Telefónica and Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia) Partner to Advance Learning and Increase Access to Free Knowledge

Wikimedia Foundation and Telefónica today announced a strategic partnership to improve access to Wikimedia educational and informational content in Latin America and Europe. The agreement will expand the reach of Wikimedia’s projects, including Wikipedia, on multiple platforms through the development of customized applications for Telefónica’s web portals, wireless handsets and television properties.

“Telefónica has enormous reach in key territories, particularly Latin America, which will enable us to provide free knowledge to more people in more places,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Telefónica is an ideal partner and with its help, we will gain access to millions of new users – expanding the reach and impact of the Wikimedia Foundation and the projects developed by our volunteers around the world.”

Both Wikimedia and Telefónica reach hundreds of millions of people around the world. Through this partnership, Telefónica will develop co-branded services, offering its customers quick and simple access to the information created by Wikimedia’s network of 100,000 international volunteers. The services will be available in all countries in which Telefónica operates. The two organizations will also work on the development of new applications and services on Telefónica’s platforms to further expand the reach of Wikimedia’s free knowledge.

“We are excited to bring our customers convenient access to the wealth of knowledge contained in Wikimedia’s projects and to contribute to the continued growth of the knowledge base,” said Vivek Dev, Director of Innovation at Telefónica SA. “We also look forward to collaborating with Wikimedia through our various not-for-profit operations that mirror Wikimedia’s values and goals”.

To further their shared missions, the Wikimedia Foundation and the Telefónica Foundation, Telefónica’s philanthropic arm, will work together to explore and identify additional opportunities to advance learning amongst high school students.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Telefonica_and_Wikimedia_partner_February_2010

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