Times of India : "Tamil wikipedia tops charts"

With more than 56,000 articles, Tamil is the 60th most popular language in the world when it comes to Wikipedia.

On Sunday, a group of contributors to the page gathered to celebrate its 10th anniversary at Anna University. In India, it is second to Hindi in the number of articles.

"When it comes to the average word length of articles and the number of references for each article, Tamil is ahead," says Mayurnathan, the first contributor to Tamil Wikipedia in 2003. "When I began, I was the only one writing for the page in the first eight months," he said.

Ten years on, there are 965 contributers, of which 300 are active at any given point. "We have around 1.75 lakh page views everyday - this is more than several other Tamil magazine websites," said Mayurnathan.

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia available online to which anyone can contribute and edit existing articles.

Wiktionary, a free dictionary has more than 35 lakh entries in 1,100 languages. Of this, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam have more than one lakh entries each.

"Our presence is bound to get better as Tamil Virtual Academy has decided to donate two lakh technical definitions," said L Sundar, another contributor.

Tinu Cherian

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