Everyone's favourite crowd-sourced encyclopedia, Wikipedia now has over 6 million articles in English
The world's largest online multilingual encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has now crossed the milestone of having more than six million articles in the English language. The feat, which comes roughly 19 years after the website was founded, is a testament of "what humans can do together," said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at Wikimedia, the nonprofit organisation that operates the omnipresent online encyclopedia.
The site just recently circumvented Turkey's two-and-a-half-year block on access to digital encyclopedia Wikipedia. It had been overturned by the country's Constitutional Court. The ban on access to Wikipedia, in all its languages, had been in place since 2017 over entries on the platform that linked Turkey to terror organisations.
According to the ruling issued by the Constitutional Court on December 26, the block on access to Wikipedia was a violation of human rights.
The six millionth article is about Maria Elise Turner Lauder, a 19th-century Canadian school teacher, travel writer and fiction writer. Wikipedia is available in several languages, but its English version has the most number of articles. Following the English edition, which hit the five million-mark in late 2015, are the German version with about 2.3 million articles, and the French version, which has about 2.1 million articles, the report added.
*Edited from an IANS report