Santali Wikipedia

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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Available in Santali
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched August 2, 2018; 13 months ago (2018-08-02)[1]
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies

The Santali Wikipedia is the Santali language version of Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation. The site was launched on August 2, 2018.[1] Santali Language's own alphabet, Ol Chiki, has been used as the alphabet of this Wikipedia.[1][2] Santali is a language in the Munda subfamily of Austroasiatic languages, spoken by around 7.4 million people in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal).


The process of creating a Santali Language Wikipedia began in 2012 and, later on, got momentum in February, 2017.[3] Back in 2012, Wikimedia Bangladesh organized a Wikipedia meetup and workshop with the Santali Language Community in Dinajpur District of Bangladesh with the goal of launching a Santali Language Wikipedia.[4] However, that process slowed down after some time.[5]

Then in September 2017, Wikimedia Bangladesh organized another meeting with Santali Language Community in a Dhaka Wikipedia meetup where a decision was made to expedite the launch of the Wikipedia.[3][6] Following that discussion, a workshop was organized in Dhaka by Wikimedia Bangladesh for Santali language community on December 30, 2017.[4] Santali language community from India also participated in that program through online discussion. Subsequently, another workshop was organized for Santali language community in Odisha, India on March 11, 2018 in collaboration with Odia Wikimedians User Group.

After months of work, Santali Language Wikipedia got the approval of Wikimedia Language Committee on June 28, 2018 and finally, the Santali Wikipedia site was launched on August 2, 2018.[4][6]

Users and editors

Santali Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
1631 1230 0 3


See also


  1. ^ a b c উইকিপিডিয়ায় সাঁওতালি ভাষা - Invalid |script-title=: missing prefix (help)
  2. ^ Team, Samakal Online. উইকিপিডিয়ায় সাঁওতালি ভাষা. Invalid |script-title=: missing prefix (help)
  3. ^ a b Tanvi, Patel (10 August 2018). "This Tribal Language Just Became India's First to Have Wikipedia Edition in Own Script!". The Better India.
  4. ^ a b c "Santhali becomes India's first tribal language to get own Wikipedia edition". 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ ক্ষুদ্রজাতির ভাষায় বিশ্বকোষ - কালের কণ্ঠ. Kaler Kantho (in Bengali). Invalid |script-title=: missing prefix (help)
  6. ^ a b Bhandari, Tannistha. নজির গড়ে উইকিপিডিয়ায় স্বীকৃতি পেল সাঁওতালি ভাষা. Invalid |script-title=: missing prefix (help)

External links

  • Santali Wikipedia
  • multilingual portal
  • Wikimedia Foundation

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