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The monthly Wikimedia Highlights summarize the most notable WMF activities and other movement news from the Wikimedia blog. The intention is to provide value for those readers who might not have the time to read the entire blog, and to facilitate translations.

The Wikimedia Highlights were started in 2011 as a combination of the most notable aspects of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation report and the Wikimedia engineering report (including basic financial and traffic data) with a brief selection of other important events in the Wikimedia movement during that month. Following the growth of the Wikimedia blog in scope and coverage, and with the Foundation's reporting switching from a monthly to a quarterly publication schedule, the Wikimedia Highlights now (since the October 2014 issue) focus on summarizing news from the Wikimedia blog entirely.

Each new issue is posted on the movement-wide announcement list WikimediaAnnounce-l and on the blog of the Wikimedia Foundation (RSS). You can also subscribe here to get a summary message delivered to your user talk page on any Wikimedia project right after each issue is published.

Previous issues
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April 2015 (blog version)
March 2015 (blog version)
February 2015 (blog version)
January 2015 (blog version)
December 2014 (blog version)
November 2014 (blog version)
October 2014 (blog version)
September 2014 (blog version)
August 2014 (blog version)
July 2014 (blog version)
June 2014 (blog version)
May 2014 (blog version)
April 2014 (blog version)
March 2014 (blog version)
February 2014 (blog version)
January 2014 (blog version)
December 2013 (blog version)
November 2013 (blog version)
October 2013 (blog version)
September 2013 (blog version)
August 2013 (blog version)
July 2013 (blog version)
June 2013 (blog version)
May 2013 (blog version)
April 2013 (blog version)
March 2013 (blog version)
February 2013 (blog version)
January 2013 (blog version)
December 2012 (blog version)
November 2012 (blog version)
October 2012 (blog version)
September 2012 (blog version)
August 2012 (blog version)
July 2012 (blog version)
June 2012 (blog version)
May 2012 (blog version)
April 2012 (blog version)
March 2012 (blog version)
February 2012 (blog version)
January 2012 (blog version)
December 2011 (blog version)
November 2011 (blog version)
October 2011 (blog version)
September 2011 (blog version)
Last issue

Here are the highlights from the Wikimedia blog in April 2015.

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"Is Wikipedia a dance?" video by Michael Epaka, CC BY-SA 4.0. Roger Moore photo by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0. Freedom of Panorama map by Quibik, CC BY-SA 3.0. "Wiki Loves Earth" photo by Mikipons, CC BY-SA 3.0. Mexican Edit-a-thon photo by Thelmadatter, CC BY-SA 4.0. Collage by Andrew Sherman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

New features on Wikipedia iOS app help readers access, explore, and share knowledge

You can now share a fact from Wikipedia with friends on social networks, as shown here. Video by Victor Grigas also on YouTube and Vimeo, CC BY-SA 3.0.
The updated Wikipedia iOS app lets you easily share facts with friends from your iPhone or iPad. Other new features include large images at the top of every article, improved search, and suggestions for further discovery. Download it today!

Wiki Learning holds massive edit-a-thon at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City

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Students upload photos on Day 2 of the edit a thon at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de Mèxico. Photo by Thelmadatter, CC BY-SA 4.0.
In March 2015, Tec de Monterrey's Education Program (Wiki Learning) held a three-day edit-a-thon on three campuses in Mexico City. Nearly 300 students participated, creating or editing over 200 articles on Spanish Wikipedia. They also uploaded hundreds of photos, as well as 27 informative radio programs.

The first Wikipedia TV spots and awareness campaign in Cameroon (VIDEO)

Watch this fun TV spot: “Wikipedia? Isn’t that a new dance?” Video by Michael Epaka also on YouTube, CC BY-SA 4.0
The first television spots for Wikipedia in Cameroon were created as part of a campaign designed to raise awareness of Wikipedia in this western African country, where the use and awareness of Wikipedia has been historically low. Iolanda Pensa, researcher at University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and former scientific director for WikiAfrica, produced this awareness campaign, along with Mike Epacka and others at doual’art, a non profit cultural organization based in Douala, Cameroon.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

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British photographer Allan Warren's portrait of Roger Moore (above). Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.
British photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

Introducing the new Wikipedia store

Jerry Kim
“Free Knowledge t-shirt”. Photo by Nirzar Pangarkar, CC BY-SA 4.0.
The brand new Wikipedia store now features many new items, such as pencils that can be planted and will grow into sage, marigold, or basil. New t-shirt designs and other amazing offerings have also been added to the store. All sales support the Wikipedia community.

A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

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A map of the European Continent. Map by Quibik, CC BY-SA 3.0.
European copyright laws are very complex, as shown in this map: only countries highlighted in green allow taking pictures of buildings in public places -- a law known as "freedom of panorama." Free knowledge advocates are asking that all European Union countries adopt this law. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

Join Wiki Loves Earth 2015: help capture our natural heritage

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Wiki Loves Earth features exceptional photos of national resources from around the world, such as this image of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, Spain — which was selected as one of last year’s winners. Photo by Mikipons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Wiki Loves Earth 2015 started on May 1st, and invites you to contribute photos about the world's natural heritage. This international photo contest is organized by the Wikimedia community, with the help of its Ukrainian and Polish chapters. We hope you will participate!

Andrew Sherman, Digital Communications Intern, Wikimedia Foundation