A proposal for a new Wikimedia project to have more knowledge in more languages

Wikipedia is an amazing success. And yet, it has great gaps in knowledge in many of its languages. Our movement has contributors all around the world, and we all work together on creating the world’s most consulted encyclopedia. But many people are locked out from accessing large parts of that knowledge, because of language barriers. More than half of Wikipedias only have ten or fewer active contributors. It is challenging to create a current and comprehensive Wikipedia with so few people. But if you think that’s only an issue for the smaller communities: almost half of the articles in the German Wikipedia do not have a counterpart in English.

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International Roma Day Edit-a-thon

Flag of the Romani people, PD

From April 7 to April 12, Wikimedia Serbia organized an online global edit-a-thon on the occasion of International Roma Day. The idea was supported by WikiDonne User Group, WikiProject Women in Red, Wikimedia Sverige, Shared Knowledge and Wikimedians of Erzya language User Group. The goal of this event was to fight prejudice and discrimination against Roma people by spreading knowledge about their identity, history and culture on Wikipedia and other Wiki projects. 

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Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia illustrates 550 articles

Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia was a four-day wiki-photographer event in Lower Silesia, Poland to illustrate Wikipedia with photographs and advocate it as a good resource of information. Five photographers from the Czech Republic traveled in July 2019 to the site to support the hard work of local Wikimedians. The event was organized thanks to the financial support of Wikimedia Polska.

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Macedonian Wikipedia community commemorates International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2020, the Macedonian Wikipedia community celebrated the International Women’s Day with an editing day on “Macedonian women”. The writing initiative was purposely tailored to match gender and content gaps, and encourage the writing of truly new content with no Wikipedia articles on any other language.

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How playwright, professor, and Wikimedian Aziz Kingrani contributes his expertise in preserving Sindhi heritage to the Wikimedia movement

Aziz Kangrani, writer, poet, author, and professor. Shabir Kumbhar, CC BY-SA 4.0

Aziz Kingrani spent 35 years of his career educating students as a professor of Sindhi literature and now spends his time improving Wikipedia articles in multiple languages. He has been writing and publishing since 1974 and has over a dozen books published in Sindhi and English. 

After searching the internet for information on historical and archaeological heritage – specifically the literary assets of Sindh, Pakistan – he did not find much information. He felt that this information should be made easily available to people and joined the Wikimedia movement in 2012. 

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