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We published qLabel today, an Open Source JavaScript library that let's anyone create (specific types of) content in more than 300 languages. It uses plenty of Web standards, Semantic Web technologies, Wikidata, Freebase, and all that jazz. Have fun and let me know when you use it!
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Google Fonts recently switched to using new Zopfli compression algorithm:  the fonts are ~6% smaller on average, and in some cases up to 15% smaller! For example, Open Sans is one of the most popular fonts and is now more than 10% smaller -- this translates to faster load times and faster rendering.

What's Zopfli? It's an algorithm that was developed by the compression team at Google that delivers ~3~8% bytesize improvement when compared to gzip with maximum compression. This byte savings comes at a cost of much higher encoding cost, but the good news is, fonts are static files and decompression speed is exactly the same. Google Fonts pays the compression cost once and every clients gets the benefit of smaller download. If you’re curious to learn more about Zopfli: http://bit.ly/Y8DEL4

In short, faster web fonts - yay!
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Telling Breaking News Stories with Wikipedia and Social Multimedia 

Last year at the World Wide Web (WWW) conference in Rio de Janeiro, Googler +Thomas Steiner, +Seth van Hooland of Universite ́ Libre de Bruxelles, and  +Ed Summers of the U.S. Library of Congress presented MJ no more: Using Concurrent Wikipedia Edit Spikes with Social Network Plausibility Checks for Breaking News Detection (http://goo.gl/4FamqQ), in which they outline the development of the Wikipedia Live Monitor application (http://goo.gl/fb5rTq), which examines the realtime article edits on different language versions of Wikipedia.

When a major event in the world occurs, the number of concurrent edits to Wikipedia and Wikidata spikes, reflecting the active changes being made in order to generate new articles, or update the information in currently existing ones. By treating these concurrent edit spikes as signals for potential signals for breaking news events, the authors show that the application successfully detects breaking news candidates automatically. 

As social network sites commonly allow their users to publicly publish and share photos and videos, the ubiquity of devices like smartphones or tablets enables the potential of broad multimedia coverage of breaking news events. Exploring that fact, Steiner recently extended the Wikipedia Live Monitor  with the capability of automatically creating media galleries that illustrate the breaking stories with the Social Media Illustrator application.

Published via Twitter at http://goo.gl/ONJM8S, the Social Media Illustrator  looks at the possibility of automatically creating media galleries that illustrate breaking news stories at scale, using the 2014 Winter Olympics as a test event. To learn more, read the full paper, Telling Breaking News Stories from Wikipedia with Social Multimedia: A Case Study of the 2014 Winter Olympics, at (http://goo.gl/GykRRm), and check out the Twitter feed, linked below. 
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POTUS und POTY:
Zum achten Mal schon wählten +Wikimedia-Nutzerinnen und Nutzer wieder ihr Bild des Jahres (Picture of the Year – POTY).

Sieger des diesjährigen Wikimedia-Commons-Fotowettbewerbs ist Stefan Krause aus dem Saarland – wir gratulieren!

Unter den Top Ten findet sich auch ein bekanntes Gesicht:
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We have created a mapping of Wikidata Qids to Freebase Mids, and are publishing it under CC0, so that anyone can use it in any way they want. The file contains about 2 Million mappings.

Since the data is published under CC0, it can be uploaded to Wikidata. We also plan to upload the data to Freebase. The two-way links would ensure that systems using either knowledge base can easily merge data, go from one to the other, enrich data with each other, etc. We opted to first publish the mappings standalone, to make clear that they are under CC0.

The mapping is created based on the Wikidata dumps from end of October. Wikidata Items are matched with Freebase Topics based on their respective links to Wikipedia. Each mapping says that there have been no disagreeing Wikipedia-Links and at least two agreeing Wikipedia-Links, so the data should be very clean. Furthermore, the mappings are sorted by the number of agreeing Wikipedia-Links, so it is kinda sorted by relevance.

The data is in RDF format. To get the Mids as they are used in Wikidata, the replace the namespace
  http://rdf.freebase.com/ns/m.
with
  /m/
The Wikidata Qids are using the Wikidata namespace, i.e. the Qids themselves are concatenated to
  http://www.wikidata.org/entity/

If anyone wants to take up the task to upload the data to Wikidata, I can offer to help and answer questions.
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Happy first birthday, +Wikidata! Stay knowledgeable! ;-) Here's to many more amazing years to come.
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"Wir haben in der Mikroelektronik als eines der wenigen Länder der Welt die Entwicklung und Produktion mikroelektronischer Bauelemente einschließlich eines wesentlichen Teils der dazu erforderlichen speziellen Produktionsausrüstungen für hochintegrierte Schaltkreise gemeistert."

Na, wer hat es wann gesagt?



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