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India ranks number six in donation to Wikipedia/ Wikimedia

india Updated: Mar 20, 2011 01:19 IST

Nearly 10,488 people from India donated USD 193,657.88 to Wikimedia Foundation/Wikimedia, during the annual fund raising making India as the sixth large donor to the organisation.

United States ranked first with 328691 donors donating USD 10,038,417.59, according to Tinu Cherian, Wikipedian.

In 2009/10, India ranked 16th in terms of donation with 2,956 individuals from India donating USD 52,156.57.

According to Arun Ramarathnam, Executive Commmittee member Wikimedia India chapter" in my opinion most of the contributions possibly come from readers"

"I think the increased contributions this year was a welcome development", he said.

"I do believe it could be attributed to coverage in broadcast media, visits to various places, proliferation of meetups across cities, increased awareness. The Banner campaign on the Main page was very visible and had excellent recall amongst users," he said.

Ramarathnam also attributed it to Progressive increase in online transactions in India. "I think contributions would get better if one could use Online funds transfer from Bank accounts"

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organisation dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and for providing full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.