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Press releases/2007

Wikis Go Printable
New open source technology will bring content from Wikipedia, WikiEducator, and other wikis to the world of paper
13 December 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced a partnership that will make it possible to obtain high quality print and word processor copies of articles from Wikipedia and other wiki educational resources. The development of the underlying open source software is supported by the Open Society Institute (www.soros.org) and the Commonwealth of Learning (www.col.org), and led by PediaPress.com, a start-up company based in Germany.
Wikimedia Foundation improves performance and reduces costs by peering at AMS-IX
12 December 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation, the international non-profit organization behind Wikipedia, and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) have joined forces for “the good of the Internet.” As part of this joint program, AMS-IX will give Wikimedia a Gigabit Ethernet connection at no cost, which will enable Wikimedia to deliver up to 10,000 requests per second directly to hundreds of other networks, including many major internet service providers.
German Language Wikipedia Better than Brockhaus Online, Analysis Indicates
5 December 2007 The German language version of Wikipedia is better than Brockhaus, Germany's commercial encyclopedia, according to an analysis commissioned by Stern Magazine.
Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director
3 December 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced the appointment of Sue Gardner as its Executive Director, effective immediately.
The World Economic Forum announces Technology Pioneers 2008: The Wikimedia Foundation Selected
29 November 2007 The World Economic Forum announced 39 visionary companies selected as Technology Pioneers 2008, including the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales leads South African Wikipedia Academies in Johannesburg 
31 October 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation will co-host with iCommons the Wikipedia Academy workshops in various locations throughout South Africa on November 10 and 11, 2007 to be lead by Jimmy Wales.
Library of Alexandria to Host Wikipedia's Annual Conference in 2008 
31 October 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation announces that it will stage its 2008 Wikimania conference at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The event will take place next summer.
Wikimedia Foundation to Relocate to San Francisco 
9 October 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation will be relocating its headquarters from St. Petersburg, Fl to San Francisco, CA. The move will take place this winter.
Wikipedia Reaches 2 Million Articles 
12 September 2007 On September 9, 2007, at 8:21 UTC, the English-language Wikipedia published its two millionth article with the entry "El Hormiguero," about the popular Spanish TV show of the same name. The article was created by registered Wikipedia contributor Zzxc.
New Consultant and Special Advisor to the Wikimedia Board of Trustees 
27 June 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, is delighted to announce today it has engaged digital media executive Sue Gardner as a consultant and special advisor to the board.
SOS Children UK and the Wikimedia Foundation Launch Wikipedia Selection for Schools 
29 May 2007 SOS Children UK and the Wikimedia Foundation have launched the Wikipedia Selection for schools. The Selection DVD has the content of a 15 volume encyclopedia - with 24,000 pictures, 14 million words and articles on 4,625 topics. It includes the best of Wikipedia, and many thousands of pages of extra material specifically selected to be of interest to children aged 8-17 who follow the UK National Curriculum and similar curricula elsewhere in the world.
Wikia, Inc. is not the commercial counterpart to Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation 
20 April 2007 Contrary to what some press reports pretend, Wikipedia does not plan to start a search engine, and Wikia, Inc. is not the commercial counterpart to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia, Stronger and More Stable than ever, thanks to our Community's Support 
13 February 2007 (press statement) (中文, français, suomi, Deutsch, italiano, 日本語, polski, português, русский, српски / srpski, español)
Wikimedia creates an Advisory Board 
29 January 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation announces the creation of an Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees. Comprised of individuals well known in their respective fields, the new Advisory Board will provide Wikipedia's governing body with their expertise and consultation in several areas, including strategic long term planning. Angela Beesley, former Wikimedia Foundation Board member and co-founder of Wikia, will act as Chair. (Japanese)
Wikipedia Version 0.5 Released 
17 January 2007 The Wikimedia Foundation announces the release of Wikipedia Version 0.5, a compact disc collection of approximately 2,000 articles from the English Wikipedia. The project paves the way for many such collections, with larger releases planned in a variety of languages.