The logo of Wikipedia , an Internet -based free multilingual encyclopedia , is an unfinished globe constructed from jigsaw pieces-some pieces are missing at the top-inscribed with glyphs from many different writing systems . As published on Wikipedia, there is a wordmark “Wikipedia” under the globe, and below that text “The Free Encyclopedia” in the open-source Linux Libertine font.  
Each room bears a glyph (a letter or other character ), or glyphs symbolizing the multilingualism of Wikipedia. As with the Latin letter “W”, these glyphs are in most cases the first glyphs of the name “Wikipedia” rendered in that language. They are as follows: 
- Near the center is Latin ⟩W⟩ . Above That Is Japanese ⟨ ウィ ⟩ wi ; below it are Cyrillic ⟨ И ⟩ i , Hebrew ⟨ ו ⟩ w , and (barely visible at the bottom) Tamil ⟨ வி ⟩ vi .
- To the left of the ⟨W⟩ is Greek ⟨ w ⟩ ō , and below are That Chinese ⟨ 維 ⟩ wéi ,  Kannada ⟨ ವಿ ⟩ vi , and (barely visible at the bottom) Tibetan ⟨ ཝི ⟩ wi .
- At left, from the top down, are Armenian ⟨ Վ ⟩ v , Cambodian ⟨ វិ ⟩ VE (ict lying on side), Bengali ⟨ উ ⟩ u , Devanagari वि vi , and Georgian ⟨ ვ ⟩ v .
- The right-most column is Ethiopic ⟨ ው ⟩ wə , Arabic ⟨ و ⟩ w , Korean ⟨ 위 ⟩ wi , and Thai ⟨ วิ ⟩ wi .
The empty space at the top represents the incomplete nature of the project, the articles and languages yet to be added. [ Citation needed ]
An original design of the logo was created by Paul Stansifer , then a 17-year-old Wikipedia user, whose entry won a design competition by the site in 2003. Another Wikipedia user, David Friedland, Of the jigsaw pieces so that their boundaries appear to be a single glyph per piece, rather than a jumble of nonsense multilingual text.  In the process, some errors were introduced.  In particular, one piece of Devanagari’s script and one piece of Japanese katakana were incorrectly rendered. 
In 2007, a modified 3D model was developed by Wikimedia Taiwan for Wikimania , when they distributed a 3-inch diameter spherical puzzle based on the logo. It does not matter if you have a lot of information about it. A variant of that model was used to build a person-sized Wikiball that spun on a stand, featured during the event.  This is a 3D model for the logo.
By 2007, users on listservs discovered that the logo had some minor errors. The errors were not immediately fixed, because, according to Friedland, he could not locate the original project file. Friedland added that “I have tried to reconstruct it, but it never looks right” and that the logo should be redrawn by a professional illustrator.  Kizu Naoko ( 津 尚 子 子 ) , a Wikipedian, said that most Japanese users supported correcting the errors. In an e-mail to Noam Cohen of The New York Times , Kizu said that “It could be an option to leave them as they are.
In late 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation undertook to fix the errors and the update the puzzle globe logo. Among other issues, the original logo was not scored well and some letters appeared distorted.  For the new logo, the Wikimedia Foundation defines which characters appear on the “hidden” puzzle pieces, and had a three-dimensional computer model of the globe created to allow the generation of other views.  A partial 3D globe was commissioned for the Wikimedia office. 
The new logo was rolled out on the projects in May 2010. It features the new 3D rendering of the puzzle globe, with the corrected characters (and the Klingon character replaced by a Ge’ez character). The wordmark has been modified from the Hoefler Text to the open-source Linux Libertine font, and the subtitle is no longer italicized. The “W” character, qui Was used in various other places in Wikipedia (Such As the favicon ) and Was a “distinctive share of the Wikipedia brand” Was stylized have crossed V’s in the original logo, ⟨W⟩ , while the W In Linux Libertine is rendered with a single line. To provide the traditional appearance of the Wikipedia ”
On October 24, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation released the logo, along with all other logos belonging to the Foundation, under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. 
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The (former) logo was registered as a European Community Trade Mark by Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 
- Wikimedia Blog: Wikipedia in 3D Wikipedia logo unveiled; Description of the new puzzle
- Wikipedia: A new look for Wikipedia
- Wikipedia: Wikipedia logos
- Content guideline: using logos on Wikipedia
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- Jump up^ “Wikimedia Logos Have Been Freed!” Wikimedia blog ” .
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