Wikipedia Community Gathers for Inside the Globe Event

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Last Thursday October 7th, more than one hundred Wikipedia editors, donors, and readers gathered in New York City for Inside the Globe, a celebration of the dynamic community that has helped build the world’s largest free-knowledge resource.
Wikipedia editor and Wikimedia Foundation fellowship recipient Steven Walling presented a talk regarding the identity and culture of the most involved editors, highlighting the motivations and methods behind their amazing accomplishments within the project. Founder Jimmy Wales also spoke about the enormous impact of Wikipedia and the importance of continued support.
Wikipedia is a truly collaborative project, with individuals each doing their part to provide everyone with free access to the sum of all knowledge. It was wonderful to be able to bring some of them together, and inspiring to know that there are many more out there all around the world. Thank you all for being a part of this community.
Many thanks to Ruth Ann and Bill Harnisch of The Harnisch Foundation for generously sponsoring this event.
Steven Ma, Community Department

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This illuminating and masterfully written blog post has inspired me to continue my involvement with Wikipedia. Thank you, Steven Ma.

It was our privilege and pleasure to support the Wikimedia Foundation in this way, and to introduce so many people to the workings of their favorite online resource. Several guests told me they were astonished to learn how many Ph.D. volunteer hours go into editing Wikipedia, for instance. Or that nobody, NOBODY, is getting rich from this – in fact it is a not-for-profit enterprise that is wholly dependent upon contributions if it is to survive in its non-advertising, free to everyone model.
We look forward to hosting you again!
Ruth Ann Harnisch
President, The Harnisch Foundation