January 16, 2021

Wikipedia Mobile Gets a Face Lift

From the Wikimedia Blog: This week we pushed several new and updated design changes to our beta. We hope these changes will provide a more professional look and a better experience for you. These include changes to the footer, a cleaner design for revealing and hiding sections, and a revamped full-screen search experience. The mechanism […]

Roundup: Twitter Acquires Posterous, Yahoo Sues Facebook, UK Gov Appoints Jimmy Wales as Adviser

1. Welcoming the Posterous team to the flock (via Twitter Blog) and Posterous Acquisition FAQ Posterous will continue online at least for time being. 2. Yahoo Suing Facebook Over Patent Infringement (via AllThingsD) Yahoo says Facebook infringed on 10 patents. 3. “Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy” (via The Telegraph) It’s an […]

CNN: Gingrich Spokesman Defends Wikipedia Edits

From a CNN’s Politicker Blog: As recently as last week, Newt Gingrich’s communications director has been criticized by editors on Wikipedia for dozens of edits he has made and requested in defense of his candidate. While some of the changes were minor, Joe DeSantis has removed or asked to remove factual references to Gingrich’s three […]

SOPA/PIPA and the Wikipedia Blackout

We would like to ENCOURAGE all INFOdocket readers to CONTACT their representatives in Congress and let them know that SOPA/PIPA is bad legislation. This post has articles and links to learn more about SOPA/PIPA. Those of you outside of the U.S. might want to take a look at this petition to the U.S. State Department. […]

Milestones: Wikipedia Turns 11 Today

From the Wikimedia Foundation Blog: Last year was a big one for Wikipedia, rounding out an incredible decade of growth and impact around the world. Over 450 parties took place across virtually every continent, and the world had an amazing storyto tell. Just a year later and we’ve already seen more milestones achieved and records […]

FT: "Wikipedia in Clash Over Editing Rights"

From the Financial Times: Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia co-founder, was on Friday invited to address around 50 employees at the Chime Communications-owned public relations agency by its co-founder, Lord Bell, after December’s sting by The Independent newspaper and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism recorded executives boasting of online manipulation and other “dark arts”. [Clip] “Our policy […]

Video: Wikipedia Discussed on C-SPAN's "Q&A" with William Buetler from The Wikipedian

From the C-SPAN Web Site: William Beutler Talked about his role as an editor, commentator and consultant for the Wikipedia website. Among the topics he addressed were potential problems, such as vandalism, which could be encountered on the website. He related the story of former USA Today editor John Seigenthaler’s battle to have malicious biography […]

New Research Article: "Understanding Collaboration in Wikipedia" (in Latest Issue of First Monday)

Title: Understanding collaboration in Wikipedia Author: Royce Kimmons (The University of Texas at Austin) Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral student in Instructional Technology Source: First Monday (Vol. 16 No. 12 – 5 December 2011) Abstract Previous attempts at studying collaboration within Wikipedia have focused on simple metrics like rigor (i.e. the number of revisions in […]

Enhancing Multilingual Content in Wikipedia: Learn About the WikiBasha Tool From Microsoft Research

From a Microsoft Research News Article: Making Wikipedia more multilingual inspired a Microsoft Research India team to develop a tool called WikiBhasha, which was launched Oct. 18. WikiBhasha—“Wiki,” signifying its community-oriented approach; “Bhasha,” a Sanskrit word meaning “language”—features a content-creation platform that combines linguistic services, such as machine translation, with a Wikipedia-friendly content editor. Everyday […]

Roundup: Jimmy Wales Speaks at Wikipedia Conference in India & Other Wikipedia Items

Reports from Wiki Conference India. Wikipedia rivals traditional encyclopedias in accuracy (Q & A Interview with Jimmy Wales, via Livemint) Wikipedia hosts India conference amid expansion push (via BBC News) Outside the campus a small group of protesters demonstrated against the depiction of the map of India on Wikipedia, which they say is an inaccurate […]