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Barry Newstead of the Wikimedia Foundation's Presentation at FISL12 in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Barry Newstead of the Wikimedia Foundation's Presentation at FISL12 in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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  • When I was at the job I had previous to the WMF, I used the presentations and documentation given by WMF to scale the web architecture there. The information was great, and it was one of the most open architectures I've ever gotten to read about. It made things really easy to follow, especially since even many configuration files were shared. I'm glad to be able to now share this information with others as well
  • Wikipedia started with Jimmy Wales. He made this declaration at some point in his life – wanting to carry out the idea of bringing all knowledge to all people in all relevant languages. Jimmy was thinking about Wikipedia before the technology even existed. He was thinking about his idea in his time as a day-trader in Chicago. He was an early internet adopter – active on mailing lists, and drifted towards the very early ideas of the internet. He pondered whether these early technologies could lead to something like an on-line encyclopedia.
  • 6/23/10
  • "Young Professionals International Forum" of the World Affairs Council. The people that helped me work on this are Phil Walker and Katherin Jansen` Greetings and thanks Pleasure and honor to be visiting Tokyo this week, especially to talk about something I care a great deal about. This is perhaps only the second time that a representative from the Foundation has been able to attend, and it’s a great opportunity to share our work and to hear what Wikimedians and enthusiasts of our projects are doing in Japan. A great opportunity to start a dialog and for the Foundation to gain some perspective.


  • 1. Why the world needs Wikipedia... ...and Wikipedia needs you! Presentation at FISL12 Barry Newstead, Chief Global Development Officer 29 June 2011, Porto Alegre, Brazil WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION
  • 2. Wikimania Wikibooks Meta-wiki Wikiquote Wikispecies Media-wiki Wikimedia Incubator Wikiversity Wiktionary Wikinews Wikisource Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia
  • 3. VISÃO ` Um mundo em que cada ser humano tenha livre acesso à soma de todo conhecimento. CCBYSA3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  • 4. Monthly unique visitors 400,000,000 Articles available 18,000,000+ Photo and A/V Media files available 6,000,000+ Contributors to Wikipedia since inception 1,335,675 Active contributors each month 88,000 Our stats...large community serving humanity
  • 5. Why the world needs Wikipedia...
  • 6. Serious about seeking truth in a world where truth isn't always a priority By AxelBoldt at en.wikipedia Later versions were uploaded by AlexOvShaolin at en.wikipedia. [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
  • 7. A neutral point of view By Rudolf Bruner-Dvořák (1864 - 1921) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 8. Free as in beer... By Gonzalo Rivero (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons By Julian Fong (Natural Viagra) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons experience on the web
  • 9. Beacon for freedom (as in speech) on the web By Lilian Wagdy (DSC_9245 Uploaded by The Egyptian Liberal) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 10. Knowledge is power! By Masae (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 11. Why Wikipedia needs you...
  • 12. Wikipedia works because of people like you by Rodrigo Paoletti (Own work) CC-BY, via Flickr
  • 13.  
  • 14. Video: Nice people
  • 15.  
  • 16. A true FLOSS project... built by volunteer hackers By Andrew Lih (Own work) 2005-08-03 CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • 17. Help maximize the performance of the #5 site on the web By meta:User:Midom ( [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 18. Help create a new visual/rich text editor and new features
  • 19. How about innovating for the mobile and offline worlds?
  • 20. Introduce Wikipedia to the world beyond... By Gnangarra (Own work)[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 21. Build community and make friends By Tinucherian (Tinucherian) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 22.
      N ã o importa se voc ê est á no Brasil...
    Catalyze Brazil's Wikipedia community by boooooooorbs, CC-BY-SA 2.0, from Flickr
      Wikipedia é a prova que voc ê pode fazer acontecer em qualquer lugar.
  • 23. What to do now...yes you can, right now ;) 1. Click Edit on any Wikipedia article and try it out! 2. Join our dev community 3. File bugs - 4. Teach others about Wikipedia 5. Work with libraries, archives, museums to free knowledge and improve Wikipedia 6. Organize a meetup, hack-a-thon, social gathering 7. Innovate!
  • 24.
      Barry Newstead Wikimedia Foundation [email_address]
    • @bazanews
      Muito Obrigado!