July 31, 2012

Catalan Ministry of Culture signs an agreement of collaboration with Amical Viquipèdia to promote the use of Catalan language

Joan Gomà (left) and Ferran Mascarell (right) signing the agreement

Catalan Ministry of Culture, Ferran Mascarell, signed yesterday an agreement of collaboration with Joan Gomà, president of Amical Viquipèdia, to promote and disseminate the Catalan language.

The aim of the agreement with Amical is the dissemination of  Wikipedia's contents and use, given the importance of having a Catalan edition of this free encyclopedia for the promotion and dissemination of Catalan language through Internet. The agreement, signed by the President of Amical, Joan Gomà, aims to create a stable channel of communication between both parties.

Under this agreement, Amical will advise the Direcció General de Política Lingüística (Department of Language Policy) in the potential use of the platform and it's associated projects, on how to create training projects related to learning the Catalan language. Also will provide them data and stats relatied to active users and number of articles existing in Catalan, and any other indicator of the presence and use of Catalan on the Internet.

The Department of Culture gives the right to disseminate the articles, essays, studies and other materials produced which have been edited and published by the  Direcció General de Política Lingüística and on which this institucion has rights, so they can be uploaded to Wikipedia. They will also offer technical support in placing names and terminology in Catalan, will do outreach of Wikipedia, and other actions to promote the use of Catalan on the Internet. Amical Viquipèdia will spread among Wikipedians all this material and this information so that they can use freely to improve the quality and quantity of the contents of Wikipedia.

+ info: Press release in by the Government of Catalonia | Press release by Amical 

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