Basque Wikipedia

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Basque Wikipedia
Basque Wikipedia's screenshot, June 26, 2016.
It currently has 282,040 articles.
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available in Basque
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Website
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06)

The Basque Wikipedia (Euskarazko Wikipedia[1] or Euskal Wikipedia in Basque) is the Basque language edition of Wikipedia. Founded on December 6, 2001[2] (although its main page was created in November 2003) and reaching 58,124 articles by August 19, 2010, making it the 45th-largest Wikipedia.[3] As of July 2017, it has 220 active contributors, of which 12 are administrators, and has about 282,000 articles.[4][5][6]

In an August 2007 interview, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, used the Basque Wikipedia as an example of the rationale for having Wikipedias in smaller languages:

"Certainly within Wikipedia right now we are seeing some fairly successful projects in small European languages. You don't really need a Welsh language Wikipedia, perhaps. The number of people who speak Welsh who don't also speak English is very small and getting smaller every year. So why do we have a Welsh Wikipedia? Well, people wanted it, so they're making it. And language preservation is the main motive. It is their mother tongue and they want to keep it alive, keep its literature alive. Certainly some of the larger small languages like Basque and Catalan have very successful projects. I definitely see that preserving parts of your language and culture through collaborative projects makes a lot of sense."[7]

On January 25, 2008, the Basque Wikipedia was awarded the Argia Saria granted by the magazine Argia in the category of Internet.[8][9][10]

On May 21, 2011, Basque Wikipedia published its 100,000 article, an article about the prohibition of using Basque language throughout history called .[11]

In December 2011, around 11,000 new articles were added to Basque Wikipedia by the Culture Ministry of the Basque Government.[12]

Statistics

As of February 2012, the Basque Wikipedia has the second greatest number of articles per speaker among Wikipedias with over 100,000 articles, and ranks sixth overall.[13] These figures were based on Ethnologue's estimate of 665,800 Basque speakers.

Number of Articles Date Article
1 December 6, 2001
1,000 April 2004
5,000 January 28, 2006
10,000 May 28, 2006
20,000 September 10, 2007
25,000 April 6, 2008[1]
30,000 September 12, 2008
40,000 July 15, 2009
45,000 October 13, 2009
50,000 December 30, 2009
55,000 April 12, 2010
60,000 November 8, 2010
70,000 April 18, 2011
80,000 April 22, 2011
90,000 May 1, 2011
100,000 May 21, 2011
120,000 December 21, 2011
130,000 May 5, 2012
150,000 March 27, 2013
200,000 September 19, 2014
250.000 June 23, 2016

New articles per day

  • November 8, 2010: 456 articles
  • December 20, 2009: 239 articles
  • October 8, 2009: 219 articles
  • August 30, 2009: 141 articles
  • October 7, 2009: 134 articles
  • October 11, 2009: 125 articles
  • October 9, 2009: 118 articles
  • October 13, 2009: 115 articles

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b Idoia Etxeberria (April 24, 2008). "Jakintza eta auzolana". Berria. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ Multilingual monthly statistics
  3. ^ List of Wikipedias - Meta
  4. ^
  5. ^ Basque Wikipedia´s statistic
  6. ^ Graphics on Basque Wikipedia
  7. ^ Interview on geekillustrated.com, August 2007
  8. ^ "Imanol Murua Uria Berriako kazetariak jaso du prentsa idatziko Argia saria". Berria. January 26, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Sara Santos (January 26, 2008). "Argia astekariak 2008. urteko bere sariak banatu zituen". Deia. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ Rebeka Calvo (January 26, 2008). "Euskaraz bizi eta sortzen dugun komunitatea gaude gaur hemen". Gara. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  11. ^ Iratxe Esnaola (May 18, 2011). "Nork idatziko du 100.000. artikulua?". Gara. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Cultura incorpora 11.000 nuevas entradas a la Wikipedia en euskera (ABC.es, December 29, 2011)
  13. ^ http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias_by_speakers_per_article List of Wikipedias by speakers per article

External links

  • (in Basque)
  • (in Basque)