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Project Tiger 2.0 : Tamil wikipedia at the helm
In the Project Tiger 2.0 conducted by Wikimedia Foundation and Goggle in national level 331 participants in 16 contributed 13,490 articles, of which Tamil Wikipedia with 62 participants contributed 2959 articles and got the first place. With 260 articles I got the ninth place in national level and third place in Tamil Nadu. I feel happy to share the experiences of my participation. 
   
Recently Wikipedia organised three competitions viz., Project Tiger 2.0 (10 Oct 2019 -10 January 2020),  Wikipedia Asian Month 2019 (1 November 2019 - 7 December 2019) and Wiki women for Women Wellbeing (1 November 2019 -10 January 2020). Out of these competitions, in the Project Tiger 2.0, Tamil language bagged the first place. The articles should have been written with more than 300 words, excluding templates, information box (infobox), references and so on.

Project Tiger 2.0

Tamil language at the helm

In the Project Tiger 2.0 of Tamil edition, 62 contributors wrote 2959 articles and Tamil got the first place. Punjabi (Gurmukhi) got the second place (1768 articles) and Bengali, the third place (1460), followed by  Urdu (1377), Santali (566), Hindi (417), Telugu (416), Kannada (249), Malayalam (229), Marathi (220), Assamese (205), Gujarati (202), Odia (155), Tulu (32) and Sanskrit (19).


During the time of the competition the contributors evinced much interest and totally involved themselves in the herculean task with no stone left unturned. Their one and only aim was to get the Tamil the first place, and they succeeded in their attempt.  It was very interesting to see that many newcomers and youngsters took much efforts to attain the main goal. Jury members guided and helped in many ways during the time of writing. They were very particular the standard of the articles should be upto mark.     


Third place (Tamil Wikipedia) and Ninth place (National level) 
In the Project Tiger 2.0 I wrote 260 articles and got the ninth place in national level  (331 contributors) and third place in Tamil Nadu (62 contributors)I convey my thanks to my wikipedia friends and well wishers who encouraged me in this task.

Mr Balasubramanian (599) got the first place and G.Sridhar, the second place (492). Fathima Rinosa got the fourth place (237) and Vasantha Lakshmi the fifth place (217). For this project I wrote articles on Museums in India, Archives, Art Galleries and Science Centres and Libraries which were not found in Tamil Wikipedia.  
Third place in Tamil Wikipedia (Total contributors 62)

Ninth place in national level (Total contributors 331)

Tamil Wikipedia, in 2015, featured me in its first page. It was a memorable moment in my experiences.  
First page of Tamil Wikipedia, 2015
During the earlier competition in 2017 (1 January 2017-31 January 2017) I wrote 253 articles and got third place. Many of the articles were on the Temples of Tamil Nadu. 

Articles in Tamil wikipedia will be of very helpful not only to common people but also to researchers and subject experts for reference. My earnest desire is that articles on all subjects should have a place in Tamil language. To reach that goal I am now translating many articles from English Wikipedia, from English to Tamil. In the meantime I am improving the articles in Tamil wikipedia adding more information with relevant links.  Wherever necessary I am uploading the photographs, in Wikicommons, taken by me during the field trips. I welcome newcomers to join in Tamil wikipedia and start writing. With the advice of senior wikipedians and friends my journey will continue.  

Acknowledgements: Statistics: Mr Neechalkaran a.k.a. S.Rajaraman and Mr J.Balaji
Photo credit: Puthia Thalaimurai, Tamil weekly


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