The first article has been submitted in Google’s challenge to translate articles for the Setswana Wikipedia:
Around 130 participants have been trained to attend the competition in Botswana. The grand prize, sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation, is an all-expenses paid trip to attend Wikimania 2012 in Washington D.C.!
Asaf Bartov, Head of Global South Relationships
The October 2011 Coding Challenge has begun! Programmers are invited to enhance MediaWiki, the software that powers Wikipedia, by one of the following features:
- Mobile Photo Upload - upload images and video via smartphone
- Making Wikipedia More Alive - surface change in real-time
- Wikipedia Slideshow - showcase Wikipedia’s beautiful multimedia
After less than a day, 500 contestants from 80 countries had already signed up to participate, but submissions are still welcome until November 7.
An article in the journal of the International Society for Fungal Conservation calls upon its member to become involved in Wikipedia (“Raising the profile of fungi on the Internet: editing Wikipedia” PDF, p. 54-60).
A young filmmaker from Saudi Arabia produced this video which explains how to participate in the Arabic Wikipedia. (click “CC” for English subtitles)
Queen Rania of Jordan highlights it: “154,000 Arabic Wikipedia entries. 374m Arabs! How can we learn when we don’t share what we know? Yalla, wikiArabic!” The Arabic Wikipedia can be found at ar.wikipedia.org.
Today we are starting the Wikimedia “participation progress log”, a series of very short postings highlighting news, progress and activities related to sustaining and increasing editor participation in Wikipedia. This is one of the two priorities of the Wikimedia Foundation’s 2011/12 annual plan. Follow this channel on the Wikimedia blog, on Tumblr or on Wikipedia itself to stay updated on what is going on in the Wikimedia movement to address this challenge, and to find possibilities for getting involved. Jay Walsh, Communications