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Launched 9 July 2003; 11 years ago (2003-07-09)
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The Armenian Wikipedia (Armenian: Վիքիպեդիա Vīkīpedyā or Վիքիպեդիա Ազատ հանրագիտարան Wīkīpedyā Azat Hanragitaran) is the Armenian version of Wikipedia.

It was created in February 2003,[1] as Հայերեն Վիքիփեդիա, but started developing from 2005 onwards. The name was changed to Հայերեն Վիքիպեդիա on April 5, 2012.

In October 2013, it had more than 90,000 articles and more than 390,000 pages.[2] It also had around 25,800 registered contributors, including 8 administrators. On December 2, 2013, it has reached 100,000 articles.

With present content, it is listed in List of Wikipedias by article count in the 100,000+ category.

Language used[edit]

The Armenian language is used predominantly in Eastern Armenian. However, the Armenian Wikipedia is inclusive, including a set of articles of interest in Western Armenian predominantly used in the Armenian diaspora.

Some articles have separate Eastern and Western Armenian versions with the Eastern Armenian version referring to the Western Armenian version on top right of the article, and vice versa. Articles in Western Armenian are also distinctly categorized here - Category: Wikipedia Articles in Western Armenian.


Name change[edit]

The Armenian Wikipedia was originally named Վիքիփեդիա (Vikʻipʻedia), but was then renamed Վիքիպեդիա (Vikʻipedia) in early 2012 after discussion, with the letter փ (pʻiwr) being replaced by պ () to reflect the unaspirated pronunciation used in Eastern Armenian, effectively imitating the official Armenian language used in Armenia. The discussion was done in two phases[3][4] The change was put in effect on April 5, 2012.

The name Վիքիփեդիա is not consistent with the Western Armenian transliteration and pronunciation that is mostly used in the Armenian diaspora.

"One Armenian, One Article"[edit]

On March 24, 2014, both Wikimedia Armenia and the Human Factor (Armenian: «Մարդկային գործոն») launched "One Armenian, One Article" (Armenian: «Մեկ հայ՝ մեկ հոդված»), an All-Armenian campaign together on the Armenia TV television channel. This campaign, intended to be active for one year, i.e. up to March 24, 2015, aims to increase the quality and number of Armenian Wikipedia articles. As well as increasing the number and presence of Armenian representatives on Wikipedia, it also aims to increase creation of Armenian-language content consistent with both Armenian heritage and the challenges of the modern world.

The project hopes to organize wiki-meetings of representatives of science, art and other subjects with the aim of familiarizing them with the wiki-culture and helping them in making their own contributions in the development of the Armenian Wikipedia. The campaign will be conducted with different training and incentive programs, as well as joint activities with educational and cultural institutions and organizations.

The "One Armenian, One Article" campaign was shown on the Human Factor TV program, which aired on March 24, 2014 on the Armenia TV television channel. The campaign was subsequently popularised by many other information agencies.[5][6]

There was a news conference on "One Armenian, One Article" All-Armenian project on March 27, 2014.[7]

In July 2014, BBC News reported that as a result of the campaign Armenian Wikipedia appeared to be outstripping its neighbours Georgia and Azerbaijan in numbers of pages: more than 125,000 pages compared to the approximately 102,000 Wikipedia pages on the Azerbaijani Wikipedia and almost 84,000 on the Georgian site. The campaign is supported by the Armenian government; Education Minister Armen Ashotyan has publicly stated that, "One Armenian, one article – I will definitely do that and believe you will too." Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan has said that he has created a Wikipedia entry on the Armenian army.[8][9]



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