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My name is Marek Blahuš, I was born in 1986, come from Uherské Hradiště, live in Brno and hold a Master's degree in applied informatics (with specialization in natural language processing) from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Currently, I am working at the same university as ICT technician in its Language Centre (since 2011), as a programmer in a company dealing with language technology, and as Wikipedian in Residence at the Rector's Office (since 2015). From 2008 to 2009, I was Erasmus student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven (Flanders, Belgium), and from 2010 to 2011, I was doing an Erasmus internship with E@I in Nancy (Lorraine, France). I am interested in computer programming, genealogy and languages (especially in the international language Esperanto).
- Since 19 February 2015, I am employed as Wikipedian in Residence at Masaryk University within Czech Wikipedia's Masaryk University WikiProject and I receive compensation for some of my contributions to Wikimedia projects.
- Since 1 September 2017, I am employed at Lexical Computing CZ s.r.o., developer of the Sketch Engine, and I receive compensation for some of my contributions to Wikimedia projects.
On-line Wikimedia activities
I used to contribute mostly to the Esperanto Wikipedia, where I am an administrator, but in the recent years I have been extensively contributing to the Czech version too. I also have edits in a few dozens of other Wikimedia projects, often in languages which I barely understand. For a more or less complete list of other Wikipedias where I have substantial contributions, see the interwiki links (the "Languages" box) on this page. If you are interested about my contributions to the English Wikipedia, see the list of my contributions.
In January 2009, I contributed to the article on Entropa, a controversial promotional work of art of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union, by uploading photographs (File:Entropa.jpg and File:Entropa-detail.jpg, later reduced to File:Entropa-rectangular.jpg) of it I took during my trip to Brussels when no other photographs were yet available while the subject was quickly reaching the news headlines in many countries.
On February 16th, 2015, here on English Wikipedia, I discovered Morgan Dee Voon – the alleged amateur female scientist and a possible mistress of the Czech-born founder of modern genetics Gregor Mendel – my non-existent fellow citizen and the subject of a hoax that had been a Wikipedia article for more 7 years, 10 months and 16 days before it was removed upon my request on February 23rd. At the time of the deletion, it ranked 11th on the list of discovered hoaxes by length of existence. The discovery was actually a confirmation of my hypothesis that, using an algorithm, I am able to find more hoaxes like Haď Čarém (discovered by my friends some weeks before) in a single evening. Some months afterwards, the hoax discovery got into the headlines of regional and on-line media.
Yes, it seems that I am addicted to Wikipedia. Blahma 14:26, 5 September 2005 (UTC)