Who came up with Wikipedia?

Svetlana
Svetlana
November 17, 2014
Who came up with Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a very popular online encyclopedia where you can find answers to almost any question. It has scientific articles, biographies of famous people, and profiles of large companies, and information on any other topics. And the main feature of the project is that the compilers of the encyclopedia are Internet users themselves.

Who first came up with the idea to create such a site? Who came up with Wikipedia? Read about it in our article. Well, the answers to questions about other online services you can find on our website in the Internet section.

Who Invented Wikipedia

The founder of Wikipedia is American Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales. He has been developing Internet services since 1996, and in 2000 he made the first attempt to create an encyclopedia that would be distributed freely through the Internet.

The project was named Nupedia (Nupedia), but it was organized quite differently than the familiar to us all Wikipedia. Articles were written by professional authors, and Larry Sanger, Ph.D., was in charge of the encyclopedia.Each material passed an expert evaluation to exclude the publication of inaccurate information. But a serious approach to business turned to the creators of the serious problems: the encyclopedia was filled extremely slowly, for the year only 12 articles appeared in it.

The founders of Nupedia were looking for a way to speed up the process, and therefore they were very interested in the concept of collective editing of sites - the wiki, which programmer Ben Kovitz told them. According to one of the versions, Sanger suggested using wikis to create an encyclopedia, and on the other, one of Wales employees, Jeremy Rosenfeld.

Anyway, in 2001 it was decided to create a new project, separately from Nupedia, and try out a new technology on it. The name “Wikipedia” was suggested by Larry Sanger, and the server for data storage was provided by Jimmy Wales' company - Bomis. Over the course of the year, more than 20 thousand articles appeared in the open encyclopedia. Every year the growth rate of Wikipedia has increased, and by now (October 2014) there are already more than 33 million articles in 287 languages.