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Friday, May 19, 2017

Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Lane Hartwell

Photo license: CC BY-SA 3.0


Jimmy Wales (1966-now) is an internet entrepreneur and co-founder of the website Wikipedia. Tim Adams said in an article for the Guardian,


"The more time I spent on the site the more I came to think of Wales as some kind of Queen Ant, letting the vast colony go about its work, at the centre of a system where the knowledge of the community is infinitely larger than the sum of experience of all its individuals." (For your Information, 2007)


The rest of this post is some quotes form Wales.


What is Wikipedia?


"It turns out a lot of people don’t get it. Wikipedia is like rock’n’roll; it’s a cultural shift." (Quoted in Computerworld, 2006)


"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing." (Quoted in Wikimedia Founder Jimmy Wales Responds by Robin Miller 2004)


"Wikipedia is first and foremost an effort to create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language." (Wikipedia-l mailing list, 2005)


"Wikipedia is a non-profit. It was either the dumbest thing I ever did or the smartest thing I ever did." (Keynote Speech, SXSW 2006)


"We are growing from a cheerful small town where everyone waves off their front porch to the subway of New York City where everyone rushes by. How do you preserve the culture that has worked so well?" (Quoted in ExpressIndia, 2005)