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The Indonesian Wikipedia is the edition of Wikipedia in the Indonesian language. The Indonesian Wikipedia is the fifth fastest-growing Wikipedia in an Asian language after Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Turkish language Wikipedias. It is the third largest Wikipedia of any developing country.[1][update needed]

Its first article, "", was written on May 30, 2003,[2][3] yet its Main Page (') was created six months later on November 29, 2003.[4]

As of May 2014, there are over 350,000 articles in the Indonesian Wikipedia.


Although the Indonesian language is similar to the Malay language, the Indonesian Wikipedia remains separate from the Malay Wikipedia[5] (initiated on October 2002).[6] The Indonesian and Malay Wikipedias were started separately by two different user groups within six months of each other. In 2009, Andrew Lih wrote "Because these groups are drawn on national boundaries, merging is not likely to happen soon."[5]

Indonesian is a normative form of the Malay language, an Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) language which had been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries, and was elevated to the status of an official language with the Indonesian Declaration of Independence in 1945, drawing inspiration from the Sumpah Pemuda (Youth's Oath) event in 1928. It is very similar to the official Malaysian form of the language. However, it does differ from the Malaysian form in some ways, with key differences in pronunciation and vocabulary, due in large part to the many Dutch words in the Indonesian vocabulary. It is spoken as a mother tongue by only 7% of the population of Indonesia, but altogether more than 200 million people speak it.[7] The Malay language is spoken by ethnic groups who reside in the Malay Peninsula, southern Thailand, parts of the Philippines, and Singapore. Malay is also considered one of the dialects of the Indonesian language by Indonesians living in central eastern Sumatra, the Riau Islands and parts of the coast of Borneo.[8]

The Indonesian Wikipedia has more articles on the administrative regions in Indonesia than any other of Wikipedia's languages.[9]


In 2004, Tempo magazine published a feature about the Indonesian Wikipedia, in which Revo Soekatno, one of its best known contributors, described it as the "Encyclopedia from the boarding houses", meaning an encyclopedia that was produced by Indonesians living and studying overseas. The article contributed to the popularization of Wikipedia in the archipelago and since then, the Indonesian Wikipedia has seen its number of users rise remarkably.[10][11]

In 2006, following Time featuring "You" as its person of the year,[12] Kompas published a feature article on Revo where he was called the "Father of Wikipedia in Indonesian". The article highlighted the spirit of participation as the type of "addiction to the cyberspace that needed to be endorsed".[13][14] Other Indonesian publications followed suit to refer to Revo Soekatno as an "activist that built a community portal in Indonesia" praising his contributions to the presence of Indonesia in the Internet.[15]

In February 2009, the Indonesian Wikipedia achieved the milestone of 100,000 articles. One of the contributors mentioned in the article was the user borgx, who made 80 thousand edits starting in 2005. That year, the Indonesian Wikipedia had only fifty active contributors.[16][17]

Workshop and seminars[edit]

In March 2007, Bina Nusantara University invited Indonesian Wikipedians to speak at the first Wikipedia seminar for the public and to introduce Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia and Wikimedia Foundation projects at its campus in Jakarta.[18]

In November 2007, the Indonesian Government, through its Department of Communication and Information, decided to establish an annual Indonesian ICT Award and invited the Indonesian Wikipedia Community to hold a workshop on how to write Wikipedia articles.[19][20] Ivan Lanin, one of the speakers interviewed by Antara, stated that the number of contributors to the Indonesian Wikipedia was rising, and the articles were beginning to become more diverse. According to Revo's speech, the challenge for the Indonesian Wikipedia in the future was to gain credibility and give the public assurance about the quality of the content provided.

The first day of the workshop was attended by 40 people, although the number of computers provided for hands-on practice was considerably less than the number of participants.[21]

The following year, at the 2008 Indonesian ICT Awards, the Indonesian Wikipedia Community held separate workshop sessions for the public and for organizations.[22]

Indonesian Wikipedia DVD[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia Complimentary DVD distributed by Chip Magazine on their August 2008 edition

In August 2008, the Indonesian version of CHIP Magazine distributed a complimentary DVD containing more than 80,000 articles (without images) with its 11th anniversary edition. This edition also featured a three-page Wikipedia article titled "Wikipedia: When one thousand brains are better than one". The article provided an extensive history of Wikipedia, including the Indonesian Wikipedia, as well as a description of the Wikimedia Indonesia chapter, which was in preparation at that time.[23]

However, a DVD version of the Indonesian Wikipedia with photos was already in existence since April 2008 and could be purchased online from an independent vendor for 20 thousand rupiah, around US$2.[24]


  • 1,000 articles - Mar 16, 2004
  • 10,000 articles - May 31, 2005
  • 50,000 articles - Feb 1, 2007
  • 100,000 articles - Feb 21, 2009
  • 180,000 articles - Dec 26, 2011
  • 200,000 articles - Mar 27, 2012
  • 300,000 articles - Oct 2013

Related Wikipedias[edit]

These are Wikipedias written in local Indonesian languages. Two are still in the Incubator.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ CNET Asia Fastest Growing of Indonesian Wikipedia[dead link]
  2. ^ (Indonesian) Electron History Page in Bahasa Indonesia
  3. ^ (Indonesian) Tokoh Indonesia: Revo AGS: Indonesian Wikipedia Contributor
  4. ^ (Indonesian) Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia Main Page history
  5. ^ a b Lih, p. 136.
  6. ^ "Malay Wikipedia History". 
  7. ^ Axis translations: Indonesian language
  8. ^ Ethnologue report for Netherlands
  9. ^ Indonesian Wikipedia
  10. ^ (Indonesian) Tempo Interactive (2004): Encyclopedia from boarding house
  11. ^ (Indonesian) Tempo Interactive (2004): Encyclopedia from the boarding houses
  12. ^ TIME: Time's Person of the Year: You
  13. ^ (Indonesian) Kompas: Revo Perintis Wikipedia bahasa Indonesia
  14. ^ (Indonesian) Copy of Kompas article in Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia user REX Archieve
  15. ^ (Indonesian) SWA Magazine: Activist who built community portal
  16. ^ (Indonesian) Antara: Indonesian Wikipedia Now 100 Thousand Articles
  17. ^ (Indonesian) Indonesian Wikipedia Reach 100 Thousand Articles
  18. ^ (Indonesian) Surabaya Design Forum: Invitation to attend Wikipedia Seminar held by Expmo production
  19. ^ (Indonesian) Information Technology Faculty Information for Seminar and Workshop
  20. ^ (Indonesian) Invitation for Workshop
  21. ^ (Indonesian) Antara: Indonesian Wikipedia the Third Largest in Asia
  22. ^ (Indonesian) INAICTA official page: National Rise Though Digital Creativity - Invitation for organizations to write in the Wikipedia
  23. ^ (Indonesian) Content page for Chip August 08 Edition
  24. ^ (Indonesian) Wikipedia Indonesia DVD sold by Toko Baliwae

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