Sunday, 15 January 2006

Happy Wikipedia Day!

The first of this weeks digital information service anniversaries.

Today is January 15th, which means it is Wikipedia Day. And this years' anniversary marks the day five years ago when Wikipedia went public:

The English Wikipedia alone now has more than 918,000 articles, with over 340,000,000 words. The combined Wikipedias for all languages have an estimated total of over 3,100,000 articles in some two hundred languages. Eighty-four of the non-English Wikipedias have over 1,000 articles, thirty-six have over 10,000 and seven have over 100,000.

For a few days now, Wikipedia has been listed on Alexa as the 20th most popular website in the world.

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia which anyone can add to or edit. The aim is to collect all human knowledge in one, easy to locate and update, system. It's the online service I use the most as both a reader and contributer. One of the pages I've had a hand in developing is on Berneray itself.

For the people who get a bit hot under the collar at the Wikipedia model of "Anyone can edit anything", don't bore me with your objections - go and read this instead.

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