I have recently relocated to Indore. I am exploring the opportunity of
organising Xth anniversary celebrations of Wikipedia here. If there are any
people on this list who are from Indore or near by, please contact me off-list
at the earliest.
Wikimedia handle: Gurubrahma
Looking for something to read on my flight to Delhi, I saw a magazine called
"Digit" with 3 DVDs for 250 Rs. On one of the DVDs was the Wikimedia logo,
so I had to check it out.
Turns out that the DVD contained a small number of featured pictures from
Wikimedia Commons. One of the other DVDs had a video of Jimmy's recent
Mumbai talk on it.
Now, I don't think they obtained permission to use our logo, and I didn't
check for media attribution, but it was nice to see regardless.
Here is the project proposal post made to Foundation-I mail-list for
starting a wiki to monitor the government spending. I guess here in India,
we must be more that convinced that a sustained, widely accessible and
comprehensive continuous tracking of Gov spending is key. If our ex-Prime
Minister is to be believed, out of every 1 rupee of public money spent, only
15 paise reach the intended destination.
This effort is supposed to bring clarity about the allocations and actual
delivery to bring forth the requisite citizen's pressure on the govt for
greater accountability. This is a massive undertaking, no single person /
org can do it. As initial check suggests, there are many sources of
information, we need to act as a central publicly accessable and easy to use
/ modify repository for existing info and then start filling the information
Project Proposal has been made @
Initial site can be set up on one of the wiki-farms, like Wikia. Requesting
I will also try to attend today's Wikipedia:Meetup in Bangalore, hopefully
to meet with some of you there.
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From: FT2 <ft2.wiki(a)gmail.com>
Date: 16 December 2010 22:01
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fwd: Project Proposal - wiki to monitor the
government spending - GovSpendWatch Wiki
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
This would surely be interesting to a lot of people. But Wikimedia itself is
not a political body, so projects like this may not be seen as appropriate
A lot of projects with wide interest are hosted on wiki farms though.
There are many wiki farms and other bodies and many groups use wikis for the
kind of proposal you have. Perhaps set up a wiki on a wiki
On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 3:29 AM, Ryan Lomonaco <wiki.ral315(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Forwarded to the whole list on behalf of a non-member.
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> From: gps <gadgil.ps(a)gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM
> Subject: Project Proposal - wiki to monitor the government spending -
> GovSpendWatch Wiki
> To: foundation-l-owner(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> One of the biggest problems of democratic givernance is that Allocated
> for various causes, initiatives and projects disappear due to corruption,
> mismanagement or just lie unutilised due to poor or non-existant public
> Another aspect is that the public Audit watchdogs in may countries is
> to function independently, and their reports disappear when inconvenient.
> Many a times the issues come to limelight when irreparable damage has been
> done, due to media expose or due to increasingly used Right-to-Information
> provisions, however media moves on to next issue, and there is no
> vigil over the public expenditure. The same issue is rampant in Asia,
> and even in developed countries.
> We need a Global countrywise repository for monitoring, tracking,
> identifying possible issues in public expenditure. The domain is important
> enough for Wikimedia, and the support / backing crucial enough for the
> platform to succeed.
> Pl. consider this request to start a wiki to monitor the government
> spending, possibly named as GovSpendWatch-Wiki.
> Project Proposal has been made @
> Pl. forward the proposal to foundation-l mail-list for review.
> prasad gadgil - प्रसाद गाडगीळ
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I need to write about Wikipedia in India. Need to know about access and
content creation with an Indian angle. Are Indian surfers using Wiki a
lot? Any statistics would help (growth over past few years)
Similarly do Indians create/contribute content? What is your take on
Feel free to include any other topic related to Wiki-India.
Your input will be of great help for the chapter I am writing in a book.
Please feel free to directly write to me.
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Just a gentle reminder regarding the Bangalore Wikimeetup23 today @ 3 PM
Danese Cooper, Chief Technical Officer, Wikimedia Foundation, Alolita
Sharma, Engineering Programs Manager, Wikimedia Foundation will be attending
this meetup. Unfortunately, Erik Moeller is unable to attend due to an early
flight out of the country. However, he will be available at the venue at
around 1:30 PM.
Please note the change in the venue this time. It is TERI auditorium , but
very close to CIS office.
logicwiki & Me will be at the venue by 1-1:30 PM , so if you would like to
help with setting up things, feel free to join us :)
We are planning for Wikipedia X Celebrations at Bangalore. As part of the
event, we want to showcase / recognize best of Indian wikipedia/wikimedia
content, best efforts by communities, people behind the scenes and
outstanding individual contributions. I have created a page and listed a
few that i knew. Please feel free to add to the page to make a complete list
including updates from as much communities as possible. Please post this
message in various language communities. Thank you
To all Puneri Wikipedians (both tatya and non-tatya),
Gosh, just saw the grand scale of events planned in Bangalore. Pune's
missing on the list.
We need to be on the world map guys. Has anyone planned anything? Our
Marathi Wikipedia crowd?
I suggest one or all or even better more of the following be organised :
* Newbie meet (I volunteer to give an editing tutorial session in English
cum Marathi by me but on English Wikipedia. I could be partnered by someone
showing the same for Marathi Wikipedia).
* Marathi Wikipedia Meetup.
* Wikimedia loves Pune photothon, where people go and photograph Pune's
landmarks and add them to Commons.
* Outreach activities to schools/colleges?
* Any takers for birdwatching a la Bangalore/Shyamal?