NCI is busy building the foundation for a plan to develop an innovative childhood cancer initiative with an aggressive focus on data sharing. The initiative aims to accelerate progress for children and adolescents and young adults (AIA) with cancer and their families. It will begin in FY2020 with the proposed increase in NCI’s $ 50 million budget and continuing for 10...
  Replaced HTML as a tool that fixes HTML errors, with HTML5-based tools. Looking at the HTML5 library, Tidy’s place is pretty straightforward, but it took us three years to finally flip the switch. In this blog post, we will explore how time was spent that also highlights the complexities of making changes to certain pieces of technical infrastructure that power Wikimedia...
IMagin is all you need to know about a foreign land, but the only map you have was written in a mysterious script that you could not read. This may sound like a plot twist from some adventure story, but it is actually visitors coming to Wikimedia projects — including Wikipedia — often found themselves until recently. An extension called Cartographer...
You may remember Towel Day in late May, but you know that sooner or later someone is going to make the Interstellar Highway, where you live. This, or you really like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and seems to be a description of Wikipedia that was far ahead of its time. H2G2, as it is often shorthand, was originally aired on...
One of the most common feature requests we receive on Android and iOS Wikipedia app teams is to sync the reading list between devices, and so we’re happy to announce that the synced reading list is now available on both mobile apps . Features  You can also sort, search and reorganize your lists offline. To activate syncing, you just need to log...
A few weeks ago, we posted a page preview feature on English Wikipedia. This deployment marked the completion of the biggest changes we have made to the desktop version of Wikipedia in years. Since then, we have received many questions about our process, motivation and documentation. Given that a lot of our work is already online, we thought it would be nice...
Unlike many other websites on the Internet, the Foundation runs its own servers and edge distributions to distribute our projects to the world. We do this for several reasons, but our strong stand on privacy is important. By avoiding third-party services, we maintain the technical and policy controls necessary to implement the strict user data handling that we require. Secrecy is necessary...
Many science stories provide for a ‘translational universal translator’, often used as a convenient plot device that allows individuals of two or more species to communicate their first words. Unfortunately, we here at Earth-predominant have not yet developed such, and this is why translation is so important in hundreds of language Wikipedia: it reduces the cost of dissemination of knowledge...
Mr. Smith may also go “Junior”, especially with his family, as he is “Junior”, or his friends may have given him the nickname “Smitty” after his last name. Or perhaps like a certain Mr. Lund he is 6’5 “(1.95 m) and 270 pounds (120 kg), so his friends gave him the nickname” Tiny “. A lot of this variation is understandable:...
There is no EQ included in the app for 300TW, although I rarely find this a mistake; The sound quality provided here is excellent. However, the app displays an active audio codec and lets you navigate between them if you are interested. I would like to publicly apologize to all the neighbors who overheard me say “wow” again last week....