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Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

Happy Birthday Wikipedia! by whatsthediffblog, on Flickr

Every day I come into work begs the question – what would I do without Wikipedia? Ahhhh, the all encompassing, ever changing site turned American institution is celebrating a birthday!

According to the “Wikipedia” entry on Wikipedia, the site began as a fledgling of Nupedia, another encyclopedia project. The precious gems that are Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales are credited with founding the site on January 10, 2001. It became its own project just 5 days later. The most fantastic part about Wikipedia (if you didn’t already know) is that anyone can edit virtually any entry. It’s a collaboration of any and everyone who cares.

As of December 2007, Wikipedia had approximately 9,250,000 articles on it in 253 languages – quite a feat. It’s also the 8th most visited site in the world and the only one in the top 10 which is a non-profit.

Because I make learning a priority and won’t let stuff slide until I understand it, Wikipedia has become a necessity for me. Don’t know who someone is? Don’t understand a concept not found in a dictionary? Need a picture of something? Need news? Need a definition? Need current news? Need learning materials? Look it up!!

Wikipedia is hosted under Wikimedia with a bevy of other useful project/sites including:

Commons (media)

Wikiquote (for quotations)

Wikispecies (directory of species)

Wikinews (duh)

Wikibooks

Wikiversity

Wiktionary

Wikisource (free library)

So, if you’ve been living under a rock, go check it out. Seems simple at first, but I guarantee you’ll go back again and again. Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

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  1. I think it was the year of wikipedia since they appear everywhere in google searches

    Posted by: משחקים לסלולר | January 10, 2008
  2. I heard a story about Wikipedia on NPR that really seemed world changing:
    According to the story, right now they are focusing on building their wikis in less developed countries as to provide a a reliable source of information to everyone in the world.
    From that point, they hope to use translators to mix the histories for every subject in an effort to take away some of the bias that comes along with learning about wars and occupation.
    I thought that was pretty cool.

    Posted by: Mark | January 11, 2008

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