Welcome to the Wikimedia Foundation newsletter. Inside are articles about the latest Wikimedia initiatives, the thoughts and activities of our Board of Trustees, and words from our founder, Jimmy Wales. You will also find current reports from our committees and chapters, notes from the community, and commentary from major figures in open content, copyright, and distributed research. In this edition Ward Cunningham talks with us about Wikipedia and the future of wiki (see page 5).
You will also find news about recent and future events. Major events in September included a major press release about Wikipedia's one millionth article; a celebration of Wikipedia at the Cyberarts Festival in Linz, Austria (whose organizers honored us in May with a Digital Communities award and a generous grant); and a presentation about Wikipedia to the United Nations in Geneva.
This newsletter is available in several languages and formats; you are free to redistribute it. This is a work in progress, but above all it is about the community and foundation that you have built. Be bold with your suggestions and criticisms; describe what you would like to see here in the months to come.
Please submit notes about individual projects, or quotes from the media about the projects. Brief essays on any subject related to the Wikimedia Foundation or its projects are also welcome. Comments and submissions may be sent to newsletter (at) wikimedia.org.
We would like to thank the many donors who have supported the Foundation this year, such as fact-index.com. We are especially grateful to everyone who has contributed text, diagrams, photos, music, code, or dues to the various projects and chapters. Without your dedication, there would be nothing worth mentioning in a newsletter.
Finally, we would like to recognize the writers, designers, and dozens of translators who have contributed to this production. Many hands make light work, and producing this newsletter was a pleasure.
May you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
--the WQ editorial team
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Cover : Fusion of Communities (Credit: J-C Chazalette)