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 related to 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 | change source]
Board of Trustees[change | change source]
The Board of Trusteesis in charge of all the affairs of the Foundation. It ihas ten members:
- four who are appointed by the Board itself;
- three who are selected by the community of all the different Wikimedia projects;
- two who are selected by the local chapters and thematic organizations;
- and one emeritus for the foundation's founder, Jimmy Wales.
Advisory Board[change | change source]
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 April 2013[update], the members are:
- Phoebe Ayers
- Ward Cunningham
- Florence Devouard
- Melissa Hagemann
- Matt Halprin
- Benjamin Mako Hill
- Mimi Ito
- Mitch Kapor
- Veronique Kessler
- Neeru Khosla
- Arne Klempert
- Teemu Leinonen
- Nhlanhla Mabaso
- Rebecca MacKinnon
- Wayne Mackintosh
- Roger McNamee
- Domas Mituzas
- Trevor Neilson
- Craig Newmark
- Achal Prabhala
- Clay Shirky
- Michael Snow
- Jing Wang
- Jessamyn West
- Ethan Zuckerman
References[change | change source]
- 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."
- "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.
Other websites[change | change source]