On May 16, 2013, the Spanish Wikipedia community announced a new milestone in editing, when the Spanish language version of “the free encyclopedia” surpassed one million articles.
Wikipedia is the largest, most current and fastest growing encyclopedia in the world, characterized by being free, multilingual and written exclusively by volunteers around the world working collaboratively. It currently has more than 25 million articles in 271 languages. Spanish Wikipedia alone gets about 2 million page views per hour, and it is in second place by total number of editors, with 16 590. It is one of the most visited Internet sites, with readers ranging from students and teachers, to journalists, politicians, scientists, artists and people from all parts of society.
Wiki technology allows articles to be edited by anyone with a web browser. Most of its content is freely licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0, which allows users to copy and edit the work of others, based on a principle known as copyleft. The database also can be downloaded for free. But the project is not just about to take the necessary information. The encyclopedia is powered by millions of collaborators who spend countless hours of their free time to improve the content available on the web, from correcting typos, grammar and spelling, to expanding articles and creating new entries on people, places and historical landmarks.
It is in this spirit of collaboration that, just a few days shy of its 12th birthday, Spanish Wikipedia surpassed the 1 million article milestone. It is not just a million different entries, but the joint work of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Spanish-speaking world, with their individual contributions, sharing in the creation of a collective project that is constantly updated. The editors come from various parts of the world, of the most varied professions, ages and cultures. Many of them no longer edit, others remain as contributors but, invariably, all leave a little of themselves as a legacy for humanity.
Wikipedia is a true reflection of the dynamism of knowledge and of the modern world, one of the greatest achievements of knowledge in society. It is a living encyclopedia.
Millars, Wikimedia España
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