Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BBC praises the Catalan version of the Wikipedia


BBC World recently praised the Catalan version of the Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a perfect tool for promoting minority languages. and Catalans do this well, according to the  BBC. With only 10 million speakers, most of the Catalan Wikipedia articles have no version in Spanish—with 400 million speakers. The Catalan Wikipedia has 370,000 entries, a mere 50% of the Spanish version—but Catalan has about a 2,5 % of speakers compared to Spanish!

As it is usually the case, the Catalan Wikipedia collaborators are volunteers. There are a few dozen of them organized in Amical Viquipèdia, established on 2007. “The Catalan Wikipedia was the first one other than the English one to publish articles on their own,” says David Parreño from Amical Viquipèdia. He also says that a person from Andorra was the author of that first article. Andorra is an independent state between Spain and France where Catalan is the official language. While Wikipedia started on February 2001, the Catalan edition came out just one month later.

3 comentaris:

  • enric says:
    May 30, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    en comptes del 0.025% no serà el 2.5% ?

  • enric says:
    May 30, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    en comptes del 0.025% no serà el 2.5% ?

  • help Catalonia says:
    May 30, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Enric,

    Spanish has about 300 milion speakers. Catalan about 7 milion. 7/300. So you're right.
    We change it.
    Thanks.

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