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Back to the future: for a free, open Internet

Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the decentralised network Mastodon has become more and more popular. This is an opportunity for the web and for democracy – because it demonstrates that, alongside commercial platforms, there is also a desire for a free, open Internet.

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Happy Birthday Wikidata!

Wikidata, the largest free knowledge database in the world, turns ten today. Around the world, the community is celebrating its heartfelt project! Wikimedia Deutschland also congratulates all the people who have made Wikidata the unique collaborative project it is today.

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Wikidata birthday: “We started programming with 12 people”

10 years ago, a group of twelve people in Berlin laid the foundation for what is now the world’s largest free knowledge database: Wikidata was launched on October 29, 2012. Lydia Pintscher was there at the time. In this interview, she tells us how it all began and where the data journey for Wikidata could still go.

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Wikidata exceeds 100 million entries

The free knowledge database Wikidata, which serves among other things as a source for the more than 300 language versions of Wikipedia, has reached the mark of 100 million items (read: data objects). In addition, the 10th birthday of the knowledge database is coming up this week. This prompted us to talk to Lydia Pintscher, Wikidata product manager at Wikimedia Deutschland.

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The Impact of Wikidata and its Community – Part 2

Soon Wikidata is celebrating its tenth birthday. With this incredible milestone ahead, we wanted to know more about what made Wikidata the collaborative project it is today.

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The Impact of Wikidata and its Community – Part 1

With Wikidata’s 10 year anniversary on the horizon, we take the opportunity to look at what made Wikidata the collaborative project it is today.

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Wikidata & Tools: the Story of a Crafty Community

10 years after its founding, Wikidata is the largest open knowledge database in the world. One of the reasons for this success is the probably unbridled ingenuity of the community, especially when it comes to tools and hacks. Today we present some exciting tools.

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Global Civil Society Coalition Promotes Access to Knowledge

Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. is part of a group of civil society organizations from all around the globe that promotes access to, and use of, knowledge, the Access to Knowledge or A2K Coalition. This week, we are launching our coalition website with demands for education, research and cultural heritage.

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10 Years of Wikidata – Part 2

Wikidata is approaching its tenth birthday and to celebrate this incredible milestone, we wanted to know more about the editors who made Wikidata the collaborative project it is today. There are countless stories to tell, as well as countless projects to describe – from the occasional clean-up made by one contributor on a very limited set of Items, to the bigger Wikiprojects who created new data models for all to follow, to outreach collaborations with GLAMs and cultural institutions.

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10 Years of Wikidata – Part 1

Wikidata is approaching its tenth birthday and to celebrate this incredible milestone we wanted to know more about the editors who made Wikidata the collaborative project it is today. There are countless stories to tell as well as countless projects to describe – from the occasional clean-up made by one contributor on a very limited set of Items, to bigger Wikiprojects who created new data models for all to follow, to outreach collaborations with GLAMs and cultural institutions.

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Open and Equitable – Questions on how to handle digital copies in collections from colonial contexts (Part IV)

In a dialogue with the Brücke-Museum Berlin, we learn about the challenges of digitizing objects with colonial backgrounds and publishing these digitized items. The 4th part of our blog series is a report from the field, and shows how parts of the ethnographic Schmidt-Rottluff collection are made accessible to a broad public thanks to Wikimedia Commons.

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Open and Equitable – Questions on how to handle digital copies in collections from colonial contexts (Part III)

In part 3 of our blog series on colonial collections we feature an expert interview with Andrea Wallace on the legal and ethical issues around digitisation and open data. The restitution process depends on digitisation to achieve transparency, but who should own and make decisions about the digital surrogates and intellectual property produced?

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Wikimedia Deutschland gets dual leadership

From August 2022, Franziska Heine and Christian Humborg will lead the non-profit association as joint Executive Directors, with a woman on the association’s Executive Board for the very first time. No other movement combines expertise in free digital software with the expertise needed for an open digital civil society.

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Help protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

Help protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritage – one Wikipedia entry at a time

An initiative by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Wikimedia Switzerland wants to help save Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage. And anyone can support from their own laptop. In this interview, the ICOM team talks about the project and the situation in Afghanistan.

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Nairobi National Museum

Open and Fair! Questions on how to handle digital copies in collections from colonial contexts (Part 2)

Securing access to cultural heritage is a central concern of Wikimedia – and the digitized copies of collections in museums are one of the prerequisites for free knowledge – for example in Wikipedia. How to handle objects from the colonial past is of particular importance in this context. Part 2 of a series of blog posts.

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