Greetings from Wikimedia India !
We sincerely regret the lack of communication in the past few months (last
communication was in Feb 2012), though we had few IRC sessions. We thank
you for your patience.
Chapter audit including the accounts of WCI 2011 are in progress. Income
tax department has responded to our income tax exemption (12A registration)
application and requested for additional information. Chapter will be
filing the same shortly.
Ec has drafted Election rules to put in place the defined mechanism for
conducting EC member elections, EC office bearer elections and also other
official appointments of the chapter. We will be sharing this with members
and community for feedback.
Membership renewals and fresh memberships are under process. We expect to
complete the backlog with in a week. Membership at the end of Mar 31, 2011
was 197. We request all members who have not yet sent in their renewal
applications and fee to do the same so as to reach Chapter office on or
before 30 June 2012 which marks end of grace period for renewal.And we also
welcome Wikimedians to join the chapter.
Total Donations at the end of Mar 31, 2011 was Rs 19701/-
*FCRA:* FCRA approval was received. We have received a sum of approx 6.5
lakhs from Wikimedia Foundation in April 2012. We have spent Rs 37550/-
*Internet Relay Chat(IRCs):*
We had one Chapter SIG IRC 4th May 2012, in which events, membership
renewal and grants were discussed.
We had eight meetings, including one face to face meeting in the last four
months. We met with Hisham and Barry and had discussions on the plans of
We made good progress on the scrutiny of WikiConference Mumbai 2011
accounts. We expect to submit the documents to the auditor in 1-2 weeks.
*Colloboation with India programs team* Though considerable effort was
spent by Wikimedia Chapter EC, Hisham, Barry and others towards defining a
colloboration framework, we could not reach consensus as the approaches
differ. Chapter will continue to cooperate with India programs in an ad
hoc, case-by-case manner.
Community & Special Interest Groups
A round-up of Wikimedia events, academies and initiatives around the nation
are updated here <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Events>.
Media Coverage on Wikimedia India and Wikipedia is updated
- Grants/WikiSangamotsavam 2012 Malayalam Wiki Conference 2012
- Grants/Photo and Article Competition and Wiki Workshop on 10-th
Anniversary of Assamese Wikipedia
More on that here <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Grants>
We look forward to your continued support and active participation.
On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)
Just a gentle reminder for today's IRC on Social Media pilot at 8:00 p.m
(IST). You can join the meetup by clicking on this link:
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office . Enter a nickname
and channel name is #wikimedia-office.
Since there is another IRC scheduled at 9:00 p.m for Wiki Loves Monuments
in India, we'll try and wrap this up by sharp 9:00 p.m. We'll be discussing
the progress on the already active social media groups (English and Odia),
explaining strategies to start it on new groups, discussing ways to retain
new editors. For those of you who may not have been following this
discussion, here's the link to the Social Media
we are running on Facebook right now. Here's the link to the blog
the Social Media pilot.
Since this has been a collaborative process, I would urge all the mentors
(existing editors who are helping out on Facebook) to attend the IRC. Your
inputs and suggestions would be really helpful in deciding the course of
See you there!
I'm trying to write a piece on Open Content and Open Educational
Resources in India and am asking for your help.
Open Content is defined as:
Reuse - the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim
form (e.g., make a backup copy of the content)
Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content
itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with
other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content
into a mashup)
Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your
revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the
content to a friend)
Wikipedia and sister projects apart, do you know of content, both
educational and otherwise, in India that would fit this definition?
Assuming a lower threshold as well, that it's just available for free
and no necessarily the other elements, are there resources that come
I can think of the NCERT textbooks
[http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/], VASAT [http://vasat.icrisat.org/],
FlexiLearn [http://www.ignouflexilearn.ac.in/flexilearn/] and Pratham
Books, if I say so myself,
What else comes to mind? Examples and links would be very helpful.
We are trying to build partnerships with some of the organisations to set up Wikipedia Clubs. The idea is to run outreach events at institutes or amongst interest groups that engage people in activities around Wikipedia.
Our first such attempt to is to partner with British Council India in Delhi. We've been in discussions with them for the past couple of months and I'm pleased to announce that we'll be initiating a series of Wikipedia workshops for some of the British Council's library members with the desired end result to set up a Wikipedia Club that will organise regular activities around Wikipedia at British Council. The basic objective of the club would be to:
Organise regular activities to increase the level of editing activity by club members. This could be in form of edit-a-thons, photo-thons, starting wiki projects based on common interest etc.
Organise regular outreach sessions to recruit more club members and expand club size.
Organise regular fun activities to keep high level of enthusiasm and spirit amongst club members. This could be in form of trivia nights, games night, meet ups, field trips, museum trips etc.
To begin with we'll be conducting three sessions with the same group of attendees. The first session will aim to brief all about workings of Wikipedia, editing rules and talk page protocols etc. The following sessions will be dedicated to only those participants who'll be willing to and excited to get more involved in Wikipedia. We'll provide them additional support to better understand Wikipedia editing and our community. And the third session will aim to formalise a Wikipedia Club at British Council where we'll provide ideas to the club members to organise regular activities like edit-a-thons, photo-thons, games and trivia nights, museum visits etc.
We've built this 3 level outreach program to make sure that club members will be better equipped and trained to organise club activities by themselves and will be able to conduct regular outreach activities within British Council (for members of movie clubs, writing clubs etc.) to further expand their club size.
The first session at British Council is scheduled for 23rd June from 10am to 1pm. All are welcome to help run the session. Will keep you all informed on the outcome of the session and next step thereon.
Hello everyone! Has there been any discussion about participating in
Wiki Loves Monuments this year?
I'm sitting in berlin working on some of the code behind it, and
looking at the test data and seeing 'us', 'de', 'nl' but no 'in' makes
me feel sad. Would the Indian community be participating this year?
I'd gladly volunteer to do whatever I can!
Yuvi Panda T
We had our 47th Bangalore meetup
on 10 June 2012 @ our regular venue, CIS Bangalore. This meetup came out
to be a very special meetup as for most people it is their first meetup.
Some of them got to know about Bangalore meetup from the banner displayed
on wikipedia. It was good to know Tinu & Naveen’s efforts are fruitful.
We had a round of introductions and came to know energy, enthusiassm.
excitement about Wikipedia. Some of the participants are students and
showed interest in organising Wiki academies in thier colleges. There is
lot of interest in volunteering to contribute for organizing WCI-2012.
Several suggestions were shared about organizing conferences.
As many participants are new to Wikipedia, we had a question and answer
sesion. Arjuna Rao Chavala answered all their questions giving multiple
options to do tasks.
Arjuna explained about Wikipedia Zero (
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Zero) project to make access to
Wikipedia free on mobile phones. He also explained on how to use indic
languages in mobiles.
All the participants signed up for India chapter membership and submitted
They all subscribed to Bangalore mailing
We winded up our meeting with a photo session.*
Thanks & Regards,
Wikimedia Bangalore SIG