Armenia’s Wikipedia campaign gaining force: BBC

Armenia’s Wikipedia campaign gaining force: BBC

PanARMENIAN.Net - The national Wikipedia campaign - One Armenian, One Article - aims to raise the number and quality of articles in the Armenian language and promote the culture.

As BBC News says in its publication, it seems Armenian Wikipedia is outstripping its neighbors in page numbers - with more than 390,000 now - and could even be competing with Georgia and Azerbaijan in the Wikipedia stakes.

Reporting the number of Wikipedia articles has been on the agenda of Armenian TV and news agencies since the campaign began in March, and it's been noted there are around 102,000 Wikipedia pages in Azerbaijan and almost 84,000 in Georgia.

What started as a YouTube clip has a new lease of life running on satellite TV to Armenians across the world. The Armenian diaspora - thought to number some eight million people - far outnumbers the country's resident population of about 3 million, the BBC notes.

High profile artists, musicians and politicians are getting in on the act too. Education minister Armen Ashotyan says in the clip: "One Armenian, one article - I will definitely do that and believe you will too."

Meanwhile, Defense Minister, Seyran Ohanyan, says he's already added an article about the Armenian army. Articles by celebrities and ordinary citizens are equally valued, the ad says, and a young person is even shown writing an article about radishes.

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