Type of site
|Users||252,992 registered accounts
9,638 contributors[a] (July 2014)
|Launched||16 March 2001|
|CC Attribution / Share-Alike 3.0
Most text also dual-licensed under GFDL. Media licensing varies.
The Catalan Wikipedia (Catalan: Viquipèdia en català) is the Catalan-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was created on 16 March 2001, just a few minutes after the first non-English Wikipedia, the German edition. With about 538,000 articles, it is currently the 17th-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles, and the fifth-largest Wikipedia in a Romance language. In April 2016, the project had 582 active editors who made at least five edits in that month. The edition is most notable for its large number of quality articles, which illustrates the Catalan language's important online presence despite being a minority language.
On March 16, 2001, Jimmy Wales announced that he wanted to create Wikipedias in other languages and mentioned that there was interest in creating a Catalan version. The first tests were made on the deutsche.wikipedia.com, and a few minutes later, the Catalan Wikipedia was created in the catalan.wikipedia.com domain.
The first edit on a non-English Wikipedia was at 21:07 UTC, March 16, 2001, made to the Catalan Main Page. The first contribution in a non-English article dates from March 17 at 01:41 UTC in the article . Despite being created after the German Wikipedia, for about two months it was the only non-English Wikipedia that contained articles.
After some time, the domain changed to ca.wikipedia.com and later to ca.wikipedia.org. About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of Wikipedia. Nowadays this word is used in Catalan language to refer the whole Wikipedia. About 2005 the domain www.viquipedia.net was registered and it redirects to ca.wikipedia.org. In 2007 www.viquipedia.cat was also registered and redirected.
The first registered user was probably AstroNomer, presumably used only to make some registration tests, but the first registered user to make lasting contributions was Cdani, the same user cited in Jimbo Wales' message.
In 2005 the Catalan Wikipedia community debated on which name(s) of the Catalan language to present in the main page and other policy pages, either català, "Catalan", valencià, "Valencian", or a combination of both català-valencià and català o valencià. Although there was not a consensus on any of the proposals, users agreed that in articles relevant to the Valencian Community, the name "Valencian" was to be used; on all other articles "Catalan" is preferred. The main page avoids making reference to a particular nomenclature, by simply stating aquesta versió, "this version".
Milestones and historical main pages
|1 article||March 17, 2001||(Abacus)|
|10,000 articles||November 16, 2004||Unknown|
|20,000 articles||November 19, 2005||(Member of Parliament)|
|30,000 articles||May 6, 2006||(Lunitari)|
|40,000 articles||September 20, 2006||(Food engineering)|
|50,000 articles||January 4, 2007||(Puerto Real)|
|75,000 articles||August 31, 2007||(Euthydemos)|
|100,000 articles||January 18, 2008||(Cubic root)|
|125,000 articles||August 12, 2008||(Giant otter)|
|150,000 articles||December 28, 2008||(Bone Wars)|
|175,000 articles||May 7, 2009||(Spilocuscus)|
|200,000 articles||September 21, 2009||(Solsona Carnival)|
|250,000 articles||June 29, 2010||(Mare de Déu del Claustre)|
|300,000 articles||December 21, 2010||(Pastitsio)|
|400,000 articles||April 12, 2013||(Helium-4)|
|450,000 articles||February 3, 2015||(The Executioner (1970 film))|
|500,000 articles||March 11, 2016||(Oda Krohg)|
Evolution of the number of articles
- . Wikipedia (in Catalan). Wikimedia Foundation. 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2006-06-24.
- "La Wikipedia catalana ad Alghero" (in Italian). Alger.it. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
- List of Wikipedias by sample of articles
- Contributors are users who edited at least 10 times since they registered.
- "Wikipedia Statistics — Tables — Contributors". stats.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "List of Wikipedias by language group". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "List of Wikipedias". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- Jordi Aguilera; Antonio Novella (2009-10-02). "El català, un exemple d'èxit a Internet" (in Catalan). Espai Internet. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- A Dalby (2007), "Wikipedia(s) on the languages map of the world", English Today, Cambridge Univ Press
- Jimbo Wales' message about creating first foreign Wikipedias
- Message confirming the creation of the German domain
- First history of the Catalan Wikipedia Main Page, hours in Pacific Timezone
- Multilingual monthly statistics
- See debate in the
- Technically, was article 50,000; nevertheless, it was shortly after merged with according to the project guidelines.
- La Viquipedia en català que ja té 200000 entrades, segona en la classificació de qualitat 3cat24.cat, TV3 news portal.
- Viquipèdia 200000 i creixent TV3, self service video survey.
- La viquipèdia en català arriba als 200.000 articles, Tribuna de Mallorca, 21-9-2009.