Vikidia

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Vikidia is an encyclopedia made with a wiki, using MediaWiki. Its goal is to be readable by a child from 8 to 13 years old as well as allowing easy understanding by people learning French, Italian, Spanish, English, Russian, Catalan, Euskara and Sicilian.

It was inspired by, WikiKids, a Dutch website, much in the style of the larger and better known Wikipedia. The major difference is in the fact that these sites are meant for minors. They are for children from the age of 8 to about 13 and everything in between, although there is no age limit.

Characteristics[change | change source]

As in Wikipedia, Vikidia is an open wiki, so everybody is allowed to edit the articles. But Vikidia is also a wiki for children, so all inappropriate or shocking content, especially vandalism, is quickly removed by the site's administrators.

Vikidia helps children to contribute, and some schools and teachers[1] have involved their class to write articles as a school project.

The Simple English Wikipedia is much like Vikidia, only that it is made for mature people learning English with a lesser focus on children.

History[change | change source]

WikiKids and Vikidia were started in November 2006 and reached 16 000 articles in February 2014 in French.

The Dutch WikiKids now has around 18,000 articles, 208,000 users and 60,000 pages in total.

The Spanish version of Vikidia was started in May 2008, the Italian one in 2011, the Russian one in 2012, the English one in 2014, and the Catalan one in 2015.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. from France, Belgium and Quebec.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Vikidia, l'encyclopédie des ados, Luc Ihaddadène, in Okapi, June 2007.

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