Basque Wikipedia

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Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched December 6, 2001

The Basque Wikipedia (Euskarazko Wikipedia[1] or Euskal Wikipedia in Basque) is the Basque language edition of Wikipedia. Founded on December 6, 2001[2] (although its main page was created in November 2003) and reaching 58,124 articles by August 19, 2010, making it the 45th-largest Wikipedia.[3] As of July 2014, it has 208 active contributors, of which 11 are administrators, and has about 190,000 articles.[4][5][6]

In an August 2007 interview, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, used the Basque Wikipedia as an example of the rationale for having Wikipedias in smaller languages:

"Certainly within Wikipedia right now we are seeing some fairly successful projects in small European languages. You don't really need a Welsh language Wikipedia, perhaps. The number of people who speak Welsh who don't also speak English is very small and getting smaller every year. So why do we have a Welsh Wikipedia? Well, people wanted it, so they're making it. And language preservation is the main motive. It is their mother tongue and they want to keep it alive, keep its literature alive. Certainly some of the larger small languages like Basque and Catalan have very successful projects. I definitely see that preserving parts of your language and culture through collaborative projects makes a lot of sense."[7]

On January 25, 2008, the Basque Wikipedia was awarded the Argia Saria granted by the magazine Argia in the category of Internet.[8][9][10]

On May 21, 2011, Basque Wikipedia published its 100,000 article, an article about the prohibition of using Basque language throughout history called Euskararen debekua.[11] The article was written collectively by many Wikipedians.

On December, 2011, around 11,000 new articles were added to Basque Wikipedia by the Culture Ministry of the Basque Government.[12]

Statistics[edit]

As of February 2012, The Basque Wikipedia has the second greatest number of articles per speaker among Wikipedias with over 100,000 articles, and ranks sixth overall.[13] These figures were based on Ethnologue's estimate of 665,800 Basque speakers.

Number of Articles Date Article
1 December 6, 2001 Lurra
1,000 April 2004
5,000 January 28, 2006
10,000 May 28, 2006
20,000 September 10, 2007
25,000 April 6, 2008[1] Euskal Herriak Bere Eskola
30,000 September 12, 2008 Sexu
40,000 July 15, 2009 Eden Project
45,000 October 13, 2009 Xinmin Hiria
50,000 December 30, 2009 Errinozero
55,000 April 12, 2010
60,000 November 8, 2010 Posta Kode
70,000 April 18, 2011 Écurat
80,000 April 22, 2011 Kolonbiako geografia
90,000 May 1, 2011 Elisabet Farnesio
100,000 May 21, 2011 Euskararen debekua
120,000 December 21, 2011
130,000 May 5, 2012 Vireo approximans
150,000 March 27, 2013 Pointe-à-Pitre

New articles per day[edit]

  • November 8, 2010: 456 articles
  • December 20, 2009: 239 articles
  • October 8, 2009: 219 articles
  • August 30, 2009: 141 articles
  • October 7, 2009: 134 articles
  • October 11, 2009: 125 articles
  • October 9, 2009: 118 articles
  • October 13, 2009: 115 articles

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