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

Yann Forget yann at forget-me.net
Mon Jun 1 21:22:59 UTC 2009

geni 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)

I think Gujarati (6K) must be in this list.

> Strangely Telugu and Malayalam do break the 40K barrier.

Not surprising: Malayalam is one of the Indian state with the best
literacy rate. Telugu is the language of Andhra Pradesh, the 5th Indian
state by population, and the South Indian language with largest speaking


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