Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation – the parent organisation of many well-loved projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikiversity – runs the Commons Picture of the Year competition.
The aim of the competition is to identifyÂ “the best freely-licensedÂ images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status”; an accolade awarded by the community indicating that a picture is one of the finest released into the commons.
With the first round of voting due to end on the 4th of May, the Fifth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year competitionÂ has now started. If you’re eligible, get voting: the winners and runners-up from previous years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) are absolutely breathtaking and this year is sure to be no different.
Yesterday, 15th January 2011, Wikipedia celebrated its tenth birthday. Just over two weeks before, Wikipedia was also celebrating the close of its 2010 fundraising campaign where over sixteen million dollars was raised from over half a million donors in just fifty days.
The 2010 campaign was billed as being data-driven, with the Wikipedia volunteers “testing messages, banners, and landing pages & doing it all with an eye on integrity in data analysis”.
Naturally, all of the test data, analyses and findings are available, providing a fascinating overview of Wikipedia’s large-scale and effective campaign. Of particular interest:
If you’re ever involved in any form of fundraising (online or off), this dataset is essential reading–as will the planned “Fundraising Style Guide” that I hope will be released soon.
My favourite banner, which got eliminated toward the beginning of the campaign has to be:
One day people will look back and wonder what it was like not to know.
And if you’re interested in what Jimmy Wales had to say about his face been featured on almost every Wikipedia page for the duration of the campaign, BBC’s recent profile on the Wikipedia founder will satisfy your interest.
Thoughts – or specifically the mental processes enabling us to think – allow beings to be conscious, to make decisions, and to imagine. Thoughts are what define us as individuals.
This list of thought processes is a (big) list of thinking styles, methods of thinking (thinking skills), and types of thought. When you have some spare time, it’s worth perusing.
I’m soon to read Six Thinking Hats, and I believe this could be an invaluable resource once I have the motivation to improve my own thinking processes. This book looks like it may be interesting too.
Previous lists this week: List of Cognitive Biases, List of Logical Fallacies, List(s) of Unsolved Problems, List of Common Misconceptions
The list of common misconceptions includes this clarification:
The word “theory” in “the theory of evolution” does not imply doubt in mainstream science about the validity of this theory; the words “theory” and “hypothesis” are not the same in a scientific context (see Evolution as theory and fact). A scientific theory is a set of principles which, via logical deduction, explains the observations in nature. The same logical deductions can be made to predict observations before they are made. The theory describing how evolution occurs is a “theory” in the same sense as the theory of gravity or the theory of relativity.
List(s) of unsolved problems in topics ranging from cognitive science to computer science; philosophy to physics.
Got some time this coming weekend? Why not decipher an ancient writing systems or answer the P = NP problem and earn yourself $1,000,000.