The entire set of Wikimedia projects are a valuable suite for use by communities across the world as per their requirements. We are already aware of how Wikipedias have displaced commercial encyclopedias and provided an environment where any community can host an encyclopedia in their language. We are also aware of how Wikimedia Commons serves as a global libre multimedia repository, and how Wikidata is working to connect data within not only Wikimedia projects but for the whole world.
Wikisource preserves and makes text from public domain books available. It serves as a means of preserving heritage, in conjunction with other projects, such as Commons. Wiktionary and Wikiquote provide access to meanings, definitions and quotes to a variety of users. Wikibooks allows free-license books to be created and hosted, and has potential for providing a useful ecosystem for textbooks and other instructional resources. Wikivoyage and Wikinews can provide a travelogue and news repository in every language. Wikiversity can provide a free infrastructure on which an online educational system could be based. Wikispecies meets the need for free structured information on scientific taxonomy of living creatures.
In the English language world, these other projects get dwarfed by Wikipedia, Commons and Wikidata. In addition, there are many legacy and modern analogues in the vast English language internet for these projects. Hence, the need for these projects in the English language world is less. As the majority of discourse is in English and the English language world frames the world for so many of us, these projects are considered to have less utility, and consequently, are far from our attention, thought, innovation or vision. This view of the restricted value of other projects in English language gets conflated to their value being limited in all other languages in the world as well.
This is compounded by the fact, that the gateway for any language community into the world of Wikimedia projects is through Wikipedia. Accordingly, every language in the Wikimedia world would have a Wikipedia, but the other projects would be available in a few languages only. These would come about only if a particular language community makes a special push to get it, and there would be less volunteers, effort, resources, help, expertise and priority available than for the Wikipedia of that language.
To emerging communities, the relative need for these projects is very different from that for major established languages. For example, a language community in a remote area without a formally established orthography would need Commons and Commons alone to save its language and heritage. Similarly, to another community, the need to preserve its dying language and culture would need Wikisource, Commons and Wikidata (for preserving lexicography). Even a minor language with established orthography would need all the other Wikimedia projects more than a Wikipedia to preserve and nourish their language and culture.
Accordingly, it is necessary for us to recognise the significance and utility of the “other” Wikimedia projects to the world and give them attention, resources, aid, and to include them as valuable and necessary adjuncts in the development of the Wikimedia movement of the world.
In fact, in my opinion, all Wikimedia projects with the exception of WP, Commons & WD, are part of the “Global South” of the Wikimedia movement, and they deserve to developed, nourished and cared for, just like Wikipedia etc.
These projects are an important priority for me in my work, should I be elected by the Community for the Board of Trustees, and I pledge to work to give them and their due importance in the scheme of things.
) 11:23, 13 July 2021 (UTC)