We have had the Wikipedia Day celebrations today evening at the Computer
Society of India in Kolkata. It was a modest gathering of eleven people. I
guess some of us could not attend solely because it was a weekday. But then
we had a mixed crowd of old and new faces that lent the event a touch of
We celebrated by cutting the cake and shared the developments in the
community. Biswarup da had recently uploaded his 10,000th picture in the
Commons, and we had a big round of applause for him. We had one new face
Ankita, who shared her contributions in the Wikibooks. Shubhashish joined
the celebrations from Delhi, first on phone and finally on Google hangout.
We also had a bit of planning on our follow up activities. We would be
happy to share them with you some time very soon.
Thanks to all who made this event successful in spite of all odds.
Thanks and regards,
On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Surjya Kumar Das
> On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM, Biswarup Ganguly <
> gangulybiswarup(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> Agreed. I shall be there. Thanks.
>> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM, Kalyan Sarkar <kalyan.sarkar(a)gmail.com
>> > All,
>> > We are planning to hold the W12 Kolkata on 15 Jan 2013 (Tuesday) from 6
>> > PM at CSI Kolkata. Please let us know of your availability and concerns
>> > any.
>> > Initially we had planned to hold the event on 13 Jan 2013 (Saturday),
>> > because it would have been convenient for many of us to attend the
>> event on
>> > weekend. However, we had some issues with the venue, so after discussion
>> > between Jayanta da and myself, we thought it would be better to hold the
>> > event on the day itself.
>> > Thanks and regards,
>> > Kalyan Sarkar
>> Biswarup Ganguly
FYI. This might be of interest to some of you.
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From: Sridhar Gutam <gutam2000(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Subject: [OKFN-IN] Spreading word about ODC-2, Bangalore
To: Sridhar Gutam <gutam2000(a)gmail.com>
Bangalore DataMeet is really happy to announce the 2013 Open DataCamp! We
are still working on a location but it will be on March 2nd and 3rd 2013.
Please refer to the following link for more information and to register:
I want to thank the sponsors Akshara Foundation, India Water Portal, and
Google for their initial support. And also to DataMeet for helping us with
the initial planning.
How will this year be different from last year?
Longer - 2 days - Including a Hackathon and Workshops
Registration Fee of 100 rupees to cover various costs - the money from
registration will stay with Do Attend and then be transferred directly to
vendor to cover costs. We will not be receiving any money personally.
I will be announcing the themes, speakers, tentative agenda in a few follow
up emails. We will also be giving travel grants. If you want to apply
please fill out this form:
Stay tuned for more details. If you want to volunteer for the event please
let me know I will add you to our volunteer list.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Sridhar on behalf of Nisha and Thej
OKFN-IN mailing list
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
As per a personal communication from Waltraut Ritter, Organising Committee
WikSym+OpenSym 2013 Call for
is now open, Due date: March 17,2013
The conference has a special track for community contributions as well
which can be made use of by researchers who are interested in sharing their
findings but would like to publish subsequently in other journals.
As the event is scheduled together with wikimania, it is great opportunity
for people to attend both.
We are happy to announce two events this month at educational institutions.
AA IIT Kharagpur will be celebrating their SpringFest 2013 from 23rd
Jan to 26th Jan. We will partner with them in this event as Knowledge
Partners. We will be conducting a Wiki Academy, and a Photographic contest.
Expect some newbies from the eastern region. The Photographic contest is
based on images reflecting the culture of the region being uploaded to
Wikimedia commons. The following members will support the IIT Kgp Spring
Fest related activities.
1. Jayanta Nath - Bengali Wikipedia Administrator, Bengali SIG Chair, &
2. Kalyan Sarkar - Kolkata SIG Chair
3. Sucheta Ghosal - OPWomen Intern at Wikimedia
4. Biswarup Ganguly - Wikimedia Commons contributor
5. Rangan Dutta - Wikimedia Commons contributor, Photographer and Columnist
6. Karthik Nadar - Secretary, WMIN
BB University College of Engineering, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district
is organizing a event called Kanya Wizard'13 on the same day, 23rd Jan
2013. Their objective is to promote the addition and improvement of content
in the web about their district. Wiki Kanya is one of the three events they
have proposed. This envisages creating awareness about Wikimedia projects
to 350 students drawn from 70 colleges in the district, and providing hands
on training to about 50 students in editing. The District Collector and the
Dean of the University are very enthusiastic about this project. We hope to
stretch the scope of this to go beyond just one session of a wiki academy
to a few follow up sessions in the coming months to hand hold the members
to more effectively complete their task. Viswanathan Prabhakaran, Theni M
Subramani and two more Wikipedians will be handling this event.
I was browsing through
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipediasand found the number
of admin users across Indic Wikipedias very low.
Hindi has only 4, followed by Bengali and Marathi with 10 and Telugu and
Malayalam with 18.
If you discount the inactive admin users, the count can be very low to
maintain the quality.
In Tamil Wikipedia, we make sure to run admin elections regularly. We
choose around 4 admins every year and don't hesitate to nominate promising
newcomers. This helps to share work load, give a break for wikiholics and
provide a sense of belonging for the whole community. In the beginning
days, most of the founding members got admin access within few weeks of
meaningful contribution and this good will has never failed.
Unless there are other compelling reasons for this low count of admin
users, I urge every community to nominate / self-nominate good contributors
and make them admins.
Wikipedia turns 12 on January 15. As a part of Wikipedia Day celebrations
worldwide, the Mumbai community is meeting on Sunday, Jan 13.
January 15 is a weekday and we believe Sunday would be convenient for
everyone to attend the celebrations.
Apologies for the short notice.
*Date and Time*: 13 January 2013, 4 pm
*Venue*: Pinstorm, Swati Building, North Avenue, Santacruz West, Mumbai
*Landmarks*: Swati building is behind Kotak Mahindra Bank, Linking Road,
and across the street from Arya Samaj Mandir.
This is a gentle reminder about Wikipedia Summit Pune on 12,13 January.
Venue is Azam Campus, Pune and timing is 10 am. to 5 pm.
The summit will have hands on workshop for Spoken Wikipedia. Also,
there will be discussions on Gender Gap
Wikipedia Summit Pune is being organised by Wikipedia Club Pune and
supported by Wikimedia India Chapter.
Do join the summit!!
Check out the details here:
We are planning to hold the W12 Kolkata on 15 Jan 2013 (Tuesday) from 6 PM
at CSI Kolkata. Please let us know of your availability and concerns if any.
Initially we had planned to hold the event on 13 Jan 2013 (Saturday),
because it would have been convenient for many of us to attend the event on
weekend. However, we had some issues with the venue, so after discussion
between Jayanta da and myself, we thought it would be better to hold the
event on the day itself.
Thanks and regards,