Tamil Wikipedia

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Web address ta.wikipedia.org
Slogan கட்டற்ற கலைக்களஞ்சியம்
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available in Tamil
Users 58,000
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched September 2003

The Tamil Wikipedia (Tamil: தமிழ் விக்கிப்பீடியா) is the Tamil language edition of Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation.[1] It was established in September 2003 and crossed 57,000 articles on November 2013. The Tamil Wikipedia is the 61st largest Wikipedia and the second largest Wikipedia among Indian languages by article count. It is also the first Wikipedia of Dravidian origin to possess more than 10,000 articles. The project is one of the leading Wikipedia among other South Asian language Wikipedia's in various quality matrices.[2] In November 2013, it has grown on to become a Wiki containing more than 57,000 articles and has more than 58,000 registered users as of November 2013.[3]

Cultural significance[edit]

Contrary to common academic criticism of Wikipedia in the Western countries, the Tamil Wikipedia is widely regarded as an important source of information in the Tamil language on the Internet.[4] The encyclopedia undergoes far less vandalism compared to larger Wikipedia projects, largely because the project has slower growth, mainly due to the lack of computers or Internet service in rural areas of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Most of the project's development comes from the overseas Tamil diaspora.[4][5]

In April 2010, the Tamil Internet Conference held a contest for college students across the state of Tamil Nadu, India for increasing content on the Tamil Wikipedia.[6] The contest was made with regards to the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, a meeting of Tamil scholars across the world who discuss modern development of the language. With over 2000 contestants enrolled, the contest concluded with the creation of 1,200 new academically reviewed articles on the Tamil Wikipedia in various subjects.[7]

In September 2013, The Tamil Wikipedia celebrated its 10th year anniversary.[8]

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