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How Wikipedia Works: 
And how you can be a part of it 
Phoebe Ayers 
Wikimedia Foundation 
UC Davis Libraries 
November 6,...
I use Wikipedia to 
live my life. 
-- donor comment, 2013 fundraiser
Taipei, Wikimania 2007
Imagine a world in which every 
single human being can freely 
share in the sum of all 
knowledge. 
- Wikimedia’s vision s...
inter-language 
links
Wikimedia is global 
Wikimedia chapters, 2014 (dark blue = founded)
440M Unique Visitors / Nov 2014 
Half from Europe and North America, half from the 
rest of the world
mobile 
Oliver Keyes and Toby Negrin, 
May 1 WMF Metrics Meeting 
desktop
33M articles in Wikipedia (globally)
23 M files on Commons
On the English Wikipedia: 
Top 5,000 articles = 
~19% of all traffic 
From Andrew West: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip...
What is Wikimedia? 
12 projects 
280 languages 
33 million Wikipedia articles 
23 million media files 
 80,000 active edi...
The cultivated person’s first duty 
is to always be prepared to 
rewrite the encyclopedia. 
-Umberto Eco
Wikimania 2005
Bangalore, 2010
San Francisco, 2014
Wikimania, Haifa 2011
32K active editors/month in English
Values 
• Free [to use and reuse] 
• Volunteer-written 
• Supported by readers 
• Everyone can participate 
• Neutral, enc...
History of an article
compare 
Date of edit 
username 
Edit summary 
Their other contributions 
Revision of an article – one “edit”
Evaluating an article
Becoming an editor
…saving an edit
Why bother?
Libraries and Wikipedia
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Libraries
David Ferrieio, Wikimania 2012
Backstage at NARA
The future
Number of active editors in… 
• Spanish Wikipedia: 4,086 
• Chinese Wikipedia: 2,188 
• Hindi Wikipedia: 44 
• Swahili Wik...
Bridging the gender gap
Contributors everywhere
And readers, too 
Kenya, OLPC school project
Keeping knowledge free 
SOPA blackout, Jan 18 2012
Thank you 
psayers@ucdavis.edu
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  1. 1. How Wikipedia Works: And how you can be a part of it Phoebe Ayers Wikimedia Foundation UC Davis Libraries November 6, 2014
  2. 2. I use Wikipedia to live my life. -- donor comment, 2013 fundraiser
  3. 3. Taipei, Wikimania 2007
  4. 4. Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. - Wikimedia’s vision statement
  5. 5. inter-language links
  6. 6. Wikimedia is global Wikimedia chapters, 2014 (dark blue = founded)
  7. 7. 440M Unique Visitors / Nov 2014 Half from Europe and North America, half from the rest of the world
  8. 8. mobile Oliver Keyes and Toby Negrin, May 1 WMF Metrics Meeting desktop
  9. 9. 33M articles in Wikipedia (globally)
  10. 10. 23 M files on Commons
  11. 11. On the English Wikipedia: Top 5,000 articles = ~19% of all traffic From Andrew West: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:5000 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-02- 04/Special_report
  12. 12. What is Wikimedia? 12 projects 280 languages 33 million Wikipedia articles 23 million media files  80,000 active editors  100s of local meetup groups  41 local/national level chapters  200 employees at the Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco  1,130,000 individual financial donors (in 2011-12)  450,000,000 readers
  13. 13. The cultivated person’s first duty is to always be prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia. -Umberto Eco
  14. 14. Wikimania 2005
  15. 15. Bangalore, 2010
  16. 16. San Francisco, 2014
  17. 17. Wikimania, Haifa 2011
  18. 18. 32K active editors/month in English
  19. 19. Values • Free [to use and reuse] • Volunteer-written • Supported by readers • Everyone can participate • Neutral, encyclopedic, factual • No top down editorial control: • Community curated work
  20. 20. History of an article
  21. 21. compare Date of edit username Edit summary Their other contributions Revision of an article – one “edit”
  22. 22. Evaluating an article
  23. 23. Becoming an editor
  24. 24. …saving an edit
  25. 25. Why bother?
  26. 26. Libraries and Wikipedia
  27. 27. http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Libraries
  28. 28. David Ferrieio, Wikimania 2012
  29. 29. Backstage at NARA
  30. 30. The future
  31. 31. Number of active editors in… • Spanish Wikipedia: 4,086 • Chinese Wikipedia: 2,188 • Hindi Wikipedia: 44 • Swahili Wikipedia: 9 • Javanese Wikipedia: 7 (Active editors/month in March 2014, from stats.wikimedia.org)
  32. 32. Bridging the gender gap
  33. 33. Contributors everywhere
  34. 34. And readers, too Kenya, OLPC school project
  35. 35. Keeping knowledge free SOPA blackout, Jan 18 2012
  36. 36. Thank you psayers@ucdavis.edu

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