Technology

We keep Wikimedia projects fast, reliable, and available to all.

From hosting Wikipedia to creating edit-checking artificial intelligence (AI), we design and build the open-source technology that powers Wikimedia projects. Community volunteers and Foundation technologists collaborate on MediaWiki, the platform that makes sharing free knowledge possible.

Hosting the world’s knowledge

Wikipedia is one of the top most-visited websites in the world, accessed by 1.8 billion unique devices every month. Our infrastructure keeps it online. Over the last year, we delivered an uptime of 99.97% (according to independent monitoring) across all project sites.

Saving data costs for readers

More than half of Wikimedia’s visitors connect from mobile devices. But high mobile data costs across Africa, Latin America, and Asia can make accessing Wikipedia expensive. That is why we redesigned our apps and sites to be up to 51% less data intensive.

Assisting human collaboration with machine learning

Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and it can be challenging to maintain quality control. That is why we made ORES, an artificial intelligence service that automatically identifies potentially problematic content as soon as it appears, advising editors if changes are needed.

Helping NASA

NASA’s internal wiki for collaboration and documentation is built on MediaWiki, just like Wikipedia. We create MediaWiki—open-source wiki software that is free and available for anyone.

Mentoring new developers

To help build a more diverse and inclusive technical community, the Wikimedia Foundation funds, supports, and mentors new developers and underrepresented groups in tech.

Growing a volunteer developer community

Over half of the commits made to our codebase are pushed by volunteers. We actively support a thriving volunteer technology community, with grants, events, and an open collaboration tool.

Help us unlock the world’s knowledge.

As a nonprofit, Wikipedia and our related free knowledge projects are powered primarily through donations.

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99.97%

uptime delivered across all Wikimedia sites during 2017

1.8 billion

unique devices access Wikimedia sites every month

6,000

views per second across Wikimedia sites

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Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and Technology Officer

13 June 2022, San Francisco  — The Wikimedia Foundation today announced the appointment of Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and Technology Officer. Selena is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Mozilla, where she was responsible for Firefox. She will officially join on August 1, 2022. Selena will lead the product and technology teams at….

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The journey to make Wikipedia’s technology more equitable

I will start by saying that I am a process-turned-product person. That is, I’m a process-turned-product person with a passion for making systems just, equitable, and transparent. It’s these values that drew me to the Wikimedia Foundation in the first place. I wanted to be part of the nonprofit with a vision where everyone, everywhere has access….

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