Wikibooks

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Wikibooks, previously called Wikimedia Free Textbook Project and Wikimedia-Textbooks, is a wiki-based Wikimedia project hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation for the creation of free content digital textbooks and annotated texts that anyone can edit.

Wikibooks
Wikibooks logo from 2009 to the present
Screenshot
Detail of the Wikibooks main page. All major Wikibooks projects are listed by number of articles.
Screenshot of wikibooks.org home page
Type of site
Textbooks wiki
Available inMultilingual (76 active)[1]
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byUser Karl Wick and the Wikimedia Community
URLwww.wikibooks.org
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedJuly 10, 2003; 18 years ago (2003-07-10)
Current statusActive
Growth of the eight largest Wikibooks sites (by language), July 2003–January 2010

Initially, the project was created solely in English in July 2003; a later expansion to include additional languages was started in July 2004.[2] As of January 2022, there are Wikibooks sites active for 76 languages[1] comprising a total of 311,070 articles and 1,823 recently active editors.[3]

HistoryEdit

The wikibooks.org domain was registered on July 19, 2003 (2003-07-19).[4] It was launched to host and build free textbooks on subjects such as organic chemistry and physics. Two major sub-projects, Wikijunior and Wikiversity, were created within Wikibooks before its official policy was later changed so that future incubator-type projects are started according to the Wikimedia Foundation's new project policy.

In August 2006, Wikiversity became an independent Wikimedia Foundation project.[5]

Since 2008, Wikibooks has been included in BASE.[6]

In June 2016, Compete.com estimated that Wikibooks had 1,478,812 unique visitors.[7]

WikijuniorEdit

Wikijunior is a subproject of Wikibooks that specializes in books for children. The project consists of both a magazine and a website, and is currently being developed in English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, and Bangla. It is funded by a grant from the Beck Foundation.

Book contentEdit

Visualization of the development in the German Wikibook project Mathe für Nicht-Freaks

While some books are original, others began as text copied over from other sources of free content textbooks found on the Internet. All of the site's content is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license (or a compatible license). This means that, as with its sister project, Wikipedia, contributions remain copyrighted to their creators, while the licensing ensures that it can be freely distributed and reused subject to certain conditions.

Wikibooks differs from Wikisource in that Wikisource collects exact copies and original translations of existing free content works, such as the original text of Shakespearean plays, while Wikibooks is dedicated either to original works, significantly altered versions of existing works, or annotations to original works.

Multilingual statisticsEdit

As of January 2022, there are Wikibooks sites for 120 languages of which 76 are active and 44 are closed.[1] The active sites have 311,070 articles and the closed sites have 671 articles.[3] There are 4,477,797 registered users of which 1,823 are recently active.[3]

The top ten Wikibooks language projects by mainspace article count:[3]

Language Wiki Good Total Edits Admins Users Active users Files
1 English en 95,018 278,388 3,980,965 10 3,368,541 342 2,710
2 Hungarian hu 33,807 86,020 412,952 3 12,718 19 21,065
3 German de 30,249 75,538 982,765 8 104,787 112 7,690
4 French fr 17,935 54,705 669,567 7 107,904 53 167
5 Italian it 15,338 34,871 421,280 4 46,183 42 768
6 Portuguese pt 13,220 79,293 476,688 4 62,753 38 1,031
7 Japanese ja 12,866 24,112 191,422 4 66,139 70 378
8 Vietnamese vi 9,852 21,239 354,247 3 15,963 24 969
9 Spanish es 9,276 38,003 402,000 11 117,044 36 0
10 Dutch nl 8,611 28,054 355,486 10 25,790 27 17

For a complete list with totals, see Wikimedia Statistics.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wikimedia's MediaWiki API:Sitematrix. Retrieved January 2022 from Data:Wikipedia statistics/meta.tab
  2. ^ "Wikibooks Statistics - Article count (official)". Wikimedia. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Wikimedia's MediaWiki API:Siteinfo. Retrieved January 2022 from Data:Wikipedia statistics/data.tab
  4. ^ "Wikibooks.org Whois Record". DomainTools, LLC. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Wikipedia, now serving K-12 and over". mentalfloss.com. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  6. ^ Suchmaschine BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine): Wikibooks: Viquillibres : Portada. www.base-search.net. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Site Profile for wikibooks.org" Archived 2010-06-08 at the Wayback Machine, compete, retrieved July 19, 2016
  8. ^ "Wikibooks Statistics". Meta.Wikimedia.org. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

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