Copying Lori's link to a neat guide on how to conduct edit-a-thons for GLAM
or otherwise: http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Edit-a-thon_How-To. Since
a lot of us are doing presentations at colleges, I am guessing the next
step would be to hold an edit-a-thon. Hope this helps!
Also, since some fabulous people are revamping and making the WM-IN site so
functional, could I request someone to add a visible, easily usable,
informative bookshelf tab for documentation purpose? God knows how many
letters/MoU/proposal templates are floating around and we might need them
in the future!
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Cross posting! Apologies.
We need someone from the GLAM task force who can do an update. Volunteers?
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rock drum <rock.drum(a)hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM
Subject: [cultural-partners] This Month in GLAM needs you!
The next issue of *This Month in GLAM* is set to be published in just under
a week and I know that there's been some really cool stuff going on
GLAM-wise this month. So in no particular order, we'd really like to see
- GLAMcamp DC
- The British Library WiR post (even though applications will be closed
by the time of publication)
- WMDE's GLAM manager post (even though applications will be closed by
the time of publication)
- The Black Country museum Backstage Pass
- The WiR training course in Milan
- The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum partnership in New Delhi
- The upcoming Museum de Arte Popular edit-a-thon
- The RIA Novosti content donation
- Anything that's happened with Wiki Loves Monuments in the past month
...and anything else I might have missed! A couple of these things have
already been covered but we still need more contributions! This is your
chance to brag about what you've been up to, so please participate here:
Without everyone's contributions, TMIG wouldn't be what it is. Last month
was our biggest issue yet (13 articles!), so thank you.
Thanks in advance,
cultural-partners mailing list
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
I have created my User page, envisaging the ideas I shared through my last
mail - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Shivansh13
Please let me know the prospective of the ideas suggested.
Shivansh Srivastava | +91-955-243-5407 |
<mr.shivansh.srivastava(a)gmail.com>Secretary, BITS Alumni Affairs Division
| Web Expert, Newsletter, BITSAA International
3rd Year Undergraduate | B.E. (Hons.) - Electronics & Instrumentation
Greetings from Wikimedia India !!!
We are proud to announce live search for the Wikimedia projects
The site was developed by Shrey Gokani under guidance of Wikimedia India
We want to thank Shrey Gokani for volunteering to do this project and
making this a reality.
We also want to thank Santhosh Thottingal and Junaid P V for the
contributions for this project.
Special thanks to Naveen Francis for leading this initiative.
How to use ?
* Select your Wikimedia Project, say “Wikipedia”
* Select language of the project to search, say “English”
* Input your search string in the Search: Box
* The site auto displays possible pages based on the string match.
* The site is also integrated with Narayam to support Indic language
search. So select the corresponding input method ( if available) while
searching on a Indic Project.
This is still a beta version and further improvements are needed.
As of now, it supports only English and Indic Language projects.
For further queries, reporting bugs and suggestions, please contact us :-
When using wikipedia and clicking on an image it opens up on a new page.
Wouldn't it be nice if it just scaled-up on the same page using JS. Is
there an extension there for this? and if yes why not implemented on
B.tech 3rd year
Department of Information Technology
*This email contains information about a discussion that has been taking place on the India-English Mailing List, Kindly ignore if your on that list*
Following a discussion on the India-English mailing list and India noticeboard on en.wiki, a proposal has been made to conduct a review drive to assess WP:India tagged articles as the current backlog of unassessed (quality/importance) articles stands at over 18,000.
This is a request to experienced Indian editors to sign up for the review drive and help clear the backlog - kindly sign up here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_t…
Like Shiju has earlier replied to you ,
There is already a Wikipedia project (in the incubator stage ) for Goanese
It is available here http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/gom
You can start contributing to it, Inspire others too and gradually make it
a standalone language Wikipedia.
If you are interested, I can probably connect you to Gurudath Baliga, Asst
Director of Konkani Vishwa Kendra, who is passionate about the same.
P.S. For other Wikipedia Projects in Incubation, You can find them here
On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 8:58 PM, damodar vinayak bale <dvbale(a)rediffmail.com
> Thanks for this informative Mail. "INDIA i.e. BHARAT" has more than
> 1600 local languages.
> GOA is a State with all its communities speaking in one language
> "KONKANI" without even
> having a Primary School in its own Mother-tongue,as it was ruled by
> foreign rulers for
> more than four centuries.
> Can 'WIKIMEDIA' organization be of any help?
> With best regards,
> Damodar V. Bale,
> On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:18:45 +0530 wrote
> > Cross posting across India related lists. Kindly ignore if you have
> read this on another mailing list.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [WMIN-Members] Wikimedia India Chapter :Jan 2012 Report
The following is a post I've put up on the India Program page on meta regarding outreach (Please see:http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:India_Program/Outreach_Programs). Please do comment on the page itself; I'm posting it on this mailing list only to make sure it doesn't slip your attention.
We have conducted over 13 outreach sessions in the past one month and have many more events scheduled to participate in over the coming weeks. (Please see: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Outreach_Programs/Outreach_Ses…). It's amazing that we're doing so many outreach events all over the country to create awareness about Wikipedia, motivate attendees to learn about editing and training newbies to contribute to Wikipedia in their own special way.
The single biggest challenge is that we don't know the actual outcome of these efforts in most cases, and the results are weak when we have the data. I think most of us agree that outreach can be made to work better. (For example, 2 outreach sessions conducted recently by the Assamese community had about 80 participants, and 8 active editors emerged - which is a hit rate of 10% - which is FANTASTIC!) For most other sessions, the results have been closer to 1-2% or even lower - which is depressing. What makes outreach work? How can outreach work better? Is there anything you need from me?
Over the past 3 months, I have been working on building a handbook for Outreach (Please see: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Outreach_Programs/Handbook) where you can get presentation material and tips. Please do go through it and help me build it.
My post consists of 5 (deliberately) provocative statements on the day of and the days after an outreach session. These are framed with the objective of generating debate and suggestions.
THE DAY OF
Hypthesis 1: Don't Shoot the Puppy: Outreach is not being done effectively and we aren't adequately introspecting on what we can do better; instead choosing to lose faith in attendees
Should we discontinue general introduction sessions completely and just convert everything into Wiki workshops? Every second of volunteer time is precious and we need to make sure that every second is made to count. The good sessions appear to be those where people are actually shown how to edit - rather than just doing a song-and-dance about Wikipedia.
The best sessions are those where people have actual hands-on editing opportunity. Shall we limit the intro session on Wikipedia to just 15 minutes and then spend 45 minute on basic editing, 30 minutes on hand-on editing and leave 30 minutes for Q&A?
Not everyone is a natural presenter and might need help on basic outreach skills. Is there value and interest in a capacity building roadshow where we help existing editors who want to improve their outreach and presentation skills? Is it useful to pair up a good presenter with a not-so-confident presenter when we are doing outreach?
THE DAY AFTER
Hypothesis #2: Staying in Touch: We assume the job is complete after the outreach session when in fact the journey has only just begun
Can we gather (basic) information about attendees (e.g., names, usernames & email IDs?) so that we can stay in touch with them after sessions?
Can we get feedback on sessions (duration, level of detail, quality of presenters, etc.?) so that we can all improve? Do we need some sort of CRM solution for this or will something like Google Docs suffice?
How do we get more folks to actually provide their contact details and feedback? Which of the following will get higher response rates: asking for these just before the end, immediately after the end or the day after a session?
Hypothesis #3: Nudge-Nudge: Newbies struggle with the most basic things - including which article to select
Should we send links to useful wiki pages and tutorial videos where they can read up more about how Wikipedia works and how to edit Wikipedia? Can we leave handouts on basic editing after all sessions? Can we send them links to the actual presentations made at the session.
Can we suggest / elicit potential articles that individual newbies will work on after the workshop? Can we give them individual pointers on what they can do with each article by reviewing them there-and-then during the session?
Can we schedule a follow-up session (even if virtually using google+ hangout) to clarify any doubts about Wikipedia editing or otherwise - maybe 2 weeks after a session?
Hypothesis #4: Loneliness - Newbies feel alone and the only time they sense the community is when their edits get reverted
Should we not encourage them to join project pages (such as the WP:INDIA) and/or the India mailing list and/or their city/language mailing list to get involved with the community?
Can we involve them in COTM or conduct specific editathons for them?
Can we celebrate their successes and get newbies to talk to other newbies about how they learnt stuff?
Hyptothesis #5: Black Hole: No one has a clue about the actual results of outreach
Can we regularly monitor number & % of active editors after 1 and 3 months of conducting all events? Can we figure out % of mainspace edits from these newbies after 1 and 3 months? Can this be analysed to provide recommendations on how we can do things better?
Can we actively reach out to those who look like they are struggling? Do we need a CRM tool for something like this?
Is it useful to track and attempt to co-relate age / profession / subject (if student) / sex of participants to figure out what is likely to give greatest results?
I have been working to see how can we overcome these challenges and make our outreach efforts far more effective. I'd love to hear from on the above. Some of you have been actively involved in outreach sessions (attending or conducting or planning) an I'd like to know your thoughts and suggestions which might serve as solutions for this set of very real challenges.
Please read the blogpost by GerardM on the need to cleanup mediawiki
namespace on Indic wikis. Doing this will mean Wiki projects will get
updated translations from LocalizationUpdates when they are translated in
translatewiki and not be overshadowed by old (incorrect/outdated) local
translations. When you see there are customized messages, a cleanup effort
might be required to see if there is an absolute need to keep customized
messages. This activity is being taken up by Tamil Wikpedians. If you
need help to do it on your wiki, come and give a shout at #mediawiki-i18n,
people would be glad to help you :)