By Andrew Lih
"Imagine a global within which each individual on the earth is given unfastened entry to the sum of all human wisdom. that is what we are doing."
With greater than 2,000,000 person articles on every thing from Aa! (a jap pop workforce) to Zzyzx, California, written by means of a military of volunteer individuals, Wikipedia is the #8 web site at the world-wide-web. Created (and corrected) through somebody with entry to a working laptop or computer, this awesome assemblage of data is transforming into at an brilliant cost of greater than 30,000,000 phrases a month. Now for the 1st time, a Wikipedia insider tells the tale of ways all of it happened--from the 1st glimmer of an idea to the worldwide phenomenon it is become.
Andrew Lih has been an administrator (a relied on consumer who's granted entry to technical beneficial properties) at Wikipedia for greater than 4 years, in addition to a standard host of the weekly Wikipedia podcast. In The Wikipedia Revolution, he info the site's inception in 2001, its evolution, and its impressive progress, whereas additionally explaining its higher cultural repercussions. Wikipedia isn't just an internet site; it is a worldwide group of participants who've banded jointly out of a shared ardour for making wisdom free.
Featuring a Foreword through Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and an Afterword that's itself a Wikipedia creation.
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