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Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. And we need your help.

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 50 most visited websites in the world.

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Founder Welcome to the Wikimedia Foundation. On this site, you will find articles about the latest Wikimedia initiatives, the thoughts and activities of our Board of Trustees, and words from our founder, Jimmy Wales. You will find current reports from our committees and chapters, notes from the community, and commentary from major figuures in open content, copyright, and distributed research.

  • Founder letter - the latest words from Jimbo Wales, our founder.
  • Board letter - Find out a quartely overview of Wikimedia Foundation activity

Quartely reports

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ReportsReports attempt to summarize Wikimedia Foundation activity. Here you will find reports from the various departements of the Foundation : Finance, Grants, Technical, Legal, etc. Most of the editors of this section are either board members, Wikimedians active in the subject area, officers, or other authors asked to report on a specific topic.

From the projects

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Proyectos This is a free area, with reports by various people on various issues :-) For example, a report on Wikinews, or Wikicommons; a text on a new arbitration committee, a wikijunior publishing, a new grassroot initiative to develop a project, etc... Please feel free to add participate and add reports yourself.

Non-Wikipedia projects have grown more rapidly than Wikipedia over the past semester, with Wikicommons well ahead of all other projects. Here are some of the projects strengths and highlights, as well as our latest statistics.

More information on prize and awards are at m:Trophy box.

Opinions and essays

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These articles reflect the opinions of its authors, which may be or not be those of the board of the Wikimedia Foundation. Still... they are worth it don't you think ?


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The Quarto caught up with the father of the wiki movement before breakfast on an early Oregon morning, while he was recovering from the recent Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP) conference held in Illinois. In between cans of Moxie, we picked his brain about the evolution of wiki, copyright, and the Wikipedia community. Afterward, he came onto IRC to hang out in #wikipedia for a while, where he was duly lauded. See our interview with Ward Cunningham

Latest news

Read the latest release of the Wikimedia Foundation's newsletter:The Wikimedia Quarto

See current events for more information.

Corporate details

The Wikimedia Board of Trustees is the ultimate corporate authority in the Wikimedia Foundation Inc., and has the power to direct the activities of the foundation. The Foundation bylaws may be seen at Wikimedia Foundation bylaws.

A complete list of notes from Board meetings may be seen at meetings. The Foundation manages the Budget, which pays primarily for computer equipment and hosting. Other costs include human resources necessary to the running of the Wikimedia projects, though most people are volunteers.

If you only read the Wikimedia project websites, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general.
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