Wikipedia digitally preserving artifacts lost in National Museum of Brazil fire
Mental Floss reported this month on Wikipedia's effort to "digitally preserve" some of the priceless items destroyed in the recent National Museum of Brazil fire. The effort began with a tweet by the Wikipedia Twitter account encouraging people to do this.
|“||There were over 20 million objects inside the #MuseuNacional. Did you take a photo of any of them? Help us preserve the memories of as many as we can and add them to @wikicommons. Here's how to do it from your desktop:
- Read more about the effort to preserve the contents of the National Museum of Brazil at this month's Wikimedia blog report.
United States Congress
Members of, and goings on in, the United States Congress were heavily in the media this month, particularly over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, and Lindsey Graham had personal information posted on their Wikipedia pages. Also during the hearing, the page Devil's Triangle (disambiguation) was anonymously edited to add "a popular drinking game enjoyed by friends of judge Brett Kavanaugh." Both edits appeared to come from the Capitol.
- May, Ashley (28 September 2018). "Devil's Triangle Wikipedia page changes definition during Kavanaugh hearing". News (Politics). USA Today. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Nelson, Steven (28 September 2018). "Sheldon Whitehouse on Kavanaugh: 'I don't believe a devil's triangle is a drinking game'". News (White House). The Washington Examiner. MediaDC. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Papenfuss, Mary (28 September 2018). "Judiciary Committee Members Doxxed During Kavanaugh Testimony". Politics. HuffPost. Oath Inc. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Burr, Thomas (27 September 2018). "Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are victims of online 'doxing' as Wikipedia posts home addresses and phone numbers". News (Politics). The Salt Lake Tribune. Washington. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Thebault, Reis (28 September 2018). "Fight over Kavanaugh nomination finds its oddest front yet: Wikipedia pages". Politics. The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Rodriguez, Jesus (27 September 2018). "Judiciary Republicans' personal information published during Kavanaugh hearing". Congress. Politico. Capitol News Company. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
Other contributors: Bri
- Battleground Mentality: "Wikipedia has resisted information warfare, but could it fight off a proper attack?", in the New Statesman
- Noting a Non-Notary: "The Wikiman" about English Wikipedia's most prolific editor, Ser Amantio di Nicolao, in William and Mary Alumni Magazine
- The Right to !Vote: Wikipedia focuses world's attention on New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard, in The New Zealand Herald
- 0.0007% of one whole Bezos: Amazon donated US$1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation. The Foundation said in a statement that "[b]y donating to the Wikimedia Endowment, Amazon shows an understanding of the need to invest in the long-term success of Wikipedia", in Business Insider and others.
- Artistic License: The Tate has begun using Wikipedia entries to provide information on artists in their collection. The museum said that they do "not have the resources to create biographies for every individual" and Wikipedia provides "the most up to date and reliable biography possible within the constraints of our resources", in The Art Newspaper.