The Assamese Wikipedia community is still relatively small, but they have seen a significant increase of new editors recently. Over the past six months, the community of active editors has grown by 45 percent, and although Assamese Wikipedia has just 1,600 articles, the numbers are sure to increase following the start of the Assamese Wikipedia Education Program.
The program was launched on on 14 October, 2012, with 15 master’s students—90 percent are women—under the tutelage of the Head of the Department of Education at Guwahati University, Professor Dulumoni Goswami. The students will first learn how to type in Assamese using Rudali. After that, students will learn how to edit Wikipedia, including more advanced editing techniques, such as adding references, headers, and various other intricacies in Wiki markup.
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), a grantee of the Wikimedia Foundation, is supporting the project and guiding the growth of Wikimedia-related activities in India. Nitika Tandon at CIS has written a more detailed report, which you can read here.
We’re happy to see the progress, and we hope the Assamese Wikipedia continues to flourish!
Matthew Roth, Global Communications Manager
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