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Making ends meet for Wikipedia

Marketplace Staff Jul 16, 2008
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Making ends meet for Wikipedia

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Scott Jagow: Wikimania starts tomorrow. That’s the annual conference for online almanac Wikipedia. It’s in Egypt at the Library of Alexandria,

Renita Jablonski has more.


Renita Jablonski: You can look up almost anything on Wikipedia, from honey bees to the Bee Gees, but stayin’ alive can be a problem when your product is free and you rely on donations.

Wired.com’s John Abell says Wikipedia’s just scraping by on its annual budget of about $4.6 million.

John Abell: They’re going to have to either figure out other places, other people, other big angels that can give them money or consider some aspect of commercialism.

Alana Semuels, who covers Wikipedia for the LA Times, says that’s not likely anytime soon.

Alana Semuels: Well, the problem is that a lot of the most dedicated volunteers are vehemently opposed to advertising. If Wikipedia lost their support, it would be extremely detrimental to the site.

The Wikimedia Foundation hired its first fundraising director last year.

In Los Angeles, I’m Renita Jablonski for Marketplace.

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