Wmf Present Wikiconference Japan Nov 2009

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Wmf Present Wikiconference Japan Nov 2009

  1. 1. Helping you build Wikipedia: How we support the growth of Wikipedia and our free knowledge projects around the world November 2009 Jay Walsh, Head of Communications
  2. 2. Overview of today’s talk <ul><li>Wikipedia (history and more) </li></ul><ul><li>The state of the wiki, recent findings </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Wikimedia Foundation? </li></ul><ul><li>The people behind the projects </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges and the future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Canadian born, working in the USA Studied English and creative writing Government, education, public media background NHK / CBC Working at Wikimedia since January 2008 About your presenter
  4. 5. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia “ Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge . . . That’s what we’re doing.” CCBYSA3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  5. 6. <ul><li>Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in history </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 billion+ words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 million+ articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 million+ images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250+ languages </li></ul></ul>The Free Encyclopedia La enciclopedia libre Die freie Enzyklopädie Wolna encyklopedia De vrije encyclopedie الموسوعة الحرة L'encyclopédie libre Свободная энциклопедия 维基百科 フリー百科事典 L’enciclopedia libera
  6. 7. History of Wikipedia <ul><li>Before Wikipedia, Nupedia </li></ul><ul><li>January 15, 2001, Wikipedia is born </li></ul><ul><li>More projects follow Wikipedia (not everything should be in an encyclopedia) </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic is slow at first </li></ul><ul><li>Editing increases, policy evolves </li></ul><ul><li>A grassroots project takes flight </li></ul><ul><li>“ Assume good faith” and “Be Bold” become key ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy is intent on giving this idea to everyone – making it a not for profit venture. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Common Questions Who is in charge? Why do people edit? Who fact-checks Wikipedia? How can you operate without experts? Why are there no ads?
  8. 9. State of The Wiki
  9. 10. <ul><li>5 th most popular website world-wide </li></ul><ul><li>325 million unique visitors monthly </li></ul>Source: comScore, Media Metrix, Sept 2009
  10. 11. <ul><li>7 th most popular website in Japan </li></ul><ul><li>30.5 million unique visitors monthly </li></ul>Source: comScore, Media Metrix, Sept 2009
  11. 12. Wikipedia Global Traffic Source: comScore Select information sites, monthly unique visitors
  12. 13. From strategy. Wikimedia.org
  13. 14. From strategy. Wikimedia.org
  14. 15. From strategy. Wikimedia.org
  15. 16. However . . . Wikimedia is more than Wikipedia
  16. 17. Wikimania Wikibooks Meta-wiki Wikiquote Wikispecies Media-wiki Wikimedia Incubator Wikiversity Wiktionary Wikinews Wikisource Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia
  17. 18. Wikimedia’s Projects
  18. 19. What is the Wikimedia Foundation? <ul><li>A not-for-profit charity based in San Francisco, California </li></ul><ul><li>A global, mission-focused organization: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Spread free knowledge throughout the world.” </li></ul>Reach Participation Quality Focusing on our projects and our people – our community of volunteers
  19. 20. Wikimedia’s Board of Trustees Governing body Community Elected Board appointed Chapter appointed CCBYSA 3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  20. 21. <ul><li>The Wikimedia Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs Wikipedia. </li></ul>34
  21. 22. Wikimedia Organization
  22. 24. Wikimedia Staff CCBYSA 3.0 by Deniz Gultekin
  23. 25. Wikimedia Foundation Headquarters San Francisco, California CCBYSA 3.0 by Deniz Gultekin
  24. 26. Programs Partnerships Advocacy Volunteer Outreach Education Communication CCBYSA 3.0 by Mathias Schindler
  25. 27. Technology Infrastructure Uptime Software development Scalability Media-wiki Office technology CCBYSA 3.0 by Florence Devouard
  26. 28. Fundraising
  27. 29. Finance / Admin Global financial management International business development Defending our trademark Protecting free content Protecting user privacy Financial accountability CCBYSA 3.0 by Jay Walsh
  28. 30. strategy.wikimedia.org
  29. 31. Usability Understand user experience Simplify editing Engage new users CCBYSA 3.0 by Parul Vora
  30. 32. People Wikimedia considers any person who supports our mission or edits on our projects to be a volunteer. On our projects we consider an active editor to be anyone who has edited at least five times in a month. In September 2009 over 85,353 people edited a Wikimedia project at least five times. Since the creation of Wikipedia over 350,000,000 individual edits have been made to Wikimedia projects.
  31. 33. Global Chapters 27 volunteer-run Wikimedia Chapters support the Foundation’s mission around the world.
  32. 34. Global chapters National outreach Fundraisers Engaging new volunteers Representing Wikimedia locally CCBYSA 3.0 by User:Bidgee
  33. 35. Wikimania The annual, global gathering of Supporters and enthusiasts of the Wikimedia projects. CCBYSA 3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  34. 36. CCBYSA 3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  35. 37. CCBYSA 3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  36. 38. CCBYSA 3.0 by Nicolas Goldberg
  37. 39. Challenges & The Future Perceptions of quality and credibility Sustaining participation Long-term financial security Complexity and evolution of the internet Reducing barriers, building partnerships Expanding free knowledge globally
  38. 40. Challenges & The Future Perceptions of quality and credibility Flagged revisions Usability initiative
  39. 41. Challenges & The Future Perceptions of quality and credibility Media still question quality Shifts in our notions of Trust and credibility on-line We have to do more to help others understand the movement
  40. 42. Challenges & The Future Sustaining participation Complex problem Involving global experts and academics to study our challenges. We continue to grow, but as with any movement we need to be sustainable.
  41. 43. Challenges & The Future Long-term financial security Ad-free for a reason. Non-profit during the toughest recession in decades. Which models can ensure Wikipedia Forever?
  42. 44. Challenges & The Future Complexity and evolution of the internet Wikipedia has changed little in 8 years. Need to keep up with web leaders, but maintain open-source roots. Mobile access is becoming more prominent than desktop.
  43. 45. Challenges & The Future Reducing barriers, building partnerships Expanding free knowledge globally Vast population of earth is still not online. The knowledge is only powerful if in the hands of readers. Wikimedia and its chapters must expand to build partnerships and alliances globally.
  44. 46. Challenges & The Future
  45. 47. Challenges & The Future A global challenge, that needs your help. http://strategy.wikimedia.org

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