Abu-Ghazaleh group plans to launch “tagibidia” Arabic encyclopedia




The Group invested $ 10 million to launch the free encyclopedia a million articles.

Palestinian businessman invested “tag” $ 10 million US dollars in an electronic encyclopedia free Arabic online to support Arabic content not to exceed 1%.

And expected Abu-Ghazaleh 75-year-old owns a group of companies specialized in the area of professional services, training, launch the tagibidia encyclopedia Tagepedia the end of the year and is a million articles.

Reuters quoted Abu Ghazaleh as saying that tagibidia is seen as a way to build community knowledge of Arabic, Abu-Ghazaleh expressed that his mission in life, noting the role the encyclopedia to contribute to economic and social development in the Arab world.

It should be noted that although there are 350 million speakers as mother tongue Arabic, which is 5% of the world population, together with the existence of hundreds of millions of Muslims who is familiar as the language of the Quran, but the number of Web sites that use the Arabic language does not exceed 1%, placing it in third place behind the proliferation of languages such as Polish, Dutch, although the number of Arabic-speakers outnumber speakers of these two languages together.

He said Abu Ghazaleh who described the launch of the encyclopedia as a “charity”, spending 10 million dollars over the past five years to develop tagibidia, a very modest sum for a language has a great heritage and culture, such as Arabic, he would later finance the operational costs of the encyclopedia, to remain free of charge and free of advertising, like world encyclopedia “Wikipedia”.

Unlike the Wikipedia content is created by users, will be a traditional form, where ltagibidia will be checking all articles by academics for reasons of accuracy and reliability.

And the yearning of Abu-Ghazaleh a new encyclopedia article to launch a million which is more than four times the Arabic content on Wikipedia, which does not exceed 235,000 Arab article.

Although English is the most anshara online is leading the growth, the percentage of Arab users who can interact with sites in English, not exceeding 10%, according to Fadi chehade, Executive Chairman of ICANN, the organization raised the question of if other users who might have some even English keyboard, and stressed the need to provide more content in their mother tongue.

The Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization which has 80 offices and 180 correspondents around the world, the largest Arab Group of professional service firms that operate in the fields of accounting, management consulting, training, intellectual property, legal services, information technology, capacity building, credit information and legal translation.
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