October 26, 2021

Happy Fifth Birthday to FDsys & Happy 13th Birthday to Wikipedia

1. FDsys from the U.S. Government Printing Office launched five years ago today (Jan. 15, 2009) as a resource to find authentic published U.S. government information.

A formal announcement about the FDsys launch came on February 9, 2009. 

FDsys Homepage from March 9, 2009 (via Wayback Machine)

2. Wikipedia launched on January 15, 2001

From the “Wikipedia” (via Wikipedia (-: )

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001, the latter creating its name, a portmanteau of wiki (the name of a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiianword for “quick”) and encyclopedia.

See Also: Wikipedia is Up! (Nupedia-L Post by Larry Sanger on Jan. 17, 2001; via Wayback Machine)

See Also: Wikipedia Home Page (March 7, 2001; via Wayback Machine)
“Wikipedia has 3,000 pages already.”

See Also: Wikipedia Home Page (May 17, 2001; via Wayback Machine)
6,000 pages.

See Also: Wikipedia Home Page (December 14, 2001; via Wayback Machine)
19,000 pages.

See Also: “Nupedia”  (via Wikipedia)
Nupedia Home Page (April 7, 2000, via Wayback Machine)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.