Wikivir is the Slovenian version of Wikisource, a project operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikisource is as a free-content library of source texts in any language (in this case Slovenian) that anyone can edit.
"Wikivir, a project for online posting and editing public domain works of Slovenian fiction," is designed such that all work is performed by Slovenian studies students under the guidance of an advisor. The Ministry of Culture has funded this project since 2008, with an average of twenty students participating every year. In selecting, posting and editing texts, more extensive texts have priority. The number of texts posted on Wikivir grows by an average of 110 a year and the annual total amounts to 2 million words. Wikivir includes nearly all public domain school classics and the majority of long original works and poetry collections. Gaps still exist in plays and short and medium-long prose strewn across daily newspapers, which the students will tackle in the upcoming years.
In 2016, Wikivir ranked sixth among the seventy Wikisources worldwide. Statistics (https://stats.wikimedia.org/v2/#/sl.wikisource.org) also show that in November 2019 Wikivir had 137,000 page views in Slovenia and 17,000 page views in other countries.
An added value of the Wikivir project is its transparency: available online are texts (https://sl.wikisource.org/wiki/Wikivir:Slovenska_leposlovna_klasika), project details (https://sl.wikisource.org/wiki/Pogovor_o_Wikiviru:Slovenska_leposlovna_k...), discussions, etc.; all edits can be tracked and all texts are furnished with metadata and a clear CC license, which enables free distribution, and are categorised. Text generation is low-cost and further added value includes the engagement of students and the public, permanent storage and openness to improvements, findability and reliable accessibility, international comparability and connectivity with the information on works on Wikipedia and in other Wikimedia projects. Wikivir is already the primary digital source of Slovenian literature and in the future the goal is to incorporate the entire Slovenian public domain literary production.
USD 5,563 in 2016 and 2017, USD 7,788.2 in 2018 and 2019
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
Zveza društev Slavistično društvo / Union of Slavic Societies
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The project results have been evaluated every few years with each new project application. A special expert panel evaluates new applications in terms of the content and past references of the candidates. Every expert panel since 2008 has evaluated the Wikivir project as being excellent.