Google Research

Towards a multilingual Wikipedia

  • Denny Vrandecic
Description Logics 2018, CEUR WS, Phoenix, AZ

Abstract

Imagine Wikipedia not being written in a natural language, but in an abstract syntax which gets translated into one of its roughly 300 languages whenever someone wants to read it. This would make current Wikipedia editors 100x more productive, increase the content of Wikipedia by at least 10x, probably increase the number of Wikipedians, and make the Web much more useful for many people who currently have no content interesting for them because they speak a language not widely used on the Web today. For billions of users, this will increase the motivation to engage with the Web. For many Wikipedia language editions this will be the only chance to succeed. It is an important step towards enabling everyone to share in the sum of all knowledge.

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