[Foundation-l] Mission/Vision Statement

Anthere Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 7 02:34:45 UTC 2007

Erik Moeller wrote:
> On 1/7/07, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>We can offset the additional length by removing the free-beer aspects
>>of the current draft. I believe the free-beerness of Wikimedia itself
>>is a natural side effect of our mission of wide propagation but not in
>>and of itself a fundamental goal.
> Well, my take is different -- it _is_ a fundamental goal to not just
> disseminate widely, but to _guarantee_ that the work done by
> volunteers through the project will always be freely available through
> at least the channel through which it was created.

I agree with Erik on this. I do not consider that our goal is limited to 
build a resource, but also to make it available to the largest number of 
people on Earth.
For this, we can lower three main barriers. The financial barrier (we 
lower the cost of access to the maximum), the language barrier (we give 
people the opportunity to access language in their mother language), and 
the re-use barrier (we allow others to reuse the content).

To my opinion, the multilingualism, the free licence and the free of 
charge access are part of the Foundation mission.


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