Thursday, 18 February 2010 13:12

Wikimedia gets Google dollars

The Wikimedia Foundation is the beneficiary of a $US2 million grant from Google.

A $US2 milllion grant to the Wikimedia Foundation from the Google Inc Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation will be used to support the Foundation's core operating costs and to help make Wikipedia easier to use and more accessible.

The grant follows donations from individuals totalling more than $US8 million as a result of the Foundation's fundraising push in late 2009 and early 2010.

"We are very pleased and grateful," said Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder and Wikimedia Foundation board member.

"This is a wonderful gift, and we celebrate it as recognition of the long-term alignment and friendship between Google and Wikimedia. Both organisations are committed to bringing high quality information to hundreds of millions of individuals every day, and to making the Internet better for everyone," he added.

Google and Wikimedia have a history of collaboration, including work on the translation of Wikipedia content into languages such as Arabic, Hindi and Swahili.

What does Sergey Brin think of Wikipedia? Find out on page 2.

"Wikipedia is one of the greatest triumphs of the internet," said Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

"This vast repository of community-generated content is an invaluable resource to anyone who is online," he added.


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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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