Wikipedia Is Moving to San Francisco

SXSW 2006 (Monday)

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has just announced that they are moving their non-profit Wikimedia Foundation from St. Petersburg, FL to San Francisco. Jimmy’s for-profit wiki company Wikia is already in the area, located in San Mateo. They plan on moving Wikimedia headquarters by the end of January.

“San Francisco is the center of high-tech in the United States, and will give the Foundation access to a rich array of resources, including best-in-breed online talent, top-tier universities, world-class support services and major media,” said Florence Devouard, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees chair. “We are all very excited about the move, and I know the Wikimedia Foundation will flourish in the Bay Area.”

Here’s the press release from the Wikimedia Foundation and more coverage on the move from Ryan Kim at The San Francisco Chronicle.

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