You must have seen below email from Siebrand Mazeland. Pl. share your views on this and suggest a plan to have meet on 26th Nov.
I think, this is a very good opportunity to interact with foundation people and work on the project. We need somebody from Pune to take lead in this....
I also suggest you all to put your views on the same thread i.e on wikimedia-in-pun(a)lists.wikimedia.org <wikimedia-in-pun(a)lists.wikimedia.org>;
Mandar V. Kulkarni
----- Forwarded Message -----
>From: Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) <smazeland(a)wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Monday, 24 October 2011, 12:38
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Translation sprint in Pune on 26 Novermber?
>(I tried sending this 8 or so hours ago, but it looks like it didn't
>get through - apologies if it somehow ends up twice)
>Dear Indian Wikimedians, and those from near Pune in particular,
>In November the complete localisation team of the Wikimedia Foundation
>(I, Niklas, Amir, Gerard, Santhosh and Alolita) will be in India for
>the Wiki Conference India, the Mumbai hackathon and a team meeting.
>Our schedule allows for an event in Pune on Saturday 26 November 2011,
>if the Pune community thinks this is a good idea. We would like it to
>be a localisation sprint, in which we gather as many people as
>possible from the Wikimedia community, but maybe also from other open
>source translation communities, to work on the translation of
>MediaWiki and MediaWiki extensions used by Wikimedia for a few hours,
>and have some nice chats while doing that.
>We would of course need a venue with a decent internet connection,
>enough power, and participants would need to bring equipment that
>allows for them to work online in translatewiki.net or offline with a
>Is this something that is doable?
>Product Manager Localisation
>M: +31 6 50 69 1239
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I only found the Pune mailing list after sending this to the general
list. Sorry for having to forward it...
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) <smazeland(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Subject: Translation sprint in Pune on 26 Novermber?
Cc: sudhanwa(a)sudhanwa.com, Alolita Sharma <asharma(a)wikimedia.org>
Dear Indian Wikimedians, and those from near Pune in particular,
In November the complete localisation team of the Wikimedia Foundation
(I, Niklas, Amir, Gerard, Santhosh and Alolita) will be in India for
the Wiki Conference India, the Mumbai hackathon and a team meeting.
Our schedule allows for an event in Pune on Saturday 26 November 2011,
if the Pune community thinks this is a good idea. We would like it to
be a localisation sprint, in which we gather as many people as
possible from the Wikimedia community, but maybe also from other open
source translation communities, to work on the translation of
MediaWiki and MediaWiki extensions used by Wikimedia for a few hours,
and have some nice chats while doing that.
We would of course need a venue with a decent internet connection,
enough power, and participants would need to bring equipment that
allows for them to work online in translatewiki.net or offline with a
Is this something that is doable?
Product Manager Localisation
M: +31 6 50 69 1239
*DNA : Want to display your photos? Donate them to Wikipedia*
*Kannan Shanmugam's grandfather was the first man to set up a photo studio
in south Kerala at Kollam, giving the locals one of their first tastes of
technology.Around 100 years later, Kannan is hoping to continue his legacy
in a way that could be just as revolutionary in today's world — the act of
giving something away, for free.*
*Kannan is an active contributor to Wikimedia Commons, an online repository
of free-use images, sound and other media files primarily used to supplement
other Wikimedia projects, Wikipedia being the most popular.*
*The project, which began in 2006 and to which anybody can contribute, has
amassed over 11 million media files in five years. *
*With the fast-growing interest in Indian topics on English Wikipedia and 20
Indian language Wikipedias already in existence, there is a dire need for
images from India. In the run-up to WikiConference 2011 to be held in Mumbai
in November, the India Loves Wikipedia initiative has been launched to
encourage people to donate their photos for India-related articles.*
*Kannan has been one of the biggest contributors in the initiative which has
amassed 3,359 photos, but feels it is difficult convincing professional
photographers to contribute their photos.*
*"Photography equipment is costly. You don't get any returns from uploading
images on Commons. Only those who share this idea of free information are
willing to do it," said Kannan, a former press photographer.*
*Tinu Cherian, executive committee member of the Wikimedia India Chapter,
agreed. "Releasing images for free use isn't a popular concept in India. And
once your image is in the public domain, you are allowing people to use,
share, alter the images (provided it is attributed) for both free and
*However, Wikimedians (contributors to Wikimedia projects) insist you don't
have to be a professional to submit your images.*
*Vaishak Kallore from Kannur in Kerala believes it is amateur photographers
in remote villages and towns in India who can be the most useful and
generous contributors. "Professionals might not see it worth their while to
take photos of seemingly mundane things. But there is a desperate need for
such images to substantiate and inspire articles on India."*
*From images of panoramas tostructures on the verge of extinction, almost
nothing lies beyond the scope of Commons. *
*And being a free repository, the images can be picked up for use by news
publications, portals and blogs. However, Kannan said, Indian media
companies often tend to use these images without giving credit to the
photographers. "There is a need for greater awareness about free licensing.
If there is proper attribution, more people will be encouraged to donate
*Explaining how government bodies in the US, especially NASA, release images
into the public domain (including Commons) for free public education and
use, Cherian said: "The biggest goldmine for Commons from India is actually
the government. We haven't approached them officially yet, but we should be
lobbying with them to come up with a similar policy." Want to donate your
photos to Wikipedia? Visit www.commons.wikimedia.org*
*Important Note : *The publisher ( DNA / Dainik Bhaskar ) of the above news
article owns the copyrights of the article / content. Request to not kindly
reproduce or circulate the content further. The information is only shared
only with an internal community who is been featured on this article. All
copyrights are duly acknowledged.
The monthly Pune meetup will take place at SICSR , 7th Floor, at 6 PM on Sat, 15th Oct 2011.
The points on the agenda are :
* WikiConference update
* Meet the Campus Ambassadors & interact with them
* Marathi track in Wikiocnference
All Puneri Wikipedians and Campus Ambassadors are requested to come for the meetup.
cross-posting to reach pan-India; apologies if you have got it from other mailing lists.
A few months ago, the Foundation asked Tory Read to travel to India and listen and learn and write about the movement in India. The objective was to harvest experiences and learnings and to have an open discussion around what we could all do to further the movement.
This isn't in the form of a (possibly) long & boring report - but in the form of a story. (Tory's a professional researcher, writer and former journalist.) To put this together, Tory travelled for a couple of weeks across Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and across towns in Kerala - attending community meet-ups and meeting up/speaking with a host of individual community members (in these cities and indeed beyond.)
Tory's tale is called, "The India Chronicles", and is available on Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_India_Chronicles_(150dpi).pdf
Do have a read through and do share your views on it - positives and negatives - and do feel free to comment on any aspect of it. It would be wonderful to have an engaging conversation on this.
Dear Indic wikimedians,
Thank you very much for the welcome messages and for making me feel at home.
Over the past few years I have interacted with many of you for the various
Indic Wiki related activities and we have done many successful projects.
Thank you very much for all those wonderful projects. Now when we are moving
to a different phase of growth of Wikimedia in India, I request more
support from your side.
To get started we shall together develop a plan for Indic language wikis and
design few pilot projects to gain learnings to drive growth. I propose to
develop this plan collaboratively and openly - in true wiki style. This
will include focused Indic language meetups, virtual meetings, desk research
and constantly synthesizing the findings from all of these into learnings.
These learnings will then flow into pilots that we will implement and review
and learn from.
For this purpose, I will be using the following page
It is very preliminary right now - but will keep updating it. The page will
give you a flavor of the kind of process and methodology I plan to use - and
also give you a hint of the end output. However, I stress that is nothing
more than a stub right now. So please provide your suggestions.
I will be in touch soon and regularly on the next steps and I will keep you
constantly posted on progress - both positive and whenever we face setbacks.
The task is huge. The potential is even more massive. I will need a lot of
your help. I invite and welcome and urge all of you to contribute to this
process - during physical meetups, in virtual meetings, one-on-one
conversations or meetings, on the talk page to the Indic Languages page and
in any and every manner that you can imagine.
As part of the India Programs of WMF, my official ID is shiju(a)wikimedia.org.
You can reach me anytime regarding any WMF's Indic wiki related topic.
On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Hisham <hisham(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> cross-posting to reach pan-India; apologies if you have got it from other
> mailing lists.
> Dear All
> As I had mentioned in a previous posting (and as was so touchingly welcomed
> by so many of of you), Shiju Alex is joining us to lead our Indic Languages
> initiatives. In this mail (
> I had indicated that he would join around September-October.
> I'm really pleased to inform you that he has now joined India Programs (on
> September 24th.)
> Indic Languages is an important priority for us - and Shiju intends to
> start work on this urgently. He'll be in touch shortly on this matter.
> Welcome aboard, Shiju!
> Warmest Regards,