[lg policy] Local language wiki content on the way

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 13 14:03:15 UTC 2010

Local language wiki content on the way

Written by Rohan Samarajiva on July 13, 2010 —

The chicken and egg question when one asks about BOP use of the
Internet has always been whether there is relevant content in
languages those at the BOP understand. Help is on the way. Both the
Wikimedia Foundation and Google are promoting local language content
and translations.

Rather than look to experts to get its mojo working, the Wikimedia
Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates the Wikipedias in
more than 250 languages, is aiming at the underserved populations of
the globe to meet its ambitious goals for growth.

In a speech on Friday at the start of Wikimania, in the restored home
of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the foundation’s executive
director, Sue Gardner, said the foundation planned to double in size
in the next year by adding 44 employees and hoped to raise more than
$20 million in donations.

Her focus, however, was on the area she called the Global South —
India, South America, the Middle East — where the goal is to have 12
percent annual growth in unique visitors, compared with 4 percent in
the Global North.

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