1. Data is the new groundwater!

    Data debates usually only revolve around who can earn money with data and how. Unfortunately, that leaves out a lot of important questions for Free Knowledge: Who should benefit from public data and its processing? How can the protection and preservation of data be ensured? Much more needs to be said about the common good in data policy. We therefore propose a new data metaphor. … Weiterlesen

  2. Lexicographical data on Wikidata: Words, words, words

    Photo: https://pixabay.com/vectors/hello-languages-word-cloud-foreign-3791381/

    Language is what makes our world beautiful, diverse, and complicated. Wikidata is a multilingual project, serving the more than 300 languages of the Wikimedia projects. This multilinguality at the core of Wikidata means that right from the start, every Item about a piece of knowledge in the world and every property to describe that Item can have a label in one of the languages we support, making W … Weiterlesen

  3. Final stretch at Wiki Loves Monuments

    People from over 40 countries are taking part in this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition with tens of thousands of pictures. More and more cultural institutions see the added value in opening up to free digital knowledge projects such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Deutschland supports this opening process with a wide variety of projects. … Weiterlesen

  4. Wikipedia Day: “An unexpected huge success”

    For the first time, Wikimedia communities and organisations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland jointly invited to a local Wikipedia day. We knew that people would like to look behind the scenes of the online encyclopedia. But the actual rush surprised us all.  … Weiterlesen

  5. Many Faces of Wikibase: Lingua Libre makes [ˈlæŋ̩ɡwɪdʒəz] audible

    Languages and multilinguality have always been an important part of the Wikimedia projects. A project called “Lingua Libre” now aims to make languages and their sound freely available as structured metadata. WMDE’s Jens Ohlig spoke to Antoine Lamielle, Lead developer of Lingua Libre, about the project and its use of the Wikibase software.  … Weiterlesen

  6. Inside WMDE: A young developer reports

    Young software developer Ebba Aniansson spent six months as an intern at WMDE. Now she shares what she learned and experienced.  … Weiterlesen

  7. Where did that paragraph go? This software change helps volunteers hold up Wikipedia’s high quality

    Charles J Sharp (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meerkat_(Suricata_suricatta)_Tswalu.jpg), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

    High quality and reliability of content are at the heart of Wikipedia, but this requires a massive collaborative effort. Recent technical improvements have made the process easier. … Weiterlesen

  8. Wikipedia in the European Year of Cultural Heritage

    Martin Kraft (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MK_30955-71_Kloster_Eberbach_Dachstuhl.jpg), „MK 30955-71 Kloster Eberbach Dachstuhl“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode

    Everyone knows Wikipedia, but have you ever heard about Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM)? … Weiterlesen

  9. A Stage-Win for All of Us

    Today, the European Parliament voted against a controversial draft Copyright Directive. Thrilling to the end, finally 328 against 278 with 31 abstentions. The road so far and what’s still at stake. … Weiterlesen

  10. Tools for Wikipedians: Keeping track of what’s going on on Wikidata from Wikipedia

    Rawpixel (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vintage_illustrations_by_Miss_May_Rivers_digitally_enhanced_by_rawpixel_109.jpg), „Vintage illustrations by Miss May Rivers digitally enhanced by rawpixel 109“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

    Wikipedians see editing articles as their craft. As anyone who takes pride in their craft knows, a well-equipped tool belt can make a difference. Time to look at some tools related to Wikidata that may help you in your everyday life on Wikipedia. … Weiterlesen