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From: Catrin Schoneville <catrin.schoneville(a)wikimedia.de>
Subject: [WikiX-l] Viva Italia!
Over the last weeks we generated a lot of media coverage - partly
international - in view of our initiative 'Wikipedia for World
Heritage' and the online petition already hit the milestone of 25.000!
In the meantime we prepared a draft with which we plan to contact
people of public interest and aks for their vocal support of
"Wikipedia for World Heritage!" Please find an English draft version
attached! As always, please feel free to modify it according to your
needs. Furthermore, if anybody of you need material or support of any
kind just tell us. We'll be happy to help!
The petition text has been translated into more than 30 languages by
now. Wow! Thanks! It would just be fantastic if we could also add a
few more subtitled versions of Jimmy's video message. Your
contributions matter so much! By the way, note that the number of
people who have signed the petition has increased significantly in the
last days, especially with people from Italy signing extensively.
That's because Italian users put a side notice in the Italian
Wikipedia. Thanks for this one! Might be a good idea to have more
translation of the petition form itself. Just send it to me or
Here's the draft that I mentioned above:
when the free encyclopedia was founded in 2001 nobody could have
dreamed of the success story it would be ten years later. With more
than those 18 million articles in 280 languages Wikipedia today
accounts for the largest collection of knowledge in the history of
mankind. The concept of free knowledge as a whole has grown with
It started with a simple idea: “Imagine a world in which every single
human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”
In the beginning this idea was considered utopian, but in just ten
years we all have made big steps towards reaching this goal. Ten years
in which the vision of free knowledge has evolved into a system of
sharing knowledge beyond national und cultural borders. The
enthusiastic work of volunteers has already changed the global
dissemination of information profoundly. Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary
is a wonderful event to mark all this and show that the free
encyclopedia today is so much more than a website where people find
Wikimedia Deutschland has recently started an initiative to convince
the UNESCO of recognizing Wikipedia as the first digital World
Cultural Heritage site. With “Wikipedia for World Heritage!” we want
to discuss and to pinpoint what it means that there are tens of
thousands of activists all over the world who spend their free time
collecting mankind's knowledge and freely sharing it with everyone
else. Their efforts change society, education and ways of thinking.
Wikipedia meets many of the UNESCO criteria for World Heritage
recognition, e.g. that "the site represent a masterpiece of human
creative genius". However, this initiative does not aim at meeting
single UNESCO criteria but at emphasizing the project as collective
work and the greatest collection of human knowledge in history. Please
help us to convince the UNESCO of recognizing Wikipedia as the first
ever digital World Heritage site.
Please join in and sign our online petition. It will be presented to
the UNESCO at the beginning of next year. More than 25000 people have
already expressed their appreciation for Wikipedia by signing the
petition. We would highly appreciate if you did the same. Every
supporter is most welcome to spread the word and the goals of the
initiative. Feel free to send us a video message, a letter of support
or join us for an interview. Any kind of support brought forward in
your name will greatly increase the likehood of this initiative
reaching its goal.
Mit besten Grüßen
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Eisenacher Straße 2
Telefon 030 - 219 158 26-0
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu
der Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat.
Helfen Sie mit, dass WIKIPEDIA von der UNESCO als erstes gloabales und
digitales Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird. Unterzeichnen Sie die
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
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