[Foundation-l] One Wikipedia Per Person (regarding the distribution of and the ability to read Wikipedia)

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 21:07:47 UTC 2009

Berber isn't a unitary or standardised language.

As far as I'm aware, we have a WP in one of the Berber languages only
right now, Kabyle: http://kab.wikipedia.org/


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On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 3:50 AM, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/5/31 Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu>:
>> Given currently existing technology, and technology that we can reasonably
>> assume to be available within the next decade, how can the WMF best achieve
>> its goal of giving every person free access to our current best summary of
>> all human knowledge?
> Dead tree technology. Wikipedia based encyclopedias in the most widely
> used languages.
> Select the 40K most important articles (that will be fun). 40K was
> 2002 encarta and most people I knew who used it felt that that was a
> fairly complete encyclopedia. There are a number of languages with
> less than 40K articles. The problem ones are:
> Bengali (19K)
> Hindi (32K)
> Punjabi (1.4K)
> Javanese (19K)
> Tamil (18K)
> Marathi  (23K)
> Sindhi (.3K) very low
> I'm not sure there is a Berber language wikipedia. Can't find it nor a
> Tamazight one. Anyone know what's going on here?
> Oriya (.5K) again very low
> Kannada (6K)
> Azeri (20K)
> Sundanese (14K)
> Hausa (.1K) very low
> Pashto (1.3K) although you might have a hard time finding volunteers
> to distribute anything in those areas.
> Uzbek (7K)
> Yoruba (6K)
> Amharic (3K)
> Strangely Telugu and Malayalam do break the 40K barrier.
> I've not included the various Chinese languages in this list because I
> don't understand how spoken languages map to written languages in
> china.
> Now a lot of those languages are Indian which since they tend to be
> fairly closely related and bilingualism is fairly common Bengali,
> Hindi, Punjabi and English should cover most cases.
> So how to fill the gaps? Auto translation is one option but not one I
> like.. Seeing if we can obtain funding to pay people to write articles
> is another.
> --
> geni
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