An aggregation of the world’s knowledge. To generations past, that was a futuristic ideal, incoceivable outside the attempts of Britannica and the World Book encyclopedias. Yet to kids growing up today and those of us that work in an online realm, these tools are a reality. The most common example, the one that shows up on the front page of results for nearly any Google search imaginable, is Wikipedia.
Finding out a fact or figure used to be a tedious process, before Wikipedia came along. The flagship platform of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia revolutionized the way we conceive of an encyclopedia. Launched in 2001, it was an attempt to crowd-source the world’s knowledge: anyone could contribute, anyone could edit. Though this has resulted in a fair share of blunders over the years, Wikipedia has been a resounding success, with a searchable repository of 24 million articles in over 250 languages.