有興趣參與這一個簽名行動的話，請瀏覽http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page ，在中國內地以外的地方，亦可瀏覽http://www.facebook.com/WikipediaForWorldHeritage?sk=wall&filter=2 ，更多詳情，亦可於十周年慶祝維基中找到，http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Heritage
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寄件人﹕ Catrin Schoneville <catrin.schoneville(a)wikimedia.de>
傳送日期﹕ 2011/5/27 (五) 1:20:23 AM
主題： [WikiX-l] press release wikipedia for world heritage
here comes the english translation of our press release - we will send it out as
soon as we get the video message ready (hopefully tomorrow). Feel free to use it
or improve it as you like.....
Berlin, 26 May 2011
Wikipedia for World Heritage!
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales calls for signatures to be collected and presented
to the UNESCO.
On Monday, 23 May 2011, Wikimedia Deutschland started a worldwide collection of
signatures for the Wikipedia for World Heritage! initiative. People are invited
to join the list now by signing an online form. The list will ultimately be
presented to the World Heritage Committee at the beginning of 2012. To date more
than 7000 people from over 100 countries have already signed the petition. Each
signature supports the initiative’s claim that Wikipedia as the largest
collection of human knowledge should be recognized as the first ever global and
digital World Heritage site. Altogether there are ten UNESCO criteria for
recognition as a World Heritage site. The first of those criteria demands that
World Heritage sites “represent a masterpiece of human creative genius”. The
online petition is quoting these exact words. By signing it participants confirm
that Wikipedia has universal value and that the claim is true in its case. This
petition is the starting point for a global discussion of Wikipedia’s cultural
meaning. Currently the free encyclopedia provides free access to more than 18
million articles in over 280 languages. Since the beginning of the new
millennium Wikipedia has evolved into the collective memory of the world. Having
Wikipedia recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site is a huge step towards
preserving its cumulative knowledge for future generations.
“Millions of people take Wikipedia for granted. They use it each and every day.
Still, free access to the sum of human knowledge is not a matter of course in
many places. It is a global challenge to recognize, support and preserve the
work that hundreds of thousands of volunteers invest in this community project.
The key to free exchange of knowledge is public recognition”, says Pavel
Richter, CEO of Wikimedia Deutschland.
The initiative was introduced in March 2011 at the international Wikimedia
Chapters Conference in Berlin. Chapters from all over the world will accompany
the initiative's activities regarding Wikipedia’s recognition as a World
Heritage site. Wikimedia Deutschland will entertain an expert round on the
subject on 31 March 2011 at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin. The event will
be a public kick-off. Further activities with the international community will
follow. Additionally, public discussion provides a chance to explain how to deal
with free knowledge and to stress its meaning for society. The advertising
agency Leo Burnett supports Wikimedia Deutschland in the initiative’s
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was the first to sign the petition. In a video
statement he calls for support of the initiative. In his appeal Jimmy Wales puts
emphasis on how important international awareness is to the free encyclopedia:
“A lot of people think of Wikipedia as a technical phenomenon, a technical
achievement. But in fact it isn't. What Wikipedia is, is a cultural change, a
cultural achievement. We are going to try to get as many people as possible to
sign the petition. Just like Wikipedia itself, the more people we get involved,
the greater the chance that we'll achieve our goal. Please sign the petition!”
International website and video statement by Jimmy Wales:
About the UNESCO World Heritage:
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Its list of World Heritage sites currently recognizes 911 properties as parts of
the cultural and natural heritage of the world and worthy of protection. The
basis for this list is the World Heritage Convention, established in 1975. The
convention has been signed by 187 countries so far. By doing so they have
committed to protect World Heritage sites in their respective territories and to
support each other’s efforts.
Further information: http://whc.unesco.org/
About Wikimedia Deutschland:
Wikimedia Deutschland is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement
of free knowledge. Since its foundation in 2004 the organization has been
supporting the Wikimedia projects, the most well-known of which is Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Deutschland promotes free of charge access to free knowledge, thereby
endorsing the fundamental human right to education. Wikipedia, like its sister
projects, is ad-free and independent. This is only possible through volunteer
dedication and donations.
Further information about Wikimedia Deutschland:
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.