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Celtic Knot 2020: Wikimedia’s language conference went digital

In July the online language conference Celtic Knot 2020 took place. Organised by Wikimedia UK and WIkimedia Ireland, and supported by Wikimedia Germany, the conference was a forum for the support of Wikipedias in minority languages. The conference brought together 60 participants who share a passion for language on the Wikimedia projects and the ways in which Wikidata helps strengthen these.

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Visiting Wikimedian 2020 Alice Kibombo

Ah, to be the Visiting Wikimedian! Being in its fifth year, I believe this role has been sufficiently explained by my predecessors so perhaps what remains is to share with you my experience.

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Wikidata weekend: The community meets for virtual hacking

In June, the virtual Wikidata weekend took place where 30 members of the Wikidata community met to get to know Wikidata and support each other in programming with open data. We introduce some of the participants and their projects.

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Wiki Loves Pride – supporting LGBT* content across Wikimedia projects

Wiki Loves Pride! The vision of Wikimedia is a world where every single person can free share in the sum …

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Getting started with Wikibase

Wikibase is the free and customizable knowledge base that drives Wikidata. It’s perfect for setting up open archives that serve GLAM institutions*, libraries and databases for scientists as well as anyone else working with large datasets. To make installing and setting up Wikibase easier, we’ve added a lot of new information on our Wikibase website to help users with the process.

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Wikimedia Germany stands behind Black Lives Matter worldwide

The murder of George Floyd has caused shock and protests worldwide. Racism, discrimination and institutionalized violence are also major problems in Germany. Wikimedia Germany supports the Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative on Black Lives Matter and is committed to justice and free access to information for all.

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The Recommendations for the Future of the Wikimedia Movement are here!

Today, the recommendations for the implementation of the 2018 strategic direction of the Wikimedia Movement were published. They are the result of almost two years of intensive work by nine working groups with diverse membership, including several feedback rounds and iterations. This concludes the second phase of the international Wikimedia strategy process “Wikimedia 2030”. The recommendations present how the movement should implement the strategic direction in concrete terms.

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Tech for Good? Only with Open Data!

Many technological initiatives are currently being developed to deal with the Corona crisis. By using open data, the programs and Apps will be transparent and accessible to everyone. This ensures that citizens benefit from the innovations. One such knowledge platform with open data is Wikidata.

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Wanted: Test Prototypes for Wikipedia and Wikidata

Wikimedia Deutschland not only supports the community of volunteers who are active on Wikipedia and its sister projects. The team software development also works to improve the technology behind the projects. You can now help to make it better.

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Could you wikify an authority file? Wikibase has been evaluated for the Integrated Authority File (GND)

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. and the German National Library (DNB) have jointly evaluated the suitability of Wikibase as software for the Integrated Authority File (GND) in recent months. The proof of concept examines whether Wikibase – the software behind Wikidata – would simplify collaboration with libraries and various communities. Barbara Fischer, liaison counsel at the Office for Library Standards (AfS) der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek and Jens Ohlig of Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. present the results in a discussion:

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Do you speak data? Wikidata as the Open Internet’s universal language

Languages are powerful instruments to create community, share knowledge and preserve heritage. Also in technology, language is important to store and share information, be it for education, on social platforms, or with voice assistants. Yet, some smaller languages are increasingly under threat of disappearing. That’s why Wikidata strives to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism in the Wikimedia projects and beyond.

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

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 database for cultural data in German-speaking countries, the Integrated Authority File (Gemeinsame Normdatei, GND).

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Free Knowledge: Hard-won Impact at the European Level

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.

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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.

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Lexicographical data on Wikidata: Words, words, words

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 Wikidata a polyglot knowledge base that speaks your language. Expanding Wikidata to deal with languages is an exciting new application.

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