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  • 10/9/2010

Wikipedia founder wins Swiss award

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A Swiss organization has announced that it has decided to present a prestigious award to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales for "democratizing access to knowledge."

The Im Grueene Foundation said the free online encyclopedia "revolutionized the access to knowledge as man’s most important resource" as it allows users to also be contributors.

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Award, named after a Swiss businessman, was last given to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2008 but is not awarded on a regular basis.

The winner of the award also receives 100,000 Swiss francs ($104,000).

Since being founded, Wikipedia has become one of the most popular web sites in the world.

Wales said that Wikipedia contains over 3 million entries in English, far more than a conventional encyclopedia, and is promptly expanding into other languages, with almost a million entries in French and more in German.

Source: presstv.ir

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