This is a link I recommend you to bookmark.
This list is useful for outreach & also whenever someone needs Wiki-Help in
a particular city. It would be great if Wikipedians could update this
We have the following completely unrepresented states/UTs:
* Andaman & Nicobar Islands
* Arunachal Pradesh
* Dadra, Nagar & Haveli
* Daman & Diu
* Himachal Pradesh
* Jammu & Kashmir
* Jharkhand (AngPradesh is in Mumbai)
* Punjab (oye, ye ki hoya!)
* Uttar Pradesh
Okay, all you admins, please update your status (Mikey my boy, that means
Abroad, we dont have Indic Wikipedians listed for:
* Asia (other than India)
* Middle East
* North America
* South America
Unless you would like to stay off list, of course that's acceptable too.
May I also request Tinu / list admins to please forward it all the Indic
language & city Wikimedia lists. We need this resource to be as
comprehensible as possible.
You may be aware that we (my family) have released a font family earlier.
Here is some background if you are not aware of it.
On the first death Anniversary of Yogini Joglekar(my aunt), our family
released AksharYogini (Normal) Font on 1st Nov. 2006. This font is
primarily for Marathi language but can also be used for Hindi (for any
language using Devanagari). It also has English support. Later on, on the
occasion of Gudhipadwa (Chaitra Shuddha 1, 1931; that is 27th March 2009) ,
we released the additional fonts to complete the "AksharYogini font
family". This font family was/is made available on the site
http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com for free usage/distribution/sharing.
Today, on the occasion of Eighth Death Anniversary of Yogini Joglekar, we
are now releasing an updated "AksharYogini font". This font is also
available on the same website http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com
This is an updated font and has support for the new (MS Windows) operating
systems where the internal mechanism for font rendering is changed. Also,
it has additional characters for the current Unicode standard and the Rupee
Sign is also included.
Most important is the licensing. The new release is under the Open Font
License. As such, all Linux distributions will be able to freely use it in
Please feel free to use, share, distribute the new font. You can download
it from http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com .
Give us feedback on my email id or the official id for the font "
aksharyogini at sudhanwa.com " You can also comment on the guestbook on the
Do share this news and also the font.
Wishing you a Very Happy Diwali !!
Thanks and regards
web: www.sudhanwa.com blog: www.sudhanwa.in
Twitter: sudhanwa Check on FB, Linkedin for more.
I am looking for people who are willing to spend 2 hours adding labels to
wikidata in the languages of India and, in their own language. For several
languages it will be possible to add 1% more labels in that time.
Typically every Wikipedia article has a link to Wikidata. What I want to
learn is if you find it easy to have Wikidata work for you in YOUR
When you go to a Wikidata item, you will find that both "properties" and
"qualifiers" may show up as numbers. They need a label in your language.
Once a label has been added, it will be available everywhere.
What I like to know is if you recognise that this is happening.
Once you have added all the labels for one "item" or article, have a look
at what Wikidata knows about an article about a similar subject.
Have a look at what is in the news  change the "en" into the language
code for your language. Please add some labels ... What I am particularly
interested in is, if there are sequences where the labels can be
automatically added. (for instance numbers representing years).
Wikidata is used by the Tamil Wikipedia to extend search. I know that for
some people this works well while for others it does not. This is a bug
that is being looked after.
With one percent more labels that are related to the information that
exists and to what is in the news, Wikidata will provide better
When these labels refer to horse  or any other subject that has a
category in Commons, you will be able to find pictures by searching in YOUR
Please let me/us know if and how this works for you. We want to learn how
we can get to the tipping point where Wikidata is actually useful . We
want to learn what is needed to make Wikidata useful for you.
PS if you add the #babel template on your user page, Wikidata itself will
become easier for you to use.
Abstract: Of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken today, some
2,500 are generally considered endangered. Here we argue that this
consensus figure vastly underestimates the danger of digital language
death, in that less than 5% of all languages can still ascend to the
digital realm. We present evidence of a massive die-off caused by the
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Dear fellow Wikimedians,
Thank you all for your encouragement of Telugu Wikipedia community's
initiative to recognize the contributors by a special award called
Komarraju Lakshmana Rao Wikimedia Puraskaram, named after first modern
encyclopedist in Telugu, perhaps the first among Indian languages
We got 28 nominated proposals for the awards out of which 18 were
complete, based on the acceptance criteria outlined in the initial
announcement. Selection council analyzed all proposals based on
quantitative metrics like wiki statistics and qualitative assessment of
each nominee's contribution and it's impact on Wiki 's growth and
development. We would like to thank all the people who participated in the
nomination and proposal development process and also those who helped to
improve the process by their feedback during its roll out. As this is the
debut year for the awards, Selection council decided to award 10 recipients
recognizing their contributions during the last decade of Telugu Wikipedia.
In the order of final assessment score, the awardees are *Chaduvari, M
Pradeep, Chava Kiran, Veeven, Palagiri, Ravichandra, Ahmed Nisar, Veera.sj,
JVRK PRASAD and Bhaskaranaidu.* They will be presented with cash prize and
certificate during the Telugu Wiki Ten Celebrations . You can see their
pictures, citation remarks in Telugu and English . The background
material and scoring sheet are also available, if you are interested.
To recognize members who contributed significantly to Telugu wikimedia
projects but could not/ did not give their consent for the award nomination
and/or did not get selected for the award, Selection council decided to
award Jury appreciation certificates. These will be given to 30 members
selected by the council. An electronic certificate will be presented in
their user talk pages shortly
It's been an arduous effort and the selection council members have put in
nearly 1000 hours of effort as a group in the past couple of months since
award conception. Can't thank enough the selection council members Arjuna
Rao Chavala, A. Rajasekhar, T. Sujatha and A. Radhakrishna. Special thanks
to Arjuna Rao Chavala, Selection council secretary for taking the major
responsibility for this initiative. We also thank Tewiki 10 Celebrations
committee for ensuring necessary funds to support this award.
As with any first time endeavor, I am sure there is room for improvements
in this process. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future
1. Award details and rules (in Telugu) https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP
2. Proposals https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Komarraju_LakshmanaRao_Wikimedia_Aw…
3. Award winner details https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP/2013/Winners
4. Applicants work statistics and factors aiding growth
5.Scoring sheet https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP/2013/Scoring
6. Jury Appreciation certificate winners
7. Tewiki 10 Celebrations Committee
I blogged  about the question how we can make Wikidata useful. In it I
refer to Muhammad Shah  who was a mogul and relevant to the history of
What is necessary for it to work in a language anyway is that the labels
exist in "your" language. The information for Muhammad Shah is shown 
here in Gujarati with a fall back to Hindi and a final fall back to
English.. You can add labels starting from this and, you will notice how
quickly it has an effect to related / similar content. Obviously you can
change the language codes in the URL to suit your needs..
What I am looking for is ideas on how we can make Wikidata useful for you
and for our readers. I hope to get many ideas from you that can we can put
At this time what I think is most useful is that we can point to pictures
that exist in Commons categories. This too will work when we have labels in
The challenge I give you is to come up with ideas that we can put into
practice that makes Wikidata useful for the people in India.
This event happened today. A total of 15 members attended. We were taken
around the botanical garden to identify a few notable trees by Mr Krishnam
Raju, and his colleague Mr Thimmaraya. A few members from other NGOs who
love trees had also joined the meet.
Our next target is to get access to the libraries and the archives. The
library is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Hence this will have to
be on a Saturday.
Another good outcome at the end of the day's meet was visit to the
Director's office to thank them before leaving. Arjuna and Omshivaprakash
met the Director along with me. This meeting and a demo of QR code by
Omshivaprakash resulted in the Director requesting for a training of his
department personnel on 4th Jan 2013. They wish to expand the scope of
support beyond Lal Bagh and cover Horticulture in general. Their enthusiasm
and excitement are good signs for further collaboration.
Omshivaprakash will be organizing the training. Hopefully this can be
followed by access to the Library and the archives.
> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:05:56 +0530
> From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowmyan(a)wikimedia.in>
> To: "wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org"
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] WMIN meet at Lal Bagh Bangalore-
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> Change in schedule of WMIN monthly meet at Lal Bagh as requested by
> officials at Lal Bagh
> Date: Dec 25, 2013 Christmas day.
> Start Time : 11 AM
> Expected duration of interaction - 2 hours
> Interactions with : Shri Gunavantha - Dy Director
> Location: Office of the Dy Director of Horticulture. As you approach Glass
> House from the Bandstand, the office building will be about 50 meters to
> the right.
> Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:05:55 +0530
> > From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowmyan(a)wikimedia.in>
> > To: "wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org"
> > <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> > Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimediaindia-l Digest, Vol 621,
> > Issue 1
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> > Hi Shyamal,
> > You are welcome to invite others. Just wait till Tuesday. I plan to meet
> > the Director on Tuesday and will confirm to you.
> > The wealth of information you posted is very interesting. I guess we need
> > to form category specific interest groups for greater shared interest.
> > For long i have wondered how to revive Bangalore meets. Meets for talking
> > and sharing do not seem to enthuse many. Meets to do some joint action is
> > more appealing.
> > I have invited some people from UAS, GKVK too. Let us see how things
> > out. If the invited team from UAS carries back nice memories more
> > enthusiasts from UAS can join us in future ventures too.
> > Regards,
> > Sowmyan
> > >
> > > Message: 5
> > > Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:26:14 +0530
> > > From: "Shyamal L." <lshyamal(a)gmail.com>
> > > To: Wikimedia India Community list
> > > <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Opportunity to embellish Lal Bagh
> > > Botanical Garden related WP article before the flower show on
> > > 26.
> > > Message-ID:
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> > >
> > > Sowmyan, this is great news indeed! I know a number of people who are
> > > interested. It would be great if some of their archives can be
> > > Most of the trees that are out there are somewhat more readily
> > > as indeed are the ornamentals.
> > >
> > > There are some really historic material including some amazing artwork
> > > (some of which I believe is by some unfortunately little-known
> > > artists like K. Cheluvayya Raju who died more than 70 years ago).
> > > There is probably some interesting material related to G H Krumbiegel,
> > Hugh
> > > Cleghorn and the Agri Horticultural Society.
> > > There are also some interesting publications made by the Horticulture
> > > Department that are largely inaccessible - over the years I have had
> > > enquiries from the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh for looking up a
> > book
> > > called "Glass House – The Jewel of Lalbagh" published in 1991 that has
> > > hardly been seen by people who are interested in it. I have likewise
> > > requests for archive data relating to John Cameron (Krumbiegel's
> > > predecessor).
> > >
> > > There is also a great deal of as yet un-written history on plant
> > > introductions such as
> > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote ("Seemay Badnekayi" = foreign
> > > brinjal
> > > - one of the introductions to our diet thanks to the work at Lalbagh)
> > > well as the numerous avenue trees (like the pink poui currently in
> > > and chosen by Krumbiegel as part of his Ritu Samhara idea for
> > >
> > > For a glimpse of the excellent artwork of an unfortunately little-known
> > > botanical artist - K. Cheluvayya Raju - see
> > >
> > >
> > > and we have several other botanical artists who as yet have no articles
> > on
> > > even on the en.wiki (for example the somewhat famous pair of Govindoo
> > > Rungiah).
> > >
> > > I have been postponing my own plans to research the archives there and
> > > would be very happy to join you in your meetings if possible. There are
> > > some active tree groups in India who will be interested too.
> > >
> > > best wishes
> > > Shyamal
> > >
> > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Shyamal
> > >
> > >
> > >
While we plan to be in Delhi from 29th Dec to 8th Jan for the GLAM project,
our effort to get guest house accommodation at Delhi University South
Campus for this period did not materialize. Can any one help us with some
affordable source of accommodation? We are looking for accommodation for 4
people. Two people from 29/31Dec to 8 Jan, and two people from 2 Jan to 6