HasGeek will sponsor the internet connection for this event. If you have
any experience pulling data from Wikipedia, you know that the internet
connection makes all the difference.
We recently got a blazing fast 20 Mbps line installed at CIS. To use it,
connect to the "HasGeek" SSID. The password is on the notice board. The
WiFi is a mesh with multiple APs to ensure everyone gets connected.
On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Registration is now open. Since space is limited, please register. As for
> the 'unofficial' tag, that means, no free lunch / tees :)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Yuvi Panda <yuvipanda(a)gmail.com>
> Date: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 13:09
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Unofficial Bangalore Wikimedia Hackathon on May
> 19, 2012
> To: "Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia." <
> Hello everyone!
> After the Unofficial Chennai Wikimedia Hackathon's success, me and
> Srikanth Lakshmanan are planning on having one in Bangalore. We've
> talked to CIS and they've graciously accepted to host us on the May
> Here's a draft page with details about the hackathon:
> It definitely needs more work, so feel free to edit away! Also if you
> people have ideas on what would help, please add to
> Yuvi Panda T
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Just a gentle reminder to come join us tomorrow for the first GLAM
edit-a-thon happening at the Crafts Museum, New Delhi. Of course, goes
without saying, you can participate from wherever you are located. The
edit-a-thon starts at 2:00 p.m. IST officially. You may join in and edit
throughout the day. Here's the link to the sign up
Let's make this a big success with all our edits :)
Here's a list of things you can do:
1. Improve the articles listed on the page
2. Add more articles related to Indian crafts
3. Translate these articles to different languages
4. Add images from Commons.
See you tomorrow (online or offline) :)
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
The next India Program IRC (2nd for April) is scheduled for Thursday 19th
April at 9 p.m. IST. Do join us using this link:
We'll be discussing Outreach, Communications and Education in this one.
Here is what we plan to discuss this time:
Over the past few months we have conducted several outreach sessions and
have been able to curate outreach standard presentation decks, best
practices and tips. Now we want to assist community members in
adopting/adapting these to conduct effective outreach sessions in their
respective cities/languages. We'll be soon working on 2 aspects for
increasing the number of outreach sessions we are doing on Indic languages
but we need your help on this:
1. Start translating outreach supporting documents to Indic languages - To
start with we want Indic language community members to help us translate
outreach documents and presentations to Indic languages.
2. Create opportunities for Indic outreach - We have been mailing/calling a
lot of institutes to organize a Wikipedia session (see list
in their regional language but we have not able to get as many outreach
sessions as we'd like since they feel more comfortable corresponding in
their own regional language. We want help from Indic langauge editors who
are interested to do more outreach in their regional languages/cities to
help us reach out to these institutes.
I'd request all the Indic language editors who want to help us out on
either of the two points mentioned above to show up on the IRC or write to
us offlist since we'll be discussing ways of doing effective outreach in
6 communities (Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Nepali,Odia, Telugu ) have
already created Wikipatrika pages on their respective Wikipedias. The new
template for Wikipatrika is up
In tomorrow's outreach, we could discuss ideas and suggestions to make
Wikipatrika more useful. We could also discuss any problems that community
members maybe facing.
*Communications:* *Odia Social Media pilot:*
As proposed earlier,
the social media pilot to support the Odia community members. The end
result of this pilot is to attract more newbies and introduce them to the
Wikiverse. This pilot is to try out effective messaging strategies to use a
platform like Facebook optimally and try to recruit more editors to the
Odia Wikipedia. The most important nuance is that we have built a draft
social media messaging strategy and plan to work closely with the Odia
community to implement it - through the community members. We hope to
discuss this plan and get your inputs on it.
As always, the first 45 minutes will be focused on these and the last 15
minutes will be open to any other topic.
Hope you all can join us.
(For those who can't join, the logs will be put up the next morning at
*IANS : 60% Wikipedia entries contain factual errors*
Times of India :
The Hindu :
Zee News :
IBN Live :
*WASHINGTON: Sixty per cent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain
factual errors, according to a new research, which warned people not to
rely on the website for accurate and balanced information.
"It does not surprise me that so many Wikipedia entries contain factual
errors," said Marcia W DiStaso, assistant professor of public relations at
Penn State University, who conducted the research.
"A high amount of factual errors doesn't work for anyone, especially the
public, which relies on Wikipedia for accurate, balanced information," says
DiStaso surveyed 1,284 professionals from Public Relations Society of
America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Word
of Mouth Marketing Association, the Institute for Public Relations and the
National Investor Relations Institute to assess their working relationship
with Wikipedia, the Public Relations Journal reports.
Results of the survey indicate a gap exists between public relations
professionals and Wikipedia concerning the proper protocol for editing
entries, according to a Penn statement.
When respondents attempted to engage editors through Wikipedia's "Talk"
pages to request corrections of facts in entries, 40 percent said it took
"days" to receive a response, 12 percent indicated "weeks," while 24
percent never received any type of response.
According to Wikipedia, its standard response time to requests for
corrections is between two and five days.
Only 35 per cent of respondents were able to engage with Wikipedia, either
by using its "Talk" pages to converse with editors or through direct
editing of a client's entry.
Respondents indicated this figure is low partly because some fear media
backlash over making edits to clients' entries. Respondents also expressed
a certain level of uncertainty regarding how to properly edit Wikipedia
Of those who were familiar with the process of editing Wikipedia entries,
23 percent said making changes was "near impossible". Twenty-nine percent
said their interactions with Wikipedia editors were "never productive".
"What is surprising, however, is that 25 per cent of survey respondents
indicated they are not familiar with the Wikipedia articles for their
company or clients. At some point most, if not all, companies will
determine they need to change something in their Wikipedia entries," said
Without clear, consistent rules from Wikipedia regarding how factual
corrections can be made, this will be a very difficult learning process for
public relations professionals.
Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes only.
The publisher (IANS ) of the above news article owns the copyrights of the
article / content. All copyrights are duly acknowledged.
Greetings from Ahmedabad!
I am here sitting with Konarak Ratnakar and Harsh Kothari, very
enthusiastic contributors to English and Gujarati Wikimedia projects. They
have organized a Wikiacademy at LD College of Engineering, scheduled on 24
April 2012. The main focus of these event is training potential users of
our Gujarati and English Wikipedia projects. We have received confirmation
from around 34 students of the college, and we expect the numbers to go up.
Please sign up if you are interested in joining the event. Computers are
available at the venue, but they are most likely to be occupied by students
from the college, so it's best if you can get your own computers!
Hisham, you are specially invited to join us for the event. :-)
Here's an update on the GLAM initiative at Crafts
and an invite to an edit-a-thon.
There have been a number of meetings and conversations with the Director of
the Crafts Museum and the museum staff over the past few weeks to plan out
the project. In these meetings, we have explained what is Wikipedia, how
it is used, how it can be useful to the Museum, how can staff members
benefit if they edit and how can Indian handicrafts & handlooms benefit by
more and better content on Wikipedia.
A few things became clear very early on. The language of the project needs
to be primarily in Hindi because the staff members are most comfortable in
Hindi. Another point is that since they are all starting from the very
basics, we should set realistic targets like taking things 5 articles at a
time to begin with.
Two outreach workshops for the museum staff have now been conducted in
Hindi. These covered approximately 8-9 staff members - out of which 6 have
created usernames and started editing. It gives an immense sense of
satisfaction and inspiration to see that so many of them are excited by
this project and they edit voluntarily even after the workshop is over!
(In fact, the clear message sent by the Director was that it was not a
compulsory task - so all the folks editing are doing so out of choice!)
Check out the article on Crafts Museum (शिल्प संग्रहालय,_दिल्ली) in Hindi
The Hindi aspect is an important point to note because English would have
been the preferred language because it gives greatest audience and is the
most convenient for other language community (Indic and beyond) to use as a
foundation if they want to create / improve the respective articles on
their respective Wikipedias. In this case, I visualize articles primarily
starting off in Hindi, and then moving to English - and then onwards to
other languages. In fact, the project page has now been created here on
The MoU has been signed with Wikimedia India Chapter - for which I'd like
to thank Arun and the EC. The MoU was also important because it formalizes
the taking of pictures of objects and their uploading to Commons. User:Yann
has already done a wonderful job as you can see on the Crafts Museum
project page here at the GLAM project page for Craft
 User:Arag0n also came in last week and took some wonderful images that
we hope to see soon.
I am currently working with the Director to see how Craft Museum can
improve the infrastructure for its' staff and to figure out how best to
free up time for the museum staff to support this initiative.
There is an innovation that I have tried which I wanted to share because
many community members might find it useful - and it's got nothing to do
with GLAM! There have been a number of meetups and outreach sessions in
Delhi - after a long time. One challenge I was facing was how to keep
engaged with participants of meetups and outreach sessions - and to
constantly encourage them to edit. What I did was shift the meetup up
venue to Crafts Museum itself! Its fun to see new editors and museum staff
get surprised that many people are editing one article at the same time.
That's when they really experience the magic of Wikipedia. This is working
well and I will continue to work on it. The next step is to invite
existing Hindi community members to Crafts Museum - which should happen in
the next couple of weeks.
The next event that we are planning - which is also why I'm writing is to
invite you to an *edit-a-thon on April 21st at 14:00 hrs (IST) (08:30 hrs
GMT)*. This week, instead of the Delhi meetup, we plan to have an editing
session at the Museum itself. You can sign up here.  You can be
anywhere in India or the world(!) to join in - and you can choose to edit
in any language - including Hindi, English, any other languages (Indic or
otherwise!) We'll also be active on the *#wikimedia-in* IRC channel, tweet
about it from @crafts_glam and have started a Facebook
The museum staff and Delhi community members will be editing at the Museum
- but the museum staff will also be available to help out giving insights
and references for articles.
Really hoping to see all of you participate and make this a big success
across languages! :)
The Tamil Wikimedia Contest organized by User: Sodabottle and other members
of the Tamil community recently got over. As you are all aware, it
generated over 15,000 media files and got over 250 new contributors to
Commons. A detailed report was published at
There's also a blog post that we've been working on that takes a peek at
TWMC behind the scenes with inputs from the organizing team. It might be
really useful to any community planning to conduct a similar events in
future. You can read the post here:
It's a great story of how an off-the-cuff conversation between 2 editors
resulted in a massive community wide initiative - with participation of the
Tamil community (and other communities) from across the world, the kind of
intense efforts, the use of technology enablers and last - and most
certainly not the least - some fantastic images (a sample of which can be
seen at http://www.tawp.in/r/33zx) - which have now been used to create or
improve articles (6122 on Tamil Wiktionary, 1659 on Tamil Wikipedia and
Do go through the story and add comments. Please also share it with
others. Don't forget to use the images to improve articles on your
Wikipedia! (They are all available on Commons at
I am thankful to Natkeeran for the wonderful story idea and to Sodabottle,
Logicwiki and others for your inputs, insights and times!