Wikimedia’s amazing open source projects

“Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.”

Wikimedia Foundation’s is the non-profit organization registered in the USA, which hosts the websites known as the “Wikimedia projects” and related projects (in 270 languages). Meta-Wiki’s discussions range from coordination and documentation to planning and analysis of future Wikimedia activities. The picture below is from Wikimedia Commons.

The Elevated at 110th Street, New York City, 1900

The Elevated at One Hundred and Tenth Street, New York City 1900

Meta-Wiki is the global community site for Wikimedia Foundation’s projects.

There are International jobs och de söker en verksamhetsledare i Sverige!  And they need donations too, a cause worth supporting! And there are volonteer opportunities.

Open source is the way to go!  Here are all Wikimedias projects except Wikipedia which I guess everybody knows about by now!

Wikimedia Commons logo

Wikimedia Commons was launched in September 2004 to provide a central repository for free photographs, diagrams, maps, videos, animations, music, sounds, spoken texts, and other free media. It is a multilingual project with contributors speaking dozens of languages, that serves as a central repository for all Wikimedia projects.

The project is growing rapidly. In September 2009, it reached five million multimedia files, less than six months after reaching four million.

Wiktionary logo

Wiktionary is a project to create a multilingual free content dictionary in every language.

Wikiquote logo

Wikiquote is a repository of quotations taken from famous people, books, speeches, films or any intellectually interesting materials. Proverbs, mnemonics or slogans are also included in Wikiquote.

Wikibooks logo

Wikibooks aims to build a collection of free e-book resources, including textbooks, language courses, manuals, and annotated public domain books. It aims to help both (self-)instruction of students and teachers in high schools and universities.

Wikisource logo

Wikisource is a multilingual project, started in November 2003, to archive a collection of free and open content texts. It is not only a superior format for storing classics, laws, and other free works as hypertext, but it also serves as a base for translating these texts. At the beginning, source texts in all languages (except Hebrew) were all on one wiki. However, Wikisource now has several editions in many individual languages.

Wikispecies logo

Wikispecies is an open, wiki-based project to provide a central, more extensive species database for taxonomy. Launched 14 September 2004, Wikispecies is aimed specifically at the needs of scientific users, and as of October 2010, has over 240,000 entries. There are plans to help Wikispecies collaborate with the Encyclopedia of Life project when the latter is more fully underway.

Wikinews logo

The Wikinews project was launched in December 2004 with the mission to report the news on a wide variety of subjects. As of October 2010, 29 language versions of Wikinews have been launched, producing more than 140,000 news articles in total. (Some Wikinews, including the English one, can be subscribed to through RSS feeds.) Contributors from around the world write news articles collaboratively. Reports range from original reporting and interviews to summaries of news from external sources. All of them are required to be written from a neutral point of view.

Wikiversity logo

Wikiversity is a project dedicated to learning materials and learning communities, as well as research. It was set up as a Wikimedia project (in “beta” phase) on 15 August 2006 with the English and German Wikiversities, as well as the multilingual coordination hub. Despite what its name may suggest, Wikiversity is not limited to university (or tertiary) level materials, but is open to materials and communities of all learner levels.

MediaWiki logo

MediaWiki is a wiki engine released under the GPL. The MediaWiki software is used by all Wikimedia projects and many other sites.

In 2005 MediaWiki won the prize at les Trophées du Libre in the category special php prize. As of 2011, MediaWiki is in use by many, many websites and projects around the world, and has been downloaded millions of times over the years.

What a resource for us all to


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