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Andrew - per our discussion:
 
Andrew - per our discussion:
   
SOS Children UK and the Wikimedia Foundation announce the 2008/9
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SOS Children UK and the Wikimedia Foundation announce the 2008/9 Wikipedia Selection for Schools
Wikipedia Selection for Schools
 
   
16 October 2008: SOS Children UK, in coordination with the Wikimedia
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22 October 2008: SOS Children UK, in coordination with the Wikimedia Foundation, has released a complete 2008/9 revision of the Wikipedia Selection for Schools, which is perhaps the most successful "checked content" project derived from the English Wikipedia. Previous revisions have been distributed off-line widely across the globe including by the Shuttleworth Foundation to South Africa Schools, by the Hole in the Wall project to rural Indian children and through SOS offices worldwide. The Selection has the content of a 20 volume encyclopaedia - with 34,500 pictures, 20 million words and articles on more than 5500 topics. This revision, which can be downloaded or collected free from SOS Children is selected and organised around the UK National Curriculum and aimed at 8-17 year olds who broadly follow the UK National Curriculum and similar curricula elsewhere in the world.
Foundation, has released a complete 2008/9 revision of the Wikipedia
 
Selection for Schools, which is perhaps the most successful "checked
 
content" project derived from the English Wikipedia. Previous
 
revisions have been distributed off-line widely across the globe
 
including by the Shuttleworth Foundation to South Africa Schools, by
 
the Hole in the Wall project to rural Indian children and through SOS
 
offices worldwide. The Selection has the content of a 20 volume
 
encyclopaedia - with 34,000 pictures, 20 million words and articles on
 
more than 5500 topics. This revision, which can be downloaded or
 
collected free from SOS Children is selected and organised around the
 
UK National Curriculum and aimed at 8-17 year olds who broadly follow
 
the UK National Curriculum and similar curricula elsewhere in the
 
world.
 
   
Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, offered the following: "The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to work with SOS Children. Our goal is to make Wikipedia accessible to as many people as possible around the world, and SOS Children is a great partner that helps us make that happen. Wikipedia is released under a free content license so that individuals and institutions can easily adapt, reuse and customize its content: we encourage others, like SOS Children, to do exactly that."
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Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, remarked: "The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to work with SOS Children. Our goal is to make Wikipedia accessible to as many people as possible around the world, and SOS Children is a great partner who helps us make that happen. Wikipedia content is released under a free content license so that individuals and institutions can easily adapt, reuse and customize its content: we encourage others, like SOS Children, to do exactly that."
   
Dr Andrew Cates, CEO of SOS Children (and also a Wikipedia
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Dr Andrew Cates, CEO of SOS Children (and also a Wikipedia administrator) said: "Wikipedia is an incredible phenomenon, and we are proud to have helped improve the accessibility of Wikipedia
administrator) said: "Wikipedia is an incredible phenomenon, and we
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content to include users requiring remote access, child-friendly access and checked access. This year, general quality improvements on the English Wikipedia (particularly on requiring reliable sourcing for material) means the single most important selection criterion is now relevance or interest to children and manual content checking is slowly becoming secondary."
are proud to have helped improve the accessibility of Wikipedia
 
content to users requiring remote access, child-friendly access and
 
checked access. This year, general quality improvements on the English
 
Wikipedia (particularly on requiring reliable sourcing for material)
 
means the single most important selection criterion is now relevance
 
or interest to children and manual content checking is slowly becoming
 
secondary."
 
   
This selection which was originally designed for remote developing
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This selection which was originally designed for remote developing world schools without internet access, has been widely put on first world school intranets and websites. Although it is mainly an offline project, even the online browsable copy at http://schools-wikipedia.org gets on average well over ten thousand human surfers a day. Around 15% of last year's article selection has been removed as no longer meeting rising relevancy standards and more than fifteen hundred more relevant topics have been added, as now of high quality. All articles were reviewed and updated as needed.
world schools without internet access, has been widely put on first
 
world school intranets and websites. Although it is mainly an offline
 
project, even the online browsable copy at
 
http://schools-wikipedia.org gets on average well over ten thousand
 
human surfers a day. Around 15% of last years selection has been
 
removed as no longer meeting rising relevancy standards and more than
 
fifteen hundred additional topics have been added. All articles were
 
reviewed and updated as needed.
 
   
SOS Children is best known as the world's largest orphan charity (UK
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SOS Children is best known as the world's largest orphan charity (UK Charity No. 1069204) but is also a very large educational charity running 192 schools with 91,000 pupils in the developing world. See
Charity No. 1069204) but is also a very large educational charity
 
running 192 schools with 91,000 pupils in the developing world. See
 
 
www.soschildren.org
 
www.soschildren.org
   
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable
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The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable foundation that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. The Foundation was established by Jimmy Wales in 2003, two years after
foundation that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.
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creating Wikipedia, to build a long-term future for free knowledge projects on the internet. The Foundation, now based in San Francisco, California, maintains the technical infrastructure, software, and servers that allow millions of people every day to freely use Wikipedia and its sister projects.
The Foundation was established by Jimmy Wales in 2003, two years after
 
creating Wikipedia, to build a long-term future for free knowledge
 
projects on the internet. The Foundation, now based in San Francisco,
 
California, maintains the technical infrastructure, software, and
 
servers that allow millions of people every day to freely use
 
Wikipedia and its sister projects.
 
   
 
Summary points:
 
Summary points:
 
* The selection is organised around National Curriculum subjects
 
* The selection is organised around National Curriculum subjects
* The articles have been cleaned up and checked for suitability
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* The articles have been cleaned up and checked for suitability for and usefulness to children
for and usefulness to children
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* Website: [[SchoolsWP:index:home|http://schools-wikipedia.org]] ;
* Website: http://schools-wikipedia.org ;
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* Downloads: [[SchoolsWP:index:download-2008|download link]]
* Downloads download link (to be provided)
 
   
 
Contact:
 
Contact:

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Press release

Andrew - per our discussion:

SOS Children UK and the Wikimedia Foundation announce the 2008/9 Wikipedia Selection for Schools

22 October 2008: SOS Children UK, in coordination with the Wikimedia Foundation, has released a complete 2008/9 revision of the Wikipedia Selection for Schools, which is perhaps the most successful "checked content" project derived from the English Wikipedia. Previous revisions have been distributed off-line widely across the globe including by the Shuttleworth Foundation to South Africa Schools, by the Hole in the Wall project to rural Indian children and through SOS offices worldwide. The Selection has the content of a 20 volume encyclopaedia - with 34,500 pictures, 20 million words and articles on more than 5500 topics. This revision, which can be downloaded or collected free from SOS Children is selected and organised around the UK National Curriculum and aimed at 8-17 year olds who broadly follow the UK National Curriculum and similar curricula elsewhere in the world.

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, remarked: "The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to work with SOS Children. Our goal is to make Wikipedia accessible to as many people as possible around the world, and SOS Children is a great partner who helps us make that happen. Wikipedia content is released under a free content license so that individuals and institutions can easily adapt, reuse and customize its content: we encourage others, like SOS Children, to do exactly that."

Dr Andrew Cates, CEO of SOS Children (and also a Wikipedia administrator) said: "Wikipedia is an incredible phenomenon, and we are proud to have helped improve the accessibility of Wikipedia content to include users requiring remote access, child-friendly access and checked access. This year, general quality improvements on the English Wikipedia (particularly on requiring reliable sourcing for material) means the single most important selection criterion is now relevance or interest to children and manual content checking is slowly becoming secondary."

This selection which was originally designed for remote developing world schools without internet access, has been widely put on first world school intranets and websites. Although it is mainly an offline project, even the online browsable copy at http://schools-wikipedia.org gets on average well over ten thousand human surfers a day. Around 15% of last year's article selection has been removed as no longer meeting rising relevancy standards and more than fifteen hundred more relevant topics have been added, as now of high quality. All articles were reviewed and updated as needed.

SOS Children is best known as the world's largest orphan charity (UK Charity No. 1069204) but is also a very large educational charity running 192 schools with 91,000 pupils in the developing world. See www.soschildren.org

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable foundation that operates Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. The Foundation was established by Jimmy Wales in 2003, two years after creating Wikipedia, to build a long-term future for free knowledge projects on the internet. The Foundation, now based in San Francisco, California, maintains the technical infrastructure, software, and servers that allow millions of people every day to freely use Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Summary points:

  • The selection is organised around National Curriculum subjects
  • The articles have been cleaned up and checked for suitability for and usefulness to children
  • Website: http://schools-wikipedia.org ;
  • Downloads: download link

Contact:

  • David Gerard, UK media contact, Wikimedia Foundation:

wp(at)davidgerard.co.uk, +44 7733 223584

  • Andrew Cates, CEO, SOS Children UK: andrew(at)soschildren.org,

+44 1223 365589

  • Elizabeth Rodgers, Press Officer, SOS Children UK:

elizabeth(at)soschildren.org, +44 1223 365589