We’re excited to share some new updates on plans for Wikipedia’s 15th
TL;DR: We’ve designed a mark, Wikipedia 15, to be used, remixed, and built
on by the community as we celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th birthday.
Wikipedia 15 is a design concept offered to help Wikimedians across the
globe celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th birthday. But it’s not just about
celebrating Wikipedia. It’s about celebrating the birth of an idea, an idea
that helped shape the free and open knowledge movement. In the fifteen
years Wikipedia has existed, we've all come together to create something
worth celebrating, something worth protecting, and even something worth
arguing about. Wikipedia is a living, breathing collection of the people’s
knowledge. Every day we build it, every day we protect it, and every day we
enjoy it. We use it in every part of our daily lives. From looking up
something we're curious about, to winning an argument, to settling a bar
bet, to cramming for a test, to planning a trip, to learning a new skill.
Wikipedia is a cherished public trust. It's part of how we live now. 28% of
the planet has never known a world without Wikipedia.
Let's take this year to celebrate not just the fundamental ways Wikipedia
has changed how we learn, but also the small, joyous ways it's enriched our
lives. Knowledge is joy!
This year's mark is meant to be fun. And lighthearted. It can move! Or it
can be still. You can make it what you want to be. You can add objects that
are meaningful to you and where you live and what you do. You can use
objects to tell a story of what Wikipedia means to you.
How to use the Wikipedia 15 mark
The mark consists of two basic elements:
an image/or animated group of images
Other than keeping things in that order, you can reuse, remix, and enjoy
the mark in a variety of ways.
How to localize
We've provided a core set of 27 images
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Material>, but we hope you
add your own and mix them in. You can use this in any graphics editing
program, including Inkscape <https://inkscape.org/>, which is free and open
source. You can add multiple images and make an animated GIF
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIF>! The words “Wikipedia 15” can be
replaced with any localized example in any language. The typeface we used
is OpenSans, free from Google Fonts and freely licensed under version 2.0
of the Apache License <https://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html>.
Taking the Wikipedia 15 mark further
The Wikipedia 15 mark can be used to produce celebratory merchandise,
identify special web pages or other digital content, make posters or
banners, name tags, birthday cakes, and much more. The designers developed
this sample guide (below) to show some of the possible uses of the marks.
Be creative and share your concepts and ideas in the gallery on the Wikipedia
15 meta page <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Material>.
Please make them to share! But please do not use the name "Wikipedia" to
sell any items, or for other uses without checking the trademark policy
The 27 images and guidelines for using the mark can be found under the material
section <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15/Material> of the
Wikipedia 15 meta page. A huge thank you to our design team, Mule
<http://muledesign.com/>, who helped design and develop this fun and
inspiring creation. We can’t wait to see how you and your Wikimedia
community use this mark!
Please feel free to direct any questions to Sam Lien (slien(a)wikimedia.org)
and Joe Sutherland (jsutherland(a)wikimedia.org).
All the best,
Sam and Joe
(of the WMF Communications Team)
On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Katherine Maher <kmaher(a)wikimedia.org>
**Wikipedia’s 15th birthday is coming. We want to celebrate with you. Read
this whole email for more information about resources and plans, and join
us on the Meta page to participate and coordinate:
As many of you know, the first Wikipedia was created January 15, 2001.
That means that the idea of our movement is nearly 15 years old! After the
celebration of Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <http://ten.wikipedia.org/> five
years back, we’re eager to coordinate celebrating this upcoming milestone
with you on January 15, 2016.
Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <https://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>
resulted in 470 events across 113 countries, providing our global community
with an opportunity to gather, share stories, and bake many, many cakes
As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on Meta
for Wikipedia 15 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15> (thanks
to User:Pharos and User:JSutherland (WMF)) for coordination. Eventually, we
plan for the page will have resources including:
Resources plan events and meetups locally to celebrate the 15th.
More information on sharing birthday photos, videos, stories,
Wikipedia content, and other media.
Tips for pitching to local media to cover your event.
Many of the sections on the meta page are blank for now, but we’ll be
working with you to add more information to the page over the next few
months leading up to the birthday celebration in January. Please feel free
to add, edit, and discuss what you’d like to see for Wikipedia’s 15th
We look forward to working with you to celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th!
-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team
If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Joe
Sutherland (jsutherland(a)wikimedia.org) and Sam Lien (slien(a)wikimedia.org).
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