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Monday, December 3, 2007

Wikimedia - Bringing it all Together

Wikimedia FoundationWikimedia Foundation is "dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge".

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, is probably the best know of the projects. However, the others are also beginning to take off.

Wiktionary is a multilingual, free web based dictionary. Definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations are all included in Wiktionary, which is the lexical companion to Wikipedia.

Wikiquote is a compendium of quotations from notable people and creative works in every language. Currently, the English version has 14,089 pages containing thousands of quotations and proverbs.

Wikibooks provides a free collection of open-content textbooks that can be edited by anyone. The teacher's toolbox is but one example!

An online library of free content publications is provided at Wikisource. You can read the full text of many books such as Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

The contributions on Wikinews are from volunteers "whose mission is to present reliable, unbiased, relevant and entertaining News" that is written from "a neutral point of view to ensure fair and unbiased reporting".

Wikimedia Commons is a database of over 2 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. As with the Creative Commons Search Site this is an excellent starting point for finding freely usable material.

Looking for information on any species? Then check out Wikispecies, which covers Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life!

Wikiversity is a community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. Free content, multimedia learning materials, resources, and curricula for all age groups can be hosted on Wikiversity. The learning material about Narrative Film Production is a featured resource.

Also have a look at Downloadpedia (reference wiki for free software) and Wikivid (free software video tutorials from around the web).


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