[WikiX-l] W10: Embargoed Press Release

Moka Pantages mpantages at wikimedia.org
Sun Jan 9 19:19:33 UTC 2011

Hi, all.

In addition to the advisory here:

We wanted to provide you with a draft of the press release we will
send to press on January 13 630PM UTC.  We will send an updated
version which will include quotes form Sue and Jimmy then.  Like the
advisory, you are free to use however you like.  You can add local
information, take out information or use it as it is.

How to use it: I think the best thing to do is start translating it
now.  Then, when we send you the final with Jimmy and Sue's quotes on
January 13, it will allow you to translate those quickly and send to
press then.

To localize it further, you can include how many events are happening
in your region and include details about them. If you participated in
the fundraiser this year, you can insert information about how much
you raised locally.

If you have questions about how to localize, let me know and we can
work on it together.


Moka Pantages

San Francisco, January 15, 2011 -- On this day ten years ago, a
website with a funny name invited people everywhere to come together
to create a free encyclopedia. The initial results were underwhelming.
The article "Astronomer" simply said: "Scientist whose area of
Research is Astronomy." Sweden: "Country in Northern Europe.
Inhabitants are called Swedes. Language spoken is Swedish. Capital is
Stockholm." Physics: "Physics is a very broad subject."

Following these humble beginnings, Wikipedia grew quickly, and 1,000
articles were written in less than a month. Over the next five years,
many new language versions were launched, and Wikipedia began to
surpass traditional reference sources in breadth and depth. The secret
to its success: anyone can edit any article. In January 2006,
Wikipedia volunteer Gareth Owen wrote on his user page: "The problem
with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it's a
total disaster."

Wikipedia is now consulted by more than 400 million people every
month. It provides instant access to high quality and in-depth
information, free of charge and free of advertising. In the last
decade, a vast and unique global volunteer community has come together
to create more than 17 million articles in 270 languages, advancing
the cause of free knowledge for every person on the planet.

Today, January 15, the Wikipedia community is coming together in
almost 300 locations all over the planet to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the free encyclopedia. From a conference in New York to
a concert in Prague, from the launch of a new school project in
Nairobi to a museum bootcamp in Amsterdam, from a beer-meet in
Bucharest to a film screening in Tel Aviv, the events are organized by
volunteers and Wikimedia chapters, as well as independent supporters.
The events are open to participation by anyone and reflect the
diversity of the community.

Wikipedia is operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, a charitable
non-profit organization established by Wales in 2003. It is entirely
supported by donations, and just completed the most successful
fundraiser in its history, with more than 500,000 individual donations
totaling more than $16 million.

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