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Jakarta Post

Writing culture on the web: Are we still better at talking?

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 27 2011   /  07:00 am

Ivan Lanin, a linguist and former executive director of Wikimedia Indonesia, said he could only find a few Wikipedia entries in Indonesian — which were mostly poorly written — when he decided to become a contributor to the site five years ago.

Not much has changed since then, he told The Jakarta Post. As of March this year, there were about 3.6 million English articles in the free online encyclopedia, while there were only about 160,000 entries in Indonesian.

Siska Doviana, the executive director of Wikimedia Indonesia, an independent association established by Indonesian volunteers originating from Indonesian language Wikipedia contributors, said the site was running short of contributors.

Wikipedia English has 3,652 active contributors and 36,800 seasonal contributors, while Wikipedia Indonesia has only 30 active contributors and 200 seasonal contributors, she...