Can we have some statics of the present usage of wikipedia in India both in terms of readership and contribution. I checked Alexa it suggests India contributing to 5.8% of wikipedia's total traffic http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wikipedia.org#trafficstats which is forth highest among all the countries.
We need to understand the problem better before we try to solve it, and also we should have some expectation laid out regarding our goal.
Hi there -
You might start with Regional_Analysis/South_Asia. After that, if you'll let me know what you need, I'll do my best to point you to it. :)
Thanks a lot for sharing this, the discussion section has captured some of the real issues which are serious blockers for wikipedia's growth in Indian languages. Even with out questioning the importance of Indian language content in wikipedia it can be said that the context is very different in India, below are few points worth considering for strategy formulation.
- The typical internet users demography do not overlap the demography of people who is inclined to work on local languages (typical to India).
- There is a high readership of Indian languages not because of inability with English, but because of the nature of content (read geographically and culturally relevant content)
- Majority of the growth of Indian content has to come from non metro/urban users and it has to be backed up by strong offline efforts like community participation, involvement with mainstream primary and secondary education system.
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INDIA IS FASTEST GROWING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF INTERNET,SO BEING AN INDIAN I KNOW THAT MORE THAN 99% OF PEOPLE WHO USES COMPUTER(BUT NOT INTERNET) ARE FAMILIER WITH ENGLISH.I NEVER SAW AN INDIAN IN MY WHOLE LIFE WHO USES COMPUTER AND UNFAMILIER WITH ENGLISH.I CAN GUARANTEE THAT 100% OF PEOPLE WHO USES INTERNET ARE FAMILIER WITH ENGLISH. FROM: PUSHKAR [personal information removed]