Everybody in this world likes to be smart as they try to be connoisseur in their own preferred areas naturally. It is possible to build a source of knowledge using this collective effort from all the people in the world, where we will be able to get detailed information about any subject we look for. Wikipedia (An encyclopedia) was created based on this fundamental idea. The overall work of this project is running under the supervision of Wikimedia Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. Only the Wikipedia community members are enjoying the sole responsibility to put and provide any new information and do any other editorial works where Wikimedia foundation does not tend to interfere.
Bangla Wikipedia is one of the greatest endeavors to build a complete encyclopedia in Bangla language. Before it there had been an encyclopedia in Bangla, which had a limited number of articles. The important articles and information were just ignored. It was created by a group .This partial contribution insists us to work on Bangla Wikipedia. Now people are working together in different parts of Bangladesh with different information to develop Bangla Wikipedia. Their contribution gives a new height to Bangla Wikipedia. Moreover, the Bangladeshis living in the different part of the world were also enthusiastically involved to develop this encyclopedia in Bangla. The Bangla Wikipedia currently has around 34 thousand articles. Besides, new articles and improvisation of existing articles are also going on side by side to develop this site gradually.
Join the BW
Ways to be connected with Bangla Wikipedia: Wikipedia can be used effectively to help sustain and to represent Bangladesh and its language, history and culture in the global. It does not matter if they are living inside or outside the country, anyone can contribute in Wikipedia; they can represent their country in the world. By registering through website (http://bn. wikipedia.org) one can easily start working on his/her own.
People can translate articles from English to Bangla to contribute to Wikipedia and do corrections to spelling mistakes and grammatical errors as well. Naturally, one is not supposed to know everything about the whole system straightaway after translating one article or making one or two corrections.
They can also visit the Facebook page: facebook. com/ WikimediaBD to receive regular updates from Bangla Wikipedia community. Besides, they may also follow the Bangla Wikipedians on Twitter at: twitter.com/wikimediaBD.
Wikipedia is an open encyclopedia where along with information on different subjects of general knowledge, one will also find information on history, geography, science, and technology - including different other subjects as well. Besides, information on different locations of the country, one can also get information on many other things including renowned people of the country, events, places, etc and that is not all of it.
Background of BW
Bangla Wikipedia started its journey in 2004. There are many Bangladeshis working with Wikipedia in English from different places. American resident Professor Ragib Hasan is one of them. Bangla Wikipedia initiated with his courageous effort to evolve in mother language.
In 2006, Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDoSN) formed an Internet team named Bangla Wiki on March 25 to promote the universal knowledge library in Bangla. There were many wiki friends who were getting knocked with the journey then.
In 2011, Wikipedia operating organization Wikimedia approved Wikimedia Bangladesh as a local branch in Bangladesh to hold wiki activities. There are contents in 287 languages including our native Bangla in Wikipedia. The contribution from Bangla in Wikipedia is over 34,000 that holds the third position after the founding language English and Macedonian according the recent keynote of Wikipedia Founder Jemmy Weals in Dhaka.
Read Wikipedia for free
Currently, Grameenphone and Banglalink are providing this service to read the Wikipedia as free in Bangladesh.
Finally, I can say that we have a lot what the other countries do not, but we need to inform people about it. Internet is a way to make our presence evident in the global information and communication network. So, let contribute to Wikipedia to let people know about us and the beauty and the potentiality we have.
Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive is Director at Wikimedia Bangladesh and Bangladesh Ambassador at Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN). He can be reached at [email protected]