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News and notes: Quarto, German award, meetup

Miscellaneous news items from the week gone by include publication of the Wikimedia newsletter, awards won by the German Wikipedia, a Wikipedia meetup in California, and work on articles related to the Live 8 concerts.

Wikimedia Quarto

The third issue of the quarterly Wikimedia Foundation newsletter, the Quarto, is now available in English and being translated into other languages. It includes messages from Jimmy Wales and the Board of Trustees, reports from each of the Foundation's projects, and also notes from the Foundation's first two local chapters in Germany and France. Recently an additional chapter was also organized in Italy.

Grimme Online Awards

The German Wikipedia won awards in two categories last week from the Adolf Grimme Institut. It took home the award in the category "Knowledge and Education" as part of the fifth annual Grimme Online Awards, with the jury describing Wikipedia as "an outstanding example of collaborative use of the internet". In addition, Wikipedia was the winner of an award voted on by internet users, the Intel Audience Award. The awards were announced last Thursday, 30 June, at a ceremony in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.

California meetup and WikiProjects

Wikipedians in California have been busy planning activities the past week. The first Wikipedia meetup for the Los Angeles area has been scheduled for Monday, 25 July. Eric Shalov, who organized the event, has more information. Two WikiProjects for California have also been launched in the last week, the California WikiProject and the Southern California WikiProject.

Live 8 updates

Wikipedia's near-realtime coverage of major events continued with the Live 8 concerts over the weekend. Alterego reported that Live 8 was the Wikipedia article that received the most edits for Saturday, 2 July. Some of the pages for the individual concerts were being updated with the songs being played by each performer within moments of the song starting.

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