It would be cool when the request for the Ahirani language is completed.
What is necessary is information of the "proposer" and people interested in
working on this language.
In the mean time I have written a "Mingle story" asking for the support for
the Ahirani language. The request is to have a configuration *exactly* like
Marathi for WebFonts and Narayam. It will likely take three weeks before
this is implemented on the Incubator. Before this we will have it
implemented on translatewiki.net.
When it has been implemented at twn, we want to get confirmation that it is
as it needs to be. Having a "language support team" for Ahirani (and any
other language) really helps.
On 3 December 2011 06:38, deepak sapkale <deepak_sapkale(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> I am Deepak Sapkale, 27 year old software engineer, currently working at L
> & T Infotech. I had attended Wiki Conference India 2011 and was really
> inspired to create new language which is spoken in my native town. The
> language is called "Ahirani" . The script of Ahirani is "Devanagari" which
> used for Hindi and Marathi languages.
> Please advise me, how can I proceed with this one.
> Deepak Sapkale
> contact no, home: +91-022-21717690
> mobile no: +91-9920997888
> Home is behind
> The world ahead.
> And there are many paths to tread.
> Through shadow,
> To the edge of night
> Until the stars are all alight
> Mist and shadow
> Cloud and shade
> All shall fade
> All shall...fade.
> Wikipedia-l mailing list
We are organizing a Photo Walk in Kolkata on 18th December 2011 (Sunday)
morning. We'll cover the central business districts of Dalhousie
(B.B.D.Bag) and Esplanade (Dharmatala). Everyone is welcome to the event.
We are still finalizing the list of buildings and architectures that we
would like to cover. Therefore, any suggestions regarding the event are
Thanks and regards,
On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM, Hisham <hisham(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Good luck on this wonderful initiative, folks. It would be fantastic to
> have many more good images of your fascinating city!
> fyi: you might want to put this up on the India mailing list as well -
> because some folks might be on that list but not on the West Bengal list.
> Warm Regards,
> On Dec 7, 2011, at 11:06 AM, Biswarup Ganguly wrote:
> Dear Kalyan,
> Thank you for a much hoped and encouraging proposal for the ‘Photowalk’!
> The Commons needs more good quality photographs of Kolkata. I welcome to
> Mr. Rangan Datta, the list of the heritage buildings that given by him is
> really useful to us. May i re-propose with the following points:
> 1. It is open to all, Wikimedians or non-wikimedians, anybody can
> participate with camera or without camera.
> 2. We will meet at the CSTC bus stand of Esplanade, Kolkata at sharp
> 6:55 am on 18th December, 2011.
> 3. After having a cup of tea we will start to north up to Victoria
> building, then turn left towards Dalhousie area up to Strand road, then
> Aakasbani Bhaban and return to Chittada’s tea shop to have tea again with
> snacks. Total time required is about 2.5 to 3 hours.
> 4. I suggest please bring a note book and pen to write down the
> details of whatever (s)he photographed for uploading purpose.
> 5. There will not be any subject bar.
> 6. We encourage uploading to Commons, but it is optional.
> 7. Please see the general guidelines at Wikimedia Commons:Image
> Wth regards.
> On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:42 AM, Kalyan Sarkar <kalyan.sarkar(a)gmail.com
> Dear All,
> Let me introduce you to Rangan Datta, the renowned travel photographer,
> whose travelogues are a regular feature in the columns of The Telegraph,
> Hindustan Times and other dailies. He would be joining us at the Kolkata
> Photo Walk on 18th December 2011 (Sunday). He has suggested below, a list
> of buildings that we can cover along with some important tips.
> Biswarup da, As discussed, would you kindly send the schedule and route
> map that you intend to propose?
> Let us make this Photo Walk a grand success!
> Thanks and regards,
> Kalyan Sarkar
> On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Rangan Datta <rangan_datta(a)yahoo.com
> Dear Kalyan and othe wikipedia Calcutta members
> Here is a list of buildings to be photographed:
> 1. Metropolitan Building*
> 2. Victoria House
> 3. Statesman House
> 4. Tipu Sultan Mosque*
> 5. Defence East India Headquarters
> 6. Raj Bhavan
> 7. Junior Staff quaters of Raj Bhavan.
> 8. National Assurance Building
> 9. Currency Building*
> 10. Central Telegraph Office.
> 11. St John's Church
> 12. Town Hall
> 13. High Court
> 14. Metcalf Hall*
> 15. GPO
> 16. Calcutta Collectorate
> 17. Eastern Rail Headquaters
> 18. Writer's Building (there is restriction)
> 19. St Andrew's Church
> 20. Lal Bazar
> 21. Beth el Synagogue
> 22. Magen David Synagogue
> 23. Portuguese Church
> 24. Armenian Church
> The ones marked with * are best photographed in the afternoon.
> This list is not exhaustive,
> Some related links from my website & Blog
> - Calcutta Architecture<
> - St. John's Church<http://rangan-datta.info/photo/thumbs.php?gallery=41
> - Links from my Blog<
> I think we should restrict ourselves to outdoor shots only. Apart fro St.
> John's Church we need we ned permision to shoot the interiors of other
> Looking forward for the photowalk.
> Biswarup Ganguly
As part of my discussions with Indic language Wikipedians I spoke with few
Malayalam wikimedians also. Malayalam wikimedians spoke about their editing
experiences, their vision about ml wiki projects, and other related topics.
I have summarized the discussions in meta wiki.
Malayalam with more than 3.5 crore speakers is one of the 22 scheduled
languages of India. Malayalam is primarily spoken in the Indian state of
Kerala. There are some very interesting features of Kerala, from a
Wikimedia perspective. It has amongst the highest rates of literacy in the
country. It also has a (relatively) high Internet reach. Unlike most
states, there is (relatively) lower urban rural divide in Kerala. In fact,
the term "rurban" is sometimes used to refer to the state.
I have been personally associated with Malayalam Wikipedia for the past 5
years and it has been a labour of love for me. Along the way, I have seen
this community growing from just 3 active editors to more than 90 active
There are 2 particularly compelling chapters in the Malayalam Wikimedia
story. The first is the huge importance and concerted efforts made for the
community development. Personally, I think community development is the
single most important aspect for the growth of Indic wikimedia projects and
it is inspiring to see how this community has adopted it. Another really
noteworthy feature is the efforts made to retain existing editors.
Malayalam Wikimedia has done this very successfully by starting
interesting Wikiprojects on specific subject areas.
Personally I had associated with lot of ml wiki outreach activities. When I
looked at the statistics recently, I found community had conducted more
than 20 wiki workshops across 14 districts of Kerala. Then offline CD
release, photo events, numerous non-offfical wiki workshops that are
happening as part of blog meetings, introducing ml wiki projects during the
meeting of various social organizations, there are so many things happening
around. The involvement of government organizations and social
organizations is another noteworthy thing.
The activism in sister projects (Wikisource, wiktionary, and Wikiquotes) is
also noteworthy. I have seen sister projects (especially wikisource)
getting more attention than wikipedia and school students are involved in
adding content to wikisource.
Malayalam wikimedians have achieved a lot and there are lessons for the
other indic language communities from what the community had done.
However, there is so so much that still needs to be done to build the
community, improve the quality and size of articles, and increase the reach
of ml wiki projects.
Kindly read the experience of Malayalam Wikimedians at:
I realize this is a bit off-topic for the list. The intent is to put
forth the always present tussle between classical usage and colloquial
one. I haven't managed to dig out the circular though.
In a bid to overcome problems posed by difficult Hindi words,
Governmenthas asked section officers to use their ” hinglish”
replacements foreasy understanding and better promotion of the
The order issued by the Rajbhasha unit of Ministry of Home Affairs
wasrecently re-circulated in various offices after it was
officiallymentioned that such puritan use of Hindi generates
disinterest among masses.
The circular recommended that difficult Hindi words can be replaced
withEnglish alternatives in Devanagari script for official work.
Citing examples, Department of Official Language at Home Ministry
said‘misil’ can be replaced with file, ‘pratyabhuti’ with
guarantee,‘kunjipatal’ with keyboard and ‘sanganak’ with omnipresent
It also advocated use of popular Hindi words and English alternatives
tomake the language more attractive and popular in offices and masses.
“Whenever, during the official work, Hindi is used as
translatinglanguage, it becomes difficult and complex. There is an
urgent need tomake changes in the process of English to Hindi
translations.Translations should carry expression of the original text
rather thanword-by-word Hindi substitute,” the circular said.
It said use of popular words of Urdu, English, and other
regionallanguages should be promoted in official correspondence. Pure
Hindishould be for literary purposes while practical ‘mixed’ version
It said it is better to use English terms in Devnagri script than
totranslate them in pure Hindi.
Worth checking out for the Chapter? And the Trust? Maybe both together?
"Datawind, the inventor of world's cheapest tablet computer – UbiSlate
– has joined hands with NASSCOM Foundation to help bridge the digital
divide in India.
Partnership focuses to announce a contest targeting the non-profit
network across India, wherein 10 of them will stand an opportunity to
win 20 Aakash tablets/UbiSlates each, to improve their operations and
programme implementation, said a press release.
The contest will open between December 2011 and January 2012.
How will the winning streak be decided? Each of the participating
organizations will have to showcase how best the UbiSlate will be used
for socio-economic challenges such as education, health and
NASSCOM Foundation definitely sees potential for the information and
communication technologies sector playing a crucial role in the
process of social change."
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Josh Lim <jamesjoshualim(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 2:29 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-asia-chapters] Wiki Loves Monuments 2012
To: "wikimedia-asia-chapters(a)lists.wikimedia.org" <
The 2012 Wiki Loves Monuments competition will become global next year, and
I'd like to ask how many countries in Asia intend to participate in Wiki
Loves Monuments. During Wikimania last August, a pan-Asian Wiki Loves
Monuments-style contest was proposed as a common project of the Asian
communities, and with the global competition, I think we can focus our
efforts on the global competition instead. However, we can have something
like an "Asia's Best Picture" award or something like that.
Wikimedia Philippines had expressed interest in organizing a local Wiki
Loves Monuments competition next year during GLAMcamp Amsterdam, and I hope
other Asian chapters and communities will likewise be interested in doing
the same thing. Information on next year's competition may be found at
JAMES JOSHUA G. LIM
Block I1, AB Political Science
Major in Global Politics, Minor in Chinese Studies
Class of 2013, Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Vice-President (2011-2012), Wikimedia Philippines
Member, Ateneo Debate Society
Member, The Assembly
Member, Ateneo Lingua Ars Cultura
jamesjoshualim(a)yahoo.com | +63 (927) 531-8301
Friendster/Facebook/Twitter: akiestar | Wikimedia: Sky Harbor
Wikimedia-asia-chapters mailing list
On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 15:39, Jayanta Nath <jayantanth(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> 1) On-spot *India Chapter membership* for visitors if they wish.
Was : Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Proposal: Wikipedia participation at 'Kolkata
Book Fair 2012'
I think we are going for numbers game here. Whats the point of on-spot
membership? Seriously, does having 50,000 chapter members do any great
thing for Wikipedia? I seriously fail to understand (in the past, future),
what can the chapter do with just so many members who do not have an idea
about Wikipedia community and many of whom may not go beyond attending
meetups and conferences.
Sorry if am sound odd here, I just dont like this part of chapter, where
the chapter instead of instilling confidence in community and making them
members, chooses people who attend a meetup / conference / stall to become
its members.(In many cases makes someone member of chapter without having a
clue about it. I personally know this since my friend who happen to
accompany me to a meetup, just because he had nothing else to spend time is
a chapter member now) I do not mean any offense to any of those who sign
up(they may be genuinely interested, good guys), but just fail to
understand what we are trying to achieve with chapter membership numbers.
I wanted to share with you this visualization of geo-tagged articles from
South Asia, including India. Please see the image
analysis was conducted by a researcher at the Oxford Internet
Institute, Mark Graham, who has been conducting research on geo-location
and Wikipedia. The data is only from English Wikipedia. It is interesting
to note concentration of geo-tagged articles from Kerala, Nepal and Indian
metropolises: Mumbai. Delhi, Chennai etc. Mark has done more analysis in
his blog, and he informed me that he would love input from the community in
India. If you would like, please provide him insights through the comment
Mark has been using publicly available data to conduction geo analysis of
Wikipedia articles, and editors. If you would like to read more about his
research, you can visit his website