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Odia #Wikipedia reaches 5000 Article Mark

For the online Odia, something very special happened this week. The ever-growing Odia edition of Wikipedia now has 5000+ quality articles on diverse topics. While many  are  not  aware  of  the  existence  of such a Wiki, But Odia Wikipedia has been growing gradually all these.

By Dec 22,2013  0

For the online Odia, something very special happened this week. The ever-growing Odia edition of Wikipedia now has 5000+ quality articles on diverse topics. While many  are  not  aware  of  the  existence  of such a Wiki, But Odia Wikipedia has been growing gradually all these years  and  has become the most searched website and largest online encyclopedia in Odia language.

Odia Wikipedia

Initiated in 2002, Odia Wikipedia saw its first edit in 2004 and suffered from low contribution for almost seven years. But slowly the gloomy scene changed with the first workshop in Bengaluru  which  started  initiating  more  consecutive  Wikipedia  training  workshops  in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Nalconagar, Baleswar, Dhenkanal and many other cities. Over these years after many outreach workshops individuals who are experts in different subject areas  and organizations and institutions like  Indian Institute  of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal  and  KIIT  University  have  been  associated  with  the  Odia  Wikipedia  editor community. After Gopal Chandra Praharaj’s Purnachandra Ordiya Bhashakosha and Binod Kanungo’s Jnanamandal no such progressive encyclopedic compilation was done in Odia. Where the encyclopedias take years for reprinting which is also negligible in regional languages,  Odia  Wikipedia  articles  get  revised  every  now  and  then.

“This  has  been possible because of the collaborative writing mechanism of Wikipedia All of us keep editing the articles that refine the content and make it free from biased and incorrect facts.”, says Mrutyunjaya Kar, one of the very active Wikipedians. Some time ago noted linguists like Natabara Satpathy and Deepak Kanungo raised questions about the authenticity and writing standards of the articles on Odia Wikipedia. “But I think we have overcome those issues of poor quality content. And the very thing Wikipedia got is the gradual growth of articles in terms of amount of information and accuracy. Something that attracted me to Odia Wikipedia is the way one liner stub articles grow to good quality articles in few days”, says Subhashish Panigrahi, Programme Officer to Centre of Internet and Society’s Access to Knowledge program that is working for the growth of Indian languages.

Volunteers and Contributors at a Wiki meet-up.

Volunteers and Contributors at a Wiki meet-up.

Many of the valuable aspects of Odisha’s history, diverse languages, cultural heritage and tourism are being documented and shared for free on the internet which otherwise would not ever come to the limelight. Available in 286 world languages Wikipedia is edited by more than 77,000 contributors across the world.  Odia Wikipedia has only a small community consisting handful of contributors. We aim to reach out to more people to spread the sum of the entire knowledge in our own language, says another active contributor Shitikantha Dash. Odia Wikipedia could be accessed at: https://or.wikipedia.org

 

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