Wikipedia is an open and free online encyclopedia which was officially launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales.
The initial concept has been simple and Wikipedia Encyclopedia gained much popularity across the globe rapidly.
It contains today over 15 million of articles which have been written in collaboration with volunteers from various parts of the world. It hereby remains the largest and most renowned website for reference work on the web.
The brains behind the main idea of creating an open-editable web-based encyclopedia were none other than Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. They developed the concept for reaching this particular goal and what seem to be a complex and endless work, finally turned out to be the web encyclopedia known nowadays by all of the internet community.
The fact that they obtained many voluntary contributors has made a great advance for Wikipedia. It resulted in a multilingual encyclopedia on the web where all of its users are able to refer to in order to obtain any information they want to refer to. Many of the publications are open allowing you to edit them. If ever you find that there is some missing information over a publication, you will have the possibility to modify it and the publication team will review it before publishing it permanently.
Wikipedia is on a whole a place for reference work for all the people of the world no matter what language they speak or write. They have a great database for satisfying all the needs of the any user and its database is continuously updated about all the latest events.
Wikipedia is subject to some policies for legal reasons. These policies are intended to protect publications from vandalism. Vandalism is easy since anyone can edit and provide false information. This was the case for the biography of the American politician John Seigenthaler, where wrong information was introduced. This false information remained undetected for four months and eventually led to some serious issues for the Wikipedia team and Jimmy Wales.
Since the decades, Jimmy Wales has hence been at the head of tightening its security systems for providing better service and right information to its users.