Tuesday, 12 July 2011 13:35

Sloan Foundation backs Wikimedia another 3 million times

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The Alfred P Sloan Foundation has made a second $US3 million grant of $3 million to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia.


Following an initial grant of $US3 million from 2008 to 2010, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has made a second similar grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation officials said the money would be used support Wikimedia's strategic plan that focuses on increasing Wikipedia's quality, increasing the number and demographic diversity of its editors, and reaching more readers, particularly in the global south.

"We are delighted to support Wikimedia in developing and sustaining its educational mission while continuously improving quality, diversity and access to knowledge for people everywhere," said Doron Weber, vice president, programs at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. "Wikipedia embodies the ideal values of the world wide web and we are proud to be part of this bold endeavour to use the wisdom and the altruism of the crowd to create the biggest, most up-to-date and most open global encyclopaedia in human history."

 

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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