A gift of visualization on Wikipedia’s birthday

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Earlier today the Washington D.C. based creative agency JESS3 posted the video above, and an informative web case study, www.thestateofwikipedia.com – a follow-up to another recent case study they did on another big idea, the Internet. JESS3 (also donors to the Wikimedia Foundation) folks Leslie Bradshaw and Becca Colbaugh on the inspiration for the work:

In a collaborative effort to capture a historic moment in time for Wikipedia, we announced this morning “The State of Wikipedia,” a digital short aimed at teaching the layperson Wikipedia’s initial concept and consequent evolution into becoming one of the most visited web sites across the globe.

We look forward to see what the next 10 years hold for Wikipedia and how it will continue to help add contours, diversity and permanency to information the world over.

They were supported by long-time Wikipedian William Beutler, and the voice you might recognize is none other than the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales. The video is CC-BY-SA (it can be downloaded from Vimeo – Commons link as soon as we have it), which means anyone around the world can use, re-use, and share this great work that tells the story of our project and our movement.
A big thanks to JESS3 for taking the considerable time to put this story together. We think it will make a big difference in helping people talk about our big projects and the complex world of the Wikimedia movement. A great Wikipedia 10 birthday gift!
Jay Walsh, Communications

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Nice! I’ve added it to Wikimedia group on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/groups/wikimedia
Compared to the WikiGuide video by Wikimedia Italia, it’s shorter, thought for readers (doesn’t explain how to contribute) and with cool graphics instead of screenshots and faces.

It’s nice to see big technology organizations that actually care about the free spread of information by people. I’m there are organizations like Wikimedia that are trying to help spread information freely to people all over the world. Wikimedia and Wikipedia are examples of how technology should be used to increase the productivity of all human action instead of being used to control people.