Thanks for sharing. Pretty impressive news coverage.
Any idea where do we get the CIS report on this study.
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On 1 Aug 2013 10:59, "CherianTinu Abraham" <tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote:
> *Times of India : " Wikipedia boom in Marathi, Malayalam and other desi
> *A vibrant vernacular Wikipedia seems to be taking root in India. In the
> last eight months, the number of Wikipedia entries has grown substantially
> in 20 Indian languages, says a study by the Bangalore-based Centre for
> Internet and Society (CIS).
> Wiki, the world's largest online encyclopaedia where anyone can write and
> edit articles, didn't have much content in vernacular till a few years ago.
> According to the study, Wikis in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi have
> added thousands of new articles on various subjects from September 2012 to
> April 2013. A few of these pages were viewed more during this period.
> Marathi, which had 30 lakh page views per month previously, had another 10
> lakh visitors, while Bengali Wikipedia had 14 lakh page views.
> While Malayalam Wiki took the top position with an enviable team of 100
> plus editors, the number Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit editors came down.
> "Marathi has 40,000 articles. But most editors in Mumbai prefer to work on
> English. Pune has more Marathi editors,' says T Vishnu Vardhan, programme
> director, Access to Knowledge project at CIS.
> "In the last two years, the demand for knowledge in Indian languages has
> grown as we have moved to the motto of 'roti, kapda and internet'," says
> One of the reasons for growth is that many browsers now support Indian
> language scripts. But this was not the case in early 2000. Though many
> wanted to read and type in their own language, there was no browser
> support, says Shiju Alex, blogger and Malayalam Wiki editor. Moreover,
> many didn't know how to type in their mother tongues.
> But once Indian languages were encoded in Unicode, the fonts became
> accessible. "There was no need to write Malayalam in English and people
> started blogging in their mother tongues," says Alex. According to Vardhan,
> communities with better literacy rates seem to have taken the lead online.
> "Telugu Wiki is stronger as internet penetration in Andhra Pradesh is
> higher than in places where Bhojpuri or Assamese is spoken."
> As with most online language initiatives, the Wiki movement was also
> fuelled by the diaspora. Tinu Cherian Abraham, a former board member of
> the Wikimedia India chapter, talks about how an NRI's love for Malayalam
> kick-started the project.
> But now there are many Wiki foot soldiers in India, including a blind
> editor of Hindi Wikipedia and an elderly contributor from Kerala whose
> passion for free knowledge has helped him forget his ailments. *
> Tinu Cherian
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