Dear Fellow Puneri Wikipedians,
Forwarding an email from Barry Newstead. We will be having a meetup on
24th Feb at SICSR where he will introduce Hisham Mundol the new
National Program Director.
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From: Barry Newstead <bnewstead(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 1:15 AM
Subject: Meeting in Pune next week
To: Sudhanwa Jogalekar <sudhanwa.com(a)gmail.com>
Cc: Anupam Saraph <anupamsaraph(a)gmail.com>, Lalit Kathpalia
<Lalit_Kathpalia(a)hotmail.com>, Ashwin Baindur
<ashwin.baindur(a)gmail.com>, shirish शिरीष <shirishag75(a)gmail.com>,
Bishakha Datta <bishakhadatta(a)gmail.com>, hmundol(a)wikimedia.org,
Hi Pune crew!
Hope all is well and that Gnunify was a great success! Look forward
to hearing about it and hope to make it next year.
I wanted to follow up on my earlier email about organizing a community
gathering next Thursday, Feb. 24 in the evening (6 or 7pm would be
great) to introduce Hisham Mundol to the community in Pune and to
catch up in general. Ashwin had suggested that Sudhanwa, you would be
able to get the word out...and I'm hoping we can have the gathering at
It will be another very (too) short visit, as we are trying to cover
different communities, but we should be available for some one-on-one
discussions in the afternoon and possibly dinner with you all after
the community discussion.
Look forward to hearing back from you and to seeing you all next week.
Chief Global Development Officer
Tel: +1-415-839-6885 x. 6634
Thanks for your detailed help!
Taking it to the logical next step, I've created a wiki page for this
I will do my best to incorporate all your advice there; requesting you to
jump in as well!
All are requested to gather here and collaborate! (including mumbai and pune
wikipedia lists here as well). Urging the volunteers who obtain the
wikipedia for schools dump to enlist themselves here, and we'll be listing
the schools that we empower - one by one!
I'm proud to mention that a school I'm volunteering in Pune, where some
Teach For India fellows are teaching, is the first "empowered" school, where
I've installed Wikipedia for Schools in the computer lab and the office!
It's an under-resourced school but now the kids there have access to a
wealth of knowledge! And you should see them in action!
Why I created the page in wikia : In Wikipedia, when I went to create a new
page, it clearly said the content ought to be encyclopedic in nature -
whereas THIS is more of a movement and recruitment page. So to be on the
safe side I went to the education wikia where things are a little sparse ;).
I've worked with wikia in toastmasters.wikia.com and am comfortable with it.
If anyone can establish a good location on wikipedia itself, which doesn't
get deleted later, and migrate everything there, it'll be great! There are
lots of external links on this so need to be careful.
Further plans (if you guys can help!):
1. A proliferation meetup where a lot of us can get together and copy the
dump to our laptop/netbook/USB drive. 1 goes to 20... and we can scale up
the project like crazy.
2. To tie up with DVD distributors and bulk-produce, provided the costs are
as low as humanly possible. Maybe Wikimedia India could maintain a stock?
(Seemingly Impossible) Requests:
1. Can anybody add a link to versions of Kiwix that work on non-Windows OS's
like Linux, Apple, Android? My focus is on Android, for future mobile
2. Can we get a version of this that doesn't have Image files? Then the size
will be much lesser. Of course, that's less attractive, but I'm looking for
an opportunity to take this to mobile devices. How can we edit a .ZIM file?
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On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM, Emmanuel Engelhart <emmanuel(a)engelhart.org
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> On 20/01/2011 03:29, Nikhil Sheth wrote:
> > I'm trying to spread wikipedia for schools offline edition in my
> > city/country. Got some interested people to join in the project at the
> > wikipedia
> > 10th anniversary meetup at Mumbai,
> > India.<
> > i've included them in cc.
> > I've set up a mirror website hosting the large file in parts because
> > people had complained they couldn't download the original thing.
> > http://wikipediaforschools.4shared.com
> > I wasn't aware of your webpage back then so used a .ZIM file that I found
> > http://www.kiwix.org : schools-wikipedia-full-20081023-rc5.zim
> > I hope I'm not hosting the wrong file??
> This is a great initiative.
> The Wikipedia for schools team did not prepare any ZIM file, but
> provides the collection of articles as a static set of HTML pages and
> media files directly usable by any browser.
> Kiwix (so I) prepared a ZIM file containing exactly these collection of
> HTML and media files to provide following advantages:
> * smaller
> * simpler to copy
> * Compatible with Kiwix and any ZIM compatbile reader and so provide
> additional features like the fulltext search engine for example.
> * ...
> To answer to your question, yes schools-wikipedia-full-20081023-rc5.zim
> is the last ZIM of the last Wikipedia for schools selection.
> > Could you please give me this info:
> > In the press releas<
> > a .Torrent file is linked :
> > I need to know what are the contents of this .tar.gz file.
> > Is it for windows or for linux? Is it the same .zim file only? Is it
> > kiwix or something else? Is it pre-indexed?
> I think I have answered before to these questions.
> > On a blog post I created for this, someone posted a link to a large .zip
> > saying this is a pre-indexed packaged version:
> > http://download.kiwix.org/portable/wikipedia_en_for_schools.zip
> I was.
> > So is that the one I should be going with? The current one I'm hosting
> > a small first-run procedure that has to be done on every computer I put
> > in, of opening the .zim file from kiwix and then indexing it. Also, I had
> > problems with some older computers - the indexing never took off and we
> > limited to click-browsing on those computers.
> Your procedure is OK, but with the ZIP file I have proposed this is
> simpler: you just need to unzip and use Kiwix, install it if you want.
> No indexing process is needed any more, this is already done.
> We know, they are some weird behaviours related to some specific Win
> configurations which cause search engine related components failures.
> This is under investigation and we hope to be able to fix it before the
> final Kiwix 0.9 release.
> In any case, in the "install" directory of Kiwix, you should find this
> Please install it and it should fix the last problems.
> > Moving on from the downloading aspect, I want to set up a wiki page that
> > will track the proliferation of Wikipedia for Schools. But I can't figure
> > out where to create it, what name to give it and other things. So need a
> > little help there. (wikipedians, you can help?)
> I have no special idea about that, but a few remarks.
> Wikipedia for schools is the project of "SOS children village UK" and
> I'm sure they will be happy to get feedback directly from you.
> Kiwix also. We have already a map with involved people, developers and
> users. So feel free to add new points on it:
> > And finally, could you connect me with more people in India who are
> > associated with this project or may be interested in networking on it? Is
> > there a facebook page on this? Mind if I set one up?
> Not a lot of people from India have contact us, but I will send you
> separately a few email addresses.
> I'm personally really interested to any project concerning the spreading
> of Kiwix and also to any feedback (feature request, bug reports, etc.)
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A reporter is doing a story on Indian academicians on Wikipedia.. . If
you know about any academicians / people from the education system who edit
Wikipedia, it would be great help.. Are there anyone in the India mailing
Please drop *a personal mail to me* with the contact informations ,
Thanks in advance.
Hi Tomasz / Arthur,
Welcome to India!
I am also adding Pune and Mumbai Wikimedians to the loop ...
On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 7:12 AM, Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that both Arthur Richards and I
> are going to be speaking at http://gnunify.in/ this week in Pune. We have
> a couple of presentations lined up including
> Title: Powering the world’s favorite wiki - Wikipedia
> Abstract: Mr. Finc will talk about the Wikimedia movement, its history,
> growth and chapters. He will also talk about Wikimedia’s technical
> infrastructure and how this top 5 website is run. He will also provide
> an overview about the software that Wikipedia uses for its websites -
> Talk Title: Mobile@Wikipedia
> Talk Abstract: An introduction to Wikimedia Mobile Engineering efforts
> past, present, and future. This talk will cover the current state of
> Wikipedia mobile development, what’s upcoming and where Wikimedia
> Foundation is looking for you to contribute.
> Talk Title: Hacking Mediawiki
> Abstract: This talk will provide an introduction on how to write
> Mediawiki extensions and participate in Mediawiki’s developer
> community. The session will talk about the essentials of hacking - the
> inspiration, software, community. It will also walkthrough an overview
> of Mediawiki, an introduction to features, best-practices in security
> and scalability of Mediawiki, documentation, and various ways to extend
> the software. Open Source communities are key to the success of any
> project. The talk will also discuss various aspects of working in
> Mediawiki’s open source community successfully - how to communicate,
> who and where to engage, getting your code accepted, and accessing the
> right resources.
> Talk Title: Drupal + CiviCRM + Wikimedia Foundation = Awesome
> Talk Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of Drupal, CiviCRM
> using Wikimedia websites as the case-study. It will cover how Drupal
> and CiviCRM play an important role at Wikimedia foundation as a CMS and
> CRM, why these projects are cool, how Wikimedia uses these tools, and
> contributing back to the open source projects.
> The schedule is still coming together so its best to check the website for
> all updates.
> GNUnify will actually have a lot of Wikimedia discussions this year as it
> is one of their tracks.
> For those of you that might not be familiar with Arthur and my own work, we
> were part of the core team that was responsible for the fundraising
> infrastructure at Wikimedia. When not fundraising I concentrate on both both
> mobile and offline Wikimedia projects. Arthur focuses on backend
> infrastructure and drupal based projects.
> We'd love to see any Wikimedians come by! And if you can't certainly feel
> free to catch me on irc or in email to say hello.
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