A high-level tour of the WikiVerse
1. More than just Wikipedia
The Wikimedia Foundation is the umbrella organization which hosts Wikipedia.
The goal of the Foundation is to develop and maintain open, wiki-based projects and to provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation is registered as a public charity in the US.
Not everybody realizes that Wikipedia is only ONE of more than a dozen "sister projects" hosted by the Foundation. Check out this interactive graphic to find out a little more about each project.
Briefly, these sister projects are:
- Commons*: Free media repository
- MediaWiki: Wiki software development
- Meta-Wiki: Wikimedia project coordination
- Wikibooks*: Free textbooks and manuals
- Wikidata*: Free knowledge base
- Wikinews: Free-content news
- Wikiquote: Collection of quotations
- Wikisource*: Free-content library
- Wikispecies: Directory of species
- Wikiversity*: Free learning tools
- Wikivoyage*: Free travel guide
- Wiktionary: Dictionary and thesaurus
*We may spend some time dropping into these sister projects.