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維基百科 is a project to build free encyclopedias in all languages of the world. Virtually anyone with Internet access is free to contribute, by contributing neutral, cited information.
維基百科 started in January 2001, and currently offers more than ten million articles in 250 languages. The largest 維基百科 is in 英文, with more than two million articles; it's followed by the 德文 and French editions, each of which contain more than half a million articles. Nine other language editions contain 100,000+ articles, and more than 100 other languages contain 1,000+ articles.
維基百科 is also known for its community. In 2004 維基百科 won the Webby Award for "Community" and the Prix Ars Electronica's Golden Nica for "Digital Communities". Since the start of the project, over 100,000 registered 用户s have made at least ten edits. The total number of accounts created on the 英文 維基百科 alone exceeds 3.4 million. However, most edits on that language edition come from around one thousand of the most dedicated 用户s.
Some 維基百科s release or plan to release regular snapshots. The 德文 維基百科 is released twice a year as a DVD, in collaboration with Directmedia Publishing, and the Polish 維基百科 has released one DVD of content.
維基辭典 is a project to create a multilingual free content dictionary in every language. This means each project seeks to use a particular language to define all words in all languages. It actually aims to be much more extensive than a typical dictionary, including thesauri, rhymes, translations, audio pronunciations, etymologies, and quotations. The project started in December 2002, and as of January 2008 is available in over 100 languages with over 3,000,000 entries in all. The largest language edition is French, followed by 英文, Vietnamese and Turkish. All four of them have more than 150,000 entries each, while 8 languages in total have more than 100,000 entries each. 61 other languages have at least 1,000 entries.
維基辭典 has been collaborating with the Wikimedia Commons. Many sound files have been uploaded to Commons, to provide 維基辭典 and other projects with examples of pronunciation.
Wikiquote is a repository of quotations taken from famous people, books, speeches, films or any intellectually interesting materials. Proverbs, mnemonics or slogans are also included in Wikiquote.
The project started in July 2003; As of January 2008, it includes over 75,903 pages in almost 50 languages. The largest Wikiquote is in 英文 with over 15,000 pages. The 德文, Italian, and Polish, each over 5,000 articles.
- Multilingual portal
- 英文 Wikiquote
- 德文 Wikiquote
- Italian Wikiquote
- Polish Wikiquote
- Full list of languages
維基書 aims to build a collection of free e-book resources, including textbooks, language courses, manuals, and annotated public domain books. It aims to help both (self-)instruction of students, and teachers in high-schools and universities.
As of January 2008, the largest 維基書 is in the 英文 language, with over 28,000 modules from over 3,000 developing books. The 德文 and Portuguese follow, each has over 5,000 modules. The project started in July 2003 and now has over 84,000 modules from over 5,000 developing books, across over 50 languages.
維基文庫 is a multilingual project, started in November 2003, to archive a collection of texts that could be distributed as free and open content. It is not only a superior format for storing classics, laws, and other free works as hypertext, but it also serves as base for translating these texts. At the beginning, source texts in all languages (except Hebrew) were all on one wiki. However, 維基文庫 now has several editions in many individual languages.
As of January 2008, 維基文庫 offers 315,000 source texts in total. The largest is the 英文 維基文庫, with over 104,000 works.
維基物種 is an open, wiki-based project to provide a central, more extensive species database for taxonomy. Launched 14 September 2004, 維基物種 is aimed specifically at the needs of scientific 用户s, and as of January 2008, has over 125,000 entries. There are plans to help 維基物種 collaborate with the Encyclopedia of Life project when the latter is more fully underway.
The 維基新聞 project was launched in December 2004 with the mission to report the news on a wide variety of subjects. As of January 2008, 23 language versions of 維基新聞 have been launched, producing more than 48,000 news articles in total. (Some 維基新聞, including the 英文 one, can be subscribed to through RSS feeds.) Contributors from around the world write news articles collaboratively. Reports range from original reporting and interviews to summaries of news from external sources. All of them are required to be written from a neutral point of view.
Currently 維基新聞 has two aims: providing a free content alternative to commercial news sites and making sure that articles are fact-checked and reviewed thoroughly.
維基學府 is a project dedicated to learning materials and learning communities, as well as research. It was set up as a Wikimedia project (in "beta" phase), on 15th August, 2006, with the 英文 and 德文 Wikiversities, as well as the multilingual co-ordination hub. Since then, these have been joined by the French, Greek, Italian and Spanish Wikiversities. Despite what its name may suggest, 維基學府 is not limited to university (or tertiary) level materials, but is open to materials and communities of all learner levels. The way it can facilitate learning activities and communities is still being explored, but is centered around the model of 'learning by doing', or 'experiential learning'.
- Multilingual portal
- 英文 維基學府
- French 維基學府
- 德文 維基學府
- Greek 維基學府
- Italian 維基學府
- Spanish 維基學府
- Multilingual co-ordination 維基學府
Wikimedia Commons was launched in September 2004 to provide a central repository for free photographs, diagrams, maps, videos, animations, music, sounds, spoken texts, and other free media. It is a multilingual project with contributors speaking dozens of languages, that serves as a central repository for all Wikimedia projects.
The project is growing rapidly. In October 2007, it reached two million multimedia files, less than a year after reaching one million. Wikimedia Commons received an honorary mention for Digital Community at the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica awards in May 2005.
The project has two community-driven mechanisms for highlighting quality contributions: Featured pictures which acknowledge the cream of the crop, and Quality images, which recognise well-composed creations by Wikimedia editors. Since 2006 it has run a Picture of the Year competition, which invites the wider Wikimedia community to share in the celebration of the inspiring free content imagery. Two pages, Meet our photographers and Meet our illustrators, showcase a selection of the highly skilled contributors who choose to use free content licenses and donate their work to the Wikimedia Commons.
For more information on Commons, please see Spotlight on Wikimedia Commons.
In 2005 MediaWiki won the prize at les Trophées du Libre in the category special php prize. As of 2007, MediaWiki is in use by many, many websites and projects around the world, and has been downloaded over 1 million times from the SourceForge software archive.
- It is unknown how many 用户s have registered on multiple projects at once.