Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2008
    This description of Jimmy Wales's work was prepared when Jimmy Wales was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
    Jimmy Wales invented and built Wikipedia, a free online, multilingual, open-source encyclopedia that is written and edited collaboratively by hundreds of thousands of participants around the world. Wikipedia has, in a few short years, radically democratized the act of information collection, and has generated an enormous trove of knowledge (Want to know about parapsychology? The climate in Zambia? The orangespotted trevally?) Wikipedia is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
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