Hindi Wikipedia

The Hindi Wikipedia (Hindi: हिन्दी विकिपीडिया) is the Hindi edition of Wikipedia. It was launched in July 2003. As of July 2022, it has 151,865 articles. In October 2021, there were 72 million page views.[1] On August 30, 2011, it became the first localized edition of Wikipedia in India to surpass 100,000 articles. Hindi, using the Devanagari script, requires complex transliteration aids to be typed on devices. Thus, a Phonetic Roman Alphabet converter is also available on the Hindi Wikipedia, so the Roman keyboard can be used to contribute in Hindi, without having to use any special Hindi-typing software.

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हिन्दी विकिपीडिया
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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inHindi
URLhi.wikipedia.org
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional
Launched11 July 2003; 18 years ago (2003-07-11)

Hindi Wikipedia is the second most popular Wikipedia in India after the English version. However, more than the 85% of Wikipedia pageviews by India still go to English, although between January 2016 and January 2021 the share of Hindi Wikipedia increased from 2% to 8%.[2] Most pageviews come from India. Hindi Wikipedia has more than 1,400 active users. In 2020 Hindi surpassed 2,000 active users for the first time, although in 2021 it has decreased due to COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been observed that due to COVID pandemic most of the Indian Wikipedias have suffered decreases in active users, despite the rapid growth of the previous years (and early 2020), including Hindi, which fell from 15.2 thousand active users in 2020 to 12.2 thousand in 2021.[3][4]

FeaturesEdit

Despite the fact that Hindi has 440 to 620 million speakers, based in 2011 Census of India (the number depends on which definition we take on account for Hindi), Hindi Wikipedia has very low number of articles for its great amount of speakers. Poverty, lack of awareness and lack of internet access are among the reasons for the low number of articles. Based in a research published in Wikimedia Foundation's website in 2018, only the 32% of internet users in Madhya Pradesh have heard about Wikipedia.[5]

Google Translator Toolkit usageEdit

The Hindi Wikipedia was launched on 11 July 2003. In July 2008, Google announced that they had been working with Hindi Wikipedians to translate English language articles into Hindi and had since 2008 translated 600,000 words in Hindi using a combination of Google Translate and manual checking.[6] This coordinated translation contributed to growth for the site.[7]

TimelineEdit

  • 11 July 2003: Hindi Wikipedia launched.
  • 25 January 2005: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 1,000.
  • 16 January 2007: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 5,000.
  • 14 March 2007: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 10,000.
  • 6 December 2007: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 15,000.
  • 29 May 2008: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 20,000.
  • 11 July 2008: Hindi Wikipedia five years completed.
  • 9 May 2009: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 30,000.
  • 8 September 2009: Hindi Wikipedia becomes the largest version of Wikipedia in Indian languages.
  • 14 September 2009: Number of articles on Hindi Wikipedia reached 50,000.
  • 13 February 2010: Hindi Wikipedia has more than 25,000 members.
  • 20 June 2010: Hindi Wikipedia has more than 30,000 members.
  • 26 November 2010: Hindi Wikipedia has more than 37,000 members.
  • 29 January 2011: Hindi Wikipedia has more than 40,000 members.
  • 14 August 2011: Hindi Wikipedia, the number of members exceeds 50,000.
  • 30 August 2011: Number of articles reaches more than 100,000.
  • 21 December 2019: Number of articles reaches more than 134,338.

Users and editorsEdit

Hindi Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
702,347 151,865 3,571 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Total page views - hi.wikipedia.org, Wikimedia Statistics, November 21st 2021
  2. ^ Total pageviews for Hindi Wikipedia, Wikimedia Statistics, 4 February 2021
  3. ^ "User statistics for 2020 - Wikiscan". hi.wikiscan.org. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  4. ^ "User statistics for 2020 - Wikiscan". hi.wikiscan.org. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  5. ^ "How we're building awareness of Wikipedia in India". wikimediafoundation.org. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  6. ^ Translating wikipedia. Retrieved on 27 October 2010.
  7. ^ Wikipedia statistics. Retrieved on 29 October 2013.

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