**Cross posted on India/Mumbai/Pune Lists - kindly forward to other Language/City lists that you may be a part of**
A tentative page for the WikiConference has been made on Meta and is available on this link: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiConference_India_2011
A discussion has been started for the name of the actual conference with people requested to vote/suggest titles within a week (by 1PM IST on Monday, 27 June 2011): http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:WikiConference_India_2011
Once the name is finalised we will request people to come up with a LOGO for the event.
Inputs from all Community and Chapter members is requested.
*Minutes of the Planning Meet which took place on 18-6-2011 (Saturday) in Mumbai*
**Cross posted on India/Mumbai/Pune lists - please forward to other City or Language lists that you may be a part of**
1. Name of conference - there were 3 suggestions. There was an idea that these could be put up for a week on Meta - asking people to vote for their choice (or make other suggestions):
Advantage: English/Hindi Fusion
Possible issue: Mela has different meanings (could be miscontrued for a carnival!)
b. '''Wiki Conference India'''
Possible Issue: A bit to generic.
c. '''WikiMania India'''
Advantage: Global image of the name
Possible Issue: Could be confused with the global meet
2. All Documents to be posted on meta where a dedicated page will be made on meta.
3. Coordination among OC - Mail, Sabse bolo (Telepone) - minutes to be taken and calls to be moderated to ensure everyone has their say.
4. Master list - cross postings! A seperate mailing list to be made for the OC
5. Logo for the event - request for design to be posted on India list.
6. 3 office bearers. Chairperson/President of the event from Mumbai , Secretary in Pune and Tresurer from Mumbai. These 3 will be on the ground and will have visiting cards and letterheads made specifically for this event only.
7. Advisory committee - Hisham, Bishaka, Arjun, Achal
8. Working groups and functional team: Everyone to choose sub-committees they want to be part of - Based on functionality. The OC as it stands at the moment will be redone - everyone part of sub-committees except office bearers and advisors who will be part of everything/advise everyone.
9. Venue - University of Mumbai (South Campus) was the unanimous choice. Again, will be put up on the India list - with a 72 hour deadline for people to respond (Similarly all other major decisions to be put on mailing list before execution).
10. Accommodation: 4 on the table thus far. YWCA, Astoria, Chateau Windsor and Sea Green - all within 5-15 minutes walking of the venue, Ensuite, Airconditioned rooms. YWCA, Chateau Windor, Sea Green all on par so can be offered to people with 100% scholarships. Astoria is equivalent to a 3 star so can be offered to those with 75% or 90% scholarship. Another few hotels are due to be checked out this week.
Finance / Audit
Media and pr
12. Finance: Joint accounts to be created 4 signatories (2 from Mumbai, 2 from Chapter). New A/c will be in Chapter name and will be for Conference purpose. At the end of the year Mumbai reps will be replaced with reps from next host and money rolled over for next conference (any overflow). Everyone to pitch in with Sponsors. Sponsors could be in cash or kind. Eg. Looking for airline sponsor to get people to Mumbai or just cash which can be used for the conference.
13. Party: Royal Bombay Yatch Club to be asked for a quote as well as Bombay Presidency Radio Club
14. Decisions to be made on Consensus or by Simple Majority if consensus not possible.
15. Time limits: Time limits to be set for everything so that everything goes on time.
Just a small little note to let everyone know that the Mumbai community
hosted the Creative Commons workshop yesterday.
We had with us IIT-B Associate Professor and Creative Commons Project Lead
(India), Shishir Jha. We had a nice mix of audience - people interested and
active in copyright issues, film makers, librarians, publishers, etc. of up
to 30 people.
Shishir Jha began his talk with an explanation of the digital economy and
then showed a 10 min intro (to give you an idea -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BESbnMJg9M; if you know where a copy exists
outside of YouTube, please do share!) to Creative Commons after talking
about the various Creative Commons licenses.
Ashwin Baindur was present from the Pune community and gave us an insight
into Wikimedia Commons. He also explained why Wikimedia used the CC licenses
it did and illustrated it with an example.
Gautam John, from the Wikimedia Chapter was also present at the meeting. He
presented a brief about the Wikimedia chapter and invited members to join
the chapter. He also spoke about Pratham Books' experiment with the use of
We had a fine and diverse audience who were people who had worked on the
ground. They had faced some of the problems related to copyrights and raised
The project (pad.ma - you can find them at http://pad.ma/) have taken video
of the talk which will be released to Wikimedia Commons. We will also upload
slides from Shishir's talk if he sends it to us - we have made a request.
The Mumbai community has sponsored the membership for Shishir Jha to the
Wikimedia Chapter as a token of our appreciation.
I wonder if anybody in the Indian Railways or cruise ships would be
interested in such a project.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Erling Blad <jeblad(a)gmail.com>
Date: 17 June 2011 03:04
Subject: [cultural-partners] Hurtigruta - another strange video project from
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
To: Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners coordination <
In 2010 the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation made a strange video
production «Bergenbanen» (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen_Line), a
five hour contineous video streamed live from the train. Now they are
making «Hurtigruta» (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurtigruten), a five
day contineous video from the ships travelling along the Norwegian
coastline. The stream should be available worlwide
(http://www.nrk.no/hurtigruten/). The previous stream about
Bergensbanen is made available under a creative commons license and is
also available at commons
This kind of documentary video should be possible in other contexts
too. What about the steamboat «Skibladner»
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skibladner) at lake Mjøsa? Or the boats
travelling Göta Kanal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6ta_Canal)?
In general, what if we could build a rig to make such documentary
videos? Just an idea.
cultural-partners mailing list
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
With great pleasure, Malayalam Wikimedia Community announced its 2011 CD
project "Selected Books from Malayalam Wikisource on CD - 1.0" at the 4th
annual Wiki Meetup in Kannur, Kerala. This is by far the biggest digital
collection of free books in Malayalam language available on CD for offline
use. This is an important milestone, as majority of the households in Kerala
does not have internet or does not have an always on connection and this
will enable them to access these books as an offline content.
Selected Poems by
* Changampuzha Krishna Pillai
* Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar
* Irayimman Thampi
* Ramapurathu Warrier
* Kerala Panineeyam by AR Rajaraja Varma
* Bhagavad Gita
* Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippaatu
* Harinama Keerthanam
* Geetha Govindam
* Sathya Veda Pusthakam (Malayalam Bible)
* Works of Sree Narayana Guru
* Devotional songs for Christian, Hindu and Islamic religions
Native Art Form
* Parichamuttukali pattukal
* Communist Manifesto
* Principles of Communism (Friedrich Engels)
The CD also contains the commons collections of images on food, plants,
birds, maps and celebrations from Kerala. The CD is made available for
download in iso format as well as browsing at our community website -
http://www.mlwiki.in. For those who are interested in the technical
challenges and aspects of the background work may read Santhosh's blog
We thank every one who participated in the effort. Comments and questions
Thanks and Regards,
Malayalam Wikimedia Community.