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Wikimedia Foundation receives Ford Foundation Grant to grow Wikimedia Commons

wikimediaThe Wikimedia Foundation, the non- profit organization which operates Wikipedia, has received a $300,000  Ford Foundation grant to make it easier for people around the world to  participate in Wikimedia Commons, the Internet’s largest repository of  high quality, freely reusable educational illustrations, photographs,  maps, sound, and video files. Available in 85 languages, Wikimedia Commons is a global community  dedicated to sharing media. The Wikimedia Commons also acts as the  central multimedia library for Wikipedia. The Ford Foundation grant  will support interface and work-flow improvements to make it much  easier to contribute freely reusable content.

“The global community that is building Wikimedia Commons is setting  the standard for the way that video and images are uploaded and shared  through the Web,” said Jenny Toomey, a program officer for the Ford  Foundation. “The whole process is simplified, promotes collaboration,  and is driven by consensus among the community. Ultimately, this  approach and others like it can help ensure that the Internet remains  a rich and open space for learning, expression, and participation.”

Since Wikimedia Commons was founded in 2004, a strong community of  international volunteers has formed to support its growth and  development. Wikimedia Commons currently hosts more than 4.5 million  freely reusable educational media files. Its files are used in  thousands of educational and informational initiatives around the  world, including in mass media and books.

“We are thrilled that the Ford Foundation is supporting this project,”  said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “We  want to make uploading files to Commons as easy as possible, so that  people everywhere can join us in helping Commons grow. The bigger  Commons is, the more people it will serve.”

The grant will fund a project team to study challenges faced by new  participants in Wikimedia Commons, as well as to identify best  practices from other media sharing websites. Following a research  phase, the team will design and implement a simple upload work-flow,  enabling users to easily upload files, select licenses, and provide  descriptions.

About The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making  organization. For more than half a century it has worked with  courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided  by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and  injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human  achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices  in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

About The Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,  Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation  receive more than 300 million unique visitors per month, making them  the 4th most popular web property world-wide. Available in more than  265 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 12 million articles  contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000  people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation  is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through  donations and grants.


July 3, 2009 - Posted by | News, raw art gallery, Technology, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | ,

1 Comment »

  1. cool!!! its always good to see people doing the right thing, even tho they say rich people are greedy i would say the opposite for the most part?

    Comment by avidya collective change | June 21, 2010 | Reply

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