Wikipedia is the only nonprofit-driven project listed in the top one-hundred most-used websites, according to Alexa Internet Statistics.1,2 Governed by the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia is just one of the many projects the organization has created. The mission of all Wikimedia-run projects is to increase freely available information. Yet, since Wikipedia is grouped in with other popular for-profit companies such as Google and Amazon, it is often distrusted.3 Not to mention the overbearing idea of just how a freely editable encyclopedia can be trusted if the sum of all human knowledge is being guided by the general public. In fact, there are a variety of different measures taken to keep information on Wikipedia both neutral and well-sourced, something the Wikimedia Foundation has molded into its’ technology and curated into community guidelines to combat these concerns. The WikiEducation Foundation uses this framework to guide the creation of teaching tools and resources for higher education instructors and students.
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1 “The Top 500 Sites on the Web”
2 Konieczny, “Teaching with Wikipedia,” 18.
3 Ibid., 18.