Wikipedia to Celebrate 10th Birthday on Jan. 15

January 15, 2011 will mark a decade of Wikipedia. Founded by Jimmy Wales in 2001, Wikipedia has become the fifth most popular website in the world with 410 million monthly readers, says Wikimedia Foundation, quoting Nov. 2010 data from Web researcher comScore.

Just three years after its founding, Wikipedia reached 500,000 articles in 50 languages. Now, at 17 million articles in 270 languages and growing, Wikipedia is the only top-ten website in the world that is truly user-generated, supported and maintained, according to Wikimedia Foundation.

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Over the last ten years, it says, hundreds of thousands of people have contributed more than one billion edits to this vital resource.

To commemorate this historical milestone, people all over the world are gathering at events — at least five on every continent — to celebrate Wikipedia.

And 17 volunteer-planned events will be taking place in India alone. It invites people to join volunteers in A Coruna, Spain, Bangalore, India, Skopje, Macedonia, London, England, Nairobi, Kenya or any of the 150 (and counting) events all over the world: http://ten.wikipedia.org/

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization, which operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Foundation

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