TechCrunch: Wikipedia now has more than 6 million articles in English. “Wikipedia is available in dozens of languages, but its English-language version has the most number of articles. Following the English edition, which hit 5 million articles in late 2015, are the German version, with about 2.3 million articles, and the French version, which has about 2.1 million articles.”
Slovenian Film Centre: The box-office ratings of Slovenian films are on the increase, while the Slovenian Film Database and Slovenian Film Theatre will further promote Slovenian film with the national audience. “Access to comprehensive information about the national film and audiovisual creativity is of crucial importance for the development of film culture and knowledge. To this end, the Slovenian Film Database, supported by the SFC, has been created in cooperation with Filmoteka, the institute for the promotion of film culture.” The database has a version in English; just look for the EN link on the right of the menu bar.
Phys .org: Global database of all bird species shows how body shape predicts lifestyle. “A global team of researchers, led by Imperial College London and University College London, visited museums around the world to find specimens of nearly 10,000 species, covering more than 99 percent of all known bird species. Their results, and the database, are published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The link between body form of each animal species and aspects of their lifestyle, including diet, has previously been proposed, but this is the first time it has been confirmed at such a large scale and with such precise detail.”
New-to-me, from Polygon: The chroniclers of Jeopardy!. “Jeopardy!, now in its 36th season, celebrates the brain’s limitless capacity to carry inessential insight. The archive is of the same breed. Those breezy interviews that Trebek conducts with the contestants after the first commercial break? The site’s moderators transcribe them like they’re court records.”
A translated news release FROM NOVEMBER and I missed it — apologies to the National Library of Greece! National Library of Greece: Access to millions of electronic items from the National Library. “These sources consist of e-books and magazines as well as databases . They cover a wide range of fields, such as Archeology, Education, Science, Religion, History, Classical Philology, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Arts, Psychology, etc., with a particular emphasis on Greek and Humanities in general. Sources also include information material such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and biographies.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Tools to Make Wikipedia Better and Discover Interesting Articles. “Wikipedia is a great place to find information about any topic you’re interested in. But it can also be a great place to discover interesting topics you didn’t even know about. These tools help you discover new Wikipedia pieces and track what you want to read.” Weeklypedia is way too tempting…
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: Introducing the new Becker Archives Database . “Becker Medical Library has released an enhanced database to help users explore and discover our archival collections. The new Becker Archives Database includes over 18,000 digital images from our visual collections.”