Wikipedia is the world’s largest online, free encyclopedia / information database that has been collectively created by volunteered editors all over the world.
Wikipedia’s self-introduction to Wikipedia:
Wikipedia is a free web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 17 million articles (over 3.5 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site.
Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking seventh among all websites on Alexa and having 365 million readers.
Wikipedia’s Fundraising Campaign
Wikipedia launched a fundraising campaign. The donations keep Wikipedia’s business running and allow users to access Wikipedia’s content free-of-charge and free of ads.
Words about Wikipedia’s fundraising campaign from founder Jimmy Wales:
I don’t get paid a cent for my work at Wikipedia, and neither do our thousands of other volunteer authors and editors. When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different.
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others. It is a unique human project, the first of its kind in history. It is a humanitarian project to bring a free encyclopedia to every single person on the planet.
Wikipedia’s fundraising goal in 2010 is USD 16 million. You can donate to Wikipedia USD 20, 35, 50, 100 or any other amount you wish via Paypal or credit cards. Other currencies are also available.
- Wikipedia – a free encyclopedia
- Wiktionary – a wiki-based open content dictionary
- Wikiquote – collection of quotations
- Wikibooks – open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit
- Wikisource – an online library of free content publications
- Wikinews – free news source that you can write
- Wikiversity – open learning resources
- Wikispecies – a free species directory
- MediaWiki – a free software wiki package written in PHP