Friday, 8 August 2008

Wikipedians meet at the library in Alexandria, Egypt

The New York Times reports that the new library in Alexandria, Egypt was the location of Wikimania, a meeting of over 600 people who write the Wikipedia entries. Wikipedia, now going on eight years old, is many times more extensive than anything in print, comprising 2.5 million articles in English. Wikipedias have sprung up in 263 other languages, including Sanskrit, Choctaw and Twi. Wikipedians believe that bits will outlast paper; outgoing board chairwoman Florence Devouarda is quoted as saying that "a library is often a place with a lot of dusty documents, poorly connected."

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