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The Wikimedia Foundation is the organization behind Wikipedia and eight sister, free - information projects.

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We're a huge, really popular website. We're the number four website in the world.

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250 million people using it every month, and we're a non-profit.

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It's an amazingly vibrant atmosphere.

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I guess the first thing that amazed me when I showed up was just how small the operation is.

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Most people think it's a fairly large setup, all sorts of editors and a crazy amount of developers - and really it's not.

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When I first got hired, I thought I'd be walking into a very large scale company

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and I walked in and at that time it was like five people.

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The bulk of what we do and the bulk of the value that's created for the organization and the projects

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is done by volunteers all around the world.

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Here in the office there's a staff of twenty-three people

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and what we do is facilitate and support those volunteers and the work that they're trying to do.

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We are the smallest part here in San Francisco - it's much bigger.

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The knowledge is freely available for a much broader population than it has been in the past.

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Wikipedia is available in 264 languages.

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The biggest part of my work is to broaden the participation of the Wikipedia language versions.

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We want to broaden participation.

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We want to target particular groups and encourage readers in those groups to actually become editors.

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We work with thousands and thousands of volunteers.

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People are not paid to do it, but do it for the love of the project.

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One thing that a lot of people don't understand is that -they- can edit.

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It is the standard bearer for free knowledge. No advertising.

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I see a common good in the work that I do.

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We actually see the benefits.

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It's a global movement.

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And it's free.

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We're trying to get free information to people - everywhere in the world.