Technical news

  • [SmartWikiSearch] – Smart Wiki Search, a “concept similarity” search, tries to make your Wikipedia search experience better by finding other Wikipedia pages that discuss the same or similar concepts to the one you searched for.

Request for help

  • [New “labs” sites] – two new “labs” sites have been created to test out the flagged revisions and reader feedback extensions. In general, “Wikimedia Labs” is the name given to sites created to test out new extensions before they are used on Wikimedia wikis.
  • [GLAM-WIKI Recommendations] – now that the GLAM-WIKI conference is over, Liam Wyatt (the conference coordinator) has compiled a list of recommendations to “GLAM”, to Wikimedia, and to the government.  This list is based on the discussions and findings at the conference.
  • [WMES: Planning Reboot] – Wikimedia España, the planned Spanish chapter, has had a planning reboot. Join the mailing list if you’re interestd in creating a Spanish chapter.
  • [Chapcom membership update] – the Chapters committee (those charged with coordinating the chapters, especially with getting new chapters started) welcomes two new members.  Milos Rancic and Lodewijk Gelauff replace the seats of Carlos Barcenilla and Michael Bimmler, who recently resigned.
  • [Wikimedia Belgium Meeting] – Wikimedia Belgium, the proposed Belgian chapter, had a coordination meeting on August 28. The English and French minutes are available.



  • [Wikimania 2009] – a pre-Wikimania article about Wikimania 2009 and the Wikimania idea.
  • [Inkblot Poster] – remember the controversy on the English Wikipedia because there were copies of the Rorschach inkblot tests in the article?  Well, according to the New York Times, te doctor who helped publish the 10 inkblots is being investigated by his local doctors? organization after it received complaints that his actions were unprofessional.


Other news

  • [Wikipedia Diver] – a new Firefox add-on gives you a visual history of everywhere you’ve been on Wikipedia, and organizes it down to the day, order, and session in which you visited the sites, making it easy to revisit old entries.
  • [Citizendium founder ready to leave] – Larry Sanger, the founder of Citizendium (another encyclopedia created to rival Wikipedia) and one of the first contributors to Wikipedia, is ready to leave his project and move on.

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