A symposium on "Wikipedia" is planned on 25th Feb. on the occasion of
"Marathi Bhasha Divas” which is on 27th Feb. The program includes
seminar on Wikipedia and launching of "Marathi Wikisrot" which we were
waiting to release for a long time.
Well-known theatre and film personality "Amol Palekar" will be the
"Chief Guest" for the program.
Some details of the program are given below.
Organisers: Journalism Department, Ranade Institute, Pune University
and Pune Union of Working Journalists along with Pune Community of
the Wikimedia India Chapter
Participants: Students of Journalism and mass communication
departments from various colleges under Pune University, working
journalists, students of some other departments and you all !!
Day : Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Time: 2pm. to 5.30 pm. (The program will start at 2 pm. You are
requested to be seated by 1.50pm)
Venue: Patrakar Bhavan, Navi Peth, Pune
Aim of symposium: Wikipedia has emerged as a major source of authentic
information and its versions in different languages (including
Marathi) are also getting popular. Journalism students and journalists
should not remain only consumers of this huge and resourceful
information, but they should also contribute to it as writers and
editors. This symposium aims to acquaint the participants with various
aspects of Marathi Wikipedia and Marathi Wikisrot.
You are cordially invited for this program and celebrate Marathi
Bhasha Diwas and Marathi Wikisrot launch.
Thanks and regards,
Sudhanwa Joglekar and Mandar Kulkarni
web: www.sudhanwa.com blog: www.sudhanwa.in
Twitter: sudhanwa Check on FB, Linkedin for more.
Cross-posting to other mailing lists. Kindly ignore if you have read
this on another mailing list.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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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
I suddenly realised that amongst the guys who signed up for WikiProject
India in Jan-Feb are such hardcore Wikipedians as RSrikanth05, Joyson
Prabhu, Karthikndr & Sitush.
Which brings me to the corollary - there are oodles of established Indian
editors who are not yet members of WikiProject India!
Gosh, guys please sign up!
This is a link I recommend you to bookmark.
This list is useful for outreach & also whenever someone needs Wiki-Help in
a particular city. It would be great if Wikipedians could update this
We have the following completely unrepresented states/UTs:
* Andaman & Nicobar Islands
* Arunachal Pradesh
* Dadra, Nagar & Haveli
* Daman & Diu
* Himachal Pradesh
* Jammu & Kashmir
* Jharkhand (AngPradesh is in Mumbai)
* Punjab (oye, ye ki hoya!)
* Uttar Pradesh
Okay, all you admins, please update your status (Mikey my boy, that means
Abroad, we dont have Indic Wikipedians listed for:
* Asia (other than India)
* Middle East
* North America
* South America
Unless you would like to stay off list, of course that's acceptable too.
May I also request Tinu / list admins to please forward it all the Indic
language & city Wikimedia lists. We need this resource to be as
comprehensible as possible.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Nitika <ntandon(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Improving outreach efforts in India
> Date: 13 February 2012 5:12:49 PM GMT+05:30
> To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Dear All,
> The following is a post I've put up on the India Program page on meta regarding outreach (Please see:http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:India_Program/Outreach_Programs). Please do comment on the page itself; I'm posting it on this mailing list only to make sure it doesn't slip your attention.
> We have conducted over 13 outreach sessions in the past one month and have many more events scheduled to participate in over the coming weeks. (Please see: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Outreach_Programs/Outreach_Ses…). It's amazing that we're doing so many outreach events all over the country to create awareness about Wikipedia, motivate attendees to learn about editing and training newbies to contribute to Wikipedia in their own special way.
> The single biggest challenge is that we don't know the actual outcome of these efforts in most cases, and the results are weak when we have the data. I think most of us agree that outreach can be made to work better. (For example, 2 outreach sessions conducted recently by the Assamese community had about 80 participants, and 8 active editors emerged - which is a hit rate of 10% - which is FANTASTIC!) For most other sessions, the results have been closer to 1-2% or even lower - which is depressing. What makes outreach work? How can outreach work better? Is there anything you need from me?
> Over the past 3 months, I have been working on building a handbook for Outreach (Please see: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Outreach_Programs/Handbook) where you can get presentation material and tips. Please do go through it and help me build it.
> My post consists of 5 (deliberately) provocative statements on the day of and the days after an outreach session. These are framed with the objective of generating debate and suggestions.
> THE DAY OF
> Hypthesis 1: Don't Shoot the Puppy: Outreach is not being done effectively and we aren't adequately introspecting on what we can do better; instead choosing to lose faith in attendees
> Should we discontinue general introduction sessions completely and just convert everything into Wiki workshops? Every second of volunteer time is precious and we need to make sure that every second is made to count. The good sessions appear to be those where people are actually shown how to edit - rather than just doing a song-and-dance about Wikipedia.
> The best sessions are those where people have actual hands-on editing opportunity. Shall we limit the intro session on Wikipedia to just 15 minutes and then spend 45 minute on basic editing, 30 minutes on hand-on editing and leave 30 minutes for Q&A?
> Not everyone is a natural presenter and might need help on basic outreach skills. Is there value and interest in a capacity building roadshow where we help existing editors who want to improve their outreach and presentation skills? Is it useful to pair up a good presenter with a not-so-confident presenter when we are doing outreach?
> THE DAY AFTER
> Hypothesis #2: Staying in Touch: We assume the job is complete after the outreach session when in fact the journey has only just begun
> Can we gather (basic) information about attendees (e.g., names, usernames & email IDs?) so that we can stay in touch with them after sessions?
> Can we get feedback on sessions (duration, level of detail, quality of presenters, etc.?) so that we can all improve? Do we need some sort of CRM solution for this or will something like Google Docs suffice?
> How do we get more folks to actually provide their contact details and feedback? Which of the following will get higher response rates: asking for these just before the end, immediately after the end or the day after a session?
> Hypothesis #3: Nudge-Nudge: Newbies struggle with the most basic things - including which article to select
> Should we send links to useful wiki pages and tutorial videos where they can read up more about how Wikipedia works and how to edit Wikipedia? Can we leave handouts on basic editing after all sessions? Can we send them links to the actual presentations made at the session.
> Can we suggest / elicit potential articles that individual newbies will work on after the workshop? Can we give them individual pointers on what they can do with each article by reviewing them there-and-then during the session?
> Can we schedule a follow-up session (even if virtually using google+ hangout) to clarify any doubts about Wikipedia editing or otherwise - maybe 2 weeks after a session?
> Hypothesis #4: Loneliness - Newbies feel alone and the only time they sense the community is when their edits get reverted
> Should we not encourage them to join project pages (such as the WP:INDIA) and/or the India mailing list and/or their city/language mailing list to get involved with the community?
> Can we involve them in COTM or conduct specific editathons for them?
> Can we celebrate their successes and get newbies to talk to other newbies about how they learnt stuff?
> Hyptothesis #5: Black Hole: No one has a clue about the actual results of outreach
> Can we regularly monitor number & % of active editors after 1 and 3 months of conducting all events? Can we figure out % of mainspace edits from these newbies after 1 and 3 months? Can this be analysed to provide recommendations on how we can do things better?
> Can we actively reach out to those who look like they are struggling? Do we need a CRM tool for something like this?
> Is it useful to track and attempt to co-relate age / profession / subject (if student) / sex of participants to figure out what is likely to give greatest results?
> I have been working to see how can we overcome these challenges and make our outreach efforts far more effective. I'd love to hear from on the above. Some of you have been actively involved in outreach sessions (attending or conducting or planning) an I'd like to know your thoughts and suggestions which might serve as solutions for this set of very real challenges.
I am extremely delighted to announce India's first (?) GLAM collaboration
with a State institution in New Delhi, the capital of India. The* National
Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM)*, New Delhi has approved our draft
and we will soon begin a 6 month pilot project with them.
I have been corresponding with their director for over 2 months now, since
the GLAMcamp in Amsterdam. After a series of conversations with the
Director, Dr Ruchira Ghose, I sent in an approval and after two meetings,
she sent in a revised proposal to the Ministry of Culture in India. Just
two days ago, the Ministry approved this project and has also provided her
a small grant to support our incidental expenses. NHHM has over 30,000
objects including pottery, textiles, metal work, paintings and more.
- 6 month pilot project to churn out 25 'Good Articles'.
- Training staff and capacity building
- Recruiting 10 new editors from art colleges to work on site for
- Make the museum a regular avenue for GLAM meets
Note: Good Articles here doesn't mean GA by en-WP standards. We intend to
create at least 25 articles with substantial information. Would like your
inputs on this.
- Delhi has a small community, so we *really *need help from EVERYONE
possible, local and global
- The staff members are only comfortable with Hindi, so we'd appreciate
ALL help possible from hi-WP editors
- *Biggest challenge: *India is a vast country with craft traditions in
millions of villages. So, at the time of acquiring, many art objects do not
come with published information, documentation and references. Much of this
stuff is 'word of mouth', oral traditions and stories of artisans etc. We
have asked the Museum to start documenting and publishing these stories
under their Publication cell BUT that will take time. Do you think using
oral citations in this case would be helpful?
- Since this is my/our first time, we will appreciate guidance on
scanning, making an MoU and help creating/maintaining the project page. Can
someone please help? *makes puppy face*
I apologize for this really long mail but, my next meeting with the
Director is on the 14th of February when we will start our 'lead-up'
program to the project.
*To all the WiRs: *Did you make some sort of a program schedule or a
timeline that I could use?
I would love all your suggestions on this project and am *very* excited to
make my own share of GLAM contributions and mistakes :) Of course, now we
will also start contributing to TGIM.
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
GNUNIFY techfest is being held at SICSR from 10 to 12th Feb 2011.
There is a Wikimedia hackathon also associated with it.
On 11th February from 10AM to 1 PM there is a Wikipedia Academy which
is to be done by self & Sudhanwa followed by a Marathi Wikipedia
Academy in the afternoon.
Sudhanwa has suddenly got serious family business and not able to
attend. The number of people signing up for English Wikipedia Academy
has increased to over 70.
I request for help from all Wikipedians who are free for the Academy.
They may please make it to
SICSR even if they can only be there part of the time.