Wikimedia India Chapter will be organizing a GLAM pilot at the National
Museum, New Delhi. We are looking forward to a few experienced editors
living in New Delhi to participate in this program.
We have put together a team that has undertaken to provide the training and
We will have some volunteers and students from the Museum itself. They
bring the domain knowledge related to the artefacts, but require training
in Editing. We now need experienced Wikimedians from New Delhi who can do
contribute, and have enthusiasm from GLAM work to participate. The benefit
may be gaining insight into GLAM projects in general and the National
Museum in particular.
The program may be over a week duration some time between last week of Dec
2013 and 1st week of Jan 2014
Kindly write to the Chapter(a)wikimedia.in.
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
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:05:55 +0530
> From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowmyan(a)wikimedia.in>
> To: "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 work
> out. If the invited team from UAS carries back nice memories more
> enthusiasts from UAS can join us in future ventures too.
> > 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 Jan
> > 26.
> > Message-ID:
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> > KnVTRdY8YhvFZWQiGs3oHukNQ(a)mail.gmail.com>
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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 accessed.
> > Most of the trees that are out there are somewhat more readily accessible
> > 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 botanical
> > artists like K. Cheluvayya Raju who died more than 70 years ago).
> > There is probably some interesting material related to G H Krumbiegel,
> > 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
> > 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 had
> > 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) as
> > well as the numerous avenue trees (like the pink poui currently in bloom
> > and chosen by Krumbiegel as part of his Ritu Samhara idea for Bangalore)
> > 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
> > even on the en.wiki (for example the somewhat famous pair of Govindoo and
> > 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
I will be there.
Thanks for posting this.
> Ph.D. Thesis Defense
> > Speaker : Mr. Swaprava Nath
> > Title : Mechanism Design for Strategic Crowdsourcing
> > Faculty Advisor : Prof. Y. Narahari
> > Date : Tuesday, December 17, 2013
> > Time : 11:30 AM
> > Venue : CSA Multimedia Class (Room No. 252, First Floor)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
> > Abstract
> > This thesis looks into the economics of crowdsourcing using
> > game theoretic modeling. The art of aggregating information and expertise
> > from a diverse population has been in practice since a long time.
> > The Internet and the revolution in communication and computational
> > technologies has made this task easier and given birth to a new era of
> > online resource aggregation, which is now popularly referred to as
> > crowdsourcing. Two important
> > features of crowdsourcing are: (a) crowdsourcing
> > is always human driven, hence the participants are rational and
> > and they experience a payoff in some form through their participation,
> > (b) the participants are connected over a social network. To understand
> > the behavior and the outcome of such a strategic crowd, we need to
> > understand the economics of a crowdsourcing network. In the thesis,
> > we have considered the following three major facets of the crowdsourcing
> > problem.
> > (i) Elicitation of the true qualities of the crowd workers:
> > as the crowd is often unstructured and unknown to the designer, it is
> > important to determine if the crowdsourced job is indeed performed at the
> > highest quality.
> > (ii) Resource critical task execution: due to the diverse geographical,
> > cultural, socio-economic reasons, crowdsourcing entails certain
> > manipulations that are unusual in the classical theory. The design
> > has to
> > be robust enough to handle fake identities or information provided
> > by the crowd.
> > (iii) Improving the productivity of the crowdsourcing network: as the
> > designer's goal is to maximize some measurable output of the
> > system, an interesting question is how one can design the network and/or
> > the incentive scheme so that the system performs at the optimal level
> > considering the strategic nature of the individuals.
> > In the thesis, we provide novel solutions to all the questions above
> > using game theoretic modeling and mechanism design innovations. Our
> > investigation helps in understanding certain limits of achievability,
> > and provides design protocols in order to make crowdsourcing more
> > efficient.
> > ALL ARE WELCOME
Department of Computer Science and Automation
Ph.D. Thesis Defense
Speaker : Mr. Swaprava Nath
Title : Mechanism Design for Strategic Crowdsourcing
Faculty Advisor : Prof. Y. Narahari
Date : Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time : 11:30 AM
Venue : CSA Multimedia Class (Room No. 252, First Floor)
This thesis looks into the economics of crowdsourcing using
game theoretic modeling. The art of aggregating information and expertise
from a diverse population has been in practice since a long time.
The Internet and the revolution in communication and computational
technologies has made this task easier and given birth to a new era of
online resource aggregation, which is now popularly referred to as
crowdsourcing. Two important
features of crowdsourcing are: (a) crowdsourcing
is always human driven, hence the participants are rational and intelligent
and they experience a payoff in some form through their participation, and
(b) the participants are connected over a social network. To understand
the behavior and the outcome of such a strategic crowd, we need to
understand the economics of a crowdsourcing network. In the thesis,
we have considered the following three major facets of the crowdsourcing
(i) Elicitation of the true qualities of the crowd workers:
as the crowd is often unstructured and unknown to the designer, it is
important to determine if the crowdsourced job is indeed performed at the
(ii) Resource critical task execution: due to the diverse geographical,
cultural, socio-economic reasons, crowdsourcing entails certain
manipulations that are unusual in the classical theory. The design
be robust enough to handle fake identities or information provided
by the crowd.
(iii) Improving the productivity of the crowdsourcing network: as the
designer's goal is to maximize some measurable output of the crowdsourcing
system, an interesting question is how one can design the network and/or
the incentive scheme so that the system performs at the optimal level
considering the strategic nature of the individuals.
In the thesis, we provide novel solutions to all the questions above
using game theoretic modeling and mechanism design innovations. Our
investigation helps in understanding certain limits of achievability,
and provides design protocols in order to make crowdsourcing more
ALL ARE WELCOME
Telugu Wikipedia celebrates 10 years today and there have been several wiki
training sessions, aka wikiacademies planned by the Telugu Wikipedia
One of these Telugu wikipedia training sessions was organised at Hyderabad
on Sunday, 8th December, 2013. This is 5th such academy that has taken
place at Hyderabad.
The event saw a turnout of around 21 people coming from various teaching
backgrounds; right from a Professor in Telugu from Osmania University to a
teacher at a private school, Teachers, professors, student-teachers,
instructors attended the event.
A detailed description is given
This event has drawn lines for organising Tewiki Dasabdi (translates to
Telugu Wikipedia Decennial celebrations) with more enthusiasm.
The teaching community of Telugu has reaffirmed to make use of Telugu
wikipedia in and out of the classroom, and also many of the participants
have already turned into wikipedia editors.
"Few of the difficulties, the Telugu teaching fraternity faces have been
solved by Telugu Wikipedia" said one of the participants, hailing from
"I've been horrified by the mere touch of keyboard and mouse, this Telugu
Wikipedia seems promising to deal with my Computerophobia" said HoD, Telugu
Osmania University Prof SV Satyanarayana. The professor also urged the
organisers to conduct one such workshop for his students in the coming
Congrats to the community on completion and success of this session.
With thanks & regards
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ఒక విశ్వాన్ని ఊహించండి, ఎక్కడయితే ప్రతి మనిషి ఒక సంపూర్ణ విజ్ఞానభాండారాన్ని
అందరితో పంచుకోగలడో, ఆ విశ్వాన్ని ఊహించండి. *అటువంటి విశ్వాన్ని నెలకొల్పడమే
తెలుగు వికీపీడియా : http://te.wikipedia.org
A new address for ebooks : http://kinige.com
*తెలుగువారికి సాంకేతిక సహాయం - http://techsetu.com <http://techsetu.com/>*
Congratulations to the Telugu Wikimedians. May your tribe grow! You guys
are at the leading edge along with Ta-wiki and Ml-Wiki in terms of
activity. You have all it takes to make this a great Wikimedia group. Our
best wishes to you all.
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> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Telugu Wikipedia Tenth Anniversary today
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> Hi Friends,
> On behalf of Telugu Wikipedia and other Telugu Wikimedia projects, I greet
> you on the ocassion of tenth anniversary of Telugu Wikipedia today. Many
> thanks to each one of you for your contributions and support to Wiki
> eco-system. I am sure that some of your contributions are utilised in
> Telugu Wikipedia. We encourage you to leave any messages to the Telugu
> Community on this email thread or on Telugu Wikipedia Feedback
> page<https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:FB>in Telugu or English.
> Arjuna Rao Chavala
> Telugu Wikipedia Bureaucrat
The proposal due date has been extended to 16 Dec 2013, in order to give
more time for proposals and also to strengthen the nominations. You can
check the current status of nominations and initiate new proposals at this
2013/12/3 Ravi Vyzasatya <vyzasatya(a)gmail.com>
> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
> I will start by introducing myself to the community. I am Ravi Vyzasatya
> based in Maryland. I have contributed to Telugu Wikipedia since 2005 and to
> a lesser extent in Telugu Wiktionary and Wikisource. I did serve as admin
> in all these projects. Although my primary interest is in writing well
> researched articles in the area of South Indian history, I do help the
> community by running bot scripts and taking care of miscellaneous
> administrative tasks.
> Telugu wikipedia will be 10 years old in another week from now. On this
> auspicious occasion Telugu Wikimedia Community is organizing celebrations
> under the leadership of an organizing committee headed by Vishwanath B.K,
> Pranayraj as Secretary, Kasyap as Treasurer along with Rahimanuddin, WMIN
> SIG lead Telugu, Vishnuvardhan, CIS-A2K Program Director as members. We
> have also constituted an awards committee with myself as President, Arjuna
> Rao Chavala, WMIN Co-founder and its first President as Secretary and A.
> Rajasekhar, T. Sujatha, NWR 2011 award winners from Telugu Wikis and A.
> Radhakrishna, Former WMIN SIG lead for Bangalore as members. The award is
> named after Komarraju Lakshmana Rao, pioneer Telugu encyclopedian who
> undertook the first modern encyclopedic effort in Telugu, perhaps the first
> among Indian languages (c.1912-13). It is also quite fitting tribute to
> Lakshmana Rao to honor his memory in the centennial anniversary of such
> pioneering effort. The award carries a citation and cash prize of Rs
> 10,000/. Organizing committee and awards committee members are ineligible
> for the awards to avoid any perceived or real conflict of interest.
> We are inviting nominations  for awards on Telugu Wikimedia projects.
> Nominations are due by 9th Dec 2013 24:00 midnight (UTC). Members can self
> -nominate or be nominated by others, in consideration for these awards.
> Nomination process has been developed by Arjuna building upon the NWR 2011
> nomination process pioneered by another WMIN Cofounder and the then EC
> Member Arunram . We express our sincere appreciation for the same. We think
> that this initiative with nominal cash prize by Telugu community may be the
> first of its kind and will complement the existing recognition mechanisms
> and help encourage budding Wikimedians in their initial years of
> contribution. We invite all Indian Wikimedians to participate in the award
> nomination process as you may be familiar with our Telugu Wikimedians
> through their efforts in English, Kannada, Tamil language Wikimedia
> projects. For the benefit of wider Wikimedia community, we have provided
> for relevant remarks on the nomination pages in English and also invite
> nominations or support for the existing nominations in English, if you
> choose to do so.
> We solicit your wishes on this happy occasion and will be sharing the
> updates about the celebrations, awards and other related Telugu wiki
> activities as things roll out.
> Ravi Vyzasatya
> References 1.English wiki page on Komarraju Lakshmana Rao, the first
> Encylopaedist among Indian languages from India
> 2. Award details page in Telugu
> 3. Nominations page in Telugu
On behalf of Telugu Wikipedia and other Telugu Wikimedia projects, I greet
you on the ocassion of tenth anniversary of Telugu Wikipedia today. Many
thanks to each one of you for your contributions and support to Wiki
eco-system. I am sure that some of your contributions are utilised in
Telugu Wikipedia. We encourage you to leave any messages to the Telugu
Community on this email thread or on Telugu Wikipedia Feedback
page<https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:FB>in Telugu or English.
Arjuna Rao Chavala
Telugu Wikipedia Bureaucrat