Malayalam Wikipedia

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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
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Available in Malayalam
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched 21 December 2002

The Malayalam Wikipedia (Malayalam: മലയാളം വിക്കിപീഡിയ) is the Malayalam language edition of Wikipedia, a free and publicly editable online encyclopedia, and was launched on December 21, 2002. The project is the leading Wikipedia among other South East Asian language Wikipedias in various quality matrices.[1] It has grown to be a wiki containing more than 30,000 articles as of April 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Malayalam language Wikipedia is available in the wikipedia.org domain from 2002 December 21. User Vinod M. P. had taken initiatives for it. For the two years following its creation, he had been the key person striving to keep the wiki active. Almost all the early users of Malayalam Wikipedia were non-resident Malayalees. The growth of the Wikipedia during these times was heavily constrained due to OS and browser related issues, rendering issues, Unicode related issues, and so on.

Initial growth phase[edit]

By the middle of 2004, unicode and input tools had become popular. Blogging in Malayalam became widespread. Wikipedians started to use these tools and the Wikipedia reached 100 articles by December 2004. More users joined by the middle of 2005 and the wiki had its first sysop by September 2005. He became the first bureaucrat of the wiki after a month and the wiki became self-sufficient in terms of administration.

The year 2006 saw a number of users joining the wiki, following the widespread usage of Malayalam computing tools. 500th article was born on April 10, 2006; the following September the article count reached 1000. On January 15, 2007, this became 2000 and on June 30 it became 3000.

Media coverage and increased growth[edit]

Jimmy Wales introduces Malayalam Wikipedia CD of 500 selected articles to WikiManians during his keynote address at Gdansk

The first major Media coverage about the Malayalam Wikipedia was on September 2, 2007, when Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi covered Malayalam Wikipedia project extensively in its Sunday Supplement.[3] This generated significant interest in the Wikipedia project and large number of users joined the project and started to contribute.[4] The subsequent growth was exponential.

While the article count increased, extreme care was taken to maintain the quality of articles. The page depth of the wiki remains high at 301 (as of March 2010).[5] When the Wikipedia crossed 10,000 articles on June 1, a number of print and online newspapers covered the story.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] Recently,a Malayalam newspaper 'Madhyamam' spent an editorial for the contributors of Malayalam Wikipedia.[17] The mobile version of the Malayalam Wikipedia was launched on February 2010.

Fonts and input methods[edit]

Although many Malayalam Unicode fonts are available for old and new Malayalam lipi, most users opt for fonts like AnjaliOldLipi, Rachana and Meera which follows the traditional Malayalam writing style. Early editors adopted specialized Malayalam Unicode input tools based on the Varamozhi keyboard, a phonetic transliteration device. The project has an inbuilt input tool integrated to it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediaML.htm
  2. ^ Quick Statistics
  3. ^ Sunday Supplement, Mathrubhumi, September 2, 2007
  4. ^ ml:Special:Listusers
  5. ^ List of Wikipedias
  6. ^ "A milestone for Malayalam Wiki". The Hindu. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Mathrubhumi print edition, June 1, 2009
  8. ^ Joseph Antony (1 June 2009). "'മലയാളം വിക്കി'ക്ക്‌ പതിനായിരത്തിന്റെ നിറവ്‌" (in Malayalam). Mathrubhumi Online Edition. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Kerala Kaumudi print edition 4th June, 2009
  10. ^ Asianet News, June 1, 2009
  11. ^ "മലയാളം വിക്കിപീഡിയയില്‍ 10000 ലേഖനങ്ങള്‍!" (in Malayalam). Webdunia. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "മലയാളം വിക്കിയില്‍ 10000 ലേഖനങ്ങള്‍" (in Malayalam). TechVidya. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  13. ^ Anoop P (3 June 2009). "മലയാളം വിക്കിപീഡിയയില്‍ 10000 ലേഖനങ്ങള്‍" (in Malayalam). e-Pathram. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Siraj Newspaper, Print Edition, 3rd June, 2009, Page 5
  15. ^ "മലയാളം വിക്കിപീഡിയ" (in Malayalam). KottayamVartha. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009.  , June 02, 2009
  16. ^ "Malayalam Wikipedia completes 10,000 article milestone". kochivibe.com. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  17. ^ http://www.madhyamam.com/news/221500/130412

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