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English: and recommendations in order to improve it, following the analysis of the data provided by the project Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory.

Around a 40% of Arabic Wikipedia is dedicated to content that relates to Arabic Cultural Context Content. Cultural Context Content (CCC) is the group of articles in a Wikipedia language edition that relates to the editors' geographical and cultural context (places, traditions, language, politics, agriculture, biographies, events, etcetera.). This 40% implies a strong sense of importance of the own contexts, considering the absolute size of the encyclopaedia (over 600 thousand article). At the same time, while looking at Arabic cultural context content we need to consider the fact that articles concerning the Arabic speaking countries are much spread across other Wikipedia language editions even than those from the contexts of larger language editions like Italian, Russian or Swedish. Arabic CCC is more valuable to other Wikipedias than the other way around. Resuls show some uniqueness in the Arabic CCC; throughout some examples I will dig into understanding some particular aspects of Arabic Cultural Context such as a) the degree of overlap between Arabic Wikipedia and Egyptian Arabic Wikipedia, b) the overall gender gap in Arabic Wikipedia and considering only women from Arabic countries c) the recurring topics in those more relevant articles from the Arabic cultural context.

All in all, the major challenge for Arabic Wikipedia is to try to include articles from every other culture from the world. I will zoom into the Arabic case in order to compare its coverage of other languages' cultures in relation to other similar Wikipedias in terms of number of articles. To conclude, I will provide some tools from the Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory and an overview of the Arabic Wikipedia case in order to understand better its relationship to the own cultural contexts and the state of cultural diversity so, in case the editors find it valuable, they can deploy some strategies (e.g. contests and challenges) to work on the main issues.
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