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24 Hours of Open Data – The Wikidata Birthday Meetup

Wikidata celebrated its 8th birthday, and as every year the decentralized birthday celebrations brought together a community from all around the globe. This year, the community experimented with a new format: a 24 hours-long online call with different workshops and talks.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jung-Software-Entwicklerin und Autorin Ebba Aniansson

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.

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Charles J Sharp, Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) Tswalu, CC BY-SA 4.0

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

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.

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Wikipedia in the European Year of Cultural Heritage

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

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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.

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

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.

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Südfassade der Bibliotheca Alexandrina, die mit Schriftzeichen aller Schriftarten verziert ist; Kostas Kokkinos from Athens, Greece, Words on a Wall, CC BY-SA 2.0

UNESCO calls for participation: Recommendations on Open Educational Resources

Until June 1st 2018, UNESCO invites you to comment on its first draft recommendation to its member states on Open Educational Resources online. Why we are involved and why it matters.

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Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., Wikimedia Conference 2018, Group photo (2), CC BY-SA 4.0

Free Knowledge Worldwide: The Faces behind Wikimedia – Part 1

For many people, Free Knowlege is mostly synonymous with Wikipedia. Worldwide, tens of thousands of people, from volunteer communities to staff, work tirelessly to give even more people more access to more knowlege. At this year’s Wikimedia Conference, the annual meeting of the Wikimedia Movement, we interviewed some of them about their commitment to Free Knowlege.

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The countdown to WMCON 2018 is on!

The Wikimedia Conference is the annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement. Now we’re ready to share the first edition of a program full of varied and participative sessions: The preliminary program has been published on Meta.

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