Welsh version of Wikipedia surpasses 100,000 articles

Wicipedia Cymraeg, which is the Welsh language version of Wikipedia, has surpassed 100,000 articles after working for more than a year to reach this target.

Currently, there are more Wikipedia articles published in Welsh than Swahili, Cantonese, Irish Yoruba and Pubjabi. The organisation said this is a “big achievement” for a minority language.

Wikimedia UK, a registered charity that supports local Wikipedia projects, said it’s on a mission to diversify its content and to support the Celtic British languages.

Robin Owain, programme co-ordinator in Wales at Wikimedia, has worked extensively with the National Library of Wales to make the website possible and generate original Welsh content.

Over the next few months, Robin will continue to develop and manage Wikimedia’s programme in Wales by working with external partners and the community. He’ll also arrange and deliver partnership events.

In just a few months, Wicipedia has become the most visited Welsh language website. Jason Evans, from the National Library of Wales, said that the focus going forward will be to grow its editor community.

“Not only is the Welsh Wici growing but the community of editors is growing. The National library of Wales will continue to support and encourage editors through events and training sessions and by sharing its own data openly for use on Wicipedia and beyond,” he said.

Elsewhere, the Chinese and Portuguese Wikipedias are about to pass one million articles, and the English website is on the verge of topping 5.6 million articles as well.

“Many people who speak English as a second language work on the English Wikipedia, meaning that it has far more regular editors than other languages,” said Wikimedia UK.

The charity explained that it “encourages people who speak another language than English to help translate” and “improve articles into the other languages they speak” to make the site more inclusive.