Telugu Wikipedia Community, in association with Wikimedia Foundation India
Chapter, Telugu SIG, CIS-A2K and Theatre outreach Unit of UoH celebrated
this Ugadi, the Telugu New Year festivity as a Wikpedia celebration.
Celebration of completing 9 years, more than 50k articles and increasing
users both in terms of readers and contributors.
Once the program was planned, we had hardly a month's time left. So,
whoever from the Telugu wikipedia community at Hyderabad, was invited and
meetups were held at Golden threshold, Abids on every sunday till the event
There were a lot of discussions that happened in these meetups, we could
clarify each others' doubts and even take up small wikipedia learning
sessions at these meets. A budget was prepared and roles were assigned. We
started preparing invitations, and other logistics were being calculated.
Almost for all of us, this was the first time to be on board for organising
such an event. So, there were obvious worries and apprehensions about
smooth conduct of event. Here, I should say that without Vishnu's efforts,
we could not have organised this event to such a level. Right from
convincing Rama Rao garu of TOU, UoH for venue to the post event tasks, he
was always with us for support and help.
We called on other Telugu wikipedians living in other cities to join the
pre-event meetups to handle pre-event and event tasks. T. Sujatha garu from
Chennai made herself available for the meet on 31st March. Her presence
made people more confident.
When the event day came, Arjuna garu arranged a wikiacademy at Centre for
Good Governance(CGG) which me, Arjuna , Vishnu and Pavithran organised.
This wikiacademy happened on 9th April.
On the event day, that is on 10th, morning, a media meet was organised. It
was intended for media people to know about wikipedia. It was attended by
media heads from 4 different media houses. A panel discussion headed by
Bhandaru Srinivas garu was organised. Key points on improving telugu
wikipedia from a perspective of a media person was revealed in this
Post lunch, we visited HMTV media office to know about the internal working
of a television media news channel and press. Here we had the opportunity
to get to know about how various programs are recorded and telecast.
By the team, we returned to the venue, it was late in night. Then, we had a
discussion where the next day's program and future resolutions for Telugu
Wikipedia were discussed.
Next day morning was the festival of Ugadi. The main day of the event.
It started off with introductions, this pre-lunch forenoon was entirely
meant for Wikipedians to interact with each other. But, Arjuna garu had
something else in his mind.
He arranged a talk from a person from indg.in, C-DAc and a live interaction
over Google with Ravi Vyjasatya, one of the senior most Wikipedians.
Post lunch, all the participants were divided into 2 groups, one of them
were those who were entirely new to wikipedia, the others were the fello
For the newbies, a wiki academy was organised. And simultaneously, a
discussion session where most problems and hurdles of wikipedians were
discussed. Some of these discussions still are on at the forum at tewiki.
Sowmyan was busy interacting with wikipedians and taking up memberships.
We asked him to address the gathering after the discussions.
By 5 we were done with most of our planned activities and were ready for
the best part of any program, the public meeting.
M Aditya Prasad garu, from AIR headed the event with Samala Ramesh babu
garu and Kodanda ramayya garu from Telugu bhashodyama samakhya prresiding
Sujataha garu, Rajasekhar garu and other senior wikipedians were
The evening ended with certificate and momento distribution.
On behalf of Telugu Wikipedia community, I thank one and all who were
directly or indirectly involved in this event.
Program details at Telugu Wikipedia : here in this
Media coverage :
Images at commons :
With thanks & regards
CIS-A2K Team would like to share with you it's draft Work Plan (2013-2014)
for Indian language Wikimedia projects. The detailed work plan can be found
here.  The main objective of this document is to present a detailed
plan with projection of outcomes and expected impact of the A2K programme
activities, during the next 15 months.
The A2K team has, over the last two months, extensively engaged with
various stakeholders in developing these plans. These include a) some
Wikimedia India Community members across various Indian language Wikimedia
projects; b) some English Language Wikimedia community members from India;
c) Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee; d) some potential
institutional partners; e) a few like minded advocates of free knowledge;
f) A2K Programme Adviser Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana; and last but not least g)
a few of the Wikimedia Foundation staff. We are extremely thankful to all
of them who have taken time out in sharing their ideas and opinions and in
actively giving feedback, which has helped us immensely in drawing up these
plans. This document has been made keeping in mind the objectives,
opportunities and challenges faced by each of the Indian language Wikimedia
We welcome your feedback and suggestions to further refine these
plans. However, for the sake of structured engagement, we would request you
to *please read the following guidelines  on how to share your
feedback.*We would deeply appreciate if you could share your valuable
feedback in the
next three weeks based on which we will revise the plans.
Looking forward to receiving your inputs.
T. Vishnu Vardhan
Access to Knowledge<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge>
The Centre for Internet and Society
From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga
To: Wikimedia Education
ReplyTo: Wikimedia Education
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] Pad of the education meeting in Milano
Sent: Apr 18, 2013 12:43 PM
It is happening now.
Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." _______________________________________________ Education mailing list Education(a)lists.wikimedia.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/education
It’s with deep regret that I announce the resignation of Noopur Raval as Programme Officer CIS-A2K Team.
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) would like to thank her for all her valuable contributions to the Wikimedia movement. Noopur has been a great asset to the A2K team. We'd like to thank her for all her leadership and work in the past year around PR, communications, GLAM, outreach and social media. In her formal capacity Noopur has worked to promote Wikimedia movement in India for over a year. We're hoping that she'll continue to be a part of the movement as a treasured volunteer.
It is with warmest regards that CIS wishes her best in all her future endeavors. Please join us as we bid a fond farewell to Noopur and and send her off with hopes for more success and fulfillment. I will personally retain many wonderful memories working with her.
In a day or two CIS-A2K Team will send out an advertisement for the opening of Programme Officer which has been created due to Noopur's departure.
Access to Knowledge
The Centre for Internet & Society
Found it on Wikimedia Education list. I thought someone might be interested in joining.
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 02:36:25
Subject: Fw: [Wikimedia Education] Fwd: Join us for Online Learning Day
I think there might be people here interested. Tom
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Subject: Join us for Online Learning Day
To: igcbp(a)diplomacy.edu <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Have you registered <http://www.diplomacy.edu/registrations/online-learning-day> yet for next week's Online Learning Day, on 17 April? No matter where you are located, we would like to invite you to join our morning online debate. If you are based in Geneva, you can also come to our evening get-together at Diplo's office.
Online Learning Day is part of the Geneva E-diplomacy Platform <http://www.diplomacy.edu/e-diplomacy> and aims to facilitate an informed discussion on online learning and to encourage an exchange of views and experience among providers of online learning solutions.
In preparation, we invite you to try out our short quiz <http://www.diplomacy.edu/onlinelearning-quiz> to test your knowledge of online learning, and to complete a short online poll <http://www.diplomacy.edu/onlinelearning-themes> to help us narrow down the debate themes for the morning session.
What to expect:
The morning session (10.00 - 12.00 CET) will take place online and will feature debates on current trends in online learning, including:
* opportunities and limitations of massive open online courses (MOOCs)
* social media tools to enrich online learning
* teaching practical topics (protocol, negotiations) effectively online
The evening session will be an informal meet-up style gathering at Diplo's office in Geneva (18.00 - 20.00 <tel:20.00> at 56, Rue de Lausanne), with refreshments. Geneva-based providers of online learning will briefly present their training programmes, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions in an informal setting. We will also hear directly from participants who have attended some Geneva-based online learning courses.
This event is intended for anyone interested in online learning in the domain of diplomacy, international relations and global policy processes.
For more information and to register visit: http://www.diplomacy.edu/calendar/online-learning-day, or contact our colleague Tereza Horejsova at terezah(a)diplomacy.edu <mailto:email@example.com> . (Note: Registration is required!
Stephanie Borg Psaila
The latest from Diplo... Stay networked; get informed; broadcast your projects. Join our Internet governance community at www.diplointernetgovernance.org <http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org>
Greetings from Wikimedia India !
Membership count as of 31st March is 168.
Wikimedia India's first ever fundraising effort concluded on 31 March 2013.
During March we received INR 22,100 as donations from 10 individual donors.
This brings the total amount raised through the fundraiser to INR 26,120.
The EC sincerely thanks all our donors and other well wishers.
Wikimedia India's grant application for program support during Q1 2013 was
accepted by the WMF. Our report for the previous bootstrap grant has also
been accepted by the WMF.
The EC did not meet in person in March.
Community & Special Interest Groups
- Rohini Lakshané was elected as SIG chair for GenderGap projects in
Events Conducted / Supported
- Chennai Wiki Meetup #5
- Women's day edit-a-thon
- Wiki Women's Workshop by FSMK & WMIN, Jyoti Nivas College Bangalore
- Wikipedia Women's workshop, Bangalore
- Chennai Mathematical Institute Workshop and contests
- Wikipedia Workshop for Women by FSFTN & WMIN, Chennai
- Wikipedia introduction, Ranade Institute Pune
- Gujarati Wikisource first anniversary celebrations, Ahmedabad
- Gujarati Wikisource first anniversary celebrations, Junagadh I
- Gujarati Wikisource first anniversary celebrations, Junagadh II
A round-up of Wikimedia events, academies and initiatives around the nation
are updated here <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Events>.
- Malayalam Wikipedia takes a gender
*The Times of India*.
- World wide wiki women’s web dot
- `ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಹಿತಿ: ಸ್ತ್ರೀಯರ ಪಾತ್ರ ಇರಲಿ' <http://goo.gl/NSssJ> (in
- महिलांचा सहभाग वाढवण्यासाठी विकीपिडियावर
organises Edit-a-thon specially for women to celebrate
international women's day)
- "Sakal", Mumbai edition about 10 years of Marathi
- 5. Kannada Prabha
1. Gujarati Wikisource First Anniversary
We look forward to your continued support and active participation.
On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)