Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best
known as a co-founder and promoter of the online nonproﬁt encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Completed a PhD in ﬁnance and worked as the research
director of a Chicago futures and options ﬁrm.
1996 - Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring
entertainment and adult content. The company would
provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free
encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor,
2001- Wales launched Wikipedia. He is historically cited
as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed
the "co-" designation, declaring himself the sole founder.
2006 - 100 Most Inﬂuential People in the World - Time
What’s a Wiki?
Allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a
web browser using a simpliﬁed markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.
How Wiki’s Work
Allows for collaborative editing of any page and creation of new pages, using
a browser without extra plug-ins;
Promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making
page link creation almost intuitively easy and showing whether an intended
target page exists or not;
It seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and
collaboration that constantly changes the body of knowledge.
So What’s Special?
pages undergo a process of crowdsourced vetting that leads to higher quality
and more relevant data;
What Differentiates Wiki Software
Availability (OS versus Proprietary)
Availability of Extensions