Search for India's Wiki-capital starts

Written by: Mamatha
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Bangalore, Sep 21: Three Indian cities, Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi, will compete to make it as what is being called by Wikimedians as the Wikicapital of the country.

"The top priority of the Wikimedia Foundation is to support the growth of communities of Wikimedians in India across the multitude of languages in the country," Barry Newstead, chief Global Development officer, Wikimedia Foundation said.

"We are planning to work with the community to spread the word about Wikimedia's work with the goal of enabling millions more Indians to contribute to and benefit from Wikimedia's free knowledge projects," he added.

Tinu Cherian, a Wikipedia administrator, said, "Bengaluru has a fairly high chance of being chosen because we have wiki-meet up's once a month, with around 20 members."

"There is a large IT population here and a very vibrant wiki-network. So our chances are better," he added.

Moksh Juneja, a former Wikipedia administrator from Mumbai, said, "I would love to say Mumbai but the number of articles that come in from this city are less.

Wikimedia is a non-profit charitable organisation. It operates several online collaborative wiki projects including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Incubator and Meta-Wiki.

Its flagship project, Wikipedia, ranks among the top ten most-visited websites worldwide.

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