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Sister Projects

A sister project refers to any of a group of related projects that are developed, managed, and operated under the auspices of the same organization or collective, utilizing the MediaWiki software. These projects are typically interconnected by their shared goals, technological infrastructure, and communities, aiming to provide free, open-access content in various formats beyond the traditional encyclopedia. Sister projects often complement each other by covering different types of knowledge or providing different services that cater to the diverse needs of their user base.


Sister projects share several key characteristics:

  • Utilization of the MediaWiki software, allowing for a similar user interface and editing experience.
  • A foundational commitment to open access, free content, and collaborative editing.
  • Interoperability through shared user accounts, making it easier for users to contribute across multiple projects.
  • A common governance structure or oversight by a parent organization, which sets the overarching policies and guidelines.

Types of Sister Projects

While sister projects can vary widely in scope and focus, they generally fall into a few broad categories:

Educational and Reference

Projects that aim to create and disseminate educational content, reference materials, and scholarly texts. These can include digital libraries, specialized dictionaries, and academic repositories.

Media Repositories

Platforms dedicated to hosting and sharing multimedia content such as images, videos, and audio files. These repositories support the educational and informational content of sister projects by providing visual and auditory materials.

Community and Collaboration

Forums, discussion boards, and collaboration platforms designed to facilitate communication among users, contributors, and researchers. These projects foster community engagement, project development, and collaborative research.

Software and Technology

Projects focused on developing open-source software, tools, and technological solutions that support the infrastructure of sister projects. This category includes software development projects, technical documentation libraries, and platforms for technological innovation.

Benefits of Sister Projects

Sister projects offer several benefits, including:

  • Enhanced accessibility to a wider range of free knowledge and resources.
  • Opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • The ability to leverage the strengths of each project to support and enrich the others.
  • A unified platform for users to engage with diverse content areas.

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Sister projects represent a broad initiative to expand the reach and impact of free, open-access knowledge across different domains. By leveraging the MediaWiki software and a shared commitment to collaboration, these projects create a rich ecosystem of resources that serve educational, informational, and technological needs.