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.
Wikipedia turned fourteen years old on January 15, 2015. On that same day, the Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community were honored with the prestigious Erasmus Prize -- one of Europe’s most distinguished recognitions. We are very grateful to the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for this award.
Building an encyclopedia requires working together, even when topics are difficult. US Navy Photo by Johansen Laurel. Public domain.
The debates on Wikipedia about the Gamergate controversy have been heated. At times, contributors on various sides of the debate have violated Wikipedia’s standards of civility. The Wikimedia Foundation believes inclusion and diversity are essential to achieving the mission of free knowledge, and that civil discourse is key to making that happen.
High school student Jack Andraka talks about how Wikipedia enabled his research to find a test for pancreatic cancer.
You can also view this video on YouTube.com and Vimeo.com — or watch his full speech from Wikimania 2014 in London here.
After a family member died from pancreatic cancer, high school student Jack Andraka set out to find a cure for the disease, using Wikipedia as a primary reference for this research. His fast, inexpensive test may someday be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer.
Wellcome Images provide free public access to their digital collection online, covering topics from medical and social history to current healthcare and biomedical science. The high resolution photographs and scans they just donated are used to illustrate a wide range of Wikipedia articles such as disease, art history, cartoons, sexuality and biographies. This collection can be browsed here on Wikimedia Commons.
A new training program in the Czech Republic shows senior citizens how to edit Wikipedia. Here are some of the lessons learned from three separate weekly classes held in Prague last year. After learning how Wikipedia works and how to edit it, participants edited a wide range of articles -- and about half of the registered senior citizens continued to edit after the program ended.
Wikimedia Foundation’s Language Engineering team announced the first version of Content Translation on Wikipedia. This new tool makes it easy to translate articles from one language to another. It is now available as a beta feature in 8 different languages.