March 2016 African language Wikipedia update

My feeds have been full with Dumi editing up a storm on the Xitstonga Wikipedia recently, as well as helping the Ndebele Wikipedia into the incubator. Ndebele is the only South African official language without a Wikipedia, and it’s great to see this hole being plugged. So, it’s time for another African language Wikipedia update.… Continue reading March 2016 African language Wikipedia update

June 2015 African Language Wikipedia Update

I recommend that anybody new to Wikipedia editing starts, if possible, with one of the smaller Wikipedias. It’s far more fun, contributions will probably be openly welcomed, and there’s less likelihood of experiencing some sort of bureaucratic nightmare. An example fresh in my mind is the OpenCart article, which doesn’t exist. Anyone attempting to create… Continue reading June 2015 African Language Wikipedia Update

May 2013 African language Wikipedia update

There’s a current proposal to close the Xhosa Wikipedia for lack of activity, so I thought it’d be a good time to see the progress of the African and South African language Wikipedias. Heading the list of African-language Wikipedias by article count, Malagasy is still racing ahead in creating new articles, mainly thanks to articles… Continue reading May 2013 African language Wikipedia update

November African language Wikipedia update: Afrikaans passes Swahili

Time to take another look at the progress of African and African language Wikipedia projects. African Language Wikipedias Language 1/1/2007 11/2/2011 13/4/2012 16/11/2012 Malagasy   3806 36767 38753 Yoruba 517 12174 29894 30158 Afrikaans 6149 17002 22115 24821 Swahili 2980 21244 23481 24519 Amharic 742 6738 11572 11806 Egyptian Arabic     8433

April 2012 African language Wikipedia update

It’s been about five months since I last looked in detail at the South African language Wikipedias, and there’s been significant progress in three of the languages. South African Language Wikipedias Language 1/10/2007 30/5/2010 19/11/2011 13/4/2012 Afrikaans 8374 15260 20042 22115 Northern Sotho** 0 540* 557 566 Tswana 40 103 240 490 Zulu 107 195… Continue reading April 2012 African language Wikipedia update

Northern Sotho Wikipedia now an official project, Afrikaans reaches 20 000 articles

Northern Sotho now has it’s own Wikipedia, becoming the 10th official South African language to do so. The project has been sitting for many years in the Incubator, where projects that aren’t yet ready are hosted and developed. It was a bit of an anomaly, as even though it was more active than many other… Continue reading Northern Sotho Wikipedia now an official project, Afrikaans reaches 20 000 articles

African language Wikipedia update

There’s been some momentum recently in the local Wikimedia world. The process for forming a local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation was jumpstarted at a workshop at Wits University in August last year, and is now nearing the final stages. The legal documentation is close to being complete, and will be submitted shortly to the… Continue reading African language Wikipedia update

Northern Sotho Wikipedia needs help

Northern Sotho is the only official South African language without an active Wikipedia. The project sits in the incubator, where it interestingly has far more articles than all other SA languages bar English and Afrikaans (540 vs Swati on 187). Mohau Monaledi has been driving the project, and has contributed 1310 edits, more than everyone… Continue reading Northern Sotho Wikipedia needs help

Wikimedia South Africa workshop

This weekend a number of us held a workshop at Wits University to discuss forming a South African chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit foundation supporting projects such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary. For those interested in the details, the Wikimedia South Africa meta page has more, and you can also join the mailing… Continue reading Wikimedia South Africa workshop