On 04/09/2012 08:00 AM, wikimediaindia-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
> Odia Wikipedia Outreach Programs in Odisha
This was a very interesting and comprehensive report -- thank you,
I noticed this:
> Once we had shown
> everyone this, we invited those who were interested to stay for a more
> detailed and hands-on editing to stay, and told everyone else they were
> free to leave. A few of the audience left the lab, and the remaining 9
> created their user accounts.
I see that a few other outreach sessions have also done this. I am
curious -- when you do this, what specific phrasing do you use? I want
to know how to say "if you're not interested, you can leave if you want"
in a friendly, hospitable way, so your examples might help.
Volunteer Development Coordinator
I simply told them : All the discussions and exercises of this
particular session will be very boring, if you are not really
interested to know more details about WP editing. Even if you don't
attend, you can learn all these details later, gradually through
experience or with a little help from an experienced editor. So, if
your are not really interested plz don't attend this particular
session to please me which will ultimately kill the excitement (for
WP) within you.
In continuation to the earlier announcement, here are the latest updates on
WikiSangamolsavam - The Annual WikiConference of Malayalam Wikicommunity. *
The conference is happening on April 28th and 29th at
Kerala <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala>. We expect around 200 people
to attend this conference.
1. The Programs has been Finalized. Click
view the page in En.
2. The registration is now
Click *here *<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhrRkFXNEF6SmU4LUhudk…>to
register. (currently only available in ml). If any non-ml users want to
register, Please send a mail to wikisamgamothsavam2012(a)gmail.com.
Registration is in full swing and already close to 100 people registered.
Some of the highlights of Malayalam conference:
1. We expect around 200 people to attend this conference which includes
around 50 students selected from different schools of Kollam district.
2. There are 26 Submissions / Presentation by Wikipedians / public in two
3. A panel discussion regarding Copyright of Government documents. - Day-2
4. Parallel Wiki School Students Conference - on Day-2
5. An Analaysis of all Malayalam wiki projects and discussion about taking
the Malayalam wiki projects forward.
6. Public Speeches by prominent IT movement leaders of Kerala.
7. Wiki workshops to introduce malayalam wiki projects to new bies
If any non-ml users want to register, Please send a mail to
wikisamgamothsavam2012(a)gmail.com. Registeration fee is 300 Rs and there are
no scholarships available for this conference. We are planning to run a
special 2 hour session for non-Malayalam wikipedians attenduing the
malayalam confernce. We welcome all of you to God's own country.
available in ml.
If you still have any question, please write to
On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM, Adv. T.K Sujith <tksujith(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Friends,
> The annual meet-up of Malayalam Wikimedia Community - *Wikisangamolsavam
> 2012 *
> will be held on 28th and 29th of April 2012 at District Panchayath Hall,
> We expect 200 participants for the event from inside and outside Kerala.
> This is an open event and in this meetup, along with the whole malayalam
> wiki community,
> any person those who interested in Malayalam Wikimeida Activities
> such as Students, Teachers, Computer Professionals, Educational and Social
> workers etc. can attend.
> Plz see the event page of Wikisangamolsavam2012
> more details
> In these two days Meetup we will discuss annual reports of Malayalam
> Wikimedia Projects.
> There also 3 parallel sessions for presentations and discussions on
> general topics connected with wikipedia.
> We expecting papers on different subjects mainly come under the tracks of
> "Community, Knowledge, Technology and Outreach".
> Selected participants can present papers and talks.
> You can submit your paper through this<http://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B4%B5%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%95%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%95%…>link.
> General Speeches of eminent personalities in subjects like Internet
> Freedom is also included.
> A second edition of "Malayalam Loves WIkimedia"
> successfully going on as a campaign for
> WikiSangamotsavam. At present 2819 more uploads done into Wiki Media
> Commons through this programme.
> The registration fees decided are Rs 200 for early bird, Rs 300 for
> regular and Rs 150 for students.
> We have also planned to arrange scholorships for selected students.
> We are cordially invite all, those who interested in Malayalam Wikipedia
> into the *WikiSangamolsavam 2012*.
> The registration page<http://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B4%B5%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%95%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%95%…>is under construction.
> Now you can express your interest of participation on this<http://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B4%B5%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%95%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%95%…>page.
> Please give your valuable suggestions also.
> Be spread the word about WikiSangamotsavam 2012, thank you
> Adv. T.K Sujith | *അഡ്വ. ടി.കെ സുജിത്*
> Alappuzha, Kerala | *ആലപ്പുഴ, കേരളം*
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Reminder about the IRC today (9pm IST on Thursday April 5th) Do join us using this link: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office.
Here is what we would like to discuss today - which we shall do for the first 45 minutes and then throw it open for 15 minutes for any other topics that anyone wants to discuss related to India Program.
You may have noticed that we are increasing our emphasis on Wikisource. Please see Shiju's post on using simple technology to support digitazation (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Indic_Languages/Digitization_o…) and Noopur's story of the Gujarati Wikisource (http://blog.wikimedia.in/2012/04/04/realizing-the-dreams-of-communities-3-y…)
In addition, Shiju has been engaged with other communities on how to start or accelerate their respective language Wikisources.
Wikisource has some very important characteristics that make it attractive.
It's a (relatively) easier way for newbies to start contributing than the respective Wikipedia
It's a great way to reach out to language lovers - and love for a language is an important motivator for contribution (on this and other projects)
There is a much lower gender gap on Wikisource, and it's easy for a wider age group to contribute
It's more "accessible" as an entry point to newbies because it has less policies than other projects
It's can act as a gateway to other projects
In today's IRC, we'd like to talk through the work that's happening on Wikisource by many communities, discuss best practices and provide a channel of support for anyone interested in joining the project from any language.
If you know Punjabi (Gurmukhi), your help is needed in testing the new
input method we developed.
At http://www.translatewiki.net we have deployed three input methods
for Punjabi - InScript, Phonetic and Transliteration.
I am especially curious about the Transliteration method. Can anybody
please test it? It is similar to the way the Punjabi Wikipedia works
now, but it's supposed to be more complete. Use M for bindi, NN for
tippi and z for addak.
I believe that this input method is better than what the Punjabi
Wikipedia uses currently, because it is more complete, robust and
Can i please ask you to go to http://www.translatewiki.net , create an
account, set your language to Punjabi (pa) and test how the typing
works? It's supposed to be really easy - just try typing and tell me
if you find any problems.
Thank you very much!
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
We are happy to announce the results of Tamil Wiki Media Contest.
The competition was brutal.(Hence the mild delay in announcing
results) Thousands of high quality files were uploaded for the contest. In
order to award prizes to maximum no of entries/contestants as possible, we
have increased the number of prizes. The files that made it to the final
round but didn't win ultimately were very very close to those that actually
won (in marks basis). Of those the top 100 can be viewed here
A detailed report and blog post will be ready by next week. Thanks for your
As you might have read earlier, the Gujarati Wikisource was launched
recently on March 27th and is now active with 1000 articles and 1 book
already. As part of the story telling series, here is the wonderful
a a journey that started with one member who filed the request to
create Wikisource, 2 members who joined in for their love of Bhajans, and
gradually a group of 6 members who helped reach the 1000 article mark.
The passion and enthusiasm of the Gujarati community members for their
language is very motivating, especially to all Indic Wikipedians who strive
for the same cause. This story will also interest those communities
interested in starting a Wikisource of their own. Most importantly, it
shows the power of individual community members and how community
collaboration is so magical and constructive!
I was lucky enough to get to go to Arunachal Pradesh. One of my
friends, could not go to the Northeast Regional Institute of Science
and Technology (NERIST) so he recommended me instead. The NERIST
wanted a speaker on Wikipedia and he recommended me for which I am
deeply grateful. They sent me an air ticket and off I went....
Please read the complete writeup & images at :