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Wikipedian of the Year

Wikipedian of the Year is an award presented annually by Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales to highlight major achievements for Wikipedia by an individual Wikipedian The award, established in 2011, is traditionally presented at Wikimania Recipients have included Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, Rémi Mathis, Ihor Kostenko, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight and Emily Temple-Wood


  • 1 Recipients
    • 11 Honorable mentions
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2011 Rauan Kenzhekhanuly Kazakh Wikipedia Kenzhekhanuly was honored for recruiting a stable community to improve the Kazakh Wikipedia, which in a year increased from 4 to over 200 active editors, and 7,000 to 130,000 articles Wales was criticized because of Kenzhekhanuly's ties to the government of Kazakhstan
2012 "Demmy" Yoruba Wikipedia Demmy created a bot to translate 150,000 short English articles into Yoruba, a language spoken in Nigeria
2013 Rémi Mathis French Wikipedia Received for his role in the controversy surrounding the French article "Pierre-sur-Haute military radio station"
2014 Ihor Kostenko Ukrainian Wikipedia Kostenko had died during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine
2015 unknown Wikimedia Commons Wales named an anonymous editor from Venezuela in pectore who had been exiled for posting photographs of anti-government protests
2016 Emily Temple-Wood English Wikipedia The first joint recipients for their efforts to combat harassment on Wikipedia and increase its coverage of notable women Temple-Wood had created nearly 400 articles and improved hundreds more, many of which are about women scientists and LGBT and women's health Stephenson-Goodknight had improved more than 3,000 articles, co-created a space to welcome new contributors to the site, and co-founded women's outreach projects, including the "WikiWomen's User Group", "WikiProject Women", and the "Women in Red" campaign
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight English Wikipedia

Honorable mentions

Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2015 Susanna Mkrtchyan Armenian Wikipedia For off-wiki activities including an editing campaign and youth camp
Satdeep Gill Punjabi Wikipedia Gill's efforts to encourage people at his university to edit the Punjabi Wikipedia made it the fastest-growing Indic-language Wikipedia that year
2016 "Mardetanha" Persian Wikipedia Created the Farsi-language arm of the "Wikipedia Library"
Vassia Atanassova Bulgarian Wikipedia Established the "#100wikidays" contest, which challenges editors to create one Wikipedia article per day for one hundred days

See also

  • List of awards for volunteerism and community service
  • Wikipedia community


  1. ^ Davis, LiAnna 22 August 2012 "First Ever "Wikipedian of the Year" Motivated by HKS Course" Harvard Kennedy School John F Kennedy School of Government Retrieved 24 July 2014 
  2. ^ a b c Morris, Kevin 26 April 2013 "Winners of Wikipedia's biggest award still haven't received prize money" The Daily Dot Retrieved 24 June 2016 
  3. ^ Orlowski, Andrew 22 December 2014 "What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE" The Register Retrieved 24 June 2016 
  4. ^ a b c d e Erhart, Ed 24 June 2016 "Jimmy Wales names Emily Temple-Wood and Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight as Wikipedians of the Year" Wikimedia Foundation Retrieved 24 June 2016 
  5. ^ Ukraine Today 14 September 2014 "Ukraine Today: Ihor Kostenko given posthumous annual award VIDEO" Kyiv Post Retrieved 24 June 2016 
  6. ^ a b c Sutherland, Joe 31 July 2015 "2015 Wikipedians of the Year unveiled in Mexico" Wikimedia Blog Wikimedia Foundation Retrieved 24 June 2016 

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