2019

  1. New testing ground for Wikibase: A federal agency goes on an expedition in the Wiki universe

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    The German National Library and Wikimedia Deutschland are breaking new ground together. For years, Wikipedia volunteers have helped to link entries of the German national bibliography with Wikipedia entries and to correct mistakes. The two institutions have now agreed to jointly test the potential of Wikibase, the software used to run the free database Wikidata, for use in the largest standards da … Weiterlesen

  2. Free Knowledge: Hard-won Impact at the European Level

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    Lobbying efforts for Free Knowledge are showing prominent effect in the EU copyright reform: Making digitised cultural heritage accessible will be safer in future, and in several places it has been possible to mitigate or eliminate expected negative side effects of the reform. … Weiterlesen

  3. 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

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

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    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

  5. 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

  6. 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