The monthly meetup of the Wikipedia is here again in Bangalore.
Your are invited to attend the meeting. We look forward to meeting you all
For more details please checkout the wiki page:
We look forward to some volunteer talks as well.
Any volunteers who can talk on the following (or any other) are welcome:
- Activity on any of the Wikipedias - Hindi, Marathi, Bishnupriya Manipuri,
Bengali, etc (we are fine with remote presentations, we already did some for
- Demo on tools used for dealing with Vandals
- Experience sharing on any outreach activities
Please see the PDF file available at the location
http://shijualexonline.googlepages.com/2010_01_january_en.pdf for a detailed
statistical analysis of the Indian language wikipedias for the month of 2010
The data for this report is taken from the statistical analysis of all the
WikiMedia wikis prepared and maintained by Erik Zachte (Website:
http://infodisiac.com/). The statistics is available at
http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/Sitemap.htm. Special thanks to Erik for all
the support he has extended while I was compiling this report.
The data is collected on the last day of every month. That is, the
statistical data for the month of 2010 January is collected at 2010 January
31 23:59 PM GMT. The statistical analysis of the following Indian language
wikipedias is included in this blog post.
* Assamese (http://as.wikipedia.org)
* Bengali (http://bn.wikipedia.org)
* Bhojpuri (http://bh.wikipedia.org)
* Bishnupriya Manipuri (http://bpy.wikipedia.org)
* Gujarathi (http://gu.wikipedia.org)
* Hindi (http://hi.wikipedia.org)
* Kannada (http://kn.wikipedia.org)
* Kashmiri (http://ks.wikipedia.org)
* Malayalam (http://ml.wikipedia.org)
* Marathi (http://mr.wikipedia.org)
* Odia (Oriya) (http://or.wikipedia.org)
* Pali (http://pi.wikipedia.org)
* Punjabi (http://pa.wikipedia.org)
* Sanskrit (http://sa.wikipedia.org)
* Sindhi (http://sd.wikipedia.org)
* Tamil (http://ta.wikipedia.org)
* Telugu (http://te.wikipedia.org)
* Urdu (http://ur.wikipedia.org)
I have also included some other languages of Indian Subcontinent like
Sinhala, Burmese, and so on;
* Burmese (http://my.wikipedia.org)
* Nepal Bhasha/Newari (http://new.wikipedia.org)
* Nepali (http://ne.wikipedia.org)
* Sinhala (http://si.wikipedia.org)
I know that these languages are not among the official languages the India.
But I am very much interested to see the wiki activity for these languages
due to various reasons. Especially Sinhala and Burmese Wikipedia.
I hope this initiative will improve the interaction between different Indian
Language Wikipedias/wikipedians. We (Malayalam Wikipedians -
http://ml.wikipedia.org) are maintaining a similar comparison study of the
major Indian Language wikipedias for the past two years. This analysis has
helped us to understand the status of Malayalam Wikipedia as compared to
other Indian Language Wikipedias. I hope this report will help other Indian
language wikipedias also.
Please feel free to add your suggestions/analysis as comment to this post. I
have divided this report into two different sections.
1. Statistical analysis of Wikipedias
2. Localization status of Mediawiki software
Following are the different topics covered under each section.
Number of Articles
Number of Edits
Break up of edits (2009 February – 2010 January)
Edits per article
Number of new articles/day
Average size of an article (bytes)
Database size (in Mega Bytes)
Percentage of articles with size greater than 500 bytes
Percentage of articles with size greater than 2000 bytes (2 kilobytes)
Number of active wikipedians
Page views per month (All figures in Lakhs/month)
Media Wiki Localization status (percentage)
See the PDF http://shijualexonline.googlepages.com/2010_01_january_en.pdffor
the detailed analysis. You can make your own analysis and conclusions
after going through each topic in the PDF.
Along with each month's statistical report, I would like to put forward a
question related to Indian langaugage Wikis The question for this month is
*Question for 2010 january:* *Which is the first Indian language Wikipedia?*
Support your answer with sufficient references.
Please let me know in case there are any issues.
Srikanth - and others - these recommendations need your immediate
input. While there is further discussion possible on the Strategy Task
the current set of recommendations need refinement before they can
become actionable strategies.
Therefore, your input over the weekend - by Monday - is appreciated.
Some time ago, the Wikimedia Foundation embarked on an ambitious
strategy project that covered several topics, including India. That
strategy project is now in discussion phase. Discussions on India were
initially slow; now, however, there are tentative suggestions that need
your input and help in refining.
If you have a few minutes to help with this exercise, please go to:
http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Task_force/India and add in your
comments/ suggestions/ critiques - or your own recommendations.
The strategy recommendations will serve as the Wikimedia Foundation's
guide to strengthening work related to Wikipedia and sister projects
within India, so the extent you can help craft the recommendations is
the extent to which you will be helped back. Please participate: we need
your input NOW!
There's been some discussion on this list of an Economic Times article
that appeared a few days ago
and seeing as I am apparently quoted in the article, I thought I'd
clarify a few things.
On the ET article:
1) I did not in fact speak to the Economic Times - the quotes they've
attributed to me are their own summaries of discussions that I've had
with you and others on this mailing list and on the strategy project
wiki (http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Task_force/India) as well as an
interview with Bridgespan, the consultants who are working with the
Wikimedia Foundation on this strategy exercise
(http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Interviews/Achal_Prabhala). A pity
that ET didn't think it necessary to make contact; I could have put them
on to Wikipedians on this list, and if they had spoken to you, I think
it would have made for a more complete article.
On the India chapter:
2) As most of you know, there have been discussions around starting up
an India chapter since about 2004. As you also know, the early
initiatives stalled. In 2008, Jimmy Wales and Sue Gardner visited Kochi,
Bangalore and Chennai - and during that visit, were able to stir up
considerable enthusiasm among Wikipedians to get a chapter going. Since
that time, I have helped a few interested Wikipedians to set up the
infrastructure for a future Indian Wikimedia chapter - a few good people
who were unwise enough to sign up for a long slog through the annals of
bureaucracy, and who were furthermore willing to devote the better part
of 2009 to understanding the minutiae of Indian tax law! (Not to mention
extended - and extremely useful - discussions with the Wikimedia
3) The people who have been involved in the exercise thus far are:
Gautam John (gkjohn at gmail dot com), Anirudh Singh Bhati
Anoop (anoop dot ind at gmail dot com), Arjuna Rao Chavala (arjunaraoc
at googlemail dot com), Arun Ram (arunram25 at gmail dot com), Hari
Prasad Nadig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:HPN), BalaSundaraRaman
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sundar) and Kiruba Shankar (kiruba at
kiruba dot com). The institution in India which has been helping them,
along with me, is a Bangalore-based organisation that many of you might
already be familiar with: the Centre for Internet and Society
(www.cis-india.org). CIS is a non-profit that works to broaden the scope
of the internet and related technologies in India; it has been providing
weekly space for Wikipedia meet-ups, as well as some financial
assistance with the actual drafting of registration documents.
4) As you have pointed out, the information on meta is not up to date.
This, in part, is because the folks who have been working so hard on
getting a chapter registered are yet to formulate an acceptable draft of
the bye-laws to share with the broader Wikipedian community. However,
they will soon have that information ready, and welcome your feedback
and suggestions. Starting from the beginning of next week, the meta page
will reflect the current status of chapter development, and a draft of
bye-laws will be available for public comment by anyone interested in
contributing to the process. Meanwhile, and after, please feel free to
contact any of the people listed above for specific information that you
5) Finally, a word on participation. It hardly needs saying that the
ensuing Indian Wikimedia chapter is an entity that requires - and needs
- the participation of every single Wikipedian who is interested in
contributing time, energy and ideas. The work and administration of the
chapter will be transparent, democratic and open; it will function in
exactly the way you decide it should. I'm looking forward to it, as I am
to seeing your ideas for Wikimedia in India take shape.