Wikipedia’s parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation, has launched its twelfth official project: Wikivoyage.
Using a similar format to Wikipedia, Wikivoyage.org will be edited by volunteer authors and funded by public donations.
The site currently features around 50,000 articles on both travel destinations and travel topics and is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
Even though the site is new, the project has a long and complicated history going back to September 2006, when the editors of the German and Italian versions of Wikitravel decided to move their activities to a new site because the owners introduced advertising on the service.
In 2012 the English language version community of Wikitravel also decided as a community to “fork” their project, re-emerging under the Wikivoyage brand, and following from this all Wikivoyage language versions moved their operations to be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation servers.
It is because of these previous ties that you will currently find many identical articles on the Wikivoyage and Wikitravel websites.
The entirety of Wikivoyage was officially re-launched on January 15, 2013, the day of the 12th anniversary of Wikipedia’s launch.
The not-for-profit website will have an ongoing battle against Wikitravel as well as established sites such as lonelyplanet.com and tripadvisor.com but the group certainly feels that there is a place available in the market.
According to the website: “Wikivoyage is built with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they’re going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it.”