Arabian Business

  • Subject : An interview with HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh in Arabian Business
  • Date : 05-Apr-2012
  • Text :

    This is translated from the interview conducted by the Arabian Business with HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh on April 5, 2012 in Amman.

    Launching the First Arabic Wikipedia in the Name of "TAGIPEDIA" 

    Arabian Business,
    Thursday- April 5, 2012

    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization intends to create an Arabic Wikipedia in the name of "TAGIPEDIA" comprising 250,000 Arabic entries. “TAGIPEDIA” is expected to be announced within next September.
    The Jordanian businessman, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, told "Arabian Business" that "TAGIPEDIA" will be available free of charge to the general public. However, no one is allowed to add any information unless verified and monitored to ensure it is useful, harmless and inoffensive.

    He also described Wikipedia as a "great project", however, he stated that it includes inaccurate information about the Arabs ".
    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh attributed such defects to the lack of Arabic content invested in this project compared to the demographic magnitude in the Arab world, our culture, our language and the considerable Arabic content".

    Moreover, he described certain information in "Wikipedia" about the Arab region as “inaccurate and incorrect", stressing that such information expresses personal perspectives.

    He added that "we have realized that the only solution for this problem is by creating an Arabic Cyclopedia, which we have started working on more than a year and a half ago", clarifying that "the Arabic content in Wikipedia consists of 165,000 contents".

    Abu-Ghazaleh stated that "we have gathered 250,000 Arabic information entries into the Arabic Wikipedia " TAGIPEDIA ", what is more, all the information is verified, reviewed and proved free of any non-useful materials.”
    He continued, "We have included all facts into "TAGIPEDIA" as is in all Arabic fields and referred to relevant sources and we aspire to reach half million data entries." TAGIPEDIA "will be announced prior to the end of the current year or even before, perhaps within next September.”

    He also added "We endeavor not to include any data unless it is complete to serve the purpose of making "TAGIPEDIA" a reference for all students and researchers abroad". Abu-Ghazaleh also indicated that "TAGIPEDIA" is an information repository that is totally different from (Wikipedia).

    It is well known that Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the Chairman and Founder of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, the largest Arab group of companies for professional services in the fields of accounting, management consulting, technology transfer, training, education, Intellectual Property, legal services, information technology, recruitment, translation, distribution and publishing.