Press kit/Wikimania 2007/Facts & stats
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Facts & stats
- The Wikimedia Foundation supports 9 free information projects, including the ever popular Wikpedia. It is run entirely by volunteers, and currently has fewer than ten full-time paid employees on staff.
- Wikimedia projects are created entirely by volunteers – there are no paid editors. Additionally, projects are self-correcting for both content and users, allowing for higher accuracy.
- All projects can be freely downloaded by anyone in the world. Most recently, for example, Wikipedia has been used to help schools in disadvantaged socio-economic communities.
- Wikipedia is the world’s fastest growing, most current, and largest encyclopedias. Currently, it is one of top five brands in the world, and receives an estimated 7 billion page views monthly.
- The English, German, and French language versions of Wikipedia are the largest. The English and Spanish versions receive the most traffic.<--Check this
- Ward Cunningham, the inventor of the wiki, is on the Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees, as well as Mitch Kapor, founder of the Mozilla Foundation.
- All content is licensed under GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). This means individuals can copy, distribute and modify each other’s work, as long as it maintains these freedoms.
- The Wikimedia Foundation has chapters in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, to support and promote the projects on a national level.
- In June 2006, the sites had 128 million unique visitors.<--UPDATE PLEASE
- More than a third of North American, adult internet users (36%) consult Wikipedia, according to nationwide survey conducted by the Pew internet and American Life Project in 2007. 50% of those have a college degree.<--Check for updates
- MediaWiki, a free software wiki package originally written for Wikipedia and developed by a dedicated core of techie volunteers, has been deployed as a collaborative knowledge management tool by international cooperation's, organizations, and universities.
- The Wikimedia projects run on clusters of around 250 Linux servers located in three different locations worldwide -- Florida, United States; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Seoul, Korea. During peak times, the servers handle over 30,000 requests per second, and average about 19,000 requests per second.<--Check/Update
Statistics as of April 2007
- 7 million articles, in over 250 languages
- Edited 275 million times
- 66,000 articles in over 120 languages
- Edited 1.8 million times
- 120 different languages.
- Articles 2.1 million articles, in over 172 languag
- Edited 11.2 million times
- 34,000 articles in 22 languages
- Edited 1.0 million times
- 200,000 articles in 52 languages
- Edited 1.6 million times
- 60,500 articles in 87 languages
- Edited 1.3 million times.
- 1.4 million media files
- Edited 5.5 million times