Loads of potential in India: Wikipedia
By: Debarati Palit
Wikipedia Foundation Dy Director Erik Moller talks to Debarati Palit about his India tour, strengthening ties with the country|
On his India visit
This is a fact-finding trip where the goal is to help the local community grow. We also want Wikipedia to grow and spread its popularity at various other countries. We will visit various cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and visit other institutions. Our mission as a foundation is to spread the fact that every human being can freely access all kinds of knowledge. It is important to us that knowledge is available to all.
Creation of Wikipedia Foundation India...
We get about 20 million hits a month from India. Personally, I see loads of potential here. So it is very important that we promote knowledge in India. Currently we do not have any staff from India. But we are in midst of hiring and we will have a group working with us soon. The location is yet to be decided.
On keeping track of facts and figures
We have a staff working round-the-clock keeping a track of all facts added to Wikipedia. If something is edited to the main copy, we review each and every detail. Our policy is that information should have a source that could be a book or a website.