lot of the heftiest articles are in list format, but the topics are all over the map.” (via The Atlantic)

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Tireless and dedicated: Justin Knapp

“Justin Anthony Knapp is a tireless and dedicated American Wikipedian from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has over 1,495,000 edits on English Wikipedia and a total of more than 1,523,000 edits on all Wikimedia projects—a volume which many dedicated Wikimedians will find difficult to achieve. He was ranked No. 1 among the most active Wikipedia contributors of all time, a feat that added to his notability and led to a separate article on Justin Knapp in the English and many other language Wikipedias.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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New Wikipedia app for iOS puts the joy of exploration in your hand

“The newly released Wikipedia app for iOS is designed to put that joy of exploration in your hands. The app features articles and images tailored to your interests and surroundings through the new Explore feed.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Wikimedia Foundation details requests to alter or remove content in new Transparency Report

“In November 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation legal team received an email seeking control of an article on English Wikipedia about a dance group. The writers said that they were former members of the group, and argued that edits made by other dancers infringed their trademark. We explained that writing an article about a notable topic is not infringement, and suggested that they work with Wikipedia editors if they’d like to improve the article.” (via Wikimedia)

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#BlackLifeMatters edit-a-thon bolsters Wikipedia’s coverage of black history

“In 1869, an African-American named Edward Augustine Savoy was hired by the US Department of State as a messenger. 63 years later, he retired with the highest rank available to men of his race at that time. Savoy did not have a Wikipedia article until an editor created it at an edit-a-thon in Harlem, New York City early this month aimed at filling some gaps in Wikipedia’s black history articles.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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‘You Could Look It Up’: The world before and since Wikipedia

“You might guess that the revered 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica or the multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary is the greatest of all modern reference works. You would be wrong. That honor, as Jack Lynch reminds us in “You Could Look It Up,” must go elsewhere. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”— in the words of Douglas Adams — “has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words ‘Don’t Panic’ inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.” (via The Washington Post)

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Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

“Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource.[1]We took this action to comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as we believe the diary is still under US copyright protection under the law as it is currently written. Nevertheless, our removal serves as an excellent example of why the law should be changed to prevent repeated extensions of copyright terms, an issue that has plagued our communities for years.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge

This Friday marks the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia, the world’s free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. This week, we celebrate not just Wikipedia, but the birth of an idea: that anyone can contribute to the world’s knowledge. Globally, readers and editors are coming together to celebrate, with nearly 150 events across six continents. From editing marathons in Bangladesh and lectures in Switzerland, to picnics in South Africa and a conference in Mexico, the world is celebrating the joy of knowledge.As part of this milestone, the Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce the Wikimedia Endowment, a permanent source of funding to ensure Wikipedia thrives for generations to come.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Wikimedia Foundation to explore new ways to search and discover reliable, relevant, free information with $250,000 from Knight Foundation

“The Wikimedia Foundation will launch a new project to explore ways to make the search and discovery of high quality, trustworthy information on Wikipedia more accessible and open with $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Funding will support an investigation of search and browsing on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, with the goal of improving how people explore and acquire information.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Bringing libraries closer to Wikipedia: Merrilee Proffitt

“Merrilee Proffitt (Merrilee) is on a mission to bring American librarians closer to Wikipedia—a group she think is hesitant towards the idea of a community edited encyclopedia. As a long-term Wikipedian and professional of library sciences, Proffitt understands the views on both sides. In her opinion, librarians and Wikipedians share many common goals being passionate to ease people’s access to information. “I think it’s the appreciation of quality and drive to help people in finding the sources they want and increase their own personal knowledge or whatever their pursuits are, that librarians and Wikipedians have in common.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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