Wikipedian of the Year

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Wikipedian of the Year
Jimmy Wales during his keynote speech at Wikimania 2013.jpg
Jimmy Wales speaking at the Wikimania 2013 keynote conference
Date August 2011; 6 years ago (2011-08)
Location Traditionally presented at Wikimania
Presented by Jimmy Wales
Act(s) "[M]ajor achievements for Wikipedia"
Reward(s) 7

Wikipedian of the Year is an annual award established in 2011 by Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales,[1] traditionally presented at Wikimania to highlight major achievements for Wikipedia by an individual Wikipedian.

Recipients have included Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, "Demmy", Rémi Mathis, Ihor Kostenko, Emily Temple-Wood, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Felix Nartey, as well as an anonymous editor in pectore.

In addition to the main award, five "Honorable mentions" has been conferred.


Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2011 Rauan in 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.[2][1] Wales was criticized by fellow Wikipedians because of Kenzhekhanuly's ties to the government of Kazakhstan.[1][3]
2012 "Demmy" Yoruba Wikipedia Demmy created a bot to translate 15,000 short English articles into Yoruba, a language spoken in Nigeria.[1]
2013 Rémi Mathis in 2012 Rémi Mathis French Wikipedia Received for his role in the controversy surrounding the French article "Pierre-sur-Haute military radio station"[4]
2014 Ihor Kostenko in 2013 Ihor Kostenko Ukrainian Wikipedia Kostenko, a Euromaidan activist, was an editor on the Ukrainian Wikipedia and actively promoted it on social networking sites. He was killed during a protest on 20 February 2014 and received the award posthumously.[4][5][6][7]
2015 undisclosed Wikimedia Commons Wales named an anonymous editor from Venezuela in pectore who had been exiled for posting photographs of anti-government protests.[8]
2016 Emily Temple-Wood in 2015 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.[4]
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight in 2015 Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight English Wikipedia
2017 Felix Nartey in 2017 Felix Nartey English Wikipedia Nartey adds content about his home country, Ghana, and leads several initiatives to promote the importance of editing Wikipedia.[9][10] In his dedication, Wales mentioned that Nartey played a leading role in the organisation of the 2nd Wiki Indaba conference 2017 in Accra, Ghana and has been critical in building up the local communities in Africa.[11]

Honorable mentions[edit]

Year Recipient Principal project Notes
2015 Susanna at Google Opening Reception in 2012. Susanna Mkrtchyan Armenian Wikipedia For off-wiki activities including an editing campaign and youth camp.[8]
Gill at Wikimania 2016. 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.[8]
2016 Mardetanha in 2017. Mardetanha Persian Wikipedia Created the Persian-language arm of the "Wikipedia Library".[4]
Atanassova in 2013. Vassia Atanassova Bulgarian Wikipedia Established the "#100wikidays" contest, which challenges editors to create one Wikipedia article per day for one hundred days.[4]
2017 Diego Gómez Colombian student who has been prosecuted for copyright violation after having shared an academic paper online. He was later acquitted.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Morris, Kevin (26 April 2013). "Winners of Wikipedia's biggest award still haven't received prize money". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Davis, LiAnna (31 May 2018). "First Ever "Wikipedian of the Year" Motivated by HKS Course". Harvard Kennedy School. John F. Kennedy School of Government. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  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. ^ Savchuk, Iryna (15 August 2014). "Ukrainian from the Heavenly Hundred becomes Wikipedian of the Year". KyivPost. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Kozlenko, Mykola (23 February 2014). "На Майдані загинув вікіпедист Ігор Костенко" (in Ukrainian). Wikimedia Ukraine. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Sutherland, Joe (31 July 2015). "2015 Wikipedians of the Year unveiled in Mexico". Wikimedia Blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Mizrahi, Ruby (11 January 2017). "Writing Ghana into Wikipedia: Felix Nartey". Wikimedia Blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Elsharbaty, Samir (16 January 2017). "Felix Nartey named Wikimedian of the Year for 2017". Wikimedia Blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Wikimania 2017 Closing Ceremony. 13 August 2017. 

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