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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
A gentle reminder of the Deadline of* TODAY* for the application of
Wikimania Scholarships !
With Warm Regards,
On 1/25/2012 5:19 PM, CherianTinu Abraham wrote:
Wikimania is the annual international conference of Wikimedians ,
jointly hosted by the local team ( usually local chapter) and the Wikimedia
The previous conferences were held in Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Boston,
USA (2006), Taipei, Taiwan (2007), Alexandria, Egypt (2008), Buenos Aires,
Argentina (2009), Gdańsk, 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
Partial scholarships will subsidize up to 300€ 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
Please feel free to forward this to various language and city mailing lists
and encourage other Wikimedians to apply.
All the best wishes!
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From: aude <aude.wiki(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Wikimania scholarships deadline: Feb 16
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Reminder that the deadline to apply for a Wikimania 2012 travel scholarship
is February 16 (23:59 UTC). We encourage you to apply!
Full travel scholarships, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and chapters
(France, UK, Israel, Austria), will cover transportation, hostel
accommodations, and conference registration. Partial scholarships are also
offered by WMF (and Wikimedia Hungary).
Wikimania 2012 will take place July 12-15 at the George Washington
University in Washington, DC. The call for participation is also open now
(deadline: March 18), and registration is open.
President, Wikimedia District of Columbia
@wikimediadc / @wikimania2012
With Warm Regards,
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.
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From: Jayanta Nath <jayantanth(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: Problem in editing
To: Anubhab Baksi <anubhab91(a)gmail.com>
Cc: Kalyan Sarkar <kalyan.sarkar(a)gmail.com>
Please log-in and go to
My preferences tab, then go to Editing Tab and deselect two option below.
Use external editor by default (for experts only, needs special settings on
your computer. More
Use external diff by default (for experts only, needs special settings on
your computer. More
On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM, Anubhab Baksi <anubhab91(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Jayantada,
> When I try to edit Wikipedia, I suffer from a peculiar problem- every
> time a php is about to be downloaded. It started around two weeks ago.
> I have tried in many web browsers, e.g. Firefox, Safari, IE 9, Comet
> Bird- but the problem is not settled.
> Please suggest me a way.
> Thank you in advance.
*Education Times/ Times of India : "Knowledge Unbounded"*
Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata along with Wikimedia
Foundation hosted the first WikiAcademy Conference in Eastern India
recently in the college premises.
Wikimedia Foundation operates Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and other
sister sites. It was a half-day workshop to sensitise participants about
Wikipedia and to help them add to the already vast source of knowledge.
The WikiAcademy workshop was part of the Kolkata Chapter of Wikimedia
Foundation with the objective of educating students and enthusiasts
about the availability and use of free and open educational content and
also to build the capacity to contribute such resources in various
The conference began with a brief history and overview of Wikipedia
conducted by Hisham Mundol, consultant, Wikimedia Foundation, followed
by an interactive session which brought up interesting insights.
"Wikipedia is the first one-stop address for a wide range of topics and
the information available is provided by our passionate editors who
regularly contribute articles and even crosscheck others. WikiAcademy is
an attempt to encourage others to share their knowledge and also get to
know the fifth website in terms of highest page views," Mundol explained.
A live workshop on editing was conducted by Jayanta Nath, coordinator of
Bengali Wikipedia where the participants tried their hands at editing
For those interested in Indian languages, a session was arranged to
enable the setting up of Wikipedia in their preferred languages.
A student and who tried his hands at editing, Shoubhik Bose shared,
"Wikipedia contributors like us can actually free education from cost
and language barriers. The fact that my edit will be visible to a
million users all over the world motivates me to edit Wikipedia
articles. I would love to be a part of more WikiAcademy workshops with
the Wikipedia readers and editors."
Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes
only. The publisher ( Education Times/ Times of India ) of the above
news article owns the copyrights of the article / content. All
copyrights are duly acknowledged.
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