Wikimedia

  • Wikimedia Attacks Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission

    Wikimedia Attacks Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling As Threat To Its Mission

    The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind Wikipedia, has strongly condemned the recent right to be forgotten (rtbf) ruling in Europe, warning the requirement to allow private individuals to request the de-indexing of links from search results associated with their name is going to have “critical repercussions” for its online crowdsourced encyclopedia. Read More

  • Wikimedia Launches Its Crowdsourced Wikivoyage Online Travel Guide

    Wikimedia Launches Its Crowdsourced Wikivoyage Online Travel Guide

    The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit parent organization of Wikipedia, just officially launched its twelfth official project: Wikivoyage. The new site, which was already in beta for a while and has a bit of a tumultuous history, is a free online travel guide that, just like Wikipedia, is edited collaboratively. It currently features about 50,000 articles and has attracted a core group of… Read More

  • Wikimedia Foundation Raises $25M In Donations Over 9 Days

    Wikimedia Foundation Raises $25M In Donations Over 9 Days

    Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it raised $25 million from more than 1.2 million donors during its 2012 fundraiser, which ran on English-language Wikipedia in five countries (the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand) for nine full days, a decrease in time from Wikipedia’s 2011 fundraiser, which was 46 days and raised $20 million. Another donation drive will… Read More

  • Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikipedia and all of its related projects are obviously driven by the work of thousands of volunteers. Interestingly, though, while Wikipedia runs on top of an open-source stack, it’s been traditionally very hard for volunteers to help the organization run its sites. Most of that work is currently done by paid employees. For about a year and a half, though, the Wikimedia Foundation… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikidata, the first new project to emerge from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006, is now beginning development. The organization, known best for its user-edited encyclopedia of knowledge Wikipedia, recently announced the new project at February’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin, describing Wikidata as new effort to provide a database of knowledge that can be read… Read More

  • Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors

    Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors

    Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they’ve raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again. The organization says donations have risen every year since its global fundraising campaigns began in 2003. Wikimedia Foundation claims its sites now serve more than 470… Read More

  • The State Of Wikipedia (Video + Infographic)

    The State Of Wikipedia (Video + Infographic)

    Wikipedia just celebrated its tenth birthday. As a self-proclaimed fan of the site, I wanted to share with you this video, made for the occasion as Wikipedia enters its second decade. The ‘State Of Wikipedia’ video is part of the ‘State Of’ series made by interactive agency from JESS3, and is narrated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. Read More

  • Wikipedia Still $1M Short Of Fundraising Goal For 2010 (And Why I Donated)

    Wikipedia Still $1M Short Of Fundraising Goal For 2010 (And Why I Donated)

    It’s the last day of the year, according to the Gregorian calendar at least, which prompted me to do some research on how well Wikipedia’s fundraising efforts for 2010 were going. As you may have heard, the Wikimedia Foundation is trying to scrape together $16 million from user and supporter donations to fund its strategic plans for 2011 (PDF). The contribution campaign… Read More

  • Wikipedia Gets A Revamp, Better Search And Navigation – And An Updated Logo

    Wikipedia Gets A Revamp, Better Search And Navigation – And An Updated Logo

    Wikipedia is easily one of the most visited sites in the world, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. This morning, the Wikimedia Foundation announced a number of changes it has made to make the experience for visitors and contributors better. Most apparent is the new look and feel, which includes a refreshed puzzle globe logo, which was originally created… Read More

  • Wikipedia And PediaPress Now Allow You To Create Books From Content In English

    Wikipedia And PediaPress Now Allow You To Create Books From Content In English

    Last year, we reported that the Wikimedia Foundation and PediaPress had partnered to allow you to assemble your own wiki pages from Wikipedia and print them out in book form. Today, the feature is being extended to the English language and all U.S. users. Previously the ability to create books from the English version of Wikipedia was exclusive to signed in users, because of scalability issues. Read More

  • Print Your Favorite Wikipedia Articles As Books, Courtesy Of PediaPress

    Print Your Favorite Wikipedia Articles As Books, Courtesy Of PediaPress

    Did you know that you can assemble your own wiki pages from Wikipedia and print them out in book form? You can, for a while now, thanks to a partnership between Wikimedia Foundation and a German startup called PediaPress. Last week, the wiki-to-print feature was activated for six more languages besides German but as of yesterday the functionality is also being tested on the regular English… Read More

  • German Politician Blocks Local Wikipedia

    German Politician Blocks Local Wikipedia

    This is the image that comes up when people try to access Wikipedia.de, which used to be forwarded to Wikipedia.org. It reads: The county court of Luebeck (North Germany) has issued an order in the name of Lutz Heilmann, Member of Parliament (left party/post-communist) that the German Wikipedia (Wikimedia e.V.) must not allow linking its domain wikipedia.de to the Web site wikipedia.org, as… Read More

  • Wikimedia draws flack for felon COO

    Wikimedia draws flack for felon COO

    Details recently emerged that Wikimedia interim COO Carolyn Doran was a felon responsible for a 2004 hit-and-run and multiple DUIs across various states. She also had prior thievery charges, was responsible for writing bad checks, credit card fraud and once shot a boyfriend in the chest. Oh and her late husband drowned on their honeymoon. Sounds like something from a movie. At any rate, all… Read More

  • Wikipedia Hits Mid Life Slow Down

    Wikipedia Hits Mid Life Slow Down

    We posted yesterday on the move by the Wikimedia Foundation to relocate from Florida to San Francisco, but aside from the obvious conclusions that the move would allow Wikimedia to tap into the superior developer community out West, there may be another reason as well: a mid life slow down. It’s tempting to call it a mid-life crisis, but it’s far too bland for that label. Robert… Read More

  • Wikimedia Is Moving Out West

    Wikimedia Is Moving Out West

    The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, along with Wiktionary, Wikibooks, WikiNews, Wikispecies, and other peer-produced content sites, is moving its headquarters from St. Petersburg, Florida to San Francisco in January. It should have an easier time recruiting Web developers and engineers, and will be closer to its for-profit sibling, Wikia, which is based in San Mateo. Founder… Read More