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From: Arjuna Rao Chavala <arjunaraoc(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM
Subject: Election Committee appointment for Wikimedia Chapter Elections-2012
I am glad to inform you that Election
Wikimedia Chapter have been approved by EC.
As per this, EC has constituted an Election Committee consisting of
Mr Gautam K John, Returning officer,
Mr Balasundara Raman, Polling officer
The terms of reference for the committee include
- Announce the elections and call for nominations by members
- Ensure that there are at least the minimum number of nominations by
encouraging members to submit their nomination forms
- Screen the nominations and form a slate for Election
- Work with EC to arrange for printing and posting of ballots
- Conduct the voting for members participating in person during AGM
- Count the valid ballots (both postal and in person) and announce the
I request your support and cooperation to the committee for the smooth
conduct of Wikimedia Chapter Elections-2012
Arjuna Rao Chavala
President, Wikimedia Chapter
blog post cum report on India's first GLAM initiative at the National
Crafts Museum! The program started out in English but was taken forward in
Hindi to suit the staff members who have been enthusiastically creating
articles and editing in Hindi Wikipedia! The program has been a bold step
to prove that GLAM can very well happen in India - with its own design and
structure and it has also given the Hindi community a precious gift of 6
A special thanks to User: Roboture who has been with us in each and every
meet and helped train editors, User:Yann for his first set of invaluable
Commons contributions and to User:Aniruddhajnu and User:Siddharatha_ghai
for coming down to the museum to inspire the staff members.
Hope this gives more courage to any community that wants to start a similar
project! Would love to provide any help needed.
I am delighted to give you a small summary of the Tag and assess drive that
was conducted by members of WP:India by means of a blog post.
is. As you can read in it, organizers and participants alike,
unequivocally agree it is an unprecedented achievement for members of our
Thanks to all of you for sparing precious time to give your inputs.
Personally, it was also inspiring getting to know editors outside the
mailing list. May I take this opportunity to propose a bigger project or a
new collaboration like this one? Just starting a conversation :)
Greetings from Wikimedia India !
Chapter audit is expected to be complete in couple of weeks.
Income tax department has responded to our income tax exemption (12A
registration) application and requested for additional information. Arjuna
Rao Chavala along with Chapter Consultant Mr MN Rao met with IT authorities
and clarified how the Chapter activities are charitable. As IT authorities
could not be convinced fully, it is decided to withdraw the application and
reapply at a later date.
Election rules were approved by the EC. Election Committee consisting of Mr
Gautam John and Mr Balasundara Raman were appointed. Further communication
regarding Elections will follow soon from Election Committee.
Membership as of 31 June, 2012 is 76, which includes all the renewals that
were processed till 18 July 2012.
Donations till date for the current FY is Rs 100/-
*Internet Relay Chat(IRCs):*
IRC on WLM was conducted and
- Karthik Nadar
- Noopur Raval
- Yuvi Panda
have been volunteered for core team of WLM India.
We had one meeting in June.
Accounts are submitted to Auditor. We expect Audit report in couple of
- "The Fifth Elephant <http://fifthelephant.in/2012/>",Conference on the
big data ecosystem, 27 & 28 July 2012, Bangalore - Wikimedia Chapter is
participating as Partner
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
- Kannada Wikipedia Anniversary
We look forward to your continued support and active participation.
On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)
We had the '17th Wikipedia Mumbai Community Meetup' on 14th July,Sat. at
Flarepath office in Bandra, who were generous in providing us their place
on the weekend.
It started with informal introductions since there were new members
attending Wiki-meetup for the very first time.
There were 17 attendees in all, including members from Flarepath team, an
Odia-Wiki contributor-Manoranjan Bahera (who also attended the meetup for
the first time in Mumbai !),Vikram Crishna ji, Karthik, Vikram Vincent (
from Banglore community), myself and some more new folks.
We had planned for an editing session this time followed by a brief about
Wiki Loves Monuments.The session was decided to progress depending on the
understanding and knowledge of attendees about Wikipedia, and was focussed
more on a basic level. Also the meetup was just the day after Eng.
Wikipedia crossed the milestone of 4-million articles ! Alot of people
present did not know about it, and so we made it an initiation point,
- How Wikipedia managed to gather so many articles?
- Who create these articles(it was not a one day task)?
- Anyone can do it and How?
They did not have an account or had one but hardly used or edited. So, the
basic question of why you should have an account as well as how wikipedia
respects anonymity was discussed. It was interactive and people were very
enthusiastic about getting first hand insights and begin editing. Also,
there was discussion regarding how a 'company' page should be like in
wikipedia which would not be speedily deleted ! Vikram Crishna ji was
present and we got to hear from him as well !
We also created an account for a new-comer and did few edits from her
Then we discussed briefly about Wikimedia commons. We categorised some of
the Mumbai Photowalk images using cat-a-lot. A brief about WLM was also
made; they are willing to volunteer/help and wanted to know more. It was
post 5pm by this time. Snacks and Coffee were sponsored by Flarepath, a Big
Thanks to them !
I want to Thank Ashwin (user:AshLin) here :) for taking an editing sesson
in WCI-2011, which was the first session I had attended, very organised
wherein he had given each of the attendees a printout/handout explaining
the basics of editing etc. We took some more printouts of that and
distributed at the end as the summary of the past 2- 21/2 hours.
Thank you Noopur for suggesting Flarepath as well as connecting us ! Thanks
to Abhishek Suryawanshi, who was going to come to Mumbai, only for the
meetup, however owing to something urgent, he could not; However he
and Srikanth Ramakrishnan did support offline. Thanks Alot !
Few pictures of the meetup are
We hope to keep in touch with the newbies and make them regular editors and
have regular gatherings !
Please watch if you have 24 minutes to spare.
Camerocks - Rock your digital world! <https://www.camerocks.com/>
completion date = (start date + ((estimated effort x 3.1415926) /
resources) + ((total coffee breaks x 0.25) / 24)) + Effort in meetings
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From: Dominic McDevitt-Parks <mcdevitd(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Subject: [GLAM-US] David Ferriero's Wikimania speech
To: "Wikimedia & GLAM collaboration [Public]" <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
The Wikimania people were nice enough to prioritize the editing of David
Ferriero's closing plenary speech at Wikimania so that he could embed it in
his blog post which was published today. As a result, it's actually the
only official video from Wikimania available yet! See:
I thought people on this list would be interested to view it, if you didn't
get a chance to see it in person, and also to share and quote from it even
if you did. It's all about putting our GLAM work in the context of ongoing
trends in the cultural sector, and it was well-received by the live
audience (though the cheering is a bit muted in the video). The full text
will go up at archives.gov soon
GLAM-US mailing list
Just a note, today, English Wikipedia crossed 4 million articles
milestone. Stay up forever old buddy! :-D
And today is the second day of Wikimania! Surely they have something
new to celebrate and brag about now! :-D