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Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing the infrastructure required for hosting Wikipedia.

Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing the infrastructure required for hosting Wikipedia. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales. The Wikimedia Foundation creates, maintains, and provides the technological infrastructure and technology required for Wikimedia projects such as hosting services and edit-checking artificial intelligence. According to the Wikimedia Foundation's website, they are 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.

According to the company's website (as of October 2019), there are over 200,000 editors contributing to Wikimedia projects every month, over 47 million media files on Wikimedia Commons, and over 1 billion unique devices visiting Wikimedia projects every month.


Projects supported by the Wikimedia foundation include the following: Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Wikiquote, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikivoyage, and MediaWiki.


May 9, 2022
Six Wikimedia chapters are denied accreditation to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) due to China's opposition.
May 1, 2022
The Wikimedia Foundation stops accepting cryptocurrency as a donation method, which it first began accepting in 2014.
January 15, 2016
The Wikimedia Endowment, a safekeeping fund for The Wikimedia Foundation, is set up.
June 20, 2003
The Wikimedia Foundation is founded.

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September 27, 2021
The non-profit that operates Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites, has a new CEO, Maryana Iskander (and yes, she has a Wikipedia page ).
Rahel Philipose
April 9, 2021
The Indian Express
In an effort to promote gender equality on the website, Wikimedia Foundation launched 'Project Rewrite' to address the absurd lack of recognition women have historically received.
Shruti Dhapola
February 5, 2021
The Indian Express
Wikipedia now has its own Universal code of conduct. Before this code, "there was no consistent way of addressing harassment on the platform and incidents were addressed on a case by case basis, and varied project by project," according to the Wikimedia foundation
Aditya Saroha
February 3, 2021
The Hindu
With the new code, the foundation wants to create a global set of community standards for addressing negative behaviour on the site by laying out a set of guidelines of expected and unacceptable behaviour.
January 15, 2021
The Hindu
Wikipedia, which turns 20 on January 15 has over 55 million articles that can be accessed in more than 300 languages.


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