Translating Wikipedia articles in Marathi (a language spoken in India)

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Translating Wikipedia articles in Marathi

Hello,

I am Mihir Herlekar, Research Scholar from University of Mumbai, India. I have submitted my Ph. D. thesis and my research topic is sewage treatment using biologically synthesized (using agro waste) iron nanoparticles.

Can you please clarify my following doubts regarding translation work of sanitation related Wikipedia articles?

1. Which wikipedia articles have been done with the editing part so that I can translate them in Marathi (Local language of the state of Maharashtra in India)?

2. Is there any word limit for the translated articles?

3. Do I need to translate the references / citations too?

Thanking you

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Re: Translating Wikipedia articles in Marathi

Dear Mihir,

Thanks for volunteering to translate Wikipedia articles to Marathi, a language spoken in India.
I looked it up in the list of other-language Wikipedias: there are currently about 50,000 articles in Marathi, see here:
meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias

To answer your questions:

1. Which wikipedia articles have been done with the editing part so that I can translate them in Marathi

A Wikipedia article is never "complete" but you can look for those that have a high quality rating, like "featured article" or "A", or "B".
We have categorised the sanitation articles according to quality here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...ality_and_importance

But if I were you, I would take articles that have really high click rates or that are very relevant for India.

Click rates you can check here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...tation/Popular_pages

This article has high click rates and is highly relevant for India (but the English version has only quality C so far):
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swachh_Bharat_Abhiyan

Another way to look at it is to see what are the important terms for lay persons. We have listed them here (the Top-10):
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/S..._general_WASH_Topics

Top-10 articles on general WASH topics for laypersons:
Sanitation
Sustainable Development Goals
WASH
World Water Day
World Toilet Day
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Toilet
Wastewater
Public toilet
Open defecation

I hope this gives you some guidance.


2. Is there any word limit for the translated articles?

No there is no word limit.


3. Do I need to translate the references / citations too?

No. But if you find additional references in Marathi, then please add them.


Perhaps you could have a look at some articles in Hindi first and see how it was done there. Hindi has 120,000 articles in Wikipedia (actually I thought it would be more).

By the way, I know there are people active in translating from English to Odia for the offline Wikipedia medical content (Kiwix), see here:
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=or...kiwixcustomwikimedor

I could try to put you in touch with some people there.

Make sure that when you start translating you use the translation tool provided by Wikipedia. See e.g. here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...into_other_languages

Let us know how you get on. Good luck!

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Elisabeth

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