“Kazaksha Wikipedia” project is implemented under the auspices of the Government of Kazakhstan and with the support of Prime Minister Karim Massimov, head of “Wikibilim” public fund Rauan Kenzhekhanuly said in an interview for PM.kz site.
“The Prime Minister expressed his support to the projects on the Kazakh content development.in particular, this is further implementation of “Kazaksha Wikipedia”, Rauan Kenzhekhanuly said.
The Government and the Prime Minister also expressed their support to the idea on promotion of Creative Commons (CC) licenses allowing to create favorable legal infrastructure for development of free content.
“We start building free online library of Kazakhstan on the basis of CC licenses. There is also a project on establishment of free educational video portal,” R.Kenzhekhanuly added.
As earlier reported, the work on development of “Kazaksha Wikipedia” was started in June 2011. The Kazakh universities, editor office of “Kazakhstan Encyclopedia” and volunteers developing the Kazakh content in the Internet are helping the fund.
“The number of articles in the Kazakh part of Wikipedia increased 10 times to 117 thousand. Thu number of active users participating in the writing and editing the articles makes 250 people compared to 4 people in April 2011,” the head of the project noted.Due to it the Kazakh language climbed up 125 positions to 38th place in the Wikipedia languages rating and entered the number of 40 “Mature” Wikipedias. “Wikibilim” Kazakh fund was named the Global Wikipedian 2011 at the international conference “Wikimania 2011” held in Israel in August this year.