Wikimedia Highlights, January 2016

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Here are the highlights from the Wikimedia blog in January 2016.

Content Translation tool has now been used for 50,000 articles

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Content Translation session at Wikimania 2015. Photo by Amire80, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Content Translation is available as a beta feature for all logged-in users on 289 Wikipedias. A year after it was announced, the tool has been used by more than 11,000 editors to create more than 50,000 new articles.

You can share your comments and feedback about the Content Translation tool with the Wikimedia Language team at the project talk page.

Who edits Wikipedia?

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Seven Wikimedia editors are featured in this documentary video. Video uploaded by Giselle Bordoy WMAR, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Throughout 2015, Wikimedia Argentina conducted a series of interviews to meet the Wikimedia community in Argentina. What was the first article they wrote? What problems did they have? How was your approach to Wikimedia Argentina? These are just some of the questions this document tries to explain. The documentary premiered on January 15 as part of the celebrations of 15 years of Wikipedia.

“Wikipedia is a testament to what we can create together as a global community”: Sara Mörtsell

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Sara Mörtsell works with Wikimedia Sverige to educate schools on open knowledge. Photo by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The differences between “free” and “open” are nuanced, but can be vast. So how can a free schooling system make the most out of open knowledge and education? That’s where Sara Mörtsell comes in.

As the Education Manager for Wikimedia Sverige (WMSE), the Swedish Wikimedia chapter, Sara is responsible for training and encouraging educators and students on how best to incorporate Wikipedia into the learning process.

In brief

What are the most-edited articles through the English Wikipedia’s history?: The most-edited article this past year, Deaths in 2015, inspired 18,271 edits—more than 100 times the total that put creationism on top 15 years ago.
Wikimedia and zero rating: clear principles for free knowledge: The Wikimedia Foundation has an approach to zero rating that is believed to respect the fundamental values of the Wikimedia movement. This approach was first articulated in the Foundations Operating Principles, which are used in considering each Wikipedia Zero partnership.
WikipediansSpeak: Odia Wikisourcer shares her journey and goals: The most active editor on the Odia Wikisource is Pankajmala Sarangi, a native of Odisha who now lives in New Delhi, where she works at a non-profit. In this video interview Pankajmala shares her journey and her goals to grow the project and community as part of the “WikipediansSpeak” interview series.

Andrew Sherman, Digital Communications Intern, Wikimedia Foundation

Photo Montage credits: “Sara Mörtsell.jpg” by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.; “Wikimania_Translathon_20150718_162444.jpg” by Amire80, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.; “I_am_a_Wikipedian.webm” uploaded by Giselle Bordoy WMAR, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.; Collage by Andrew Sherman.

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