Adding content to wikipedia

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Anyone can add/edit content in Wikipedia. In fact, Wikipedia has become the world's most popular encyclopedia due to the efforts of thousands of ordinary people, who have contributed to it.

Teachers, as public intellectuals, have a special responsibility to contribute to this global knowledge resource. Especially teachers who are familiar with Indian/ Indic languages must take on the responsibility of adding content to the Indic Wikipedias. One way of doing this is to do simple translations of existing Wikipedia English pages, which do not have equivalent pages in the Indic language.

Instead of feeling bad about the relative lack of resources in Indian languages, let us join together and add content to the Indian Language Wikipedias.

It is good to know the fundamental principles of Wikipedia before you get started.

Creating an account on Wikipedia

On Desktop/Laptop

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On Mobile

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Editors

Following editors are commonly used to add/edit content in Wikipedia. Tools like Content Translation can only be used to create new articles.

  1. Source editor
  2. Visual editor
  3. Content Translation

Using Content translation

Following steps can be followed to use the Content Translation tool -

  1. Please create an account on Wikipedia from this link.
  2. Visit your desired language Wikipedia (For ex., if you want to translate from English to Kannada, go to kn.wikipedia.org)
  3. Go to Content translation page at Contributions→ Translation.
  4. Click on Add new translation (ಹೊಸ ಅನುವಾದ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿ) to start translating an article from English to your language.

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Please follow below steps to use Content translation on Mobile -

  1. Visit the Content Translation link directly from here.
  2. Login to Wikipedia using your account.
  3. Post login, go to browser menu and request for the Desktop site
  4. Click on Add new translation (ಹೊಸ ಅನುವಾದ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿ) to start translating an article from English to your language.

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Using voice to text feature in phone

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, install Gboard.
  2. Open Gboard app and add Kannada to the language list
  3. To make Gboard your default virtual keyboard in Android, go to Settings > System > Language and Input > Manage Keyboards. Then, tap the slider next to Gboard to turn it on.
  4. Now, Open wikipedia translation section in your browser and tap an area where you can enter text.
  5. By default, it will be in the English language, Long press on the "space" key and select Kannada from the list
  6. At the top of your keyboard, touch/hold Microphone icon.
  7. When you see "Speak now," say what you want written in Kannada.
  8. If you need to switch back to English keyboard, hold the "space" key and select English.

Articles published

VTC 2017-19 Semester 4 batch

English Wikipedia Kannada Wikipedia
1 Tannirbhavi Beach ತಣ್ಣೀರುಬಾವಿ ಕಡಲತೀರ
2 Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant ವಿಶ್ವೇಶ್ವರಯ್ಯ ಕಬ್ಬಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ಉಕ್ಕು ಸ್ಥಾವರ
3 National Human Rights Commission of India ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಾನವ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳ ಆಯೋಗ
4 Anthropology ಮಾನವಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ
5 Environmental protection ‎ಪರಿಸರ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ
6 Kadamba architecture ಕದಂಬ ವಾಸ್ತುಶಿಲ್ಪ
7 Benjamin Bloom ಬೆಂಜಮಿನ್ ಬ್ಲೂಮ್
8 Experiential learning ಅನುಭವಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಲಿಕೆ
9 Newton's law of universal gravitation
10 Society of the Hoysala Empire ಹೊಯ್ಸಳ ಸಾಮ್ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಸಮಾಜ.
11 Educational technology ಶ್ಯೆಕ್ಷಣಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನ

VTC 2018-20 Semester 2 batch

1 English Wikipedia Kannada Wikipedia
2 South Indian Culture ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ
3 Karnataka 1st Solar Power Plant ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮೊದಲ ಸೌರ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಸ್ಥಾವರ
4 21st Century skills 21ನೇ ಶತಮಾನದ ಕೌಶಲ್ಯಗಳು
5 Geography of India ಭಾರತದ ಭೌಗೋಳಿಕತೆ
6 Tippu’s Tiger ಟಿಪ್ಪುವಿನ ಹುಲಿ
7 Jainism in South East Asia ಆಗ್ನೇಯ ಏಷ್ಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೈನಧರ್ಮ
8 Geographical features ಭೌಗೋಳಿಕ ಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳು
9 A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University ಎ.ಪಿ.ಜೆ ಅಬ್ದುಲ್ ಕಲಾಂ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ
10 Social Science ಸಮಾಜ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ
11 Euclidean Geometry ಯುಕ್ಲಿಡ್'ನ ಜ್ಯಾಮಿತಿ
12 Hard Water ಗಡಸು ನೀರು
13 Natural disasters in India ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿನ ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ವಿಕೋಪಗಳು
14 Palindrome ದ್ವಿಮುಖಿ ಪದಗಳು
15 Transport in India ಭಾರತದ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ
16 Chemical Change ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ
17 Swami Vivekananda at the parliament of the world religions ವಿಶ್ವ ಧರ್ಮಗಳ ಸಂಸತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದರು
18 M Chinnaswamy stadium ಎಂ. ಚಿನ್ನಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಂಗಣ
19 Social Issues ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು
20 Conservation of Energy ಶಕ್ತಿಯ ಸ೦ರಕ್ಷಣೆ

More details on the team and articles published can be found here

Resources

  1. Creating knowledge for the world
  2. How to use content translation