Wikimedia Israel


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A presentation about Wikimedia Israel, originally presented at the EVA/Minerva annual conference in Jerusalem 2007. Note: I updated the data on July 2008. The original presentation included animation.

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Wikimedia Israel

  1. 1. ‫ישראל‬ ‫ויקימדיה ישראל‬ ‫ويكيمديا إسرائيل ‪Wikimedia Israel‬‬
  2. 2. ‫תארו לעצמכם עולם...‬
  3. 3. ‫תארו לעצמכם עולם‬ ‫שבו לכל אדם יש גישה‬ ‫חופשית למכלול הידע‬ ‫האנושי.‬ ‫‪Imagine a world in‬‬ ‫تيلوا عالا يتمكن فيه كل‬ ‫‪which every single‬‬ ‫أحد من الوصول الر إل‬ ‫‪person can share‬‬ ‫‪freely in the sum of‬‬ ‫كافة العلم البشري.‬ ‫.‪human knowledge‬‬
  4. 4. Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia, started in January 2001, as a free online encyclopedia written by its users. As of July 2008, Wikipedia had approximately 11 million articles in 256 languages, including Hebrew and Arabic. The Hebrew Wikipedia started in July 2003, and now includes about 80,000 articles.
  6. 6. The Wikimedia Foundation was established in June 2003, in Florida, USA, by Jimmy Wales, one of the founders of Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation is responsible for managing the various Wikimedia projects in all different languages. While the Wikimedia Foundation promotes the projects and caters for their infrastructure, each project has its own community of users, which maintains the project and takes decisions about FOUNDATION policy.
  7. 7. Today, the Wikimedia projects include several knowledge resources in different languages, and a repository of images and media files. All of them are available for free and under free licenses, and are the fruit of voluntary collaborative work.
  8. 8. The Wikimedia projects are powered by the Media-Wiki software, designed especially for them, but also used for many other purposes. The software, like the content of the Wikimedia projects, is available for free under the GFDL free license.
  9. 9. Israeli Wikipedians at their 10th meet-up, on Hanukkah, December 2006
  10. 10. Wikimedia projects in Hebrew have brought together many enthusiastic contributors, who now make up a significant community of free content adherents. This community is growing rapidly as shown in the increasing number of participants in the community meet-ups.
  11. 11. Wikimedia Israel was established in June 2007, as an Israeli nonprofit organization, recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation as one of its chapters. Other Wikimedia chapters exist in Argentina, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
  12. 12. ‫ישראל‬ Wikimedia Israel set its goal to promote knowledge and education in Israel by gathering, creating and distributing free content. Since its creation, Wikimedia-Israel has been cooperating with other Israeli organizations that share its principles, and initiated educational free-content projects.
  13. 13. The Israel Free Image Collection Project A joint initiative of Wikimedia-Israel, the Israel Internet Association and the Center for Educational Technology. It is meant to create a large pool of digital-format images relating to the history of Israel, or depicting places of distinction. The images would be as free of copyright limitations as possible. The public will be free to contribute new images, and browse or copy any of the images stored within.
  14. 14. The new Israeli copyright law Wikimedia Israel has been closely following the legislative procedure aiming to create a new Israeli copyright law, and managed to prevent some of aggravations which were to be introduced in the new law, particularly the idea to retroactively prolong the copyright period of photographs. ‫ישראל‬
  15. 15. The Computer to every Child project Wikimedia Israel has been cooperating with the Israeli Coputer to every Child project, discussing an idea to add an off-line version of recommended articles from the Hebrew Wikipedia to the content supplied on the hard disks of the 6000 computers distributed annually. ‫ישראל‬
  16. 16. For further information please visit our website, available in Hebrew, Arabic and English: ‫ישראל‬ :‫למידע נוסף, אנא פנו לאתר האינטרנט שלנו‬ ‫للستفسار والمزيد من المعلومات، رجاء التوجه إلى موقع‬ :‫النترنت خاصتنا‬