I am posting a detailed summary of the Bangalore celebrations, apologies for
making it long to read, but hey it was 12 hours of celebration!
It was a great start to the day with overwhelming response to see 10
volunteers 8 am at the venue willing to help and with that, the number of
people coming in very slowly but steadily increasing. Around 9:30 AM we
began the days proceedings at Lecture hall with Arunram welcoming the people
with an Introduction of the event and we had informal round of introductions
of people who were there(50 already!). We then had different Indic language
wiki communities presenting reports with Bellayat joining over Skype from
Dhaka being the first to provide an update on Bengali Wikipedia. Arjuna
followed it with Telugu Wikipedia update.HP Nadig followed with update on
Kannada Wikipedia. Sundar followed it with Tamil Wikipedia report and
audience were very receptive so much that we needed to cut short the Q&A for
time constraints.Kiran Gopi provided the Malayalam Wikipedia report followed
by myself giving an update of WP:INDIA Project of English Wikipedia.We also
had a small discussion on Five pillars,policies etc. We broke for tea
around 11:30 AM and the crowd was 75 by then. Arunram continued with
Sanskrit Wikipedia report and then there was an open discussion on way
forward,future which was lively. The final number of people who attended
morning session was close to around 100 people. Each language report
contained information on stats, community, challanges, outreach activities
and way forward.
Just before breaking for lunch we took this picture
showing ten as theme.
We regrouped for Segment 2(Special Interest groups) around 2:15 PM and
Arjuna quickly gave the format of the event.(Collaboration with Special
Interest Groups). There was a Birds track lead by Shyamal and the bird
watching community in Bangalore. The photography track was handled by HP
Nadig covering commons. The technology track had myself presenting overview
of technology / hacks possible with Wikipedia and then Kiran providing a
hands on demo on mwclient and wiki-analysis project. Sundar joined in to
give a brief session on Bots and pywikipediabot framework. The different
language groups had discussions at the foyer area with Arjuna leading
Telugu, Shiju / Kiran leading Malayalam, Sundar leading Tamil and HP Nadig
leading Kannada Wikipedias respectively. The number of people who attended
Segment 2 was around 150 people.
We broke for a tea around 4:30 PM and regrouped ourselves at the main
auditorium around 5:20 when we had a sudden change in the agenda after Jimmy
wanted to have the Skype call earlier. It helped us in a better way with
Jimmy addressing the audience and kickstarting the Segment 3 around 5:40 PM.
Thanks a lot Jimmy :) . We then had Manish explained about how Wikipedia
works, community, Foundation, Statistics, India specific stats and gave an
overall Introductory talk on Wikipedia to the larger audience(Around 200 .
We then played some videos from the WikimediaFoundation youtube channel with
editors sharing their experiences. HP Nadig then formally announced the
formation of the Chapter and did an interactive Session ''Namma Wikipedia''
with audience on How they used Wikipedia. Around 6:30 PM there was a talk by
Lawrence Liang. We had a small break and at 7:10 PM Sundar anchored the
audience session on "How I became a Wikipedian" with editors sharing their
stories on how they became Wikipedians. Then we had a very interactive panel
discussion with renowned people like Prof.Sadagopan - Founder Director
IIIT-B, Writer Madanmohan Rao, Achal Prabhala - Wikimedia foundation
advisory and Sunil Abraham - Executive Director Centre for Internet and
Society, speaking on Wikipedia and its role moderated by Arunram. We called
it a day by 8:15 PM and it was quite a day! [PS: I couldnt update evening
session in detail since i was doing some running around]
230+ people attending the event on a festive day(Sankaranti) was quite an
accomplishment and shows the amount of love people have for Wikipedia :). I
would like to thank each one of them for making this event a success.
I would like to thank Jimmy, Lawrence Liang and the panelists for making it
to the event with their busy schedules.
On behalf of Bangalore Wikipedians, I would like to thank our sponsors,
National Institute of Advanced Sciences (NIAS) for providing an absolutely
wonderful venue for the event free of cost, Microsoft Research India for
sponsoring food,refreshments, Discovery India for sponsoring the publicity
materials, Centre for Internet & Society for providing Wifi,sponsoring
Videography at the event in a very short notice, being always there for
Wikipedian community in Bangalore. [Yes most of the event is recorded and
would be up on commons in a few days!] and Wikimedia Foundation for all
those tees and nice goodies :)
Last but the least the volunteers without which the day wouldnt have been
what it was. Abu,Anoop,Arjuna Rao Chawla, Arunram, Arunganesh, Gautham,
Harsha,HP Nadig, Kiran Gopi, Kiran Jonnalagadda, Manish, Melvin, Philip
Tiju, Sundar, Suma, Srikanta, Sathyamurthy, Swaroop Rao, Tinucherian, Vishal
Gayakvad, Vimal, Srinivas Gunta,
Royson[CIS],Sunil,Ramesh[NIAS],Sashidharan[NIAS]. Sincere apologies if i had
missed anyone on the list.
Since i didnt have camera, there are no pictures from me, expect them from
others soon on commons :)
Let this be a new larger wave of community in Bangalore and hope our monthly
meetup participation increases folds and more importantly more people join
the movement and "edit the world".
PS : This also happened to be my farewell wiki-meetup at Bangalore since am
relocating, will miss Bangalore meetups :( :(
Just came sometime back from the WP10 Celebrations. Last 2-3
days were hectic a bit to say the least.
I would be putting a detailed report both on my blog as well as link
it here or put some snippets here. Although what would entice me or
make this exercise really worthwhile is if and when Barry puts up the
photographs he took of the little children with their nice,
non-corrupted, non-cynical ideas of what wikipedia is.
Greetings from Pune :)
Shirish Agarwal शिरीष अग्रवाल
My quotes in this email licensed under CC 3.0
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A wonderful birthday gift from Erik Zachte to all of us. Happy 10th!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Erik Zachte <erikzachte(a)infodisiac.com>
Date: Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Subject: First release of Report Card for India (Beta)
Here is the first release of a Report Card for India, mostly following
Mani’s proposed layout. As promised just in time for the 15th , and even
including automatically generated charts. (R is a productive tool, but fine
tuning chart layout is not exactly trivial).
The charts show multi-year trends, as this provides a much better
perspective than one year line plots.
The plan is to switch to multi-year trends on the General Report Card as
Of course this is only a first draft. More key metrics could be added (e.g.
number of admins per 1000 editors).
Shiju, I hope this also can serve as a basis to ease your monthly reporting
chore, please let me know what you think it.
Also I hope to generate this ‘wiki at a glance’ report for each Wikimedia
and provide other regional sets.
Happy 10th anniversary!
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Wikipedians in Pune have come together to contribute to Wikipedia and
Commons. They have formed a Facebook cum Flickr group:
The piece below is the philosophy behind the group. It also gives details of
some activities we have already carried out.
Its notable as a ready-made explanation that you can use for your own
evangelism and available under CC Attribution Sharealike.
WIKIPUNERI (Facebook & Flickr group)
Before I explain what WikiPuneri group does, I would like to explain in
short about Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons is not an encyclopaedia, it
is a media repository. Wikipedia, as you all know, is the free online
encyclopaedia which anyone can edit. There are a total of 278 Wikipedias in
the world, each in a different language. The English Wikipedia is the
largest with 3,528,428 articles. As of now there are twenty wikipedias in
Indian languages - including in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi,
blah, blah and blah. Of these Marathi Wikipedia is the third in size with
over 30,000 articles. In addition there are twenty more wikipedias in other
Indian languages in the process of being developed. Now why I have mentioned
this is because all of these use photographs, video clips and sound files.
Now, it is a waste of space for each Wikipedia to load its images
exclusively for itself. Hence the Wikimedia Foundation has created another
project called as Wikimedia Commons or in short just Commons. Commons is the
media repository. All photos, video clips and sound files are uploaded here
just once and they immediately become available to all wikipedias.
The number of images on Wikimedia Commons about an important subject say
Pune city is important. That is because all the images on Commons are free.
When I say free, I mean free as in free speech as well as in free beer. You
are free to use them as you wish, even commercially, as long as you
attribute whose image you have used and as long as you make the material
available under a free license. These images on Commons are placed under one
of a variety of licenses that give you these rights and permissions - this
kind of license is called a free license, which allows you to use the images
as you wish, as long as you attribute and give free license to people to use
your work in turn. The most common free license used around the world is the
Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license.
Why? Why this talk about free licenses? Because images are usually
copyrighted with all rights reserved by the creator. Because a person who is
going to break the law and steal or illegally use your image will not bother
about whether image is copyrighted or free to use. But the law abiding
person can neither use a copyrighted image whose creator has kept all rights
for himself without breaking the law nor can he afford it. Usually you have
to pay a fee ranging from a hundred to tens of thousands of rupees to use a
photograph commercially per image. Poor people cant afford that, even if the
cause is noble or good for society. Many people agree to permit use of their
photos free for a good cause, but it is difficult or sometimes impossible to
contact people who have good images on Flickr, Picassa or web ste. So a
repository of free images is required. Wikimedia Commons is exactly that -
it not only stores images for Wikipedias but also makes them available for
everyone in society to use, even commercially.
Imagine a person, Mr Patil, who has knowledge which he wants to share with
the world. Suppose he wants to write a very economically priced book on
Butterflies Of Maharashtra in Marathi for all the children of Maharashtra to
read. To illustrate it he will need over three hundred images. If he buys
the images, the book will be extremely costly and not free or cheap. But he
can take the images from Commons and use them to illustrate his book. He
will have to do only two things - acknowledge the person whose photos he has
used and publish it not under copyright with all rights reserved but with
free Creative Commons license I mentioned to you. Mr Patil can use these
images, print the book cheaply and even make a small honest profit.
The free license allows people to use Mr Patil's book in a constructive
manner. They can make derivatives. A biology teacher takes material from his
book and makes a chart of common butterflies for display in class rooms. He
acknowledges at the bottom of the chart that the information is taken from
Patil's book, mentions the authors of images used and publishes the chart
under a free lisense. Another person thinks that the book and chart are
valuable educational resources and translates it into English, Hindi, and
other Indian Languages. The free license permits them to do so. And so on.
The information and images get re-used freely, the contributions of all
people are acknowledged and same freedoms are passed on by means of the
In such a context, it is important that enough free images are available on
Commons to empower our people. If you check Wikimedia Commons today, you
will find very few images of Pune. For example, there are more than 500
historial places such as temples, wadas, buidings etc in Pune city alone but
only five such places are covered in Commons. There are images of front gate
of Shaniwarwada but none of the many wonders inside.
So some photographers of Pune have decided to remedy this by starting a
programme to add images of historical monuments of our city onto Commons. We
have formed a group of like minded people on Facebook and Flickr who are
keen to further this noble cause to help society. We call this group
"WikiPuneri". We have already started with our first focus being
Shaniwarwada the landmark symbol of Pune city which we photographed last
Sunday. In coming weeks we will add many more images of Pune and Maharashtra
so that hopefully by the time Wikipedia becomes 11 years of age, all of
Pune's monuments are photographed.
The other thing we will do is that we will ensure that both Marathi and
English Wikipedias have articles on all these monuments and landmarks. In
this way, our exposure of our beloved Pune will increase. People can get all
the important information about Pune that they need from Wikipedia and
images from Wikimedia Commons.
On the function on 15th January 2011, as a symbolic gesture, we will be
uploading in front of everyone for the first time an image which we have
taken and contributed to Wikimedia Commons. Hopefully that will be followed
by many, many more!
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My article on Wikipedia's 10 year anniversary and Bengali Wikipedia
was published in the Daily Samakal, Bangladesh.
The article was titled: উইকিপিডিয়ার ১০ বছর -- জনমানুষের বিশ্বকোষের জয়যাত্রা
Ragib Hasan, Ph.D
NSF Computing Innovation Fellow and
Assistant Research Scientist
Dept of Computer Science
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218