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Wikidata: New Knowledge Base from the Wikimedia, Can be Read & Edited by Humans and Machines

Wikidata aims to create a free knowledge base about the world that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike. The initial development of the Wikidata is funded by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Google. Wikidata is the first new project from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006. Wikidata are entered and maintained by Wikidata editors and will be published under a free license. Editing, consuming, browsing, and reusing the Wikidata’s content will be fully multi-lingual. Data entered in any language will immediately be available in all other languages. One of ... Read More »

How Should Your Business React To The Continual Social Media Controversies?

It seems like every other day there is a new rally for online privacy, anti-censorship, etc. With social media being the prominent platform for such controversies and subsequent protests, your business should consider where it stands amidst the outspoken crowds. As a business, it’s important that you are able to take a stand and connect with your customers on a human to human basis. However, the fact remains that you are a business, hoping to keep customers happy. This can mean remaining mum at a time when you’d like to speak out or black out. So, where should you company ... Read More »

Controversial Website Wikileaks Favourite to Join SOPA Protest

With Wikipedia set to impose a 24 hour blackout tomorrow in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S, Europe’s largest betting company Paddy Power is taking bets on who else blacks out their website in protest against the divisive act. Paddy Power has controversial website Wikileaks at the shortest price of 5/1 to join the protest with social network MySpace and photo and video hosting site Flickr also amongst the shorter prices at 7/1 and 8/1 respectively. Meanwhile Sony is unsurprisingly at the mammoth price of 200/1 along with Universal Studios and Bing to shut down its ... Read More »

English Wikipedia Will Be Blacked Out Globally To Protest SOPA and PIPA

On January 18, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States. Over the course of the past 72 hours, over 1800 Wikipedians have joined together to discuss proposed actions that the community might wish ... Read More »

Wikimedia Raises $20 Million, Sets New Record in Fundraising

Wikimedia Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign reached a successful conclusion today, having raised a record-breaking $20 million from more than one million donors in nearly every country in the world. It is the Wikimedia Foundation’s most successful campaign ever, continuing an unbroken streak in which donations have risen every year since the campaigns began in 2003. Wikimedia websites serve more than 470 million people every month. It is the only major website supported not by advertising, but by donations from readers. “Ordinary people use Wikipedia and they like it, so they chip in some cash so it will continue to thrive. ... Read More »