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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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March 2016 (blog version)
February 2016 (blog version)
January 2016 (blog version)
December 2015 (blog version)
November 2015 (blog version)
October 2015 (blog version)
September 2015 (blog version)
August 2015 (blog version)
July 2015 (blog version)
June 2015 (blog version)
May 2015 (blog version)
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


Wikimedia Highlights March 2016 lead image.jpg
"Magnfying_glass_book_globe.jpg" by João Silas, freely licensed under public domain/CC0; "Barbara_McClintock_(1902-1992).jpg" from the Smithsonian, public domain; "SXSW Guy Kawasaki Jimmy Wales.jpg" by Jeff Elder, public domain.

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

The new alchemy: turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists[edit]

Barbara McClintock (1902-1992).jpg
One of the many women scientist biographies Emily Temple-Wood has worked on is Barbara McClintock, a 1983 winner of the Nobel Prize. Photo from the Smithsonian, public domain.

Emily Temple-Wood is a biology undergraduate at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and the founder of the English Wikipedia's Women Scientists WikiProject. Her new project, which has now been covered by news sites around the world, smites trolls on the internet with positive punishment: for each harassing email she receives, she will create one Wikipedia article on a woman in science. Siko Bouterse, a former Wikimedia Foundation staff member, told the blog that Temple-Wood’s impact on the gender gap has been "epic":

it’s really important that she’s not just writing about white women scientists, she’s also working to address underrepresentation of women of color in Wikipedia and looking at other points of intersectionality as well. And perhaps most importantly, because we’re much stronger collectively than alone, Emily has taught and inspired others to do the same ... When I was a kid, I could count the number of women scientists I was aware of on one hand. But I know our daughters are going to have access to so much more free knowledge about scientists who look like them, thanks to Emily’s efforts, and that’s really powerful.

New completion suggester helps you find what you need on Wikimedia sites[edit]

Magnfying glass book globe.jpg
Photo by João Silas, freely licensed under public domain/CC0.

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has developed a tool that can help you find items even when you cannot remember how to spell the word you’re looking for. It has been activated on all Wikimedia sites with the exception of Wikidata. "Wikipedia users and readers on every Wikimedia site are now able to more easily find and discover content regardless of their preferred languages," says the WMF's Dan Garry. In total, the WMF believes completion suggester will be used in about 70 million queries per day.

Jimmy Wales tells South by Southwest that community is key to Wikipedia’s future[edit]

SXSW Guy Kawasaki Jimmy Wales.jpg
Photo by Jeff Elder, public domain.

Kawasaki asked Wales about the gender imbalance among Wikipedia editors. “It’s really important to make Wikipedia welcoming to women,” Wales said. Some of that can be addressed with a better interface and user experience, but the culture must also change, he said.

In brief[edit]

Andrew Sherman, Digital Communications Intern, Wikimedia Foundation

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