Wikipedia articles about COVID-19 exist in over 170 languages, serving as a source of reliable information for people around the world.
Here, you can see the 15 language editions of Wikipedia with the most pageviews, ranging from English Wikipedia, with over 230 million views, to 1.7 million views on Turkish Wikipedia, which regained access early this year following a more than two-and-a-half year block imposed by the Turkish government. You can compare these pageviews with the number of editors who are contributing to a given language edition and how many articles they’ve created. When viewed together, these variables show the intersection of audience interest (pageviews), content accessibility (articles), and volunteer capacity (editors). Interesting insights emerge.
For example, the four COVID-19 articles on Afrikaans Wikipedia have garnered over two million views, suggesting there’s a high level of interest among Afrikaans-readers compared to the minimal amount of information available in their language. And, although Wikipedia is currently blocked in China, the Chinese language edition of Wikipedia shows high numbers across all three categories: editors who want to share their knowledge on COVID-19, content volume, and interest from Chinese-readers.