Wikipedia, the world largest article resource online has reached a milestone with over 6 million published English articles.
Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia describes the achievement as a testaments of “what humans can do together”.
According to TechCrunch, the 6 millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, travel writer and fiction writer. The article was written by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, a longtime editor of Wikipedia
The English version being the most famous of over 12 languages in which the platform is being served reached the 5 million mark in 2015. It remains the version with the most number of articles now at 6 million followed by the German version at 2.3 million and the French at 2.1 million.
According to analytics from SimilarWeb, the English version is the most visited of the projects averaging 255 million views per day.
The company encourages contributors to add contents their local languages. Often conducting several seminars and making its tool easier to use over the years.
Congratulations to English @Wikipedia for hitting the six million article mark today! The landmark page — created by @Rosiestep of @WikiWomenInRed — is a biography of Marie "Toofie" Lauder, a well-traveled and philanthropic 19th century writer: https://t.co/LZ0iacsQly pic.twitter.com/N87CsDQvdH
— Wikimedia (@Wikimedia) January 23, 2020
Jimmy Wales founder of Wikipedia, said his goal was to provide “free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” According to an estimate, the sum of human knowledge would require 104 million articles — and we will need 20 more years to get there.