Czech Wikipedia is a Czech-language version of Wikipedia, an international Internet encyclopedia with open content, created by volunteer contributors from around the world. Contains 490 260 articles.
The entire project, including the Czech part, is run by the Wikimedia Foundation, established under the laws of the state of Florida (USA). People who speak Czech and live outside the Czech Republic also contribute approximately 10% to the creation of Czech Wikipedia. According to the number of articles (processed entries), the Czech version is 27th out of more than 300 existing language versions. It is also the fifth largest version written in Slavic (Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Serbian). In 2019, an average of 2,246,828 queries were received daily.
Wikipedia was created on January 15, 2001. The Czech version was launched on May 3, 2002. At that time, however, Wikipedia used UseMod software and the three short articles ("HomePage", "Science", "Culture") were not original when switching to the new MediaWiki system. which probably existed have been transferred. The first surviving edit on the Czech Wikipedia is probably the establishment of the Main Page, by copying it from the older UseMod system on November 14, 2002. The author of this edit is probably Brion Vibber, later the first employee of the Wikimedia Foundation. At the beginning of November 2002, at the Conference on the Use of Esperanto in Science and Technology in Dobřichovice, he met the American Esperantist Chuck Smith, whom he hosted in Brno a few days later. At Smith's instigation, Malovec translated a long text for the main page from Esperanto into Czech. "I then sent the text to another American Esperantist, Brion Vibber. He uploaded the text to Wikipedia, and only then did I see that I had translated some things incorrectly and asked Brion for correction. He gave me the right to correct my mistakes, and so I became a "trustee" without wanting to correct anyone else. " The encyclopedia itself, in analogy with the Esperanto "Vikipedio" (all nouns in Esperanto have the suffix "-o", eg "enciklopedio"), gave the Czech name "Wikipedia" (after the word "encyclopedia"), which distinguishes it from most others. language versions (eg German), which retained the English "Wikipedia" (although German is "Enzyklopädie") Miroslav Malovec was not active as an administrator and devoted more time to writing in the Esperanto Wikipedia, so on March 9, 2004 he was appointed second administrator and bureaucrat Vít Zvánovec, who came to Wikipedia on December 23, 2003  and participated in discussions and article creation. On April 10, 2004, the first Czech meeting of Wikipedia editors took place in Prague-Karlín. On October 30, 2004, the second Czech meeting took place in Prague, Florence, which was attended mainly by administrators with special rights. On January 19, 2005, a meeting was held at U Frgála. In addition to the home address cs.wikipedia.org, in mid-June 2004 Wikipedia also received the address wikipedia.cz (redirected to cs.wikipedia.org). On February 15, 2006, wikipedist Wikimol acquired the domain wikipedie.cz under his control; redirection to cs.wikipedia.org has been working for a long time. In September 2004, a logo translated into Czech with the name Wikipedia and the word Open Encyclopedia appeared on the website, and the system messages of the MediaWiki software were completely translated.
On March 6, 2008, the Wikimedia Czech Republic association was founded, whose mission also includes the promotion and support of the Czech Wikipedia. Since 2009, the association has been organizing a Wikiconference every year - a meeting of Czech contributors and readers of this encyclopedia. Wikipedist