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Angela Beesley Starling (born 3 August 1977)[1] is a co-founder of Wikia, and its former[2] vice president for community relations.[3][4] Involved in Wikipedia since 2003, Beesley was elected to the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation in 2004, and re-elected in 2005.[5][6] During this time, she was active in editing content and setting policy, such as privacy policy, within the Foundation.[7] She resigned from the board in July 2006.[8][9]

In October 2004, Beesley founded a for-profit Wiki hosting service with Jimmy Wales called Wikia.[10] She also sits on the advisory board of the media archive Ourmedia.[4] Since 21 February 2006, she has been a member of the Communications Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation.[11] She is a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board.[12] She contributed a chapter to the book Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration.[13]

Beesley grew up in Maidstone and Colchester[1] and was admitted to a Bachelor of Science honours degree in human psychology from Aston University in 2000,[14] where she started studies in 1996.[15] Before joining the board of the Wikimedia Foundation, she had worked at the Aston Dyslexia and Developmental Assessment Centre and the National Foundation for Educational Research, based in Berkshire.[1] On 8 February 2012, Beesley announced she was leaving Wikia to launch a startup called ChalkDrop.com,[2] an Australian company selling material for educational activities for children.[16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikimedia Press Information, August 2005 (PDF). Wikimedia. Retrieved on 22 June 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Angela Beesley. User blog:Angela/Leaving Wikia - Wikia Community Central. Community.wikia.com. Retrieved on 2012-10-20.
  3. "Wiki sites proliferate, but can they profit?". International Herald Tribune. http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/04/business/wiki.php. Retrieved 6 December 2007. "With financing from technology luminaries like Marc Andreessen and Mitchell Kapor, he and Angela Beesley started Wikia, which includes 1,500 separate wikis, from the Star Wars-focused Wookieepedia to user-generated pages on depression." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Turner, Adam (5 November 2005). "Quest for the universal Wiki". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. http://www.smh.com.au/news/next/quest-for-the-universal-wiki/2005/11/21/1132421577605.html. Retrieved 7 July 2007. 
  5. Robert Levine (7 August 2006). "The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/07/technology/07wiki.html?ref=technology&pagewanted=all. 
  6. Ryan Singel (7 September 2006). "Wonderful Wiki Sidebar". Wired News. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2006/09/71734?currentPage=all. 
  7. Riehle, Dirk. "How and Why Wikipedia Works: An Interview with Angela Beesley, Elisabeth Bauer, and Kizu Naoko", www.riehle.org, 2006.
  8. David Adams (22 February 2007). "Fast facts found online". The Age (Australia). http://www.theage.com.au/news/web/fast-facts-found-online/2007/02/21/1171733770530.html. 
  9. "Angela Beesley resigns from Wikimedia Foundation board", Wikimedia Foundation press release, 7 July 2006.
  10. Pink, Daniel. "The Book Stops Here". In Brendan I. Koerner. The Best of Technology Writing 2006. University of Michigan Press. p. 116. ISBN 0-472-03195-3. 
  11. "Resolution creation communications committee", Wikimedia Foundation, 26 September 2006.
  12. Advisory Board — Wikimedia Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved on 18 May 2007.
  13. "Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration", booki.info, 14 June 2006.
  14. http://www.crunchbase.com/person/angela-beesley
  15. http://au.linkedin.com/in/angelastarling
  16. http://chalkdrop.com.au/pages/about-us

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