Wikipedia has high reach out plans in India: Founder


WikipediaOne of the world’s most accepted and referred websites, Wikipedia has turned its focus on India this year, and is working to reach out to people in the country as part of its expansion plans. Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales has said that the free Internet encyclopedia has a cluster of people on the ground in India conducting studies and outreach exercises.

“This year our focus has been India. We have a few people on the ground in India; they’re there helping to solve technical questions, helping with outreach to universities, helping with PR -letting the public know that Wikipedia exists in all those Indian languages,” he said. Wikipedia has a bunch of people on the ground in India conducting studies and outreach exercises.

Wales, the brain behind world’s fifth most popular Website, was in Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Education. He has told that his organization was carrying out pilot studies in India and intends to use the learning experience gathered from there in other regions as well.

“So those are just some pilot projects in India that, as we be trained from those, we’ll know what we’re going to do in other geographies, “Wales said on the sidelines of the summit. “And in our five-year strategic plan we did identify the Middle East and North Africa as a explanation area that we wanted to move forward in,” he said.

Asked about the role played by social media in the Arab Spring, Wales has said that he supposed that it did make a lot of contribution to the uprisings that began early this year and have already toppled three entrenched regimes. “It definitely did. Wikipedia is a social media in the sense that we’re open to broad contribution by the public, we invite people to get involved from the community, and that sort of thing,” he said.

Wales said that Wikipedia was very much paying attention in growth in the languages of the mounting world, and Arabic was quite important for it to move forward.

“There are about 155,000 entries in Arabic, and part of our five-year strategic plan is to increase that significantly. So, we’re always looking for opportunities in the Middle East to meet people, to let people know what’s going on,” he said. Wikipedia has become a global household name and a valued resource for tens of millions of people, with more than 20 million articles across 282 languages since its beginning in 2001.

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