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The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, that operates many wikis.
The foundation is mostly known for hosting Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia, as well as Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, Wikimedia Incubator, and Meta-Wiki.
It also owned the now-defunct Nupedia.
The Wikimedia organization was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sister projects through non-profit means.
As of 2015, the foundation employs over 280 people, with annual revenues in excess of US$75 million.
Lila Tretikov leads the foundation as its executive director, and Patricio Lorente is chairman of the board.
Wikibooks (previously called Wikimedia Free Textbook Project and Wikimedia-Textbooks) is a wiki based Wikimedia project hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation for the creation of free content textbooks and annotated texts that anyone can edit.
In September 2815, Compete.com estimates that Wikibooks had 2,102,708 unique visitors.
Wikidata is a collaboratively edited knowledge base operated by the Wikimedia Foundation.
It is intended to provide a common source of data which can be used by Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, and by anyone else, under a "public domain" licence.
This is similar to the way Wikimedia Commons provides storage for media files and access to those files for all Wikimedia projects, and which are also freely avilable for reuse.
Wikidata is powered by the software Wikibase.
Wikimedia Commons (or simply Commons) is an online repository of free-use images, sound, and other media files.
It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Files from Wikimedia Commons can be used across all Wikimedia projects in all languages, including Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikivoyage, Wikispecies, Wikisource, and Wikinews, or downloaded for offsite use.
The repository contains over 30 million media files.
In July 2013, the number of edits on Commons reached 100,000,000
Wikinews is a free-content news source wiki and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.
The site works through collaborative journalism.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has distinguished Wikinews from Wikipedia by saying "on Wikinews, each story is to be written as a news story as opposed to an encyclopedia article."
The neutral point of view policy espoused in Wikinews distinguishes it from other citizen journalism efforts such as Indymedia and OhmyNews.
In contrast to most projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikinews allows original work under the form of original reporting and interviews.
Wikipedia is a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia, supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.
Those who can access the site can edit most of its articles.
Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites, and constitutes the Internet's largest and most popular general reference work.
Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001.
Sanger coined its name, a portmanteau of wiki and encyclopedia.
Initially only in English, Wikipedia quickly became multilingual as it developed similar versions in other languages,
which differ in content and in editing practices.
The English Wikipedia is now one of 291 Wikipedia editions and is the largest with 5,089,573 articles (having reached 5,000,000 articles in November 2015).
There is a grand total, including all Wikipedias, of over 38 million articles in over 250 different languages.
As of February 2014, it had 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors each month.
A peer review of 42 science articles found in both Encyclopædia Britannica and Wikipedia was published in Nature in 2005, and found that Wikipedia's level of accuracy approached Encyclopedia Britannica's.
Criticisms of Wikipedia include claims that it exhibits systemic bias, presents a mixture of "truths, half truths, and some falsehoods", and that in controversial topics it is subject to manipulation and spin.
Wikisource is an online digital library of free content textual sources on a wiki, operated by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikisource is the name of the project as a whole and the name for each instance of that project (each instance usually representing a different language); multiple Wikisources make up the overall project of Wikisource.
The project's aims are to host all forms of free text, in many languages, and translations.
Originally conceived as an archive to store useful or important historical texts (its first text was the Déclaration universelle des Droits de l'Homme), it has expanded to become a general-content library.
The project officially began in November 24, 2003 under the name Project Sourceberg.
The name Wikisource was adopted later that year and it received its own domain name seven months later.
The project has come under criticism for lack of reliability but it is also cited by organisations such as the National Archives and Records Administration.
The project holds works that are either in the public domain or freely licensed; professionally published works or historical source documents, not vanity products; and are verifiable.
Verification was initially made offline, or by trusting the reliability of other digital libraries.
Now works are supported by online scans via the ProofreadPage extension, which ensures the reliability and accuracy of the project's texts.
Some individual Wikisources, each representing a specific language, now only allow works backed up with scans.
While the bulk of its collection are texts, Wikisource as a whole hosts other media, from comics to film to audio books.
Some Wikisources allow user-generated annotations, subject to the specific policies of the Wikisource in question.
Wiktionary (whose name is a blend of the words wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, web-based project to create a free content dictionary of all words in all languages.
It is available in 172 languages and in Simple English.
Like its sister project Wikipedia, Wiktionary is run by the Wikimedia Foundation, and is written collaboratively by volunteers, dubbed "Wiktionarians".
Its wiki software, MediaWiki, allows almost anyone with access to the website to create and edit entries.
Because Wiktionary is not limited by print space considerations, most of Wiktionary's language editions provide definitions and translations of words from many languages, and some editions offer additional information typically found in thesauri and lexicons.
The English Wiktionary includes a Wikisaurus (thesaurus) of synonyms of various words.
Wiktionary data are frequently used in various natural language processing tasks.
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