Subhashish Panigrahi

8 Challenges In Growing Indian-Language Wikipedias

Most people do not know that Wikipedia exists in many Indian languages. I personally did not know about the Odia Wikipedia until 2011 when a friend told me about its existence. Back then the project was completely inactive. And then a couple of friends and I started contributing, and the project grew to become the most-visited Odia language site on the internet. Other languages, I believe, could follow a similar trajectory on Wikipedia, but there are several challenges.
19/03/2016 8:33 AM IST

An Innovation That's Bringing An Online Revolution In The Odia Language

Though it is difficult to measure the exact percentage of growth of online Odia-language content on the internet, there's been a significant change in the past six months. Almost all the federal entities that were stuck with two non-Unicode encoding systems finally moved to Unicode, with official portal including adoption of Unicode in their core policy.
04/02/2016 4:37 PM IST
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Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

On 15 January, Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia celebrated its 15th birthday, meeting this milestone with 36 million articles in more than 290 languages (the English-language Wikipedia alone has crossed the 5-million article mark). But here I want address some major questions that we need to ask as Indians. First, what is the state of Indian-language Wikipedia projects? What does India have to take from and give to Wikipedia?
25/01/2016 8:21 AM IST