Screenshot of the wikiquote.org home page
Type of site
|Created by||Daniel Alston, Brion Vibber and the Wikimedia community|
|Alexa rank||5,568 (January 2020)|
|Launched||10 July 2003|
Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the goal of the project, which began as an outgrowth to popflock.com resource Famous Quotations, is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films, proverbs, etc. and to be as proper as possible in regard to the details of the quotations and also providing the appropriate human reference of the quotation.
Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute and the very few which strive to provide exact sources for each quotation as well as corrections of misattributed quotations. Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.
Initially, the project was created solely in English; a later expansion to include additional languages was started in July 2004.
|Temporarily put on the Wolof language popflock.com resource (wo.wikipedia.com).|
|Own subdomain created (quote.wikipedia.org).|
|Own domain created (wikiquote.org).|
|New languages added.|
|English edition reaches 2,000 pages.|
|Reaches 24 languages.|
|Reaches 10,000 pages in total. English edition has close to 3,000 pages.|
|Reaches 34 languages, including one classical (Latin) and one artificial (Esperanto)|
|English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.|
|French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.|
|French Wikiquote restarted.|
|English Wikiquote reaches 10,000 pages.|
|Reaches 40 languages.|
|Reaches a total of 100,000 articles among all languages.|
|Enters the global Alexa top 2500 ranking.|
|Reaches a total of 200,000 articles among all languages.|
|Introduced in the curriculum of national partnerships between schools and non-profits (Italy)|
As of September 2016, there are a total of 89 language versions of Wikiquote with 31 of those containing over 1,000 articles. Sixty of the 89 versions of Wikiquote have over 100 articles. The ten largest Wikiquote language projects with over 5,000 articles each are listed here in descending order:
It can be possible to utilise WikiQuote as a text corpus for language experiments. The University of Wroclaw team entering Conversational Intelligence Challenge of the 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017) used WikiQuote to produce a conversational talker module for extraction of rare words.
Wikiquote has been suggested as "a great starting point for a quotation search" with only quotes with sourced citations being available. It is also noted as a source from frequent misquotes and their possible origins. It can be used for analysis to produce claims such as "Albert Einstein is probably the most quoted figure of our time".