Year: 2011 Week: 4 Number: 123

When you thought you were relieved of it…


Technical news

Request for help

  • [Keep your news clippings] – Do you see an article about Wikipedia in a newspaper or other printed media? Keep it. Contact your local chapter (if it exists) to ask if they can keep it safe for your local community. When there is no chapter, just keep it yourself — especially if you are from a small language Wikipedia. Every article that appears in print is something to collect.



  • [StrataConf 2011] – February 1-3, 2011, Santa Clara, California — Many Wikimedians will be attending the O’Reilly conference, and there will be a an informal meetup with foundation staff member Erik Zachte on Wikimedia Data.
  • [FOSDEM] – February 5-6, Brussels, Belgium — Tomasz Finc, Arthur Richards, and Roan Kattouw will be at FOSDEM 2011 this year. They will be speaking about data collection at Wikimedia.



Other news

  • [Translating EN WP] – A common misconception is that the many language editions of Wikipedia are actually translations of the English Wikipedia. In the case of Thai, however, this is correct. “Asia Online” created a complete translation of EN Wikipedia to the Thai language. This was done through advanced machine translation and a staff of 10 proofreaders.

Did you know … 

… there are two Spanish language “Wikipedias”?

The ES Wikipedia forked to an independent project in the early days of Wikipedia: “Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español”. At first the new project was very successful, but ES Wikipedia overtook the fork in 2004. A couple of days ago the Spanish language Wikipedia passed the 700,000 article mark and remains the 7th largest Wikipedia. The fork is still bravely working on their own version and has a respectable 46,000 articles. It would be 53th largest Wikipedia if it were part of our club.

http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/lang/de/2011/01/15/spanish_fork/ — read me; long interview with Edgar Enyedy, early ES Wikipedia about the fork and Wikipedia


“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”


Editor(s): Walter , Corrector(s): Casey, Alex  , Thanks to: Dennis Tobar, Jan M. Von Sitel, Platonides 
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Year: 2011 Week: 2 Number: 122


[Wikipedia-day] – Once more it is almost the most important holiday of the year: Wikipedia day. Now Saturday we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project. The start of the very first Wikipedia, the English language Wikipedia.

But this is also a day of celebration for all the other many projects and language editions who form the Wikimedia-family;
Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Commons
10 years. 400 million unique visitors a month. 80,000 active volunteer editors. 17 million articles (wikipedia’s only). A very successful fundraiser ( $US  16 million).
Time to celebrate!  –  And how to do that?  – With a special celebration-wiki;
There are many Wikimeets and events world-wide. Check the celebration-wiki for an event near you. Wikipedia will also come these day extra in the news so watch those news reports on TV and newspapers to see what the traditional media write about our project.
Wikimedia news
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
That’s our commitment.
Jimmy Wales


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