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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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Android app now offers new ways to browse Wikipedia and find trending, recommended articles

“Wikipedia has been there for the past fifteen years when you needed to search a quick fact, research a topic, or settle a bet. But what about when you’re looking for something interesting to read on the metro, or have a few minutes to browse while you’re on break? The Wikipedia app for Android has been redesigned to not only help you find the information you need now, but also to provide interesting, recommended Wikipedia content to dive into when you have a bit of spare time.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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OCLC Wins Knight News Challenge Award to Promote Collaboration between Public Libraries and Wikipedia

“OCLC has been named a winner of the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a project that will promote collaboration between public libraries and Wikipedia and bring together authoritative library resources and contributors to one of the most popular information resources on the web.The project was selected as a winner from more than 600 applications and 47 semifinalists. Launched in September 2015, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries is funding breakthrough ideas that help libraries serve 21st century information needs.” (via OCLC)

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Jimmy Wales on the Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

“Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia. Maybe you’re searching for basic information about a topic, or getting sucked into a wiki-hole where you meant to study up on the “Brexit” but somehow find yourself, several related pages later, reading about the carbonic maceration process for making wine (to take just one example that has totally never happened to me).Now imagine you can’t access Wikipedia. Or you can, but not in your native language. Or there are plenty of entries in your language, but few on the subjects that are part of your daily life.” (via The Atlantic)

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Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, gives to Wikipedia’s future

“Craig Newmark has given much to the world of open-source and free information in the past. Now the founder of craigslist and craigconnects is giving to the future of Wikipedia, which he says “is where facts go to live.”Newmark is giving one million dollars—the largest gift yet—to the Wikimedia Endowment, the fund announced earlier this year as a permanent source of funding to ensure Wikipedia thrives for generations to come.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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