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Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia in numerous languages. The entries are written by voluntary authors.
The project was founded by the American Jimmy Wales in 2001 with the aim of creating a free-licensed and high-quality encyclopaedia. Wikipedia is considered the most comprehensive lexicon. The articles are continuously edited based on the principle of collaborative writing. According to Wikipedia's own data, 39.5 million articles were written in almost 300 languages by June 2016. The online encyclopedia is financed through donations only.
Local press die-offs worldwide are robbing Wikipedia of sources to cite, warns co-founder Jimmy Wales. He told the German outlet Spiegel his team's next aim is to reach 'billions' of potential users in poor countries.
At first glance the Wikipedia author gender gap could suggest women are less interested in publishing on the page, as anyone can do it. But a recent study shows female editors regularly face online harassment and abuse.