Wikipedia has surpassed a notable milestone this week: The English version of the world’s largest online encyclopedia now has more than six million articles. From a report:
*The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of “what humans can do together,” said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia.
The 6 millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, travel writer and fiction writer. The article was written by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, a longtime editor of Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is available in dozens of languages, but its English-language version has the most number of articles. The English edition is also the most visited project on the website.
- According to publicly disclosed figures, the English version of the website averages about 255 million pageviews a day. According to web analytics firm SimilarWeb, Wikipedia overall is the eighth most visited website.*