Wikipedia celebrates 15 years

Jan

16

2016

The English version of Wikipedia is Friday fifteen years. The online encyclopedia was founded in 2001 by American entrepreneur Jimmy Wales along with Larry Sanger. The English version did on June 18 of the same year was born.

Wikipedia was not the first project of encyclopedia Jimmy Wales. More than a year earlier, in December 1999, he founded together with Sanger Nupedia.com. The site was put live on March 9, 2000, but the design of the encyclopedia was more formal than that of the later Wikipedia. Articles were added by a group of editors who checked the contents first. Sanger that year came into contact with the wiki-concept.

The word wiki is Hawaiian and means “fast”, “fast” or “mobile”. The first wiki program was developed by Ward Cunningham in 1995. The program provided the opportunity to let you edit web documents by different editors. With the release of Nupedia which ran on wiki software, created Wikipedia. Wikipedia was possible to view previous versions of articles, making Nupedia quickly fell into oblivion.

It soon emerged alongside all different languages, other components, such as the dictionary, Wikibooks to provide textbooks and teaching materials and much more. The flow of information and all the additions that thousands of volunteers, or “Wikipedians”, adding worldwide, is channeled through bots. Besides text, the medium was also support more and more media formats. All this information also causes many controversies and hoaxes. Some items are therefore additionally protected and can not be changed just like that, all goes in against the Wikipedia philosophy.

Wikipedia is the only non-profit website in the top ten of the world’s most visited sites. That is the importance of the Wikipedia community that sustains enormous. For that feat was the entire Wikipedia community, the Erasmus Prize awarded on November 25, 2015 from the hands of King Willem-Alexander in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

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