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Wikivoyage – the free worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit — is a collection of worldwide travel guide wikis in different languages, and now a major linguistic edition 'project' of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF).
This project has the long-term objective to become a complete and up-to-date worldwide travel guide, the contributions of which come from 'Wikivoyagers' all over the globe. Wikivoyage wants to fulfil the need of travellers to obtain up-to-date information as fast as possible, something that long book-publishing cycles are not able to meet.
Wikivoyage is similar to the well-known Wikipedia; carried by the 'spirit of knowledge exchange', which is so evident for lots of travellers. Travellers meeting during a trip like to exchange information about the places they want to discover or the ones they have already visited. Wikivoyage wants to facilitate this knowledge exchange; their copyleft licence creates the right conditions for folks to make their knowledge available to a huge community of interested people.
Wikivoyage was initially created primarily by some German writers of the earlier Wikitravel community (itself founded July 2003 in English as a private enterprise by Evan Prodromou and Michelle Anne Jenkins); after it was was acquired in 2005 by Internet Brands, Inc. for US$1.7 million, a commercial for-profit American consumer internet company. Internet Brands progressively changed the fundamental ethos of the original Wikitravel; with the inclusion of advertising, and lack of technical support and software upgrades, and ultimately the denial of database dumps. The German language Wikivoyage community forked from Wikitravel in 2006, and subsequently in 2007, the Italian Wikivoyage community had also forked from Wikitravel. The Wikivoyage Association (German: Wikivoyage e.V.), created in Germany in 2006 as a non-profit organisation by Roland Unger, was set up to host all Wikivoyage wikis. Wikivoyage and Wikitravel wikis continued to co-exist, though the original Wikitravel project lost the core of its productive writers to the newer Wikivoyage; this meant the quality of articles began to diversify; Wikivoyage articles continued to (slowly) improve professionally and factually, whilst Wikitravel articles deteriorated in quality and accuracy.
Early 2012, members of the Wikivoyage Association suggested a merge with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), with discussions taking place across various platforms (Google Groups, Wikitravel, Wikivoyage, and Wikimedia Meta-Wiki). The driving force was to go back to basics of collaborative wiki writing, on a non-profit educational basis, free of advertising; and to gain the extensive and long-established technical support, development, and backup provided by the WMF. The goal would be to import all existing Wikivoyage language wikis, users, admins, and page content onto WMF servers; and also import and merge in any useful content from Wikitravel too (which is allowed under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license as used by Wikitravel, but which Wikitravel was trying to prevent, and also initiated legal action to prevent). Discussions progressed, and during October 2012, Wikivoyage migrated the content of Wikitravel and Wikivoyage, along with all contributors, to the Wikimedia Foundation. On 10 November 2012, the Wikivoyage project went live (as beta) on Wikimedia servers, and its content pages displayed the Wikimedia Foundation logo. On 15 January 2013, the WMF announced that all existing language versions of Wikivoyage had been formally launched onto Wikimedia servers, and incorporated into the WMF. However, around that time period, the project was still in a transition status, as most images had still to be moved from the former Wikivoyage shared repositories to Wikimedia Commons, and many links had to be manually fixed by the community. Textual content for all Wikivoyage wikis is made available under an open content free license: the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (CC-BY-SA 3.0).
- Wikivoyage-Association.org — home wiki of Wikivoyage e.V. (de / en-gb)
- www.Wikivoyage.org — Wikivoyage portal to all language versions
- Wikivoyage — at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Wikivoyage Statistics – site map — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikivoyage Statistics – All Wikivoyages — Wikistats v2 (Creative Commons CC0), Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikiscan Wikivoyage statistics — independent statistics site on Wikipedia and other wikis hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, at Wikiscan.org
- Wikivoyage Interactive Statistics — from Wikistatistics.net, via Archive.org; 2015-10-05
- Wikivoyage database list — NOC.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia NOC; lists the 24 individual sites by language code
- Wikivoyage.org site info — from Alexa.com
- wikivoyage-l — Wikivoyage mailing list for discussing technical and community matters by email, at Lists.Wikimedia.org
- Wikivoyage on Twitter — initially mainly in German, now almost exclusively in English
- See also
- JAMGuides – a mirror of Wikitravel which uses the JAMWiki engine; after the Wikivoyage merge with the WMF, JAMGuides redirects to Wikivoyage
- OxygenGuide – an independent offline copy of the Wikivoyage travel guide, restyled for smartphones, based on work by all volunteers of Wikivoyage and Wikitravel
- Travel site built on wiki ethos now bedevils its owner; www.NYTimes.com, The New York Times; 10 September 2012; retrieved 6 May 2021.
- Challenges of merging communities: the case of WikiTravel and WikiVoyage (CC-BY-SA 3.0); GovernanceXBorders.com, governance across borders; 13 July 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Wikitravel:Database dump; Wikitravel.org, English Wikitravel; archived by Archive.org on 6 November 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Lessons from the dramatic slow-motion death of Wikiravel; TechCrunch.com; 29 September 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Wikitravel editors abandon Internet Brands, join up with Wikipedia; Gyrovague.com; 12 July 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Wikitravel:Travellers' pub - Moving to Wikimedia; Wikitravel.org, English Wikitravel; 12 August 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Migration FAQ - Wikivoyage; www.Wikivoyage.org, Wikivoyage General; archived by Archive.org on 1 November 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Internet Brands sues people for forking under CC-BY-SA; DavidGerard.co.uk; 6 September 2012; retrieved 6 May 2021.
- No cheeseburger for you: A look at the Internet Brands v. Wikitravel volunteers lawsuit; Gyrovague.com; 12 September 2012; retrieved 28 April 2021.
- Free travel guide Wikivoyage comes out of beta and is already kicking ass; Gyrovague.com; 14 January 2013; retrieved 28 April 2021.
As of August 2021, Wikimedia Meta-Wiki indicates that there are 24 Wikivoyage wikis of different languages; tabulated and sorted by creation date, and detailed statistics. It is important to note that individual language versions created before 2013 were forked from Wikitravel (highlighted in bold); whereas those language versions created during or after 2013 were approved from the Wikimedia Incubator. The non-profit charitable Wikivoyage Association (German: Wikivoyage e.V.) wiki acts as a 'meta' wiki and central portal for the entire Wikivoyage project.
German / Deutsch (de) (f.2006) •
English (en) (f.2012) •
Italian / Italiano (it) (f.2007) •
Polish / Polski (pl) (f.2013)
1,000+: Greek / Ελληνικά (el) (f.2013) • Spanish / Español (es) (f.2013) • Esperanto (eo) (f.2020) • Persian / فارسی (fa) (f.2014) • Finnish / Suomi (fi) (f.2016) • French / Français (fr) (f.2012) • Hebrew / עברית (he) (f.2013) • Dutch / Nederlands (nl) (f.2012) • Portuguese / Português (pt) (f.2013) • Russian / Русский (ru) (f.2012) • Swedish / Svenska (sv) (f.2012) • Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt (vi) (f.2013) • Chinese / 中文 (zh) (f.2014)
100+: Bengali / বাংলা (bn) (f.2018) • Hindi / हिन्दी (hi) (f.2017) • Japanese / 日本語 (ja) (f.2020) • Pashto / پښتو (ps) (f.2018) • Romanian / Română (ro) (f.2013) • Turkish / Türkçe (tr) (f.2021) • Ukrainian / Українська (uk) (f.2013)