Russian president uploads image to Commons, as part of RIA Novosti donation
One of the donated images, Defenders of Leningrad'. Great Patriotic War soldiers in attack (1943)
Beginning a collaboration with the Russian Wikimedia chapter, the state-owned Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) started uploading historical images to Commons last week, consisting of highlights from the archives of its predecessors Sovinformburo and APN. The project, dubbed "Eternal Values", coincides with the agency's 70th anniversary and is supported by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who uploaded one of the images himself. The first batch of uploads consists of around 100 photos from the Great Patriotic War. In a RIAN video Medvedev is shown uploading to "Vikisklad" (Wikimedia Commons, literally "Wiki warehouse") from around the 18-minute mark.
German New Right press attacks Wikipedia: The Junge Freiheit, the leading German New Right weekly newspaper, covered Wikipedia as a main topic this week, claiming that the community censors content and runs a Nineteen Eighty-Four-like project. The comment by the editor-in-chief can be read here.
"When in doubt, rely on Wikipedia": Swedish health expert Hans Rosling was recently interviewed about social media and "teaching in the digital age". As "special skills" that are important for students today, he named "Critical thinking, reasoning and a quest for sources of all information. And when in doubt, rely on Wikipedia. It is amazingly good, especially if you carefully read the history of the text of interest." The interviewer, a lecturer at the Bundeswehr University Munich, added: "To throw Wikipedia out of our classrooms because of its flaws ignores the much deeper lessons we could be teaching our students about managing massive amounts of information and developing meaningful, up-to-date analytical skills in the digital age."
Jimmy Wales in Israeli presidential conference: As reported (with video) by the Jerusalem Post, Jimmy Wales spoke about the "consumer-driven media revolution" at "Facing Tomorrow" Presidential Conference in Jerusalem last week. About Wikipedia, he said that "Everything in Wikipedia, everything in the Wiki-world really, is a social innovation, not a technical innovation".
Jimmy Wales about bribes and wedding dresses: In an recent audio interview with World Radio Switzerland, Jimmy Wales was asked "whether someone can influence a Wikipedia entry through bribes and about other issues, including the censorship situation in China". He also cited the article about the Wedding dress of Kate Middleton as an example for content that is under-represented due to Wikipedia's gender gap.
Wikipedia as model for natural linking: Search engine optimization blog SEOMOZ analyzed a large number of links pointing to Wikipedia, presenting some of their statistical characteristics as "The Wikipedia Model" of a natural link structure - deviations from which would indicate artificial (paid) links.