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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge

Florence Devouard-3
Le 15/01/16 00:52, Juliet Barbara a écrit :

> This press release is also available online here:
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> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikipedia_celebrates_15_years_of_free_knowledge
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> And as a blog post here:
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> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/14/wikipedia-15-foundation-endowment/
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> For more information, see our commemorative website:
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> https://15.wikipedia.org/
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> Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge
>
> Community celebrates Wikipedia and sister projects with nearly 150
> events on six continents
>
> Wikimedia Foundation announces endowment to sustain Wikipedia for the future
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> San Francisco, CA. January 14, 2016 -- This Friday marks the 15th
> anniversary of Wikipedia <https://www.wikipedia.org/>, the world’s free
> encyclopedia that anyone can edit. This week, we celebrate not just
> Wikipedia, but the birth of an idea: that anyone can contribute to the
> world’s knowledge. Globally, readers and editors are coming together to
> celebrate, with nearly 150 events across six continents. From editing
> marathons
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Events/Bangladesh>in
> Bangladesh and lectures
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Events/Lugano,_Switzerland>in
> Switzerland, to picnics
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Events/South_Africa>in
> South Africa and a conference
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Events/Mexico_City>in
> Mexico, the world is celebrating the joy of knowledge
> <https://15.wikipedia.org/>.
>
> As part of this milestone, the Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to
> announce the Wikimedia Endowment
> <https://15.wikipedia.org/endowment.html>, a permanent source of funding
> to ensure Wikipedia thrives for generations to come. The Wikimedia
> Endowment will empower people around the world to create and contribute
> free knowledge, and share that knowledge with every single human being.
> Our goal is to raise $100 million over the next 10 years. The Endowment
> has been established, with an initial contribution by the Wikimedia
> Foundation, as a Collective Action Fund at the Tides Foundation
> <https://www.tides.org/>.
>
> Wikipedia launched on January 15, 2001 with a bold vision: a world in
> which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all
> knowledge.At the time, the idea that people around the world would
> collaborate to build an encyclopedia—for free—seemed unbelievable. Since
> then, Wikipedia has grown to more than 36 million articles in hundreds
> of languages, used by hundreds of millions of people all over the world.
> Wikipedia and its sister projects are still built by volunteers around
> the world: each month, roughly 80,000 volunteer editors contribute to
> Wikimedia sites.
>
> "Wikipedia challenged us to rethink how knowledge can be gathered and
> shared." said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, "Knowledge is no longer
> handed down from on high, instead it is freely shared by everyone
> online. Wikipedia seemed like an impossible idea at the time—an online
> encyclopaedia that everyone can edit. However, it has surpassed
> everyone's expectations over the past 15 years, thanks to the hundreds
> of thousands of volunteers around the world who have made Wikipedia
> possible."
>
> We're celebrating Wikipedia's global community with a commemorative
> website <https://15.wikipedia.org>and week-long campaign, collecting and
> sharing the stories of individuals and organizations that have helped
> develop Wikipedia into the world's largest collection of collaboratively
> created free knowledge. These stories show the truly global nature of
> the Wikimedia community: from Ziyad Alsufyani
> <https://15.wikipedia.org/people/ziyad-alsufyani.html>, a medical
> student at Taif University in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia who has been editing
> the Arabic Wikipedia <https://ar.wikipedia.org/>since 2009, to Susanna
> Mkrtchyan <https://15.wikipedia.org/people/susanna-mkrtchyan.html>, a
> professor and devoted grandmother working to giveArmenian students
> better educational opportunities. We will continue to collect stories
> throughout the month of January.
>
> Today, we celebrate all of the projects, partnerships, events, and joy
> the Wikimedia movement has inspired over the past 15 years, with many
> still to come. Wikipedia is much more than a website. Wikipedia and its
> sister Wikimedia projects represent a global, ever-expanding resource
> and community for free knowledge. Here are just a few examples:
>
>   *
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>     Wikipedia started in January 2001 in English, but soon expanded to
>     other languages—within the first year, it grew to 18 languages.
>     Today, it is available in nearly 300.
>
>   *
>
>     Volunteers constantly edit and improve Wikipedia. Every hour,
>     roughly 15,000 edits are made to Wikipedia. Every day, around 7,000
>     new articles are created.
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>   *
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>     Wikipedia became one of the top 10 websites in the world in 2007,
>     and the only non-profit website anywhere near the top.
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>   *
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>     It’s not just Wikipedia. There are 11 other Wikimedia free knowledge
>     projects, including Wikimedia Commons
>     <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/>, with more than 30 million
>     freely licensed images, as well as Wiktionary
>     <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/>, Wikisource
>     <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page>, Wikivoyage
>     <https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Main_Page>, and more.
>
>   *
>
>     The Wikimedia community supports global projects that spread the joy
>     of knowledge. Wiki Loves Monuments
>     <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments>, a global
>     photo competition, launched in 2010 to document images of cultural
>     heritage. In 2011, the contest was named the largest photo
>     competition in the world. Companion projects like Wiki Loves Earth
>     <http://wikilovesearth.org/>, Wiki Loves Africa

<appreciation mode on> it gives me happiness to see Wiki Loves Africa
mentionned</on>

Florence

>     <http://wikilovesafrica.org/>, and even Wiki Loves Cheese
>     <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Essen_und_Trinken/Wiki_Loves_Cheese>document
>     more knowledge from around the globe.
>
>   *
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>     Volunteers around the world have built hundreds of partnerships with
>     galleries, libraries, museums to make institutional collections more
>     broadly available. These partnerships have contributed to more than
>     1.5 million images of cultural works on the Wikimedia projects.
>
> If you’d like to help celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary, you can
> share on social media what Wikipedia means to you by tagging @Wikipedia
> <https://twitter.com/Wikipedia>and using the hashtag #wikipedia15. To
> learn more about Wikipedia and the joy it inspires, visit
> 15.wikipedia.org <http://15.wikipedia.org>.
>
> About Wikipedia
>
> Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource. It is a collaborative
> creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people from
> around the globe since it was created in 2001: anyone can edit it, at
> any time. Wikipedia is offered in hundreds of languages containing a
> total of more than 36 million articles, and visited by nearly half a
> billion people every month. Wikimedia and its sister projects are the
> largest collection of free knowledge in human history.
>
> About the Wikimedia Foundation
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports
> and operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. Wikipedia attracts more
> than 15 billion page views each month. Every month roughly 80,000 people
> edit Wikipedia and its sister projects, collectively creating,
> improving, and maintaining its more than 35 million articles across
> hundreds of languages -- this all makes Wikipedia one of the most
> popular web properties in the world. Based in San Francisco, California,
> the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily
> through donations and grants.
>
> About the Wikimedia Endowment
>
> The purpose of the Wikimedia Endowment is to serve as a perpetual source
> of support for the operation and activities of Wikipedia and its sister
> projects. It will empower people around the world to create and
> contribute free knowledge, and share that knowledge with every single
> human being. The Endowment has been established, with an initial
> contribution by Wikimedia Foundation, as a Collective Action Fund at
> Tides Foundation. Tides is a public charity with a 40-year track record
> of holding and managing charitable funds for nonprofit organizations. An
> Advisory Board, nominated by the Wikimedia Foundation and appointed by
> Tides, will make recommendations to Tides related to the Endowment.
> Tides or the Wikimedia Foundation may choose to transfer the Endowment
> from Tides to the Wikimedia Foundation, or other charities identified by
> the Wikimedia Foundation. At that point, the Endowment would continue to
> be a permanent, income-generating fund to support the Wikimedia projects.
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> Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact
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> Katherine Maher
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> +1 415-839-6885 ext 6633
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> --
> *Juliet Barbara*
> Senior Communications Manager I Wikimedia Foundation
> 149 New Montgomery Street I San Francisco, CA 94105
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