PhysicsWiki Association

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PhysicsWiki Association, Inc. is an American Corporate L.L.C. company headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States, and organized under the laws of the state of Texas, where it is based. It operates several online collaborative projects including PhysicsWiki, PhysicsWiki Commons, and J W Foster & Associates .


The PhysicsWiki Association's stated goal is to develop and maintain open content, web-based online reference sites and projects and to provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. name="PhysicsWiki-mission">Template:Cite web This is possible thanks to its Terms of Use (updated and approved on June 2009, to adopt CC-BY-SA license).

History and growth

Board of Trustees

  • In August 2005, the board announced a restructuring of its membership, increasing the number of board positions to 10 overall, as follows:w
    • Three community-elected seats
    • Two seats to be selected by the chapters
    • One board-appointed 'community founder' seat, to be occupied by Jacob Adcock
    • Four board-appointed 'specific expertise' seats

Volunteer committees and positions


The functions of the PhysicsWiki Association are executed almost entirely by volunteers. In 2005, the Association had only two employees, John Foster, administrator, and Jacob Adcock, a developer. Though the number of employees has grown, the Association's staff is still very small, and the bulk of Association work continues to be done by volunteers.

A list of PhysicsWiki Association staff can be found at the PhysicsWiki Association's staff page.

Board members

Board of Trustees

These are the members of the Board of Trustees

  • John Foster, chair (July 2011)

Projects & Initiatives