The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit foundation. Their main headquarters are in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation runs many projects using the wiki idea and the MediaWiki software. These projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, and Meta-Wiki.
There are many other wikis to do with the foundation, but these are mostly smaller projects. They include the Wikimedia Foundation wiki, the MediaWiki wiki, the Test Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Incubator, Bugzilla, and the Wikimania wiki.
The foundation gets most of its funds from donations, as it is nonprofit. It also looks for grants. Some companies have helped Wikimedia by giving free computer hardware, and by hosting servers. Since people can write the wikis, Wikimedia projects are free to use.
Ting Chen will be the current Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board until July 2012.
The different boards [change]
Board of Trustees [change]
- Ting Chen, chair (July 2012)
- Jan-Bart de Vreede, vice-chair (December 2011)
- Phoebe Ayers, executive secretary (July 2012)
- Stu West, Treasurer (December 2011)
- Bishakha Datta (December 2012)
- Matt Halprin (December 2012)
- Samuel Klein (July 2012)
- Arne Klempert (July 2012)
- Jimmy Wales, (December 2011)
- Kat Walsh (July 2012)
Advisory Board [change]
The Advisory Board is an international network of experts who have agreed to give the foundation meaningful help on a regular basis in many different areas, including law, organizational development, technology, policy, and outreach. As of August 2010[update], the members are:
- List of Wikimedia wikis on Meta
- Meyers, Peter (2001-09-20). "Fact-Driven? Collegial? This Site Wants You". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800E5D6123BF933A1575AC0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink. Retrieved 2007-07-31. "It's kind of surprising that you could just open up a site and let people work," said Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's co-founder and the chief executive of Bomis, a San Diego search engine company that donates the computer resources for the project."
- Bergstein, Brian (2007-03-25). "Sanger says he co-started Wikipedia". ABC News (Associated Press). http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=2980046. Retrieved 2007-07-31. "The nascent Web encyclopedia Citizendium springs from Larry Sanger, a philosophy Ph.D. who counts himself as a co-founder of Wikipedia, the site he now hopes to usurp. The claim doesn't seem particularly controversial — Sanger has long been cited as a co-founder. Yet the other founder, Jimmy Wales, isn't happy about it."
- Walsh, Jay. "Board of Trustees". Wikimedia Foundation. http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Advisory Board". Wikimedia Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. http://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Advisory_Board&oldid=40197. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
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