Irish Wikipedia

The Irish Wikipedia (Irish: Vicipéid na Gaeilge) is the Irish-language version of Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation and established in October 2003, with the first article being written in January 2004. The founder of Vicipéid was Gabriel Beecham.[2] In September 2005 over 1600 articles had been written, with 173 contributors (both regular and irregular) having written material.[2] By March 2007, about 20 regular Wikipedians were writing articles, with up to seven thousand articles having been created.[3] In February 2021, it was just under the 55,000 article mark, making it the 94th largest Wikipedia by article count.

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The main page of the Irish Wikipedia
Main Page of the Irish Wikipedia on April 2016
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inIrish
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
OwnerWikimedia Foundation (non-profit)
RegistrationOptional (required only for certain tasks such as editing protected pages, creating pages or uploading files)
Users46,252 (total registered, as of 24 February 2021)[1]
LaunchedOctober 2003; 17 years ago (2003-10)
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies

The Vicipéid now encompasses a wide range of subjects, including topics as diverse as philosophy,[4] genetics,[5] Aboriginal bark canoes[6] and maritime terminology.[7] The Vicipéid also draws (with permission) directly from Fréamh an Eolais, an Irish-language encyclopedia of science and technology.[8]

The Vicipéid has been favourably received by Irish-language media.[2][9][10] In his paper on Putting the learning back into learning technology, Barry McMullin of Dublin City University suggested that while the Irish Wikipedia is never likely to contain as many articles as the Wikipedias in the world's most widespread languages, it is still a useful resource.[11] He felt that when seeking knowledge about certain topic areas it was likely to be more useful than the Wikipedias in English and other languages, because the nature of its evolution would lead it to contain the only, primary or definitive Wikipedia articles in any language on those areas.[11]

Other academic sources have emphasised the site's educational value.[12] The role of the Vicipéid as an educational tool at tertiary level has been acknowledged in the context of Wikimedia use, involving projects supported by NUI Galway.[13]

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  1. ^ List of Wikipedias. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Liam Upton. "Beo! - Wikipedia: tionscadal an-fhiúntach ar fad". Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  3. ^ Willie Dillon (2007-03-09). "Wikipedia Insanica - Features, Unsorted". Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  4. ^ Fealsúnacht#.C3.93n 16.C3.BA haois go dt.C3.AD an 19.C3.BA haois
  5. ^ Géineolaíocht
  6. ^ Curach choirte na hAstráile
  7. ^ Téarmaí seoltóireachta
  8. ^ Hussey, Matthew (2011). Fréamh an Eolais. Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim.
  9. ^ Mary Beth Taylor. "Beo! - Wikipedia ag fás de shíor". Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  10. ^ Diarmaid Mac Mathúna. "Beo! - Suíomhanna den chéad scoth". Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  11. ^ a b "Putting the learning back into learning technology". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  12. ^ "Immersion Education - General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland Repository". 2007-12-14. Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  13. ^ Sharon Flynn. "Academic Writing and Wikipedia". Retrieved 2016-05-14.

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