Thanks a ton for the translation, Sriram.

I still cannot figure out what they are referring to as the database
, supposedly told by me.

Is the reporter's name or contact information available in the link?

Regards
Tinu Cherian

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM, Sriram <sram....@gmail.com> wrote:

> It's not an accurate translation, but I think I've got most of it right. I
> apologize for any spelling mistakes that might have crept in :)
>
>
> Wikipedia recently celebrated its Ten Year Anniversary on Jan 15th.
> Wikipedia has shone the light of knowledge on the masses for a decade now.
> This online encyclopedia stands apart from the rest all over the world for
> several reasons.
>
> Wikipedia is the result of the combined efforts of a community.
>
> Everyone knows Wikipedia does not get revenue from Ads. This is a free
> online enclyclopedia. The user is the owner(?). He looks for information,
> adds information, corrects information and in the process enables the growth
> of the encyclopedia. Wikipedia was launched on Jan 15, 2001.
>
> Wikipedia was built using the 'wiki' technology by Jimmy Wales and Larry
> Sanger.
>
> Wikipedia is the perfect example which supports the saying " The first
> footsteps of any great revolution in the world is always small. But it grows
> exponentially(?) thereafter".
>
> Wikipedia has around 17 million articles, has 365 million readers and is
> available in 262 languages.
>
> There were more than 300 events all over the world to celebrate Wikipedia's
> 10th anniversary. It's indeed special that more than 60 of these events
> happened in India.
>
> India is the only place where Wikipedia has an office outside N. America.
> "India holds a special place for the Wikimedia foundation" says executive
> director, Sue Gardner.
>
> Wikipedia is at present available in 20 Indian languages. More than 20
> other languages like Tulu, Konkani and Mizo are in the early stages of
> development.
>
> "As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, the Wikimedia India chapter
> has come up with many initiatives. One of the main initiatives is creating a
> database(?) of languages like Hindi and other regional languages. We are
> also trying to reach more people through many other activities" says
> Wikimedia India Chapter's Tinu Cherian.
>
> Wikimedia's 29th branch was launched in Bangalore during the 10th
> Anniversary celebrations. There are around 100 to 200 contributors for
> Indian languages. For English it has crossed 100. Wikipedia is looking to
> increase the quality of the articles and is also trying to increase women
> participation.
>
> "The usage of internet has increased dramatically in India, mostly through
> mobile phones. We're giving special attention towards the indian market for
> this reason ” says Gardner
>
> According to several internet analysts, the number of contributors has
> declined sharply over the years. The number has come down from 54000 in
> March, 2007 to 35000 in Sept, 2010.
>
> It is difficult to imagine a future without Wikipedia. In this digital age,
> even though you have information at your fingertips, one definitely needs
> Wikipedia to corroborate it.
>
>
> Regards,
> Sriram
>
> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM, CherianTinu Abraham <
> tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> Prajavani : ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ: ಬಹು ಭಾಷೆ- ಬಹುಜ್ಞಾನ  :" Wikipedia : Multiple
>> languages : Source of knowledge " ( Kannada)
>>
>>
>> http://beta.prajavani.net/web/include/story.php?news=485&section=141&menuid=13
>>
>>
>> Can somebody give a brief translation?
>>
>> Regards
>> Tinu Cherian
>> http://wikimedia.in/wiki/In_the_news#February_2011
>>
>>
>> N.B. Apparently I was quoted in this , but I don't remember any Prajavani
>> reporter talking to me ;)
>>
>>
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