Top 10 Wikimedia Foundation Projects
The Top Ten
1 Wikipedia Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that aims to provide accurate and reliable information on a wide range of topics. Created in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, it is one of the largest and most popular general reference works on the internet. The platform operates on a collaborative model, allowing volunteers to edit articles and contribute content. Wikipedia exists in multiple languages, with the English version being the most extensive, and it is supported financially through donations.
Most likely the most known out of all Wikimedia Foundation Projects
2 Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons is a digital media repository that serves as a centralized platform for freely licensed photographs, illustrations, videos, and audio files. Initiated in 2004, the project aims to provide a rich set of multimedia resources that can be used for various educational and creative purposes. Anyone can upload content to Wikimedia Commons, provided that it falls under a free license, thereby making it available for use by anyone else. The content on Wikimedia Commons is often used in Wikipedia articles and other Wikimedia Foundation projects.
3 Wiktionary Wiktionary is a multilingual, web-based dictionary and thesaurus project launched by the Wikimedia Foundation. Unlike traditional dictionaries, it is collaboratively edited by volunteers from around the world. The platform not only provides definitions, synonyms, and translations, but also includes etymologies, pronunciations, and other linguistic information. It is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for understanding words in multiple languages, offering free access to the public.
4 Wikiquote Wikiquote is a collection of quotations from notable people, literature, films, and other sources. The online platform allows users to browse, search, and contribute quotes, complete with citations and context. Launched in 2003, Wikiquote organizes its content thematically and by author, making it a valuable resource for researchers, students, and anyone interested in the art of quotation. The platform operates on the same collaborative editing model as Wikipedia, relying on volunteers for its content.
5 Wikivoyage Wikivoyage is an online travel guide that offers information on destinations, itineraries, travel tips, and more. Launched in 2013, the platform relies on contributions from volunteer writers and travelers who share their knowledge and experiences. The resource covers topics such as places to visit, transportation options, accommodations, and local customs. Unlike commercial travel guides, Wikivoyage is free to access and aims to provide unbiased, up-to-date information to travelers.
6 Wikisource Wikisource is an online digital library that aims to provide free access to a wide variety of source documents, including historical texts, legal documents, and literary works. Volunteers contribute by scanning or transcribing works that are in the public domain or are freely licensed. Established in 2003, the platform supports multiple languages and formats, such as PDF and DjVu. It serves as an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers, and the general public who are interested in primary source materials.
7 Wikidata Wikidata is a collaborative database that serves as a central storage repository for structured data. Launched in 2012, it provides support for various Wikimedia Foundation projects by offering linked, factual information that can be reused across different platforms. The project aims to create a free knowledge base that can be accessed and edited by anyone. Wikidata’s structured format allows for easy data retrieval and integration with other services, making it a fundamental tool for data scientists and researchers.
8 Wikibooks Wikibooks is an open-content textbook collection that focuses on providing free educational materials across multiple subjects. Volunteers contribute by writing, editing, and organizing textbooks, manuals, and annotated works. Initiated in 2003, the project aims to democratize education by making high-quality resources accessible to people around the world. The platform offers content in a multitude of languages and covers everything from mathematics and science to language learning and cooking.
9 Wikiversity Wikiversity is an online platform dedicated to hosting a variety of educational materials, courses, and research projects. Established in 2006, it serves as a community for learners and educators to collaborate and share knowledge. Unlike traditional educational institutions, Wikiversity offers a more flexible learning environment, allowing users to create their own study plans and participate in research. The platform provides resources for all educational levels, from primary school to postgraduate research.
10 Wikinews Wikinews is a free-content news platform that focuses on providing up-to-date, unbiased news articles. Created in 2004, the site allows volunteers to write, edit, and publish news stories, following a peer-review process to ensure accuracy and reliability. Unlike traditional news outlets, Wikinews operates on a not-for-profit model and aims to provide an alternative source for news reporting. The platform covers a wide range of topics, including politics, science, sports, and culture, among others.
11 Simple English Wikipedia Simple English Wikipedia is a version of Wikipedia designed to be accessible to individuals who are learning English or prefer simpler language. Launched in 2003, it aims to convey information in a straightforward manner by using a limited vocabulary and sentence structure. Articles on this platform are written to be easier to understand than those found on the standard English Wikipedia. The project serves as a valuable resource for people who find regular English Wikipedia too complex or challenging to read.
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