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Global milestones for November

This month’s milestones include the Kongo Wikipedia, the Polish Wikisource, and Meta-Wiki.

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Erasmus portrait by Hans Holbein, from Le Musée du Louvre and The Yorck Project. Public Domain.

Wikipedia turns 14, receives prestigious Erasmus Prize 2015

Today, Wikipedia turns fourteen years old. On this day in 2001, a simple idea changed the world: the idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

Fourteen years later, we’re happy to announce that the Erasmus Prize 2015 was just awarded to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community. (…)

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"The Tetons and the Snake River" by Ansel Adams, under PD

Will you join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Wikimedia Commons?

Wikimedia Commons is turning 10 years old this Sunday — will you help celebrate? We’re asking everyone to join the Wikimedia community by sharing a freely licensed image with world.

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Ten years of supporting free knowledge

Ten years ago today, on June 20, 2003, Jimmy Wales announced the founding of the Wikimedia Foundation. He entrusted the new nonprofit with the operation of Wikipedia, launched two and a half years prior. Wales recalled the early days of Wikipedia and marveled that it has grown to be such…

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Swedish Wikipedia surpasses 1 million articles with aid of article creation bot

On June 15, 2013, Swedish Wikipedia hit one million articles, joining the club of English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish Wikipedias. The article that broke the barrier was the butterfly species Erysichton elaborata. There is, however, one fact that separates this million article milestone from almost all others….

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Spanish Wikipedia surpasses the 1 million article milestone

On May 16, 2013, the Spanish Wikipedia community announced a new milestone in editing, when the Spanish language version of “the free encyclopedia” surpassed one million articles. Wikipedia is the largest, most current and fastest growing encyclopedia in the world, characterized by being free, multilingual and written exclusively by volunteers…

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Wikimedia projects reach more than 500 million people per month

In the Wikimedia movement, we have a vision statement that inspires many contributions to our endeavor: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.” We’re still a long way from realizing that vision, but we’ve recently surpassed…

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Italian Wikipedia surpasses one million articles

(This is a guest post from Maurizio Codogno, Wikimedia Italia) On 9 September 2005, the article Choisy-le-Roi, a French town near Paris, was created on the Italian Wikipedia. On 3 October 2008, the article Placca indiana, one of the tectonic plates in the lithosphere of the Earth, was also created. What can…

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Wikimedia Foundation launches Wikivoyage, a free, worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit

The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its 12th official project: Wikivoyage, a free, worldwide, online travel guide. Like Wikipedia and its sister projects, Wikivoyage is free to edit, free of ads, and built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe. Wikivoyage becomes the 12th official Wikimedia…

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English Wikipedia crosses 4 million article milestone

Wikipedia has succeeded through the dedication of its volunteer editors, who have created over 22 million articles across 285 language Wikipedias in just eleven years. Today, the English Wikipedia, the largest of the Wikipedias, celebrated its four millionth article, a remarkable milestone. The four millionth article was Izbat Al Burj…

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