OXFORD TO HOST GLOBAL WIKIPEDIA CONFERENCE
Hundreds to visit city next summer
Oxford will host a global conference next year bring together hundreds of people who contribute to the Wikipedia family of websites. The "Wikimania" conference is an annual conference focused on how to improve the websites and make them more accessible to potential users.
The first Wikimania conference was held in Frankfurt, in 2005, and since then have been held in Cambridge (Massachusetts), Taipei and Alexandria in Egypt.
A local team of volunteers put together a bid that beat competition from cities around world, including Amsterdam, Gdansk and Stockholm.
Note to editors[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia is the most popular general reference work on the internet with over 12 million articles - all available under free copyright licenses. Available in more than 265 languages, Wikipedia is written by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people.   There are approximately 2,000 people in the UK who regularly contribute to Wikipedia, and they account for 15% of all Wikipedia contributions.  
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 300 million unique visitors per month, making them the 4th most popular web property world-wide. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit organisation that is recognised by the Wikimedia Foundation as the local chapter supporting the aims of the Foundation. Wikimedia UK is registered in England and Wales under the name Wiki UK Limited and is an exempt charity.
Wikimania 2010 will be held in Oxford. 
References[edit | edit source]
- See, for instance, this incomplete list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedians_in_the_United_Kingdom
- For further information see http://wikimediafoundation.org
- For further information see http://uk.wikimedia.org
- Further details of the conference are at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2010/Bids/Oxford