Submissions/Tamil Wikipedia: A Study of The Challenges and Potentials in Relation to Socio-Cultural Context of the Tamil Community

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
Tamil Wikipedia: A Study of Challenges and Potentials in Relation to the Socio-Cultural Context of the Tamil Community
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
R. Mayooranathan
E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
Mayooranathan -
Country of origin
Sri Lanka
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
Wikipedia as a multi-lingual project works with a common goal to help spreading knowledge throughout the world. However, differences in contexts between language communities, brought about by various historical and socio-cultural factors, create varying needs, pose unique challenges, and demand different methodologies to achieve the intended goal. An understanding of these factors and their impact would be beneficial in directing the development of Wikipedias.
Keeping the above in mind this study will analyze Tamil Wikipedia in relation to the socio-cultural context. It will discuss specific needs of the Tamil community, in relation to spreading of knowledge, and the relevance of Wikipedia in catering these needs. It will outline various challenges faced by this effort, and measures taken by Tamil wikipedians to meet the same. It also will identify the potential of Tamil Wikipedia and possible role it can play for the benefit of the community.
Information for this study will be drawn partly from various related publications. Tamil Wikipedia discussion pages have fair amount of valuable information in the form of user opinions, discussions on current problems and challenges, information about offline activities to promote the project and much more. Few research articles and studies on Tamil Wikipedia and other related online materials also will be consulted.
Although different language communities have their own sets of requirements and challenges, several of them share many of these in common. Therefore this study is expected to be relevant and useful for many other language Wikipedias.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
People and Community
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