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Wikipedia celebrates 20 years since its creation

The idea was a challenge but, 20 years later, Wikipedia is still active and today more than 55 million articles can be accessed in more than 300 languages, free of charge and without ads.

| 01/15/2021 | ionicons-v5-c23: 26 | Agencies |

On January 15, 2001, businessman Jimmy Wales and philosopher Larry Sanger, both Americans, created Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia, written and edited by volunteers and published on the internet, which was born to add knowledge and with the conviction that it is the property of everyone in the world.

It is « the largest collaborative collection of free knowledge in the history of mankind » and its content is currently provided and edited by a community of more than 280,000 volunteers each month, the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization, points out on its website. profit that directs among others the operations of Wikipedia.

« Wikipedia It has become, from a seemingly impossible idea, into a testament to humanity in full expansion, a place where we can collaborate, share and learn a little about everything « , says Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, who highlights the initiative’s commitment to the integrity and value of the information, so necessary – he says – at this time.

The anniversary commemorates two decades of global effort to support free knowledge, open collaboration, and trust on the internet, and in times when disinformation and polarization « challenge our trust in information and institutions, Wikipedia it is more relevant than ever, « says the Foundation.

The encyclopedia is edited 350 times per minute and is read more than 8,000 times per second; close to 89% of the writing on this platform is in languages ​​other than English.