Lift09 — Florence Devouard — Update on Wikimedia Foundation [en]

At the start, was difficult for the foundation (not enough money, etc).

During the last couple of years, has stabilized a lot — much better situation.  25 staff members, 350 servers, 8mio dollars budget, audited and located in San Francisco.

Nearly 25 local organizations involved. Got a grant to improve usability. Also a sum of money from the Mozilla Foundation for something around pushing video formats.


  • 250 languages
  • 11 mio articles
  • 200 000 articles for 12 languages

Gone mainstream, so more vandalism

  • bots who track “deceased” or words like that… annoying when people are announced dead and they aren’t, even if it’s for a few minutes
  • flagged revisions: the visitor knows whether the page has been reviewed or is a “draft”; tested on the German wikipedia (there can be upto 21 days of backlog, bringing it down to 7 days). There is discussion to use the same system for the English wikipedia (roughly 60% in favour).
  • approved wikipedians can “rate” articles

Wikisource: online archives

Idea: put an image of the book on part of a page, and the text opposite, so that the digitized version can be checked.


You can create your own book. Define title, chapters, using content from wikipedia.

Wikimedia commons and images

media repository created in 2004 => order posters of images in wikimedia commons (WikiPosters) — available initially in France.

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