Wikipedia for World Heritage

Wikipedia for World Heritage refers to the efforts put forth to get Wikipedia listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The idea was originally proposed to the Wikimedia chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation at the 2011 Wikimedia Conference in Berlin.[1][2] An online petition was started at the German Wikipedia on May 23, 2011.[3] The bid is considered to be the first for a digital entity and is expected to be controversial with the list's maintainers who are notably conservative.[2]

A visual presented supporting Wikipedia's listing at the Wikimedia Conference Berlin 2011

Jimbo Wales has stated that "the basic idea is to recognize that Wikipedia is this amazing global cultural phenomena that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people."[2]

If Wikipedia does not get listed as a World Heritage Site, and UNESCO has denied its application as it does not meet most criteria, it has been suggested that they apply for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wikimedia Conference 2011/Documentation/Common Project I: 10 years Wikipedia". Wikimedia Meta-Wiki. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b c O'Brien, Kevin J. (23 May 2011). "Worthy Online Resource, but Global Cultural Treasure?". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Christopher (May 26, 2011). "Wikipedia seeks World Heritage Site status". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2011.

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