10 years of Wikipedia: have your say…

I love video. And I love infographics. And I love Wikipedia. Enter, Jimmy Wales’s video to celebrate 10 years of a magnificent open-source Encyclopaedia – The State of Wikipedia.

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“The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history and inner-workings of the web-based encyclopedia, but it’s also a celebration of its 10th anniversary. With more than 17 million articles in over 270 languages, Wikipedia has undoubtedly become one of the most visited and relied upon sites on the web today. More than a million people have contributed to make the site what it is today.”

There has always been much discussion about whether Wikipedia serves us with accurate information, but I would challenge sceptics to take the leap and edit a page, or ever create one of a topic. The moderators and community of editors are passionate about accuracy and importance of an article and do not sit by letting anything pass through. The reason for this is that the involvement people have holds intrinsic motivation to them to make Wikipedia a useful source, and when something has this intrinsic value for someone, then motivation need not been in the form of monetary payment. This builds a healthy moderation strategy and sorts the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

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The idea of Wikipedia is very important to the internet, and certainly ticks the boxes that Tim Berners-Lee envisaged when creating the internet. A source that is open to all, allow us to share information around the world freely and easily. Of course, making money on the internet has taken a lot of the time but with foundations like Wikipedia we can all certainly see it’s massive benefit to our own growth and education.

I could wax lyrical about Wikipedia all day long, but in the interest of avoiding boredom to set in for you all, I’d love to hear comments on how Wikipedia has changed your information gathering over the past decade.

Over to the floor…

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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