Wikipedia Day and its Significance

Wikipedia Day and its Significance

Wikipedia Day is observed every year on 15 January. It aims to celebrate the birthday of Wikipedia. On this day, Wikipedia fans organize their own parties in their own communities to discuss Wikipedia and share cake. Typical activities at these events include Wikipedia editors sharing what they did in Wikipedia last year, anyone proposing to share information in Wikipedia in the coming year, Wikipedia training for newcomers, and socializing.

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History of Wikipedia Day

When we search for something, a Wikipedia link is the first thing that pops up on our search engines. It is also a popular site since it provides in-depth information and presents everything in a user-friendly way. So, without further ado, let’s dedicate this day to the information provider that has been feeding us with knowledge since day one.

On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was established and first edited. Coincidentally, also on 15 January 2001 Creative Commons registered their website. Creative Commons developed the free and open copyright system which Wikipedia uses, and Wikipedia is the most enthusiastic community of the free media which Creative Commons promotes. Yet another festive event around this time is Public Domain Day, which celebrates the media entering the public domain due to copyright expirations at the end of the previous year.

Feel free to celebrate Wikipedia Day! Celebrate Creative Commons’ birthday too, if you like! Combine Wikipedia Day, Creative Commons Day, and Public Domain Day all in one January celebration of open knowledge and free media.

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