*The Hindustan Times : "Wikipedia plumbs for more Marathi articles"* http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2011/11/10/ArticleHtmls/Wikipedia-plumbs-for-more-Marathi-articles-10112011004008.shtml?Mode=1
*Lack of digital archiving, limited Indian references and difficulty in accessing the Devnagari script are the main reasons for the lack of contributions made to the Marathi Wikipedia page, said Pranav Curumsey, chairperson of WikiConference 2011, at a press conference on Wednesday.* *“While the English Wikipedia page has more than four million articles, the Marathi page has barely 35,000 articles,“ said Mandar Kulkarni, editor of Marathi Wikipedia.* * * *The WikiConference 2011, organised by the Mumbai Wikipedia community and the Wikimedia Chapter (India), will be held from November 18 to 20 at the Mumbai University Convocation Hall.* * * *The conference will have a Marathi track, including paper presentations and a group discussion on encouraging Wikipedia users to contribute to the Marathi page of the webbased encyclopedia project. The three-day conference will have Jimmy Wales, founder and chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation, will address attendees during the three-day conference. “Out of the 700 seats, only 50 are vacant at the moment,“ said Hisham Mundol, consultant, Wikimedia Foundation, India.* * * *The conference will have paper presentations on topics such as Wiki for the Blind, WikiBhasha: Our Experiences with Multilingual Content and Legal aspects of Wiki culture.* * * *“We will also have a panel discussion on Wiki Women Web: Bridging the Gender Gap, which will encourage more women to write and edit articles on our page,“ said Curumsey. “Even at the conference, only 14 % of the total registrations include women. We need to change this mindset,“ he added.* *Important Note* : The publisher ( The Hindustan Times ) of the above news article owns the copyrights of the article / content. Request to kindly not reproduce or circulate the content further. The information is only shared only with an internal community who have been featured on this article. All copyrights are duly acknowledged.
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