A write up by Rishabh Tatiraju, the youngest member of Pune community!
29 August 2011
Heavy rains lashed the city and we were expecting very less people in the
meetup. Despite the torrential rain, ten of our brave
WikiPuneri enthusiasts managed to join the meetup on time. We had two new
young faces joining our meetup, both pursuing their higher studies in
The meetup commenced a little late than the scheduled time of 6:00 PM.
Ashwin Baindur enlightened us with some facts about the Oral Citations
Project. The Oral Citations Project is a strategic research project intiated
byAchal Prabhala of Bangalore community and funded by the Wikimedia
Foundation to help overcome a lack of published material in emerging
languages on Wikipedia. A video presentation of the same was also seen (View
In the final moments of the meetup, Mandar Kulkarni orated about Wiki
Conference India which is to be held in Mumbai in November 2011. He educated
us about the different ways in which we can participate in the conference
and be a part of it. With this, we ended the meetup by about 8:00 PM.
The Call for Participation for WikiConference India 2011 is open now.
Details are available here: *
Few guidelines that you need to keep in mind before submitting the proposal
are available on this page. The guidelines are only meant as a pointer to
help speakers and is not expected to be exhaustive. You can submit talks
within all aspects of Wikimedia even if the topic is not specifically
included on that page. ''' Be Bold.'''
Few wikimedians had provided their wish list regarding WikiConference India
can use that also as reference while submitting the proposal.
*Important: *Please forward this mail to all the relevant mailing lists, in
case I missed any list.
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My sincere apologies for the late writeup.
The 36th Bangalore Wiki Meetup was organized on 14 Aug 2011 at CIS,
Bengaluru and attended by 8 Wikipedians.
Shiju was formally greeted by the Bangalore community for being appointed as
a consultant by the foundation for Indic initiatives. He shared his
experience in Wikimania-2011, Hafia, Israel, how he interacted with the
attendees over there, the motivation and interest and also the growth
perspectives which could also be part of his initiatives in the coming days.
He spoke about the discussions held over.
Hisham has explained about the tidbits of the Pune pilot program to the
Bangalore community, the details of the outreach movement and its outcome.
He also explained about the mobo initiatives of the foundation to make
Wikipedia available for handheld mobile devices. Indic initiatives would be
one of the other prime focus of the foundation in terms of facilitating the
growth of Indian Wikipedias. Wikipedias of The Netherlands and Germany might
be used as a helping entity where the substantial growth and the strategy
lying therein would also help program new plans for Indian as well as
English Wikipedia in India. He also spoke about GLAM, successful initiatives
in several museums in the UK and how the same strategies could be applied
here to guide people to contribute more for Wikipedia. Hisham also talked
about distribution of 90,000 laptops in Government schools in Assam and
helping the students use and contribute for Wikipedia. He showed the glimpse
of Pune programs, how Nikhil from the Pune community visited school to
school to bring out an active mass for the pilot program. He also mentioned
the statistics of the Pune how 20 Campus ambassadors with the guidance of
100 teachers brought out thousands of articles.
Hisham introduced Nitika to the Bangalore community. She then was greeted by
the community and talked briefly about her new position, the motivation and
participation and interests.
Srikanth spoke about the geo-tagging in commons, explained how it would help
to locate places in off and in-Wiki, demonstrated photo upload in Commons
and spoke about the benefits of uploading high quality photos in Commons
with the commercial tags attached by the photographer as most photographers
about their photos uploaded in Commons can never be sold by them.
EC president Arjuna interacted about the chapter and its coordination with
the community where Arun had interaction with the other members.
Wikipedia Odia (Oriya) mailing list
On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 5:42 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala
> The advantage of separately hosted Wikisource is that the artefacts are self
> contained and can be used readily. Photographic media will be mainly useful,
> when they are embedded in an article. May be non WMF projects can use the
> same. Unfortunately, this leads to fragmentation in the sense there is no
> one source for the sum of human knowledge.
the last sentence made me think. Indeed! Todays political systems
want to preserve the fragmented space, fragmented knowledge and also
protect ownership of those fragments. This they do by signing
bilateral treaties. Due to these unfortunate incompatibilities
creative commons chapters in different countries have to write their
own versions of CC licenses. As the creative commons movement grows
big, we can nullify these treaties (such as TRIPS or ACTA) and achieve
that sum of human knowledge in one place.
Good morning from Odia Wiki Community.
Yesterday we had a small meetup to celebrate the *"1500 articles
Celebration" *attended by 6 old and 1 new Wikipedians.
*Current status:* The substantial growth and the initiatives taken to
improve the status of Odia Wikipedia was discussed. Odia Wikipedia was
dormant for almost 8 years which just started reviving itself in the
beginning of this year and made a leap of almost 1000 well written articles
in this short span with the bandwidth of a small community with less active
members. Bangalore was the stepping stone for the revival of Odia
in the 3rd
have celebrated 1500 articles.
Discussion regarding 2 ongoing projects.
*Odia loves Wikipedia<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Odia_loves_Wikipedia>
:* An event in Commons to bring out media files uploaded by Odia Wikians.
This event has reached 351 media files.
*Wikipedia for Odia Literature:* An event which is created to uplift the
presence of Odia language and literature in Wikipedia, chronological
documentations and media files collection. This is running in both in the
Wikipedia as well as Commons. Under this event Odia Wikipedia has attained 131
articles in Odia Wikipedia <http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odia_sahitya> and 37
images in Commons.<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Odia_literature>
The next target was set up with attaining 500 more articles to beat
Gurumukhi Wikipedia which presently has 2003 articles as both of these
Wikipedias took birth in the same time.
We also have discussed to discourage creation of stubs without taking care
of them for further expansion, creation and used of templates, categories,
Plans for more outreach programs by collaborating the Odia literature
departments of several known colleges and universities was also talked of.
Wikipedians debated how Wikipedia could be a fair and reliable source and at
times how much beneficial it'd be when most of today's generation are moving
out of books and internet has become a repository of unending knowledge and
its regional context when an ancient language like Odia is considered,
whether or not it is needed to work for Wikipedia, or find any better
Thank you all for reading. Expecting your valuable feedback and comments
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Wikimedia India chapter may consider writing to HBCSE, TIFR in Mumbai
or TISS in Mumbai to host a facility explaining why and how they can
do this. gnowledge lab of HBCSE will be glad to maintain the archive once an
understanding between the chapter and HBCSE is worked out.
bandwidth, disk space and legal responsibility are the main things
that will come up on the table while negotiating. Could CC India be roped in
2011/8/28 Gautam John <gautam(a)prathambooks.org>:
> Hi Yann:
> I was wondering if you could send us some details on what it would
> take to maintain Wikilivres please? Technology and costs.
Wikilivres is currently hosted on a small dedicated server in Montreal, Canada.
It follows the Canadian copyright law, in which a work is in the
public domain 50 years after the author's death.
It costs 74 US$ monthly, or about 3,500 Rs. at the current rate.
Pathoschild has helped me recently for upgrading Mediawiki to new versions.
I am open to proposals regarding a takeover.
A review of the content and a policy about inclusions seem to be
sensible if the legal responsibility is moved on.
Some of the content is under a non commercial license . This could
be moved somewhere else (Wikia?), as it needs not be hosted in a
particular place. There are a few personal essays with a free license,
which would not be accepted on Wikisource, as they were not previously
published (Wikia also?). They are also a few French articles from
> Thank you.