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Wikipedia to launch its Indian edition Wikipedia.in

Wikipedia.org plans to launch its Indian edition Wikipedia.in, similar to its country-specific portals in China, Germany, US and UK, to expand its footprint in the country. While Wikipedia is already available in local languages including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi and Bengali, the number of articles in these languages is still limited. Wikimedia believes that language is not a barrier in India.

Wikipedia.org plans to launch its Indian edition Wikipedia.in, similar to its country-specific portals in China, Germany, US and UK, to expand its footprint in the country. While Wikipedia is already available in local languages including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi and Bengali, the number of articles in these languages is still limited. Wikimedia believes that language is not a barrier in India.

“In India anyone who has internet access has functional literacy in English, so language is not a huge issue, but the way people interact with the articles, shows that there is a lack of ownership and understanding about the fact that they can own and edit the articles. Lack of an India chapter is an issue,” Achal Prabhala, an advisory board member of Wikimedia Foundation, has said.

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