Another Year Wiser

On this day in 2001, Wikipedia, a small, experimental project with a big mission was introduced to the world by Founder Jimmy Wales. Nine years later, growing at unprecedented speed, due to the dedicated and enthusiastic support of volunteers and contributors, Wikipedia has evolved into one of the most important sources of free information and knowledge in the world.  Happy birthday, Wikipedia!
In 2002, only celebrating one year of existence, Wikipedia grew to over 20,000 articles– and in its second year,  130,000 articles in 28 languages. To wax nostalgic, you can turn back the hands of time and rummage through “vintage” Wikipedia here. Since then, over 14 million articles in 270 languages have been created.  For millions of people everywhere, Wikipedia has become an indispensable part of their daily lives– a resource relied on by hundreds of millions of  visitors a month — and growing.
In celebration of this milestone, Wikipedians in Bangalore, India and New York City have planned events.  If you’re celebrating with us, post a comment and tell us how, or even better, add photos to Wikimedia Commons.
Thanks, Wikipedia! Here’s to another year wiser!
Moka Pantages, Communications

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[…] From the Wikimedia Blog: On this day in 2001, Wikipedia, a small, experimental project with a big mission was introduced to the world by Founder Jimmy Wales. Nine years later, growing at unprecedented speed, due to the dedicated and enthusiastic support of volunteers and contributors, Wikipedia has evolved into one of the most important sources of free information and knowledge in the world. Happy birthday, Wikipedia! […]

Happy Birthday Wikipedia! I’ve compiled a little list of the major turning points in wikipedia history, and put it online as 9 Turning Points in 9 Years of Wikipedia History which I hope all you old Wikipedians will enjoy.

In Poznan had place local meetup. Photos will be available soon, more info on http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Atlas_Wikipedyst%C3%B3w/Pyrlandia/Dzie%C5%84_Wikipedii_2010

We had dedicated the Hebrew Wikipedia 100,000 articles celebrations to “Wikipedia Day”, and today (01.15.09) more then 100 wikipedains was participate in the special meeting that was in Tel Aviv University, Israel.

We had a very successful celebration here in Bangalore.