Telugu Wikipedia

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Web address
Slogan స్వేచ్ఛా విజ్ఞాన సర్వస్వము
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available in Telugu
Content license
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched December 10, 2003; 11 years ago (2003-12-10)
Current status online

The Telugu Wikipedia was started on December 10, 2003 by Venna Nagarjuna, renowned for Padma, a system for transforming Indic text between various public and proprietary formats. As of Dec 7, 2013, the article count stood at 53,932 and is third among the Indian language Wikipedias, next to Hindi and Tamil.

Initial growth[edit]

In 2005, Telugu Wikipedia received a much needed initial thrust with the joining of pioneer Wikipedians like Chava Kiran, Makineni Pradeep, Vyzasatya, Veeven and Chaduvari (who later spearheaded e-Telugu campaign). Vyzasatya planned and executed a project to have stubs for districts, mandals and Telugu movies with the help of a bot. The stubs were expanded into articles with the help of several volunteers from Telugu online/blogging community. Chaduvari translated and drafted many of the initial working policies. Pradeep wrote scripts to automate many of the mundane tasks. The article count became 6000.


A symbiotic relationship fostered by the initial Telugu blogger-Wikipedian members with the larger Telugu online community proved to be a big boon for Telugu Wikipedia's initial growth. Having gained initial momentum, it was furthered by committed members like Kasubabu, Dr. Rajasekhar, Chandrakantha Rao, Ravichandra,Veeven,Kasyap, Rahamtulla and Sujatha. Wikipedia was promoted through book fairs at Hyderabad and Vijayawada with active support from e-Telugu organization and the local-language media. This generated a lot of interest among the general public

Telugu Wiktionary is another notable project, with major contribution from Sujatha. Brown's English-Telugu dictionary was incorporated into Telugu Wiktionary in its entirety using a bot script written by another pioneer Telugu Wikipedian, Makineni Pradeep.

In 2010, e-zine called Tewiki Vartha was started to share behind scenes stories of Telugu Wiki sites and wiki Editors.

Telugu wiki academies were initiated in 2009 to create more awareness in Engineering and MCA colleges in small towns of Andhra Pradesh.

In 2012, another effort was made to revitalize the Wikipedia. The community had for the first time organised a 2-day celebration in Hyderabad during April 10&11 2013, coinciding with the start of Telugu New year.[1]
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HMTV broadcast a documentary on Wikipedia Celebrations[2] Rajasekhar, Rahimanuddin, Malladi and Vishnuvardhan participated in a phone-in program about Wikipedia.[3][4]

Present scenario[edit]

And according to the latest survey the average growth in number of readers is 10% which is second highest growth rate in Indian Wikipedias.

Page views[edit]

Page views of Telugu Wikipedia for Oct 2013 are at 2.1M. The highest recorded page views of 4.5M were for Feb 2010.

Fonts and input methods[edit]

One can learn how to type in Telugu on Telugu Wikimedia projects from this video

Any one of Unicode Telugu fonts input system is fine for Telugu Wikipedia. Some people use inscript. Many use either Google phonetic transliteration or input facility Universal Language Selector provided on Telugu Wikipedia. Currently Telugu Wikipedia is supported by Universal Language Selector (ULS), that offers both phonetic keyboard and InScript keyboard.


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