Cross-posting to other lists.
Wikimania is the annual international conference of Wikimedians
, jointly hosted by the local team ( usually local chapter) and the
The previous conferences were held in Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Boston,
USA (2006), Taipei, Taiwan (2007), Alexandria, Egypt (2008), Buenos
Aires, Argentina (2009), Gdan'sk, Poland (2010), and Haifa, Israel (2011).
This year, it is to be held in Washington DC, United States of America,
on July 12-14 , 2012. http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
I have attended the Wikimanias in Gdansk and Haifa, along with several
other Wikipedians from India.
I highly recommend everyone to apply and attend Wikimania !
Like every year, The Wikimedia Foundation is offering a limited number
of scholarships to offset the cost of select individuals' attendance at
Both full and partial scholarships are available for Wikimania 2012:
Full scholarships will award round trip travel, dorms
accommodations and registration.
Partial scholarships will subsidize up to 300EUR of travel expenses.
Scholarship recipients have to bear themselves the additional costs of
taxis, visa & travel agent charges etc.
More Information : http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships
Apply here : https://secure.wikidc.org/wm/schols/
Deadline : *16 Feb 2012*
Around 30 % of the scholarship are allocated to Asia & Pacific, so there
are more chances of scholarship applications from India to be selected. :)
Please note that the selection is mostly based on the merit of the
One of the common mistakes that Wikimedians in India make is that we
aren't enough vocal of what we do. So please do write in detail about
your Wikimedia activities.
Please feel free to forward this to various language and city mailing
lists and encourage other Wikimedians to apply.
All the best wishes!
On 24th January 2012, a small meetup was organized in L.D. College of
Engineering Ahmedabad, I thank Kothari Harsh and Shah Smit from the college
to organize this on such short notice (less than 24 hours). After the
successful photo walk and a small Wiki 11 celebration, I thought this would
help out in sustaining a community there too.
The meetup was attended by 7 people in total, I gave them a small
presentation of Wikipedia and idea of how exactly the community works and
what does a community do. I also shared my experiences as a CA in IEP and
as an editor on EN and GU WP too for past 1 year.
After the presentation we had a good discussion on how they can help
building a strong community from Gujarat, Kartik Mistry shared his
experiences of working collaboratively in FOSS and Debian Community. He
blogged <http://kartikm.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/meeting-with-arnav/> about
this meetup too.
I also showed them Gujarat
Extension:Narayam which needs help, Kartik has agreed to help us in
I also showed them the list of places of interest in Ahmedabad which could
be developed as articles User:AhsLin/Ahmedabad, which Ashwin created and
asked them to start helping out in this too.
I request everyone from the community and WMF to help them as and when
required, and lets have one strong community from Gujarat too.
Hi everyone,I have proposed a merger between articles (1) Kankaria and Nagina Wadi as the latter one has very little information and is inside the former one, and (2) List of universities in Gujarat and List of institutions of higher education in Gujarat because more specified inofmation is already there in second article.Do comment your opinions.Konarak
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Head of Communications,
Wikimedia India Chapter
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Naveen Francis <naveenpf(a)wikimedia.in>
Date: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimedia India Chapter : December 2011 Report
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Greetings from Wikimedia India !!!
We are delighted to present the last monthly Wikimedia India report of the
year 2011, almost a year after the chapter received the formal recognition
from the Government of Karnataka on 3 January 2011. The journey so far
wasn't easy, but we appreciate your continued patronage , support and
*Formation of Task Forces:*
As announced earlier, with the objective of increasing the engagement and
participation of the members of the chapter actively in various
initiatives, the India chapter has come up with focused Task Forces for
coordinating and driving various chapter activities . There are two
types of Task Forces - Project Task Forces and Operations Task Forces. The
Project Task Forces are focused on growing the Wikimedia projects. The
Operations Task Forces are critical functions to enable the Project Task
Forces and the Chapter in growing the movement. The operations group
consists of Administration, Fund raising, & Communications. The Projects
task force consists of City and Langugage SIGs and Special Projects. The
new task forces will be led by the following people:
- Anirudh Bhati, Head, Fundraising.
- Arun Ramarathnam, Chair, Special Projects.
- Srinivas Gunta, Head, Administration.
- Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Chair, City and Language Special Interest Groups.
- Tinu Cherian, Head, Communications, PR & Media Relations.
The Chapter membership stands at 190 members as of 31 December 2011.
Total donations received in Dec 2011 - INR 700
Average donations in Dec 2011 - INR 350
Our application for FCRA prior permission under the Foreign Contribution
(Regulation) Act with the Government of India is still pending. An official
from the Home Ministry has visited Arjuna Rao Chavala, President.
*Internet Relay Chat(IRCs):*
>From time to time, Wikimedia India conduct planned online IRC chat
sessions. The Dec 17, 2011 was anchored by Arun with the focus on Chapter
City & Language Special Interest Groups. 
The Chapter Executive Committee had two Tele-conference meetings in the
month of December (dated 07 Dec and 14 Dec, 2011). The Wikimedia India
chapter and Wikimedia Foundation had one joint co-ordination call on 21 Dec
2011, which was attended by Arjuna Rao Chavala, Arun Ramaratnam, Naveen
Francis, Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Tinu Cherian, Anirudh Bhati, Asaf Bartov and
Hisham Mundol. The summary of the joint coordination call was shared
Community City and Language Special Interest Groups
City and Language Special Interest Groups are a mechanism to engage the
diverse interests of members across India. The objective is to grow the
wiki projects in their areas of interest by reviewing the status, planning
and executing events of interest through growing the community involvement.
The leadership of these groups is part of the extended leadership of the
The Wikimedia Chapter is proud to announce the appointment of the next
batch of City and Language Special Interest Group Chairs  as given
- Delhi SIG - Noopur Raval (noopur [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Bangalore SIG - RadhaKrishna (Arkrishna [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Mumbai SIG - Kundan Amitabh (kundan.amitabh [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Pune SIG - Mandar Kulkarni(mandar.kulkarni [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Kolkata SIG - Kalyan Sarkar (kalyan [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- English SIG - Ashwin Baindur (ashlin [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Kannada SIG - Omshivaprakash H L (omshivaprakash [at] wikimedia [dot]
- Marathi SIG - Mahitgar (mahitgar [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
- Telugu SIG - Rahimanuddin Shaik (rahimanuddin [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
The current sign-ups of Members for the SIGs are as follows:
*City Special Interest Groups*
City Members Bangalore 10 Delhi 2 Mumbai 3 Pune 6 Kolkata 2
*Language Special Interest Groups*
Language Volunteers Bengali 1 English 15 Hindi 1 Kannada 3 Marathi
4 Malayalam 8 Nepali 1 Odia 3 Sanskrit 2 Telugu 3 Events
A round-up of Wikimedia events and initatives around the nation is as
- *Wiki Academy @Jaya Engineering college * ( 10 Dec 2011) : The first
Wiki Academy in Jaya Engineering college, Chennai, was organized by the
Wikimedia chapter and co-hosted by Jaya FOSS Club. Odia Wiki Chair &
Chapter member, Subhashish Panigrahi explained basics of Wikipedia, how it
is edited by millions of volunteers, how Wikipedia is exclusively
encyclopedic and kind of articles and notability of articles in Wikipedia,
how Wikipedians communicate and form community, and organization of
Wikimedia foundations and active projects. Then he took the audience
through active editing by signing up, searching for articles, choosing
articles to create. Then he demonstrated about creating an article by using
the Edit toolbar, citing the text by searching the web and uploading and
adding pictures in articles. The editing session was followed by a Q & A
session. Hisham Mundol, Consultant, Wikimedia Foundation India Programs,
connected with the audience via Google Hangout. Hisham interacted with the
audience by giving a talk about the nature of the event, few details about
Wikipedia, WMF and Chapter and foundation are trying to do in India. He
answered questions raised by the audience. Nitika Tandon , Consultant,
Wikimedia Foundation India Programs, later explained about the India
Education program (IEP), how it functions and the
student-teacher-foundation collaborations through the education program.
The photos of the event are available here .
- *Coimbatore 1st Meetup*( 10 Dec 2011) : The first Kovai (Coimbatore)
meetup  was held at KGISL Campus, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore. The Meetup
was organised by Srikanth Ramakrishnan (User:Rsrikanth05) and
- *Bangalore Wikimeetup 40* ( 11 Dec 2011) : Around 11 people attended
the 40th Wikimeetup in Bangalore . The Bangalore SIG Chair, RadhaKrishna
presented a talk on the experiences on WikiConference India 2011 and
WikiAcademy events in IT companies. Experiences of Wiki Academy in Jaya
engineering college and way forward was shared by by Subhashish Panigrahi.
Plans regarding Wiki Eleven in January 2012 was discussed. The photos of
the event are available here .
- *Wikipedia Meetup1 Salem*( 11 Dec 2011) : A Wikimeetup was organised
at Salem, Tamil Nadu,  by Tamil Wikipedians Sodabottle and Surya
- '*Wikipedia Takes Kolkata /Kolkata Photo Walk* (18 Dec 2011) : A Photo
Walk was organised in Kolkata, West Bengal  by Kalyan Sarkar (Kolkata
SIG Chair), Jayanta Nath (Bengali SIG Chair) and Biswarup Ganguly. Around
437 images were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons as a part of this
- *GLAMcamp Amsterdam * Noopur Raval ( Delhi SIG Chair and GLAM
enthusiastic) attended GLAM worskop in Amsterdam, hosted by Wikimedia
- *Wikipedians participation in CMDA IT Expo , 2011*: Indian Wikipedians
participated in the annual CMDA IT Expo 2011, Pune. The stall were
manned by Sudhanwa Jogalekar ( EC member), Mahitgar ( Marathi SIG Chair),
Ashwin Baindur ( English SIG Chair) , Hisham Mundol and Nitika Tandon ( WMF
India Programs), and Campus Ambassador (IEP) volunteers.
- *Malayalam Wiki-Academies:* Malayalam Wiki-community organised two
Wiki-Academies in Kerala in the month of December at Alappuzha ( Dec 13)
and Kollam (Dec 31). The Alappuzha (2nd Wikiacademy) held at St.Joseph
Vanitha College was led by Adv. T.K Sujith, Adv. M.P.Manojkumar and Akhil
Krishnan. The Kollam (4th Wikiacademy) held at Govt. Higher Secondary
School, Anchal West, was led by Kiran Gopi ( User:Kiran_Gopi) , Faud A.J. (
User:Faudaj) , Kannan Shanmugam ( User:Fotokannan)and Sugeesh (
- A new initiative named *"Featured Wikimedian* was started on the
public wiki of Wikimedia India. Every month, one Indian wikimedian will be
- * Tamil Wikimedia contest*: The Tamil Wikimedia community has
organised an international contest to get more photos, videos and audios
related to Tamil, Tamilians and Tamil culture to the Tamil Wikipedia and
Wikimedia Commons.  (themed “Eluthu mattum arivanru” or “Knowledge
beyond text”) . The Tamil Wikipedia Community and the Wikimedia Foundation
have jointly sponsored a prize money of $850 (with nine prizes) for
winners. (The first, second and third prizes are $200, $100 and $50. Three
prizes of $100 each are for those uploading the maximum number of quality
entries. A special prize of $150 is for media files on traditional Tamil
arts and crafts. Winners would be announced on March 15, 2012 and they
would get certificates with their entries displayed on the front pages of
Tamil Wiki projects. The contest (, November 15, 2011 to February 29, 2012)
is open to all and is on Facebook .
- India Wikipedians Sengai Podhuvan , Karthik Nadar and Aniruddha Kumar
joins Jimmy Wales among others in the *Wikimedia Fundraising 2011 banners
- *New Mailing lists* are created for Gujarati Wikipedia, Assamese
Wikipedia , GLAM India  and India related content on English
Wikipedia & related projects. .
Milestones & Anniversaries
* December 2011* 
- The Tamil Wikipedia<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=Ta:&action=edit&redlink=1>has
reached 1,000,000 page edits.
- The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached
10,000 total pages.
- The Malayalam
- The Bengali Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bn:> has reached
2,000 entries, as a user adds over 1,300 entries for Malagasy words in 5
- The Bihari
reached 100,000 page edits.
- The Sanskrit Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sa:> has
reached 100 entries.
- The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached
- The Marathi
reached 1,000 registered users.
- The Kannada Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kn:> has reached
- 28 Dec : Financial Chronicle : Wikipedians say Indian govt should ease
- 27 Dec : Ahmedabad Mirror : " Ahmedabad to go Wiki with your clicks"
- 24 Dec : The Economic Times : "Wikipedia enlists Indians to be the
standard-bearers for its fund-raising
- 18 Dec : The Hindu : "Creative Commons: the licence to
- 16 Dec : The Hindu : "Contest to add files to Tamil Wikipedia gathers
- 1 Dec : Tech Marathi: मराठी विकिपीडिया संपादन – अवघड की
We look forward to your continued support and active participation.
On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)
- 2) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Internet_Relay_Chats/Dec_17,2011
- 4) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_SIG_subcommittee_chair
- 5) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Wiki_Academy/Jaya_Engineering_College
- 7) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore/Coimbatore1
- 8) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore40
- 10) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:SALEM1
- 11) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata
- 12) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata
- 13) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMcamp_Amsterdam
- 15) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Category:Featured_Wikimedian
- 16) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest/en
- 17) http://www.facebook.com/tawmc
- 19) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-gu
- 20) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-as
- 21) http://lists.wmnederland.nl/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/wlm-in
- 22) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-in-en
- 23) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Milestones_and_Anniversary
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Hi everyone,I was searching for article on Kankaria on GU WP and found out a number of links in results, I checked all of them out and found out that articles (1) કાંકરીયા,_મહુવા_તાલુકો,_સુરત_જિલ્લો and કાંકરીયા and (2) કાંકરિયા_તળાવ and નગીના_વાડી should be merged. I've posted about it on Chotaro, http://gu.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AA%B5%E0%AA%BF%E0%AA%95%E0%AA%BF%E0%AA%AA%… this is where you can find that post. Do post your suggestions.
Thank you, Abhishek, for the post. Abhishek and Konarak are potential
long-term and high-quality contributors to Gujarati and English Wikipedia
projects. Please join me in welcoming them.
On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM, Abhishek Joshi <abhishek2185(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Dear all,
> Let me give you a brief update on things we did in Ahmedabad Meet Up to
> celebrate Wikipedia's 11th birthday.
> *Our Main Agenda:*
> 1. Celebrating Wikipedia 11th Birthday
> 2. Spreading awareness of Wikipedia in Gujarat/Ahmedabad
> 3. Introducing Wikipedia project Gujarat to the Ahmedabad
> On *11th Birthday of Wikipedia* Ahmedabad Wikimedia Community organize
> the Ahmedabad Second Meetup at Gandhi Ashram (Sabarmati Ashram). The meet
> up was organized by Anirudh Bhati & Abhishek Joshi.
> Due to the Sankrant festival a very few wikipedian’s turned out in the
> meet up so we met with few community members (Parag Patel, Konark Ratnakar
> and Nakul Chugan). As we were *5 members* we had gone to nearest
> restaurant for the celebration.
> Anirudh started with giving a presentation on Wikipedia Project India and
> Wikipedia Project Gujarat.
> He further mentioned the role they would play to bridge the gap between
> people who have the freedom to edit Wikipedia and those who actually do
> so. He encouraged them to join one of the finest groups of people in the
> world - Wikipedians. He outlined the sequence of events, the training they
> would receive. He said that due to the need to start off the program right
> away, the program would begin with those aspirants who already had the
> skills being looked for especially the knowledge of the Wikipedia world.
> Our main focus is on Wikipedia Project Gujarat and on improving the
> articles and spreading awareness of Wikipedia over Gujarat region. The
> aspirants responded with interest and a lot of questions.
> After some discussion we have celebrated the Wikipedia’s 11th Birthday by
> cutting the beautiful chocolate flavoured cake.
> This meetup was quite productive and the Ahmedabad community took the
> contact details of all participants, promising to get back to them soon
> with different meet ups.
> Below are the links of Ahmedabad Meet up Details and Photographs of the
> *Ahmedabad Meetup-2<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Ahmedabad/Ahmedabad2>
> *Ahmedabad Meetup-2 Photographs<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ahmedabad_Meetup_Jan2012>
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Before writing such a scathing email criticizing an administrator (which is me) who allegedly made this statement, perhaps you should have verified it with me first?
I was making a reference to Wikiproject Gujarat on the English Wikipedia, which has run out of contributors. You can independently confirm it with the others who were present at the meet up.
I encouraged the rest of the participants to contribute to guwp.
It's shameful that you are drawn to make personal attacks on a public platform without checking your facts in the first place.
And I'll really appreciate if you drop the polemics.
Sent from my iPhone
On 17-Jan-2012, at 4:30 AM, "Dhaval S. Vyas" <dsvyas(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have come to know a surprising fact that in the Wiki meetup recently held in Ahmedabad, while discussing about Gujarati Wikipedia, one of the administrators conveyed that Gujarati project is almost inactive or dead (in gujarati વિકિપીડિયા ગુજરાતી પ્રોજેક્ટ લગભગ બંધ છે.).
> This is very shameful for anybody to convey wrong message. If one is not aware of the project activity, despite of presentation made by one of the Gujarati Wikipedian in WikiConference India and from the site statistics/traffic report shared with all Indian WIki Language wikipedia by Wikimedia Foundation's India chapter (Shiju Alex recently shared this), they should have accepted their lack of knowledge and conveyed that they are not aware of what's happening with Gujarati Wikipedia or they are ignorant of its state. It is damaging for the growing community that in such vital events people convey wrong message to the masses.
> I hope some of the attendess of the meetup would read this and correct their mistake by spreading the word of Gujarati WIkipedia and its current state in successive meetups as their moral duty to pay back the debt.
> This email is not at all intended to hurt anyone, but just to make everyone aware that there has never been a single day, including Gujarati New Year day or Uttarayan, when gu.wiki would have fewer than 50 edits. What else could be an indication of how active this project is? We have almost 22,000 pages on gu.wiki. If anyone need full statistics, please contact me and I will be more than happy to share the same.
> Wikipedia-gu mailing list
This is really cool work, Arnav!
On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM, Arnav Sonara <sonara.arnav(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> As said earlier couple of weeks ago in my mail, I covered the Lakhota Museum
> Jamnagar through my camera as a part of small GLAM activity, I am happy to
> announce that my work is almost over.
> I urge everyone to have a look at Lakhota Museum Jamnagar Gallery. Two of
> the images from it Lakhota (building) and Shri Ranjit Singh got rated as
> Quality Image too.
> Also some of the images in exhibit section at the bottom have some problems
> like reflection of light from the room, its simply because I was in a bit
> hurry to cover the entire museum, and it was my debut to cover any museum.
> I would love to hear from you guys about it. Please do reply.
> Arnav (ricku).
> Wikipedia-gu mailing list
After the Successful event of "*Wikipedia Takes Ahmedabad*", it would be
our pleasure to
organize our *Second* *Ahmedabad Meet Up* on the *11th Anniversary of
Wikipedia (15th Jannuary, 2012)*
and you all invited to join in. We require all your support and creative
ideas to make Wikipedia 11th Birthday the most memorable.