Wikipedia for World Heritage Refers to the efforts put forth to get Wikipedia listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The idea Was Originally Proposed to the Wikimedia chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation at the Wikimedia Conference 2011 in Berlin. [1] [2] An online petition was launched at the German Wikipedia on May 23, 2011. [3] The bid is considered to be the first for a digital entity and is expected to be controversial with the list of maintainers who are notably conservative . [2]

Jimbo Wales has stated that “the basic idea is to recognize that Wikipedia is this amazing global cultural phenomenon that has transformed the lives of hundreds of people.” [2]

If Wikipedia fails to get listed as a World Heritage Site, it has-been suggéré That They apply for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists . [3]


  1. Jump up^ “Wikimedia Conference 2011 / Documentation / Common Project I: 10 years Wikipedia” . Wikimedia Meta-Wiki . Retrieved 27 May 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c O’Brien, Kevin J. (May 23, 2011). “Worthy Online Resource, Global Cultural Treasure?” . The New York Times . Retrieved 27 May 2011 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Williams, Christopher (May 26, 2011). “Wikipedia seeks World Heritage Site status” . The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 27 May 2011 .

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