I like the idea. That is one big knowledge gap to be filled, but it could be 
started.
Cheers,
Peter

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From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of 
Lionel Allorge
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:32 PM
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Naive questions: what could do the movement with 1B 
dollars/euros?

Hi,

> Are there any activities that could have a meaningful impact if we ask 
> donors for such amount of seed money? Are there reasons to do so?

In many areas we lack good secondary sources. Some times we don't even have any 
secondary sources. I did some work at the National Manufacture of Ceramics of 
Sèvres in France[1]. They have knowledge there that is not in any book. It is 
transmitted directly from master to student...

My idea would be to create a publishing company that would hire specialists to 
write monographs on subjects where we lack good secondary sources. The compagny 
would regularly ask the wikimedians about which subjects they need sources.

Those works would be published under a Free Licence but independantly from the 
Wikipedias so there would be no risk for the Wikimedia Foundation to be seen as 
doing paid editing.
Wikipedians would then be free to use those sources to improve the Wikipedias.

Regards.

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufacture_nationale_de_S%C3%A8vres

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Lionel Allorge
Wikimedia France : http://wikimedia.fr

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