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German Intertranswiki
Translating content from German Wikipedia

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Welcome to WikiProject Intertranswiki German, a collaborative effort to improve English Wikipedia by importing and translating content from German Wikipedia. The aim of the project is to draw up a full directory of missing content from German Wikipedia organised by topic and sub topic as well as to tag existing articles which need major translation from the other language equivalent and begin to work towards creating the articles or improving an existing article. Once the directory is drawn up, the project is intended to work towards starting the missing articles and where possible combine inter-wiki translation with reliable sources elsewhere. You can also use this tool to find articles in a specified category in German Wikipedia that have interwiki links to other Wikipedias but not to English Wikipedia. Please note that not all content is suitable for transferring and please exercise caution if translating unreferenced material or the subject is controversial. Where possible, translations should be backed by reliable sources.

Translating and expanding existing articles[edit]

Articles currently tagged as needing translation from German Wikipedia as part of WikiProject Intertranswiki are categorised as Category:Articles needing translation from German Wikipedia and organized by main topic.

To add a tag to an existing article which you know of that could be expanded from German Wikipedia add the following:

{{Expand German|topic=|date=}}

The following code is to be applied to categorise an article needing translation in any of the above categories:

  • {{Expand German|fa=yes|date=}} for Featured Articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=geo|date=}} for Geographical articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=sport|date=}} for Sports articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=culture|date=}} for Culture articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=hist|date=}} for History articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=sci|date=}} for Science articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=struct|date=}} for Building and structure articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=transport|date=}} for Transport articles
  • {{Expand German|topic=gov|date=}} for Government and politics articles

If the article on German Wikipedia is worded differently from the English version then the exact article name should be entered into the expand template to enable direct translation. For example, Wilhelm Bauer (politician) would be tagged as follows:

  • {{Expand German|Wilhelm Bauer (Politiker)|topic=gov|date=July 2009}}

Missing article directory[edit]

There are thousands of articles missing that need starting and to be translated from German Wikipedia. Missing articles will be listed and organised by main topic and then sub ordered by category or specific topic.

See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/de.

Translation assistance[edit]


When an article is created translating from German, a few steps should be kept in mind.

  • Lead: The German WP links the dates and uses symbols for birth and death, - here delink and replace the birth symbol by "born" for living people, the death symbol by "–". German has the places of birth and death where the dates are, English has them in the body. Consider an infobox to have them together.
  • Add template "Authority control", - worst thing happening is nothing happens. Normally you get the library details from Wikidata. If you have received a number (GND) for the German National Library (DNB), you can call the entries for the person by {{DNB portal|GND}}, placed under "External links".
  • Remember that German has External links before references, it's the other way round here.
  • Place projects, especially BIO, on the talk.
  • Enter the new article in a disambiguation page of the surname.

All articles[edit]

  • Be aware that many German articles come with books as references, no inline citations. If you can read a book, consider changing to inline, providing page numbers.
  • Mark German phrases which are no names by {{lang|de|phrase}}, and other language phrases similarly.
  • Right after creating, go to the German article and establish the In anderen Sprachen link, to make the connection. For extra service, make an English short description on Wikidata.
  • Make a note of the translation on the talk, minimum {{translated|de|article name in de|small=no}}.
  • Find links to the new article, - look for alternate names, make redirects for them.

Formal project members[edit]

See also[edit]