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Wikimedia DC Announces New Institutional Partnerships Manager
MAY 3, 2017: Wikimedia District of Columbia (WMDC) is pleased to announce the hiring of our first employee. Ariel Cetrone has joined WMDC as our Institutional Partnerships Manager, where she will plan and facilitate events with our many institutional partners, including cultural, academic, and professional organizations. Read more »


Wikimedia DC Announces Second Wikimedia Diversity Conference
MAY 21, 2016: Wikimedia DC is pleased to announce that the second Wikimedia Diversity Conference will take place on June 17–18, 2016 at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The conference is co-hosted by Wikimedia DC and the National Archives and Records Administration, which reflects the two organizations' shared commitment to embracing diversity in the global knowledge movement. Read more »


Wikimedia DC Launches Wikipedia Summer of Monuments Campaign
JULY 1, 2014: Wikimedia DC is pleased to announce the launch of “Wikipedia Summer of Monuments”. We invite all photographers and historians, individuals and institutions, to join us in documenting the history of the United States by visiting Read more »


Wikimedia DC announces winning submissions to Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in the United States
NOVEMBER 21, 2013: Wikimedia District of Columbia and the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 United States organizing team are pleased to announce the winning photographs from Wiki Loves Monuments 2013. The winning images represent the diversity of our national historic places in the United States. Read more »
Wikimedia DC Launches "Wiki Loves Monuments USA" Photo Contest
SEPTEMBER 1, 2013: Wikimedia District of Columbia has launched Wiki Loves Monuments USA, a month-long photography contest. Wiki Loves Monuments USA is part of the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest, certified by Guinness World Records for two consecutive years as the world's largest photography contest. Read more »


Congressional Cemetery becomes the world's largest outdoor encyclopedia of American history
JULY 2, 2012: The 205-year-old Congressional Cemetery in Washington is now the world’s largest outdoor encyclopedia of American history. While touring the grounds, visitors may call up an article from Wikipedia on, for example, the life of John Philip Sousa by scanning a QR code (Quick Response code) with their smartphones. Read more »
Google joins Wikimania 2012 as a Diamond-Level Sponsor
MARCH 30, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) is pleased to announce that Google has joined Wikimania 2012 as a Diamond-Level sponsor. Google’s support of Wikimania helps bring hundreds of people around the world who support open source, open culture, and free access to global knowledge. Read more »
Encyclopedia of Life joins Wikimania 2012 as a Copper-Level Sponsor
MARCH 30, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) is pleased to announce that the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has joined Wikimania 2012 as a Copper-Level sponsor. Read more »
WikiHow joins Wikimania 2012 as a Bronze-Level Sponsor
MARCH 30, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) is pleased to announce that WikiHow has joined Wikimania 2012 as a Bronze-Level sponsor. Read more »
Mary Gardiner to keynote Wikimania 2012
MARCH 23, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) is pleased to announce Mary Gardiner as the keynote speaker for Wikimania 2012, the international Wikimedia conference. Mary will be speaking at the opening session of the conference on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Read more »
Press:Wikimedia DC and Department of State partner to host Wikimania 2012
FEBRUARY 6, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) is partnering with the U.S. State Department's Office of eDiplomacy to bring the international conference “Wikimania 2012” to the nation’s capital on July 12–14, 2012. The conference will take place at George Washington University. Read more »
Official statement of Wikimedia DC on SOPA and PIPA
JANUARY 18, 2012: Wikimedia District of Columbia (Wikimedia DC) stands firmly with the decision of Wikipedia editors and administrators to shut down the English Wikipedia for 24 hours on January 18, 2012, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. Read more »

Press coverage


Wikipedia has 1.5 million biographies in English. Only 17 percent are about women.
The Lily, December 14, 2017

Wikidata, a rapidly growing global hub, turns five
Wikimedia Foundation, October 30, 2017

It’s Time These Ancient Women Scientists Get Their Due
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017, October 2017

The Cost of Being a Prominent Woman on Wikipedia – and Online
Community Signal, September 25, 2017

Wikimedia Foundation awards grant to WVU Libraries
WVU Today, September 19, 2017

Rewriting the History of Women in Science
Scientific American, September 2017

Improving gender balance on Wikipedia
Royal Society of Chemistry, August 21, 2017

Women Who Are Changing the Tech World
West Virginia University Magazine, August 15, 2017

Utopia: In Search of the Dream
BBC Four, August 9, 2017

WMC episode 213: interview with Emily Temple-Wood
Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, June 18, 2017

Mind the Gap: Highlighting Women's Representation on Wikipedia
DemocracyWorks, June 8, 2017

Creating A Model for Helping Women Thrive in Wikipedia
Women's Media Center, June 2, 2017

Women in Red's impact on Wikipedia's gender gap
Wikimedia Foundation, May 2, 2017

Women Scientists in Blue During the Year of Science
Wiki Education Foundation, April 20, 2017

Rosie Stephenson-Goodnight, Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University
Wiki Education Foundation, April 12, 2017

Wikipedia Congressional Committees Edit-a-thon Event Recap
Library of Congress, April 11, 2017

Committee page edit-a-thon
Roll Call, April 10, 2017

Library of Congress, National Archives Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Congressional Data Coalition, April 10, 2017

National Archives and the Law Library of Congress Edit-a-thon on Congressional committees and hearings
Congress in the Archives, April 5, 2017

Congressional Committees and Hearings Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Library of Congress, March 20, 2017

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon brings local artists & organizations together for Women’s History Month
Zackquill: One Morgantown, March 17, 2017

A D.C. Museum Tries to Make Wikipedia Less Sexist
Washington City Paper, March 15, 2017

Art + Feminism edit-a-thon celebrates Women’s History Month
WVU Today, March 13, 2017

DC Wikipedia edit-a-thon a chance to shine light on women in the arts
WTOP, March 7, 2017

How a feminist stood up to trolls and measurably changed Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists
Wikimedia Foundation, March 17, 2017

The Troll Taunter: A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back — on Wikipedia itself.
Backchannel, February 6, 2017