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Subject: [WMIN-Members] New Wikimedia India Portals
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:18:34 +0530
From: Naveen Francis <naveenpf(a)wikimedia.in>
To: Wikimedia India Community list
We are pleased to formally announce the launch of the following new
Wikimedia India Portals:
http://wikimedia.in/- The new landing page will be the gateway to the
various Project pages and Wikis.
http://wiki.wikimedia.in <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/>The public wiki is
now revamped with an all-new look and lots of information. Feel free to
add more information to the wikis.
http://members.wikimedia.in <http://members.wikimedia.in/>Wiki for India
http://blog.wikimedia.in/Wikimedia India Blog - to post a blog, contact
Arjuna Rao Chavala or Tinu Cherian
We are pleased to introduce the following new Wikimedia Project gateways
for the various Indic languages:
The planned landing page for http://wikipedia.in is available here
Efforts are currently underway to obtain control of a few more important
domains and announcements will be made as and when we get them. We
sincerely believe this initiative will help drive more traffic to Indic
language Wikimedia Projects.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Wikimedia CH /
Switzerland Chapter and Manuel Schneider (Wikimedia CH / Switzerland)
for hosting our websites and portals at no cost.
A number of people need to be thanked, who helped in the this initiative.
Rajesh K Oayanchal who designed the portals and Jyothis E who gave his
webspace for the testing purposes. Anirudh, Noopur Raval, ,Surya,
Radhakrishna, Omshivaprakash, Debanjan, Saroj, Swaroop, Abhishek
Suryawanshi and others have helped in translations .
Tanvir Rahman , Tinu Cherian and Arun Ram helped in revamping the public
We hope that you will find these portals useful and informative.
Please do get back to us with your feedback and suggestions.
Wikimedia India Chapter
Russavia from English Wikipedia and Commons here
I am currently looking for some photographers in several countries who
might be able to assist me with taking photos from India which I am
some articles I am working on. I need photos from Chennai, Kolkata,
Mumbai, Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram
Details of what I require can be found at
If anyone is able to help me, or if anyone knows of photographers who
can help, feel free to contact me on this email (and to pass my email
on), or i can be contacted at
In the event someone is able to help, and the photo subjects are
obscured, I may be able to organise with the local diplomatic mission
for inside access to take photos and the like, so this is an option if
anyone is willing.
Any help appreciated.
As a part of helping the community to reach out to more people apart from
the presentations, handouts, FAQs and mailing list support we also have
need for more visuals. Audio/Video clips containing Indian Wikipedians
sharing their message "I EDIT WIKIPEDIA" or "I EDIT AN INDIAN LANGUAGE
WIKIPEDIA" or "WIKIPEDIA IS HELPING ME DOCUMENTING MY HERITAGE" will create
impact among people and motivate them to contribute to Wikipedia. Many
people use Wikipedia in a daily basis without being aware of they can also
[Edit] it, social media, Youtube, mails containing link to such a video can
be used to reach this message to them. Moreover, such videos which are
already there in Outreach (outreach.wikimedia.org) Bookshelf might make
some people feel it's project being managed by some foreigners. Seeing some
real Indians editing Wikipedia with the Main page of an Indian language
background will definitely make this message clearer.
If there is a fairly good no of community members located in anywhere in
India (e.g Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai community) we can ask the community
members say it altogether aloud apart from one/two community members
speaking in their own language. I will be posting the details in the
community village pumps, you are allowed to send as many people's footage
as you can provided the video and audio quality are reasonable good. We
will be collecting footage from all the communities and do a post
Community & Program Support, India Program
*Details of this event could be accessed at
An introductory session about "Introduction to Wikipedia" at
"Kurukshetra2012", an international tech fest at College of Engineering
Guindy, Anna University, Chennai was attended by 2 wikipedians Subhashish
and Surya and 45 students. This event was intended to bring awareness among
students attending this fest about writing articles in the Wikipedia.
Subhashish took the audience through a
basics of Wikipedia, how they can edit Wikipedia, what they can
edit in Wikipedia. Later on the students questioned about authenticity of
articles edited by multiple editors and there was a discussion regarding
that. Students also questioned if Wikipedia editing will help them to gain
some qualities and certifications which will help them during their campus
placements. There were also questions regarding Technical projects and
questions regarding jobs at Wikimedia. There were curious folks who
questioned abut the cause of blackout against SOPA and PIPA!
The questions asked by students had lot of valid points regarding
notability and authenticity of Wikipedia articles, there is need for
documentation of them in the form of FAQs, So, majority of the important
questions and answers to them would be documented in the meta page of Outreach
After the discussion Surya spoke about Tamil
Wikipedia<http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>and the on going
Attendees socialized and had a group photo session after the event.