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 free distribution.
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
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 software
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
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 development.
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 significantly higher.
== Further information ==
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== Contact ==
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(in English only) contact directly:
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