It seems that time is running short, and we are not yet ready.
There are a few things which are still not clear to me:
* What are accepted monuments for the competition? If only these
mentioned by ASI, the list is really incomplete and a lot are missing.
* I think the list should be copied to Commons, as not all
participants use English Wikipedia.
* Who are the jury members?
* State Level Coordinator for Delhi and Keral are still missing. What
about other states? (only 6 are in this list)
* Program Team is half empty.
* Some more information about what is acceptable is needed.
Forwarding to India list.
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From: Tomasz W. Kozłowski <odder.wiki(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] CentralNotice translation request
To: Wiki Loves Monuments Photograph Competition <
it's been over a week already since my original request, and you did
absolutely amazing with providing translations of the slogan into the
missing language--thank you, I appreciate your help!
There are only five languages left that are missing translations:
If there are people from India reading this mail, and also speakers of
Tagalog, please take a minute to translate this short sentence into
your language--and I will take care of moving the translation to Meta.
You can post the translation at
Wiki Loves Monuments mailing list
Here is a blog post by A. Radhakrishna, Bangalore SIG Chair ..
Conducting Wiki Academy @ Dravidian
university<http://www.dravidianuniversity.ac.in/>is a special
experience as majority of the audience was from the teaching
staff. It is also the first ever multi lingual Wiki Academy conducted by
chapter. As Dravidian university is focused on the major Dravidian
languages, English, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam scholars
attended the Wiki Academy. (Read
just to update you all that Wiki Loves Monuments is starting from 1st of
September (this Saturday).
There are certain things where we are lagging behind, and need big help
from the community.
1. We need some (3 or 4) professional and highly qualified photographers
to fill in the Jury for the contest
2. Anyone with good WordPress knowledge, need a small help from you to
update the website wikilovesmonuments.in
3. Any contacts with media persons, do help us promote the event.
Thanks all in advance. Get back to me if you can help in either of any.
Thanks again :)
Thanks and regards,
I am back from Chandigarh after attending one of the two amazing sessions
at British library. The session on day 1 (24 August) was held by Subha and
the session on day 2 (25 August) was held by both of us. We are writing a
summary of the two events.
*Day 1 (24 Aug): Introductory Session*
There was a news coverage in Hindustan Times (
this session. The members of British Library were informed (members above
16 years) by British Council's mailing list (
We had 32 participants for the first day. There were people of all
different age groups and various different backgrounds, surprisingly more
elderly people than youngsters! People came from Ludhiana, Mohalli and
Panchkula (Mohalli and Panchkula are two nearby cities) have joined for
this session. Subha asked all of them to introduce and speak about their
Wikipedia experience and interaction as a user. Many of them asked
questions in the beginning itself which was beneficial with spending some
time to know each other. The participants were taken through the
presentation by questioning about "Who edit WP and why they edit". They
were asking a lot of questions in between so the intro session was longer.
Most people still were not believing that Wikipedia articles could be
edited by people like them. So Subha decided to do some vandalism ;-) One
of the participants volunteered for creating her user account and we
changed the year of Chandigarh declared as being the "cleanest city" of
India. Then she corrected it and Subha explained how experienced editors
correct such mistakes. The participants were showed only few formatting
like Bold, Italics, Linking and Heading and showed the "Help" tab from
which they can learn more. Majority of them had doubts about credibility
and they brought examples of many articles having wrong information. So the
rest half of the session was spent discussing about the low visibility is
one of the reasons of articles with wrong information and how more editor
contribution is essential for articles of Indian context. They were also
shown articles with cleanup/"More citations needed" maintenance tags and
how they could be improved.
*Day 2 (25 Aug):* *Editing Workshop*
Day 2 saw 10 participants from the previous day (including a
sports-blogger, a techie, 4 students, a ELT trainer, a pediatrician and a
lady from Ludhiana who created her user account on Day 1 and brought her
father for Day 2) and 4 new student participants. Subha and me talked
briefly about what is intended for the editing session. All of them created
their user accounts, some of the participants helped the new participants
to create their user accounts. They chose various different articles
including articles of local importance (Banka Bihari temple, Chandigarh,
Paratha (few raised the question why it is not spelt as ParaNtha!!)), Assam
The audience were really patient and asking more questions about "What is
there for me", "What are we going to do next". So we all gathered for a
photoshoot and discussed about setting up a wiki club so they stay
connected. They were excited to hear that Chandigarh British Library
Wikipedia club (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Club_Chandigarh) will be
India's 3rd Wikipedia Club.
We all shared ideas and about how they will be continuing editing after the
session is over. Now a facebook group has been created (
https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiClubChandigarh) to guide the new
editors with editing.
*Meeting with Christina and Varinder:*
After the session got over we had a meeting with Christina (Manager) and
Varinder (IT Head of Brit Lib). One of the Tribune columnists (Renee Singh)
and a participant also joined us. We explained how the wiki club will
function and would help them also. Being a Library they could involve many
of their members in this. A new lady editor from Ludhiana has shown
interest for conducting workshops in her town. There was a sports-blogger
and a techie who explained how the local blogger community (over 125+
bloggers) meet up regularly and blog actively. This is a community we could
explore more to promote Wikipedia amongst techies. What we found is British
Library is quite open to ideas and showed interest for this collaborative
model. The participants were asking can we define positions for the wiki
club also so that people having different interest could take up lead for
Post event steps:
- Emails with thanks and appreciating their interest were sent to the
- Formal opening of the club is done on Wikipedia (
participant new editors have been informed about this.
- Help/Support desk on facebook is set to provide online support. (
- Press reports are being prepared to be sent to newspapers
- We are working on distributing responsibilities among new editors.
- Discussion for next meetup and keeping them updated in a regular basis.
*Meeting with the curator, Chandigarh Museum:*
We have met the curator of Chandigarh museum. After explaining about GLAM
projects she showed interest and asked to send a proposal. As there is no
active community we are currently focusing on building a community in
Chandigarh. But, this could run as a good GLAM project in the future.
Meeting with Shital Parkash, former Prof. in Public Administration, Panjab
*We met a former Professor of Public Administration of Panjab University,
Shital Parkash. He is also an author and is known in the city Professor and
Academician community. He could help us with reaching out to Punjabi media,
Professors for a community building exercise for Punjabi Wikipedia.
Piyush and Subha
Subject: Election Notice for Wikimedia Chapter EC Elections
The Election Committee appointed by Wikimedia Chapter Executive
Committee for notifying and conducting the Election to Wikimedia
Chapter EC election,hereby announces the election to the Wikimedia
Chapter EC for the two yearterm.
A detailed ‘Rules & Regulations for the Election’ is available which
includes the Nomination Form for Candidature (at Page 7). There
are 76 members who are on the membership roll as on 23 June 2012
and are eligible to participate in the Election and contest the Election
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scheduled for 23 Sep 2012).As per the communication from EC,
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Please note the following details:
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Wikimedia Chapter, No.194,
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Nomination pages will be locked to prevent editing on the day
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There's a spelling error at the main page of Wikimedia India, where the
spelling of Wikipedia has been wrongly spelt in the "Featured Wikimedian"
The sentence: After volunteering in *Wiikipedia *Takes Ahmedabad he came to
know about the Wikimedia India Community and started editing Wikipedia.
I am unable to edit the page, so did not correct it. Someone kindly correct
it as soon as possible.
For your convinience:
Thanks and regards,
Jobin Raju George
Third Year, Information Technology
College of Engineering Pune
Alternate e-mail: georgejr10.it(a)coep.ac.in