This project has the long-term objective to become a complete and up-to-date worldwide travel guide, the contributions of which come from Wikivoyagers all over the globe. Wikivoyage wants to fulfil the need of travellers to obtain up-to-date information as fast as possible, something that long book-publishing cycles can't seem to meet.
Wikivoyage is – similar to the well-known Wikipedia – carried by the spirit of knowledge exchange, which is so evident for lots of travellers. Travellers meeting during a trip like to exchange information about the places they want to discover or the ones they have already visited. We want to facilitate this knowledge exchange; our Copyleft licence creates the right conditions for you to make your knowledge available to a huge community of interested people.
Wikivoyage was initially created primarilly by some German writers of the earlier Wikitravel community (itself founded July 2003 in English as a private enterprise by Evan Prodromou); after it was was acquiried by Internet Brands, Inc. – a commercial for-profit American consumer internet company. Internet Brands progressively changed the ethos of the original Wikitravel; with the inclusion of advertising, and lack of technical support and software upgrades, and ultimately the denial of database dumps. The German language Wikivoyage community forked from Wikitravel in 2006, and subsequently in 2007, the Italian Wikivoyage community had also forked from Wikitravel. The Wikivoyage Association (German: Wikivoyage e.V.), created in Germany in 2006 as a non-profit organisation, was set up to host all Wikivoyage wikis. Wikivoyage and Wikitravel wikis continued to co-exist, though the original Wikitravel project lost the core of its productive writers to the newer Wikivoyage; which meant the quality of articles began to diversify, Wikivoyage articles continued to improve professionally and factually, whilst Wikitravel articles deteriorated in quality.
Early 2012, members of the Wikivoyage Association suggested a merge with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), with discussions taking place across various platforms (Google Groups, Wikitravel, Wikivoyage and Wikimedia Meta-Wiki). The driving force was to go back to basics of collaborative wiki writing, on a non-profit educational basis, free of advertising; and to gain the extensive and long-established technical support, development and backup provided by the WMF. The goal would be to import all existing Wikivoyage language wikis, users, admins, and page content onto WMF servers; and also import and merge in any useful content from Wikitravel too (which is allowed under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license as used by Wikitravel, but which Wikitravel was trying to prevent, and also initiated legal action to prevent). Discussions progressed, and during October 2012, Wikivoyage migrated the content of Wikitravel and Wikivoyage, along with all contributors, to the Wikimedia Foundation. On 10 November 2012, the Wikivoyage project went live (as beta) on Wikimedia servers, and its content pages display the Wikimedia Foundation logo. On 15 January 2013, the WMF announced that all existing language versions of Wikivoyage had been formally launched onto Wikimedia servers, and incorporated into the WMF. However, project is still in a transition status, as most images still have to be moved from the former Wikivoyage shared repositories to Wikimedia Commons, and many links have to be fixed by the community. Text for all Wikivoyage wikis is made available under an open content free license: the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA 3.0).
- Wikitravel editors abandon Internet Brands, join up with Wikipedia — Gyrovague.com
- Challenges of Merging Communities: The Case of WikiTravel and WikiVoyage — governance across borders
- Wikivoyage Statistics — stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikivoyage Interactive Statistics — from Wikistatistics.net
- Wikivoyage database list — at noc.Wikimedia.org
- Wikivoyage.org site info — from Alexa.com
- Wikivoyage on Twitter — mainly in German
German / Deutsch (de),
1,000+: Spanish / Español (es), French / Français (fr) Italian / Italiano (it), Dutch / Nederlands (nl), Polish / Polski (pl), Portuguese / Português (pt), Russian / Русский (ru), Swedish / Svenska (sv)
100+: Romanian / Română (ro), Chinese / 中文 (zh)
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), founded 20 June 2003, is the non-profit organization responsible for a very large number (over 900 in total) of very active wikis, grouped together and known as 'projects'; as well as the wiki engine software initially developed by themselves, known as MediaWiki. The Foundations' major wiki projects include Wikipedia (encyclopedias), Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikiquote (quotations), Wikibooks (open content textbooks), Wikisource (free content primary and secondary source texts), Wikinews (news source), Wikiversity (open learning community), Wikispecies (free species directory), and many others as listed below. Most of these projects have separate wiki versions written in many different languages. There is also the Wikimedia Commons (shared repository for images, videos and other media files), Wikidata (central space knowledge base for data used on all WMF projects), and the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (coordination of issues common to all Wikimedia projects). The Foundations' global reach is nurtured in its Incubator, where all new language versions for all projects are initiated and developed before being rolled out. Its most recent major project, Wikivoyage (a 'travelpedia'), was inducted to WMF in late 2012.
Wikipedia • Wiktionary • Wikiquote • Wikibooks • Wikisource • Wikinews • Wikiversity • Wikispecies • MediaWiki • Wikidata • Commons • Wikivoyage • Meta-Wiki • Incubator • Labs • Chapters • Wikimania • Outreach • Toolserver • Statistics • Wikitech • Phabricator • Downloads • Blog • Shop • Donate • Login
- Wikimedia Foundation private and management wikis
Board • BoardGovCom • Office • Executive • Internal • Affiliations Committee • OTRS • Collab • Movement Roles • Audit Committee • Search Committee • Advisory Board • Quality • Usability Initiative • Strategic Planning • SP-Com
- Wikimedia.org — portal to all of the major WMF projects
- WikimediaFoundation.org — public WMF wiki
- Complete list of Wikimedia projects — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- List of Wikimedia projects by size (sortable) — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- SiteMatrix table of all Wikimedia wikis — listed by language, project, interproject link, and interwiki, at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, along with list of all private and management wiki
- Toolserver:Wiki server assignments — formerly at Wikimedia Toolserver, now at MediaWiki.org
- Current status Wikimedia Foundation - Core services — public website health status for Wikimedia Foundation, at status.Wikimedia.org
- Wikistats: Wikimedia Statistics — comprehensive statistics by project – stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Database dump progress — list of live database dumps at Wikimedia Downloads
- Wikimedia Interactive Statistics[dead link] — from Wikistatistics.net – archived spapshot from archive.is
- Special Wikimedia Projects by size — sortable list from WikiStats by S23.org (last updated 11 September 2011, but still useful information)
- plain-text database list — at noc.Wikimedia.org
- Wikimedia Grid Report — multiple detailed performance graphs from ganglia.Wikimedia.org
- Phabricator — formerly Bugzilla.Wikimedia.org, now phabricator.Wikimedia.org, for bug reporting and software development
- Public Mailing Lists — at lists.Wikimedia.org
- Wikimedia.org site info — from Alexa.com
Pages in category “Wikivoyage”
The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total.