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January 01, 2009

Wikipedia - The mission and the need for donations

One of my favorite quick information sites is Wikipedia. I have actually let some other subscriptions expire because I can find quite a bit of information just by looking it up on this massive Online Encyclopedia. OK, so I don't agree with ALL the information provided. But I figure when you are trying to publish EVERYTHING, its a bit hard to be perfect. And hey....it is apparent that there is an attempt for unbiased information.

Today, I was looking up something for my daughter and noticed the plea from Jimmy Wales for donations. Reading further, I realized that this was a site with similar commitments as Guatadopt but certainly a much larger scale: "Wikipedia content is free to use by anyone for any purpose." and "Wikipedia is run by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, which I [Jummy Wales] founded in 2003."

Wikipedia is driven primarily by the 150,000+ volunteers. It's growth is requiring bigger servers and improved maintenance and that costs money. I can grasp that because over the past 6 years, we've had to expand tremendously to keep up with the traffic, the space, the forum and the desire not to throw away history of our site. But I'm veering off the subject here. The point is that I know many kids, teachers and parents use them for research and have a richer understanding of a subject because of Wikipedia. Guatadopt is no different. We have linked information about people, places and things. Just from our site, Wikipedia has been clicked on more than 80,000 times.

So, I wanted to pass along their plea for donations because a site like Wikipedia has opened up the availability of information on almost any subject.

Click here to read about it.

Posted by Kelly at January 1, 2009 03:47 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Did you see this? Wikipedia reached their goal and have posted a very, very nice thank you:

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate/ThankYou/en?utm_source=2008_jimmy_thank_you_b&utm_medium=sitenotice&utm_campaign=fundraiser2008#appeal

Posted by: Kris at January 9, 2009 07:23 PM