Congratulations to Wikimedia Armenia for those truly great efforts!



2018-01-31 11:39 GMT+01:00 David Saroyan <>:

> Dear all,
> I'm pleased to announce that the efforts of Wikimedia Armenia to get
> separate ISO 639-3 language code for Western Armenian [1] were finally
> succeeded. SIL International, the ISO 639-3 Registration Authority, decided
> to create the code element [hyw] for Western Armenian. [2]
> We initiated this process three years ago when we started the collaboration
> with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [3] in order to foster and improve
> free content in Western Armenian. This resulted in "Western Armenian
> project" where Wikimedia Armenia through different events and activities
> started to disseminate and support the creation of Western Armenian content
> with the help of local and diasporan Western Armenian community members.
> From the launch of the "Western Armenian project" we were challenged with
> the problem that Western Armenian has no ISO 639-3 language code which did
> not allow the community to split Western Armenian content into a separate
> language Wikipedia. This problem made lots of  trouble for us, as
> often had two versions of the same page.
> Wikimedia Armenia with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation eventually decided to
> apply for code split. [4] This was done mainly with the help of Michael
> Everson. [5] Besides WM AM and Armenian Communities Department of Calouste
> Gulbenkian foundation there were also other parties involved, such as the
> department of Armenian Studies of the Institut National des Langues et
> Civilisations Orientales, Paris and other academic institutions.
> Today is a special day for Wikimedia Armenia and Western Armenian speaking
> community as our proposal was accepted. Thanks all Wikimedians who
> supported us in this work.
> Best,
> Davit Saroyan
> Program Manager
> Wikimedia Armenia
> 1.
> 2.
> Comments_2017-023.pdf
> 3.
> 4.
> 5.
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