Award Ceremony Erasmus Prize to Wikipedia Community 25 November 2015
Wikipedia Zero: Adele Vrana (Brasil, 1982)
Adele Vrana works as 'Head of Strategic Partnerships, Global Emerging Markets' at the Wikimedia Foundation. Her work focuses on Wikipedia Zero, a project through which mobile operators waive data fees for Wikipedia so everyone can have free access to knowledge, regardless of whether they can afford mobile data charges.
MIT Libraries: Phoebe Ayers (USA, 1981)
Phoebe Ayers has been involved as a volunteer for Wikipedia for over ten years, in a number of projects and as an elected member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. She is the co-author of a book titled ‘How Wikipedia Works’, and in her daily life she is an engineering librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her main focus is the interaction between libraries and Wikipedia and getting more contributors involved in the project.
Wiki Loves Monuments: Lodewijk Gelauff (Netherlands, 1987)
Lodewijk Gelauff has been a volunteer for Wikipedia since 2005. He is the initiator of Wiki Loves Monuments, a yearly photo contest for monuments and cultural heritage. The project started in 2010 in the Netherlands and has since been organised on a large scale in Europe and countries worldwide. In the competition, local enthusiasts photograph and describe monuments in their neighbourhood for Wikipedia. It is now the largest photo competition in the world.