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How Wikipedia Works by Ben Yates, Charles Matthews, Phoebe Ayers

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Chapter 17. The Foundation and Project Coordination

Who is actually in charge of Wikipedia and its sister projects? The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), first introduced to you in Chapter 2, has taken on this role. The Foundation does not oversee any project content but instead owns the projects legally and provides a central resource to keep the projects’ infrastructure, such as the web servers, up and running.

Because the Foundation staff is small for such an ambitious venture, most day-to-day decisions are still made by the community that has developed around each project. The wiki spirit of volunteering does not stop at the individual project level, however. Daily work on Foundation-level tasks is carried out by hundreds of people, from running ...

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