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.
On a casual request, I was prompted to support some of the tasks the
India Chapter and the India community would benefit together, and I decided
to take up the responsibility of creating profiles for the 'Featured
Wikimedian' section in the Wikimedia India Chapter
This section aims to showcase the achievements of active Wikimedians who
have contributed significantly to the Wikimedia projects in English and/or
Indian languages. The featured profile for January is that of Mr. Balachandran
G <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Featured_Wikimedian/Archive/2013//January> from
If you know an inspiring Wikimedian whose profile hasn't been featured
yet, do let me know! Please also go through the profile of the featured
Wikimedian of this month and send your suggestions and comments for
improving this section.
Happy new year!
User: Netha Hussain
Student of Medicine and Surgery
Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode
Blogs : *nethahussain.blogspot.com
The A2K team is organising an IRC on 13th May 2012, Monday from 8.30pm - 9.30 pm on: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-in.
The main agenda for IRC is to discuss the A2K Work Plan for the year 2013-2014  that we had shared with you earlier. We'd like to hear comments/suggestions from as many of you as possible. This mail is to invite each one of you to join us for this IRC and help improvise our work plan. Just incase you'd like to join but cannot due to prior commitments please drop me a private message and we'll arrange a call with your separately.
Looking forward to see you tomorrow at IRC!
Access to Knowledge
The Centre for Internet & Society
My name is Jadine Lannon, and I am an undergraduate student at the
University of Toronto in Scarborough. Some of you may recognize me as
the intern who was supporting the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS)
in the hiring of the Programme Director for the Access To Knowledge
Programme. I have finished my internship with CIS and I am currently
carrying out fieldwork for my undergraduate dissertation that will
explore the gender gap in the Wikipedia editor community in India.
I am conducting interviews as part of a research study on the barriers
and challenges that Indian women face to their participation in the
editing of Wikipedia. If you are a female editor who currently resides
in India, I would be very interested in interviewing you. Your knowledge
and experience as a female Wikipedian will provide me with considerable
insight into the challenges, obstacles and triumphs that women
experience throughout their participation in the editing of Wikipedia
and their interaction with other editors and the community.
The interview will take around 45 minutes to one hour, and will be very
informal. Depending on your geographical distance from Bangalore, which
is where I am currently based, the interview may take place in person or
over Skype or a similar software. In any instance, I will do my best to
make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during the interview
The data gathered from these interviews will be kept strictly
confidential at all times. In the final report, all references to the
interview responses will be made anonymously or, in cases where direct
quotes are used, with the use of a pseudonym.
More information about this interview and the research project will be
provided to you before the interview in an Informed Consent Form. I will
also provide you with the list of questions/themes that I hope to
discuss with you in the interview. If you would like to receive the
Consent form and/or the list of questions and themes before you decide
to participate in the interview, and/or if you have any questions,
concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me
If you are interested in being interviewed for this project, please drop
me an e-mail at the same address as above (jaylanns(a)gmail.com).
Thank you very, very much for considering to give your time to
contribute to this research.
*The Hindu :* *"Indian Wikipedians look forward to Hong Kong meet "*
* It sounds like a motley group — a septuagenarian from Chennai, a
mother-daughter team from Salem, a computer engineer from Pune and a
medical student from Kozhikode. But the commonality these people share is
that they are among the 11 Indian Wikipedians — persons who contribute
articles to and/or edit for the online encyclopaedia — who will be
attending Wikimania, 2013.
Wikimania is an annual conference centred on Wikipedia and similar
projects. It will be held in Hong Kong in August (9 to 11) this year.
The website on the event (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania) says it
“… features presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, open-source
software, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical
aspects which relate to these topics”.
At Wikimania, 300 to 720 people from 50 countries — including writers,
editors, programmers, photographers and Wikimedia Foundation staff — meet.
It is “organised by local volunteer teams, with support from international
volunteers, and the Wikimedia Foundation and other sponsors.”
Sengai Podhuvan, the 75-year-old Tamil Wikipedian, who earlier edited a
journal on sports in Tamil, told The Hindu he had submitted a paper,
‘Improvements to Wiki editing process’, for Wikimania.
Mr. Podhuvan has added as many as 2,350 articles on Tamil literature and
science to the Tamil Wikipedia. He has placed in a chronological order
2,000 books from the 17th century and before. He has added information on
200 rural games that were played in the last century till 1950 or 1960 from
various States. “My own experience, my service, my childhood, these are my
source,” he said.
Mr. Podhuvan said: “My hands are shivering. I can’t hold a tumbler or make
a cup of tea without help from my wife. But I can type.”
Netha Hussain, the MBBS student, is a “pilot volunteer” for Wiki Women’s
Collaborations, a worldwide women-driven initiative which concentrates on
creating women-relevant content online. Ms. Hussain, who attended the Wiki
Women’s Camp in Argentina last year, said: “Not more than 22 per cent of
the articles [on Wikipedia] are by women. Articles on women’s health are
neglected because of fewer number of women editors. We want more women.”
She has made 10,000 “edits,” of which 3,500 are for the Malayalam Wikipedia
and 3,500 for the Wikipedia. Though she has written on topics such as the
medical uses of saffron, mostly, she said, “I translate articles from
English, which is easy. But it is tough to find the exact words in
Malayalam. The dictionaries are not updated. So we have to use English,
Tamil or Sanskrit words [in the Malayalam script].”
Arnav Sonara, the student of computer engineering, is looking forward to
meeting new people — especially those with whom he has been working online
at Wikimania. He has made 5,000 edits, including 2,000 for the Gujarati
Wikipedia. He keeps adding articles as the Gujarati Wikipedia has “only
22,500” entries and needs more content. He keeps a check on vandalism of
articles. “I do speedy deletions. If new articles not conforming to
Wikipedia norms appear, I mark them for deletions. I keep an eye on them.”
Parvathi, a teacher in the Government Middle School, Kandhampatti, Salem,
said she would like to discuss many subjects, in Tamil, at Wikimania. She
has added 10,500 edits to the Tamil Wikipedia since September 2011. The
additions are to Tamil literature, scientists and “Divya Desams” — the 108
Vaishnava temples. She contributed 30 articles to the first page and 700
photos in a Wiki Tamil Contest for which she got a “Continuous
Participation” award. Her daughter, who has been editing for the past one
month, will accompany her.
Wikimanias have been held since 2005 in Germany, the United States, Taiwan,
Egypt, Argentina, Poland, Israel and last year in Washington, says the
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