|Type||Informal organization of individual contributors, chapters, user groups, and thematic organizations|
|Focus||Free, open-content, wiki-based Internet projects|
The Wikimedia movement is a worldwide community of people who improve projects like Wikipedia. They work together to create and manage these projects. They use open standards and software to create and manage them.
It was originally made by volunteers who edit Wikipedia. The movement has grown to include other projects such as Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. It also includes volunteers who are software engineers and developers. They help make the software called MediaWiki better. MediaWiki is what is used to run the Wikimedia projects.
Projects[change | change source]
Content projects[change | change source]
As of 2021,[update] Wikimedia has many content projects. These include:
- Wikipedia: An online encyclopedia.
- Meta-Wiki: A place for talking about ideas about Wikimedia projects.
- Wikibooks: A collection for educational books.
- Wikidata: A shared collection of data that can be accessed by other projects.
- Wikifunctions: A collection of code.
- Wikimedia Commons: A shared collection of free images, videos, and sounds. Things there can be used by other projects.
- Wikinews: A collection of news articles.
- Wikiquote: A collection of quotes.
- Wikisource: A library of source texts and documents.
- Wikispecies: A taxonomic collection of species.
- Wikiversity: A collection of educational materials.
- Wikivoyage: A travel guide.
- Wiktionary: A dictionary.
Infrastructure projects[change | change source]
There are other projects that help the Wikimedia movement's infrastructure and interface. They do this by making them work smoothly. These include:
- Kiwix: A community project that allows offline access to content projects.
- MediaWiki: The open-source platform that powers the Wikimedia projects.
- Toolforge: A community space that hosts software projects.
- Volunteer Response Team: A community group that handles email inquiries.
- Wikimedia Cloud Services: A platform for shared cloud computing, based on OpenStack.
- Wikitech: A group of developers with a wiki and mailing list.
References[change | change source]
- Koerner, Jackie; Reagle, Joseph (October 13, 2020). Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution. MIT Press. p. 273. ISBN 9780262360609.
The Wikimedia movement has always been a movement of writers (and curators) rather than readers.
- Maher, Katherine (2020-10-15), "22 Capstone: Making History, Building the Future Together", ::Wikipedia @ 20, PubPub, ISBN 978-0-262-53817-6, retrieved 2021-09-06
- Kosseff, Jeff (April 15, 2019). The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9781501735790.
- Proffitt, Merrilee (April 2, 2018). Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge. American Library Association. p. 13. ISBN 9780838916322.
- "Wikipedia". Britannica. Retrieved 2023-06-09.
- Reed, Betsy. "Welcome to Wikidata! Now what?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2023-06-09.
- Sutherland, Joe. Emmanuel Engelhart, Inventor of Kiwix: the Offline Wikipedia Browser. In: Wikimedia Blog. 12 September 2014. Accessed on 26 November 2014.
- Barrett, Daniel J. (October 2008). MediaWiki. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 978-0-596-51979-7. Retrieved April 23, 2010.