On January 20, 2016, the Women of the World (or WOW) met for a potluck lunch and program given by Anna Koval on her work at the website Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the largest general reference website on the internet. It ranks as one of the top ten websites in the world. Wikipedia free to read, free to write, free to share. It’s written entirely by volunteers. No one is paid to write Wikipedia. It is hosted by a nonprofit organization called the Wikimedia Foundation, whose vision is a world where every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
There are Wikipedias in almost 300 languages. They are not carbon copies. They are not machine translations. Articles are written and translated by people all over the world who imbue them with their local context. Compare, for example, the articles about the European migrant crisis in English, German, and Arabic. Policies and guidelines help to ensure the neutrality and reliability of the encyclopedia. And there is no advertising on the site.
Anna is a manager of the Wikipedia Education Program. She supports educators and students around the world to contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting. She has traveled to 12 countries 18 times in 2 years. She teaches, coaches, advises, and advocates with local program leaders for Wikipedia's use in education.
Anna prepared a photo slideshow and shared pictures from her childhood, her teaching and library careers, and her many wiki adventures.
Peggy had high praise for the program:
"We not only got to learn about what Anna does, but about her. What a talented, gifted and caring person she is. I am sure there are so many people that have benefited from her teaching, caring and loving ways. I know Kenwood Church has!"