|| ||Samuel Klein <sjklein-AT-hcs.harvard.edu>|
|| ||English media: ;|
|| ||[For release] English Wikipedia reaches 1 million articles|
|| ||Fri, 3 Mar 2006 16:59:39 -0500 (EST)|
English Wikipedia Publishes Millionth Article
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, March 1, 2006
The Wikimedia Foundation announced Wednesday the creation of the
1,000,000th article in the English language edition of Wikipedia.
The article is about the Jordanhill railway station
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordanhill_railway_station] in Scotland,
and was started by Wikipedia contributor Ewan Macdonald
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Nach0king]. Wikipedia is a free,
multilingual, online encyclopedia with 3.3 million articles under
development in more than 125 languages.
The full text of the English Wikipedia is located at
http://en.wikipedia.org. In addition to articles, the English Wikipedia
offers dozens of graphical timelines and subject-specific portals. Its
media repository includes four hundred thousand images and hundreds of
full-length songs, videos, and animations, many of which are available for
Although its method of editing is new and controversial, Wikipedia has
already won acclaim and awards for its detailed coverage of current
events, popular culture, and scientific topics; its usability; and its
international community of contributors. BBC News has called Wikipedia
"One of the most reliably useful sources of information around, on or
off-line." Daniel Pink, author and WIRED Magazine columnist, has described
Wikipedia as "the self-organizing, self-repairing, hyperaddictive library
of the future," and Tim Berners-Lee, father of the Web, has called it "The
Font of All Knowledge."
Wikipedia is among the world's most popular websites, receiving tens of
millions of visitors every day. It is a project of the Wikimedia
Foundation, and has spawned sister projects, including a dictionary, a
library of textbooks, a compendium of quotations, a news site, and a media
repository. These projects are all run using the open source MediaWiki
Other articles created within the same minute included an overview of the
Tennessee Commissioner of Financial Institutions
a biography of baseball player Aaron Ledesma
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Ledesma], and a look at cellular
== About Wikipedia ==
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free
access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."
--Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
Started in January 2001, Wikipedia is the world's most current,
fastest-growing, and largest encyclopedia. It is created entirely by
volunteers who contribute, update, and revise articles in a collaborative
process. The English language edition contains 20 million internal links,
and incorporates 65,000 edits and 1,700 new articles each day.
Wikipedia's content is written for a general audience, and is continually
revised for clarity, readability, and accuracy. Original text, images and
sounds contributed to Wikipedia are licensed under the GNU Free
Documentation Licence (GFDL) [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html#SEC1],
which lets users copy and modify each other's work based on a principle
known as "copyleft." The entire database can be freely downloaded in full.
Though the project faced criticism in 2005 for factual inaccuracies in
some articles, the science journal Nature published a study in December
which found Wikipedia's science content to have only slightly more errors
per article than that of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Other, less formal
external peer reviews have been generally positive.
== About Wikimedia ==
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free,
multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these
wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation
operates some of the largest collaboratively-edited reference projects in
the world, including Wikipedia, one of the 25 most visited websites.
Wikipedia and Wikimedia's awards include the Webby Award, the Prix Ars
Electronica Golden Nica, the Japan Advertisers Association's Web Creation
Award, and the World Technology Award in Communications Technology.
The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of
existing projects, and is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Wikimedia has local chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, France,
Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, and Poland. Chapters in Canada, India,
China, Australia and the Netherlands are among those currently in
Most of the Foundation's operations are funded by reader and contributor
donations, usually of USD$50 or less. Its 2005 budget was USD$739,200,
and based on traffic growth, the 2006 budget is expected to be
== Further information ==
* The Wikimedia Foundation [http://wikimediafoundation.org]
* About Wikipedia''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia]
* Press coverage [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Press_coverage]
* Introduction to editing Wikipedia
* Wikipedia's best articles
* External peer reviews
== Contact ==
For questions and interviews, please email email@example.com, or
(in English only) contact directly:
Jimmy Wales, Chair, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Angela Beesley, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation
Email: email@example.com |
For regional and local contacts in your area, please see
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Jimmy Wales speaking in Brussels in 2005
Jimmy Wales at "Parc des Buttes Chaumont", a park in Paris.
Jimmy Wales on the Hohlbeinsteg bridge in Frankfurt, Germany.
Behind him you can see the river Main and the sky scrapers of Frankfurt.
Three MediaWiki developers programming at Wikimania, the annual Wikimedia
Conference, in Frankfurt in 2005. The 2006 conference will be held at
Harvard University in Boston.
Wikipedians having dinner in Frankfurt, Germany during Wikimania 2005.
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