The Catalan (Catalan: Viquipèdia en català) is the Catalan-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was created on 16 March 2001, just a few minutes after the first non-English, the German edition. With about 578,000 articles, it is currently the 19th-largest as measured by the number of articles, and the fifth-largest in a Romance language. In April 2016, the project had 582 active editors who made at least five edits in that month. The edition is most notable for its large number of quality articles, which illustrates the Catalan language's important online presence despite being a minority language.
On March 16, 2001, Jimmy Wales announced that he wanted to creates in other languages and mentioned that there was interest in creating a Catalan version. The first tests were made on the deutsche.wikipedia.com, and a few minutes later, the Catalan was created in the catalan.wikipedia.com domain.
The first edit on a non-English was at 21:07 UTC, March 16, 2001, made to the Catalan Main Page. The first contribution in a non-English article dates from March 17 at 01:41 UTC in the article Àbac. Despite being created after the German, for about two months it was the only non-English that contained articles.
After some time, the domain changed to ca.wikipedia.com and later to ca.wikipedia.org. About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of. Nowadays, this word is used in Catalan language to refer the whole Wikipedia. About 2005, the domain www.viquipedia.net was registered and it redirects to ca.wikipedia.org. In 2007, www.viquipedia.cat was also registered and redirected.
The first registered user was probably AstroNomer, presumably used only to make some registration tests, but the first registered user to make lasting contributions was Cdani, the same user cited in Jimbo Wales' message.
In 2005 the Catalan community debated on which name(s) of the Catalan language to present in the main page and other policy pages, either català, "Catalan", valencià, "Valencian", or a combination of both català-valencià and català o valencià. Although there was not a consensus on any of the proposals, users agreed that in articles relevant to the Valencian Community, the name "Valencian" was to be used; on all other articles "Catalan" is preferred. The main page avoids making reference to a particular nomenclature, by simply stating aquesta versió, "this version".
|1 article||March 17, 2001||Àbac (Abacus)|
|10,000 articles||November 16, 2004||Unknown|
|20,000 articles||November 19, 2005||Diputat (Member of Parliament)|
|30,000 articles||May 6, 2006||Lunitari (Lunitari)|
|40,000 articles||September 20, 2006||Enginyeria d'aliments (Food engineering)|
|50,000 articles||January 4, 2007||Puerto Real (Puerto Real)|
|75,000 articles||August 31, 2007||Eutidem (filòsof) (Euthydemus (Socratic literature))|
|100,000 articles||January 18, 2008||Arrel cúbica (Cubic root)|
|125,000 articles||August 12, 2008||Llúdria gegant (Giant otter)|
|150,000 articles||December 28, 2008||Guerra dels Ossos (Bone Wars)|
|175,000 articles||May 7, 2009||Spilocuscus (Spilocuscus)|
|200,000 articles||September 21, 2009||Carnaval de Solsona (Solsona Carnival)|
|250,000 articles||June 29, 2010||Mare de Déu del Claustre (Mare de Déu del Claustre)|
|300,000 articles||December 21, 2010||Pastítsio (Pastitsio)|
|400,000 articles||April 12, 2013||Heli-4 (Helium-4)|
|450,000 articles||February 3, 2015||L'executor (The Executioner (1970 film))|
|500,000 articles||March 11, 2016||Oda Krohg (Oda Krohg)|
Evolution of the number of articles
|Catalan edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|