The victor from India’s Wiki Loves Food contest: curd rice. Postcards sent to Indian “Wikipedia Asian Month” participants could use this imagery. Photo by Sudharshan Shanmugasundaram, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Wikipedia Asian Month is an initiative aiming to bring the Wikimedia Asian Communities together to improve articles about Asian countries and regions on every language edition of Wikipedia. Throughout this month, more than twenty Wikipedia communities will take part in an online edit-a-thon, encouraging Wikipedians to improve the quality of Asian topics, as well as helping the rest of the world understand more about Asia and its many cultural groups.
The online edit-a-thon will ask participants to write at least five articles related to Asia. Those who achieve this will receive a postcard from seven Wikimedian communities in Asia: Mainland China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. Postcards from each country or region will be specially designed with a local feature. For example, Indian postcards will feature a photograph from the Wiki Loves Food initiative (first prize winner above).
Wikipedia’s Asian Community still has very high potential—of the top 25 language editions of Wikipedia, only nine are from Asia. In terms of readership, the global unique visitors of Wikimedia projects total about 374.82 million (in June 2015, not including mobile devices), but unique visitors from the Asia Pacific region total only 83.64 million, about 22.31 percent of all visitors. Considering that 32% of the world’s Internet users come from the Asia-Pacific region, Wikimedia’s communities in Asia have much room to grow.
That said, Wikimedia’s Asian communities are now starting to emerge. Since January 2013, thirteen new user groups in Asia have been recognized, and while some Asian-language versions of Wikipedia have relatively few articles, they have sizeable active communities. For example, the Azerbaijani and Thai Wikipedias both have fewer than 100,000 articles, and come in at 55th and 56th respectively on the list of Wikipedias by article count, but they rank 34th and 26th by active users.
Wikipedia Asian Month is here, and we welcome your participation. Check here if your home Wikipedia is participating in the Asian Month, or maybe become the event’s organizer on your home Wikipedia!
Addis Wang, Wikimedia User Group China
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