Tamil Wiki Community is currently organizing a 3 month long media
contest with the aim of increasing media files related to Tamil /
Tamilians / Tamil culture to be used in Tamil Wiki Projects and
encouraging non-text contributions from users who could contribute easily
through pictures, sounds, videos. Total prize money of 850 USD is up for
grabs. As such within a week of starting the contest, we have got over 350
images from participants in India and Srilanka. Apart from images which can
be used on Wikipedia pages, pronunciation files are also being uploaded to
be used in Wiktionary. Arrangements are on to get it widely publicized on
print / radio / television media across places with Tamil population.
Facebook is also helping a lot in getting traction. Spread out the word,
also do participate!
Moksh and I went to the Text100
office at Nariman Point on 6 January 2012. Aprox 25 people attended the
Workshop in person which was webcast live to Text100 offices in Delhi
and Bangalore. Through the 1 hour Workshop we covered the below and
answered several questions raised by attendees.
We covered the following:
1. Wikipedia Philosophy/5 Pillars (and that we do not have editorial control, that admins are nothing but editors with additional responsibilities. On what is done when there is an issue we explained the process upto Arbcom and that Jimbo has a veto which he has never used so far and has stated that he doesnt think he will).
2. Licensing (Explained Wikipedia is free licensed under CC-BY-SA)
3. What Wikipedia is NOT
5. Be Bold and edit anything that is incorrect
7. Tutorial (Editing/Citations etc)
9. CoI (Bell Pottinger affair)
also gave a live editing example and we showed them how to sign on a
page with 4 tides (the attendees had actually typed their names on the Wiki page for
One of the participants mentioned official company photos
on Wikipedia articles. Explained that such photos on have been donated
to Commons and suggested that Text100 could also donate their photo
archives to Commons, which would be useful for several articles. They
sounded positive on this aspect - will be following up with them on this.
Wikimania is the annual international conference of Wikimedians ,
jointly hosted by the local team ( usually local chapter) and the Wikimedia
The previous conferences were held in Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Boston,
USA (2006), Taipei, Taiwan (2007), Alexandria, Egypt (2008), Buenos Aires,
Argentina (2009), Gdańsk, Poland (2010), and Haifa, Israel (2011).
This year, it is to be held in Washington DC, United States of America, on
July 12-14 , 2012. http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
I have attended the Wikimanias in Gdansk and Haifa, along with several
other Wikipedians from India.
I highly recommend everyone to apply and attend Wikimania !
Like every year, The Wikimedia Foundation is offering a limited number of
scholarships to offset the cost of select individuals' attendance at
Both full and partial scholarships are available for Wikimania 2012:
Full scholarships will award round trip travel, dorms accommodations
Partial scholarships will subsidize up to 300€ of travel expenses.
Scholarship recipients have to bear themselves the additional costs of
taxis, visa & travel agent charges etc.
More Information : http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships
Apply here : https://secure.wikidc.org/wm/schols/
Deadline : *16 Feb 2012*
Around 30 % of the scholarship are allocated to Asia & Pacific, so there
are more chances of scholarship applications from India to be selected. :)
Please note that the selection is mostly based on the merit of the
One of the common mistakes that Wikimedians in India make is that we aren't
enough vocal of what we do. So please do write in detail about your
Please feel free to forward this to various language and city mailing lists
and encourage other Wikimedians to apply.
All the best wishes!
On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 3:19 AM, Sumana Harihareswara <sumanah(a)wikimedia.org
> From wikimania-l :
> Greetings all and sundry!
> Scholarship applications are now being accepted for Wikimania 2012 in
> Washington, D.C. The application window will be one month (through
> February 16). To learn more about Wikimania scholarships, see
> To apply for a scholarship, you can fill out the application form
> here: https://secure.wikidc.org/wm/schols/
> Good luck!
> Sage Ross
> Wikimedia DC
> Forwarded by:
> Sumana Harihareswara
> Volunteer Development Coordinator
> Wikimedia Foundation
Thanks for your reply.
Here's a list of the Wikimedia community's IRC channels:
In the future, when you have a technical problem with Wikimedia sites,
try visiting one of the IRC channels that the developers and system
administrators use to coordinate their work, such as #wikimedia-tech .
A few of our system administrators are volunteers. There's an
incomplete and out-of-date list here:
You asked: "How can I help?" If you have system administration skills,
you can help by getting a Labs account
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WMF_Projects/Wikimedia_Labs . Labs users
talk via the #wikimedia-labs channel on IRC and the labs-l mailing list
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/labs-l . Tasks that new
system administrators can take on are listed here:
and you can learn about the current architecture of Wikimedia's
operations infrastructure at
However, as I mentioned, the system is still under construction and so
please don't feel discouraged if there's not much you can do yet.
People without system administration skills can help in this particular
situation by learning them, or by spreading the word about Wikimedia
technical opportunities in general.
Volunteer Development Coordinator
On 01/31/2012 07:00 AM, wikimediaindia-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
> Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:54:51 +0530 From: nikita belavate
> <niki8891(a)gmail.com> To: Wikimedia India Community list
> <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l]
> [Wikimedia-in-mum] Report on Wikipedia Takes Mumbai II Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> Hii, Thanks for your
> response. We tried at Wikimedia-in Channel ( wikimedia India). Thank you
> for the information you mentioned. It will be very helpful to have
> volunteer system administrations. How can i help? Warm Regards, Nikita
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM, Sumana Harihareswara
>> > wrote:
>> > On 01/30/2012 07:00 AM, wikimediaindia-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.orgwrote:
>> > nikita belavate <niki8891(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > > The major technical challenge started here while uploading the images.
>> > The
>>> > > system would not allow upload from many people simultaneously and only
>> > one
>>> > > person's images were uploaded at a time ! On informing this to Dr.
>>> > > Nagarjuna, he mentioned about asking help from the IRC center but
>>> > > unfortunately, none of the wikipedians were online at that time. We tried
>>> > > calling few , but for some reason they cwere not available then.
>> > My sympathies and condolences on this problem!
>> > Quick question -- which IRC channels did you go into? If I know more
>> > about that, I can help encourage better 24/7 coverage.
>> > In the long run, it'll be helpful for Wikimedia to have volunteer system
>> > administrators around the world, to increase the chances that someone is
>> > online and available and can help you. And maybe you can become a
>> > sysadmin yourself! Wikimedia Labs
>> > https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WMF_Projects/Wikimedia_Labs is an effort
>> > to help grow the Wikimedia system administration community. Check it
>> > out. It's in closed beta right now and it is still under construction,
>> > but if you ask on the Talk/Discuss page for an invite, you can get one.
>> > --
>> > Sumana Harihareswara
>> > Volunteer Development Coordinator
>> > Wikimedia Foundation
Here is a story published in OrissaPost (http://www.orissapost.com) about
the Odia Wikipedia (http://or.wikipedia.org) on 29 January 2012:
Report by Payal Bhut
Wikipedia, the biggest online encyclopaedia, still draws a million hits
every day. In order to popularise it in India the Wikimedia Foundation, a
voluntary organisation based in San Francisco, had initiated a broad-based
project in India some years back. Today, Wikipedia comes in more than 270
lan- guages across the world. In India, the online dictionary is available
in 20 regional languages, of which 11 are active while nine have taken a
Orissa is rich in culture and heritage and there is no dearth of talented
people in the state. Purportedly to give the Oriya language a new
dimension, Oriya Wikipedia was created by a group of like-minded volunteers
in 2002. It was the largest available online encyclopaedia in the Oriya
language. It contained articles written by the public as well as experts.
The encyclopaedia encouraged voluntary contributions – the contributors
were not offered remu- nerations of any kind.
By end-2004, the Oriya Wikipedia was a well-stuffed collection of pages
with nu- merous entries trickling in every day. It was managed by a handful
of volunteers. However, contributions started drying up soon after. Till
2011, a mere 560 articles were available in the site. “Due to shortage of
volunteers and lack of awareness, only a handful of articles were
available. Even these articles were not up to the mark,” says Subhasis
Panigrahi, Communication and Programme Support, India Programme, Wikimedia
It so happened that at a function in Bangalore, an enthusiast Ashutosh Kar
who knew about the encyclopaedia took the initiative to revive it and make
it more accessible. Today, the Oriya Wikipedia has 15-odd volunteers and
the number of articles has risen to 2,030 dealing with topics like the
physical and life sciences, art, humanities, culture as well as Orissa-
related articles. “Though many people refer to Wikipedia for academic
purposes they seldom care to reflect on how the articles are written. Being
a non-profit or- ganisation, Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation which
hosts Wikipedia, relies on voluntary contributions. Wikipedia ed- itors,
also called Wikipedians, who write the content are all unpaid volunteers,”
The organisation banks on collaborative writing and the content is not
bound by copyright laws. The texts, pictures, or other contents can be
shared, dis- tributed and modified, provided attribution is specified,
without paying Wikimedia Foundation.
Now and then, these young volunteers of Oriya Wikipedia Ashutosh Kar,
Jnanaranjana Sahu, Jyotiprakash, Satyakam Das, Kamalakanta Nayak,
Krupasindhu Muduli, Mrutyunjaya Kar and Srikant Kedia organise workshops
and seminars in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Balasore in order to
raise awareness about the free Oriya encyclopaedia and solicit
contributions. “In the workshops, the main focus is to train people on how
to create and expand articles,” says Krupasindhu Muduli.
Besides workshops, the other tools Wikimedia uses to create awareness are
various online and offline programmes. It sends out messages through
emails, Facebook, Orkut and other social net- working sites.
The group aims to make Oriya Wikipedia a household name in the state. Oriya
Wikipedia is celebrating its eighth birthday 29 January in Cuttack. The
website can be accessed at http://or.wikipedia.org
Important Note : The publisher ( OrissaPost ) of the above news article
owns the copyrights of the article / content. Request to kindly not
reproduce or circulate the content further. The information is only shared
only with an internal community who have been featured on this article.
All copyrights are duly acknowledged.
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On 01/30/2012 07:00 AM, wikimediaindia-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
nikita belavate <niki8891(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> The major technical challenge started here while uploading the images. The
> system would not allow upload from many people simultaneously and only one
> person's images were uploaded at a time ! On informing this to Dr.
> Nagarjuna, he mentioned about asking help from the IRC center but
> unfortunately, none of the wikipedians were online at that time. We tried
> calling few , but for some reason they cwere not available then.
My sympathies and condolences on this problem!
Quick question -- which IRC channels did you go into? If I know more
about that, I can help encourage better 24/7 coverage.
In the long run, it'll be helpful for Wikimedia to have volunteer system
administrators around the world, to increase the chances that someone is
online and available and can help you. And maybe you can become a
sysadmin yourself! Wikimedia Labs
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WMF_Projects/Wikimedia_Labs is an effort
to help grow the Wikimedia system administration community. Check it
out. It's in closed beta right now and it is still under construction,
but if you ask on the Talk/Discuss page for an invite, you can get one.
Volunteer Development Coordinator