All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘wikipedia’

Wikipedia Gets More Location-Friendly

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced the launch of a new GeoData extension to usher in “a new age of geotagging on Wikipedia”. Roughly translated, Wikipedia will be getting a lot more useful at the location level. The extension for MediaWiki adds coordinates to articles to be stored separately in the database, as opposed to in wiki markup, which the foundation …

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Wikipedia Moves To Ashburn, Virginia

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it is transitioning its main technical operations from a data center in Tampa to one in Ashburn, Virginia, in move it says will improve the technical performance and reliability for all its sites, including Wikipedia. “Wikimedia sites have been hosted in our main data center in Tampa, Florida, since 2004; before that, the couple …

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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide

The Wikimedia Foundation has launched Wikivoyage, which brings a Wikipedia-like element to travel. It’s a free travel guide, which is freely editable, and was built by volunteers. Naturally, it has a very Wikipedia-like look and feel: While it is a new project for Wikipedia, Wikivoyage has actually been around for about seven years. As the foundation explains, it has been …

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Cards Against Humanity Gives $70,000 of Holiday Pack Profit to Wikipedia

There are plenty of reasons to love the guys behind the popular party game Cards Against Humanity. First, the game itself is awesome and probably one of the most-fun party games to come out in recent memory. It’s like playing Apples to Apples but every card you get in Cards Against Humanity is like the coveted “Adolf Hitler” and “Helen …

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Psychos Are Keeping Jimmy Wales From Voting

Someone on Quora recently asked who Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would be voting for in the upcoming election. His answer may surprise you. He won’t be voting. That’s not because he doesn’t care about voting, mind you. It’s not because he has no vested interest in who the President of the United States is. He simply doesn’t want to register …

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Wikipedia Gives Its Mobile Site New Type, Layout

Free online encyclopedia Wikipedia has just announced a major redesign to their mobile site, which brings features that have been tested in beta to the masses. This includes a navigational update to help with content exploration and a typographical update to help with readability. “The new navigation system is designed to make mobile features and settings more discoverable, paving the …

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Wikipedia Goes Down: Internet Freaks Out

Update: Wikipedia now appears to be back in working order. Either way, this was quite a reminder of just how much the Internet has come to rely on Wikipedia. What a scare! As Cinderella once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone.” Wikipedia is down right now, and people are not realizing how much they depend on …

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Google Isn’t Getting Freshness Right, Despite Increased Emphasis

A study has come out from Conductor, indicating that one in five Google Knowledge Graph entries for trending keywords are outdated. Do you think Google is doing a good job at delivering fresh results when relevant? Share your feedback in the comments. Google announced Knowledge Graph last month, with a great deal of hype. Google seems to consider it one …

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Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles

As part of Wikipedia’s goal to reverse the decrease in input from the site’s editors and actually increase the pool of editors to 200,000 within the next three years, the world’s most popular encyclopedia has launched a new and simplified editor that the website hopes will encourage more contributions from users. The goal of the new “visual editor” lets potential …

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Wikipedia Registers 11 New Domain Names

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has just registered 11 new domain names in the past day. Usually moves like this indicate upcoming projects, especially because Wikipedia does not have a history of regularly registering new domain names. Here is a list of the new domain names registered by Wikipedia; voyagewiki.com voyagewiki.org wikguide.org wikicompass.org wikidestination.org wikiguidebook.org wikiholiday.org wikilocale.org …

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WikiWars Is Your Link-Based Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

In times of unyielding, epic boredom, my nerdiest groups of friends and I used to play a game we called “Random Connections.” The game was simple: a moderator chose two seemingly unrelated things – they could be physical items, people, places, or even abstract concepts. The goal was to connect the two random entities using a fewer amount of connections …

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Monmouthpedia Becomes the First Wikipedia Town

You can chalk this one up in the “worst ideas in the world” column. It seems the town of Monmouth Wales, has become the first “Wikipedia town”, according to PC Magazine. What this basically means, is that there will be QR codes posted on the front of buildings around the town that you scan with your phone and Wikipedia gives …

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