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This page is a translated version of the page Wikimedia Highlights, October 2014 and the translation is 25% complete.

New "Nearby" function in Wikipedia apps shows articles around you

Screenshot of "Nearby" in the Android app

The mobile Wikipedia apps for Android and iOS added a "Nearby" feature in October. It retrieves a list of Wikipedia articles near the user's current location and shows their relative distance. A compass arrow points to the direction for each location and updates as one moves. A single tap on an entry opens the article for reading, and a long press opens a map view.


维基媒体基金会法律团队宣布从10月24日起,所有维基媒体项目标志都将在维基共享资源使用自由版权协议,即知识共享 署名-相同方式共享 3.0(CC BY-SA 3.0)授权。在过去,很多维基共享资源上的维基媒体项目标志由于历史原因并未标示为CC BY-SA 3.0。自2013年起,法律团队对版权状态进行了一次复审,并与很多这些标志的设计者一起工作取得了完整的历史,最终标志被重新授权。

Using offline Wikipedia to guide tourists in Antarctica

A portrait on the Wikimedia blog decribed how Hans Oleander, a tour guide on expeditions in Antarctica, uses an offline version of Wikipedia with the Kiwix software. It enables him to quickly research facts in an area with no Internet access, to prepare lectures and answer a wide range of questions from tourists about Antarctica.

Presentation slides describing the new Structured Data project

Structured Commons project launches in Berlin

A week-long bootcamp in Berlin joined members of Wikimedia Germany's Wikidata team and the Foundation's Multimedia team with community volunteers. They investigated how to structure data on Wikimedia Commons, reusing the same technology as the one developed for Wikidata. Today, information about media files on Wikimedia sites is stored in unstructured formats that cause several issues: for example, file information is hard to search, some of it is only available in English, and it is difficult to edit or re-use files to comply with their license terms. Separately, a file metadata cleanup has been launched, which will help migrate the existing metadata of the more than 24 million files on Commons to structured data.

The Wikipedia monument right after the unveiling

Wikipedia monument unveiled in Poland

On October 22, a monument honoring Wikipedia editors from all over the world was unveiled in the town of Słubice, Poland. The monument was the idea of Dr. Krzysztof Wojciechowski, the head of Collegium Polonicum, an academic institution located in Słubice. It was created by Mihran Hakobyan, an Armenian artist, and depicts two men and two women holding the Wikipedia puzzle globe. They stand on sheets of paper which, according to Dr. Wojciechowski, represent the culture of print from which we all derive. Wikipedia articles about the monument already exist in over 30 languages.

Free licenses and freedom of panorama now recognized in Russian law

On October 1, the Russian Civil Code saw several changes which are very significant for the promotion of free knowledge, in particular for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. For examples, the new law directly recognizes free licenses and introduces freedom of panorama (allowing the publication of photos of modern building without having to ask for explicit permission, enabling the participation of Russia in Wiki Loves Monuments). Wikimedia Russia actively participated in the preparation of these changes.

Nobel Peace Center and Wikimedia Norway accompany peace prize announcement with editathon

On October 10, a group of Wikipedians from the Norwegian Wikimedia chapter met at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo to follow the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize and make updates to Wikipedia in real time as the winners — girl’s education activist Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, and childhood rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, of India — were made public. The event followed on earlier collaborations between the chapter and the Nobel Peace Center, which is visited by 220,000 people every year.


First ever “Wiki Loves Africa” photo contest focuses on African cuisine

Wiki Loves Africa is a new annual contest where people across Africa contribute photographs, video, and audio to Wikimedia Commons, running for two months (October 1 to November 30). The 2014 contest was about documenting the diverse cuisine across the African continent.

Editorial note: The Wikimedia Foundation has recently changed its organization-wide reports from a monthly to a quarterly publication schedule. Instead of excerpts from the Foundation's monthly reports, the Wikimedia Highlights now (starting from the October 2014 issue) summarize news about WMF activities from the Wikimedia blog, alongside other movement news.