Wiki99 is a project to develop about 99 Wikipedia articles in each of various fields of information, then translate those articles into as many other languages as possible. Anyone interested in any field of information may propose their own "Wiki99" and list it on this page.

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The reason for compiling lists is that when there are Wikipedia editing events, people often ask, "What articles should I edit?" When these lists are available for a topic, then these articles become standing suggestions for development and perpetual monitoring. When the sets of articles are well developed, they become good examples for collections of information that Wikipedia provides.

How to create a Wiki99 list edit

  1. Choose any field of study
  2. Identify the 99 most important concepts in that field of study
  3. List Wikipedia articles covering those 99 topics
  4. Advertise the existence of the list to others who would discuss it
  5. Collectively edit and change the list to get consensus for what should be included
  6. 99 articles is not a limit - feel free to use 80, 100, 115, or any number you like. This is wiki so do as you please. The popular request is for lists of about 100.

Choosing topics edit

For projects where the goal is the promotion of a shared global culture which will be relevant to the largest number of people, consider attempting to mirror the demographics of the world (Q5256120). Do this by trying to match the allotment of the items in the Wiki99 list to the proportion of categories in demographic reports. Global demographics should be a suggestion and not a constraint so freely make changes and exceptions while being thoughtful about it.

When choosing a topic, check the existing interest in that topic based on the traffic reporting of Wikipedia pageviews.

Rough demographics edit

Population by region
Region (2019) Number Percentage[1][2]
North America
South America
  • 55% of people are urban.[3]
  • ages[4]
    • 0–14 years: 26%
    • 15–64 years: 66%
    • 65 years and over: 8%
Language, and perhaps culture?
  1. en:Indo-European languages 46% (Europe, Western Asia, South Asia, North Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania)
  2. en:Sino-Tibetan languages 21% (East Asia, Mainland Southeast Asia, and South Asia)
  3. en:Niger–Congo languages 6% (Sub-Saharan Africa)
  4. en:Afro-Asiatic languages 6% (North Africa]] to Horn of Africa, and Western Asia)
  5. en:Austronesian languages 6% (Oceania, Madagascar, and Maritime Southeast Asia)
  6. en:Dravidian languages 4% (South Asia)
  7. en:Altaic languages (Turkic) 2% (Central Asia, North Asia (Siberia), and Anatolia)
  8. en:Austroasiatic languages 2% (Mainland Southeast Asia)
  9. en:Tai–Kadai languages 1% (Southeast Asia)

Example breakdown edit

Consider any broad topic of global interest, as with these examples:

  • Any academic subject: literature, chemistry, botany, statistics, computer science
  • Any professional subject: medicine, architecture, business, social work, law
  • Any trade: agriculture, information technology, labor, cosmetology, food service
  • Any cultural product: literature, visual arts, food, fashion

Outline a tentative category breakdown to compile a list of about 99 topics:

  • general interest concepts, with less need for diversity consideration
    • 20 - fundamental concepts
    • 10 - technical terms
  • global shared culture, with more need for diversity consideration
    • 5 - global history over time
    • 5 - regional history over time
  • Pre-industrialization topics (before 1800s)
    • 5 - biographies
    • 5 - events
  • Post-industrialization topics (after 1800s)
    • 10 - biographies
    • 10 - events
  • recurring interest
    • 2 - statistics, demographics, or numbers
    • 2 - culture and society
    • 2 - health and wellbeing
    • 2 - controversies
    • 2 - economics, trade, careers
  • miscellaneous
    • 10 - use as needed

Existing lists edit

List of articles every Wikipedia should have edit

The Meta-Wiki community has compiled a list at List of articles every Wikipedia should have.

All encyclopedias edit

See Vital articles of level 2 on English Wikipedia. This is a collection of fundamental topics in information cataloging, including basic concepts in art, geography, science, everyday life, and society. These topics are chosen because large numbers of other Wikipedia articles reference these ideas.

World history edit

LGBT+ edit

Wikimedia LGBT presents 100 topics to which all LGBT communities should have access. In an effort to establish and share a common global LGBT culture, this list presents concepts like "LGBT", "LGBT rights by country or territory", "HIV/AIDS" and regional cultural concepts deserving more recognition. See:

Medicine and health edit

On English Wikipedia, see Short articles from the Translation task force. WikiProject Medicine on English Wikipedia provides multiple lists of essential topics in medicine, including:

  • Essential medicines and drugs
  • Emergency medicine
  • Top 100 most common medical conditions

Here on MetaWiki, we add:

Sustainability edit

Agriculture and food edit

Chemistry edit

Software and digital technologies edit

Neurodiversity edit

Music theory edit