The State Of Wikipedia

January 2011 sees Wikipedia celebrates its 10 year anniversary.  10 years!  Wow.  Since 2001 1.2million people have contributed to the “free encylopedia that anyone can edit” by writing, referencing and checking articles to ensure the overall success of the site.

And there’s no doubt that it has been a success, a huge success.  It’s also probably more a part of your life than you realise, how many times have you looked up anything on it? I bet it’s a lot.  It’s consistently referenced in conversations, cited in debates and has even spawned its own verb which is increasingly replacing the more traditional art of simply “looking something up”.   It’s even more closely monitored and regulated so that the integrity of articles is fast becoming accepted in levels of education.

In honour of the decade milestone Jess3 Labs, a creative agency that specialises in data visualisation, have done a really tremendous job on celebrating Wikipedia’s 10 years by launching The State of Wikipedia.  Visually outstanding and informative graphics are topped off with this rather good video, aptly narrated by one of the co-founders Jimmy Wales.

If you are more technically minded than the beautiful video above then be sure check out the Wikimedia Report Card which details the raw numbers here.

Some of the earlier milestones Wikipedia has hit are quite staggering too.  It took just two years to hit 100,000 articles, and only another three to hit 1million (in English alone).  The site now hosts more than 17 million articles in over 270 languages!

Click through infographic to view large.


2 Responses to “The State Of Wikipedia”

  1. 1 UGG January 24, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Oh yea man. This site is awesome. How could i make it look like this!

  2. 2 Amelie July 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    It’s remarkable designed for me to have a site, which is helpful in support of my knowledge. thanks admin

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