Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales wins €10,000 Nokia prize


Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales wins €10,000 Nokia prize

Ian Grant

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has won the Nokia Foundation's €10,0000 prize for 2009 for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a "participatory and truly democratic" platform.

Presenting the award, Henry Tirri, head of the Nokia Research Centre and chairman of the Nokia Foundation, said Wales had made a unique contribution to accelerating online collaboration and interaction for millions of people around the world, effectively democratising information sharing.

Since Wales started it in 2001, Wikipedia has grown into one of the web's largest reference sites, attracting more than 330 million visitors a month. More than 75,000 contributors are working on more than 14,000,000 articles in more than 260 languages.

Wales is also the co-founder of, a project that expands the participatory editing model into new areas, allowing the global community to come together to build "the rest of the library".

Previous winners of the Nokia Foundation award include the ITU's former secretary general Pekka Tarjanne (1996) and Linux inventor Linus Torvalds (1997).

This year, the Nokia Foundation also awarded 77 scholarships worth €385,000 to support PhD students of information and data communications technology.

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