Now, Indians can contribute to the volunteer-edited Wikipedia encyclopedia project, which is rated among the top 20 websites globally, so says Jimmy Wales, founder of the web-based free content multilingual project.
During a visit to India, Wales noted that volunteer contributions to the Kannada Wikipedia had been growing 22 percent and Bengali 35 percent a month. These growth rates are fairly high. Bengali too has a growth rate of 35 percent. Wales aims to have 200,000 articles for every language spoken by a million people. Indian techies who interacted with him suggested the time was 'right' for Indian language content creation, since the tools for doing this had been created, including projects such as IndLinux. Wikipedia is run on a website that allows any visitor to edit its content. Wikipedia's main servers are in Tampa, Florida, with additional servers in Amsterdam and Seoul. There are 229 language editions of Wikipedia, 16 of which have over 50,000 articles each. There has been controversy over Wikipedia's reliability and accuracy, with the site receiving criticism for its susceptibility to vandalism, uneven quality and inconsistency, systemic bias, and preference for consensus over credentials.
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