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Default Wikipedia Wants 1 Billion Monthly Visitors by 2015

The Wikimedia Foundation, parent company of Wikipedia, announced its five-year strategic plan. It's Wikimedia's first time laying out a roadmap of sorts, and this one represents the collaborative efforts of more than a thousand participants. Wikimedia lists several goals, with perhaps the most ambitious being to serve no less than 1 billion monthly visitors by the time 2015 rolls around.

There are a number of other goals listed, including:

* Increase the total amount of information to 50 million Wikipedia articles
* Ensure information is high quality in increasing the percentage of material reviewed to be of high or very high quality by 25 percent
* Encourage readers to become contributors by increasing the number of total editors per month who made > 5 edits to 200,00
* Support healthy diversity in the editing community by doubling the percentage of female editors to 25 percent and increasing the number of Global South editors to 37 percent

Wikipedia and company have a ways to go. A little over 400 million unique visitors drop by the site every month and browser just shy of 18 million articles. There are currently 80,000 active editors, or editors who make at least five edits a month. What Wikipedia is trying to do, then, is double up its traffic and editors over the next four years.

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