Tell us about Icelandic Wikipedia

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Icelandic Wikipedia[edit]



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interprete. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
Perhaps 10-15 who contribute more than 3-4 days a week with a perhaps 10-15 others who contribute regularly but more rarely.
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
Yes, most are native speakers and all of the most productive contributors.
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
Mostly in Iceland.
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
There has been a wikimeeting maybe once or twice a year.

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
Not really, although some regular contributors may also contrubute regularly on some of the English, Danish or Norwegian Wikipedias.
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
Quite a lot has been translated from the English Wikipedia. Occasionally also from the Dansih or German Wikipedias.

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
Not yet, but there has been talk of establishing one.
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?

Your Wikipedia and the linguistic community[edit]

  • Is there a language institution for your language, like an Academy, or a club of people interested in your language? Do you have contact with them?
There is a language institute at the University of Iceland; and widespread interest among the general public. There is no formal contact with the language institute, but we often follow their advice.
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • How looks your public outreach for your edition? Do you have flyers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
We have informally contacted the media several times when milestones have been reached; often without much success, but sometimes the media has shown some interest.
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
There is a dated encyclopedia in print.


  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
No, not really, although there is much interest in Icelandic matters.
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
Yes, for the most part.
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
The issue doesn't come up that much, but there is generally tolerance for whatever is recognized as correct Icelandic.

-- 22:55, 19 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]