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Wikipedia Looks To Go Regional In India

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Wikipedia is known by everyone and everyone is known by Wikipedia. It is a hub for information and knowledge, open to all and anyone can change the information which will be checked and updated on the website. The website was founded in 2001 and it has since been a non-profit company only working on the donations it receives from its followers. This is where the company wins the hearts of people. Wikipedia was founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.

The name Wikipedia now sounds very synonymous to the encyclopedia and is engraved in our memory. It doesn’t feel weird but the origin of the name is a bit different. The word Wiki comes from the Hawaiian language which means Quick and the rest of the name comes from the encyclopedia and when you amalgamate the two words, we get Wikipedia. This is how the Sanger came up with the name. To put some perspective on Wikipedia’s plan let us roll to the subcontinent of India.

The company is now planning to make some progress in the subcontinent. India is a country of dialects and languages. Every 100 kilometers you will find a dialect that is different. This is where the company is trying to focus on languages. Languages can be a part of Wikipedia and the company has shown that before. It has already published its website in 303 languages and there are more to come.

Vernacular dream

Wikipedia is a company which loves languages and the company is trying to spread knowledge in every way possible. India might be the country which has one of the highest numbers of English speakers but given the country’s population, it is quite known. There are a lot of things which the company can do for the people who do not speak English. It is already producing content in many regional languages but there are a lot more languages that need covering.

Wikipedia covers languages from all around the country but it is hard work and the content is scarce as compared to the 5 million English articles. Wikipedia has articles in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Odiya and Gujarati. That being said, the amount of content required is much more and there are some people writing articles constantly.

Durga Prasanna one of the workers talked about the same, she said, “We were provided a long list of topics on which not much literature existed in the local languages and among them, we chose topics based on our interests. For example, I wrote articles on ‘psychologist’ and ‘medicinal plants’.” There is one Punjabi writer, Charan Gill who has written more than 432 articles in just two months.

He said,   “I wrote 432 articles in a span of two-and-a-half months. However, contributing is not new to me as I have written over 10,000 Wikipedia entries in Punjabi since 2012.”

That being said, there is an effort here but the content ramping up requires a lot of more than this and Wikipedia is going to hit its mark one way or the other.

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