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As Wikipedia Turns 10, Jimmy Wales All Set To Expand Operations

Ten years after making his dream debut, Jimmy Wales is all set to take his project to the next level.

Founder Jimmy Wales is all set to celebrate as his brain child,Wikipedia, a non-profit encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to or edit turns 10.The encyclopedia which is available in more than 250 languages and features around 26 million entries, boasts of 410 million unique visitors a month.

As it rings in its 10th year, there will be parties across the globe, including in New York, Boston and San Francisco. Wikipedia which recently raised USD 16 million in its latest fundraiser is also all set to expand its influence by starting operations in India and Brazil.

Wikipedia’s chief executive Sue Gardner said that the company is preparing to open its first international office, in India, where Wikipedia hopes to increase readership and articles in English and several Indian languages. After which, Wikipedia plans to extend its operations to Brazil.

“India was picked as the first base abroad in the developing world because of its fruitful environment including valuing education, free speech and a culture of intellectual debate.” Gardner added

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The New Online Encyclopedia with a Non-profit Motive

Ecured is the unique name of the new version of an online encyclopedia launched in Cuba. When a user clicks the online site, www.ecured.cu, the words that the site uses to describe itself are “Ecured is the accumulation and development of knowledge with a non-profit, pro-democracy aim from a decolonizing point of view.”

This site which is similar to the famous site Wikipedia, already has about 20000 entries. Interestingly the site encourages editorial changes from everybody who comes to the site, although restrictions exist on about 2,000 controversial articles.

According to sources, Users approved by Ecured administrators will be able to update entries, and the site will be available to all Internet users in Cuba, an estimated 1.6 million out of a population of 11.2 million.

Wikipedia All Set To Win Over Indian Users

Wikipedia plans to open an office in India.

Online Encyclopedia, wikepedia is all set opens its branch in India. In a bid to popularize the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, its founder Jimmy Wales has announced plans to open a branch in India.

Jimmy Wales, who is in India, in a bid to popularize wikepedia, has already announced its plans to set up an office in India, which would be its second office in the world after San Francisco. The Indian project is supposed to attract Indians and also to build a “strong and healthy India based projects.

According to Wales “As a media project, for me India was the perfect place because we wish to work with a variety of people and India has a lot of communities. The community in India should lead and Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) will follow them.”

He also encouraged Indians to contribute more and edit more on wikepedia.

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