Wikimedia India Chapter welcomes community driven grant requests and
project proposals that are
*... *(wait, that is already a long list of keywords :) )*
OK, let us think of something more than the typical outreach work we do !
While the chapter gets ready updating a minimum set of requirements,
policies and procedures for awarding grants, please start discussing in
your community village pump about prospective projects. When we review
grant requests, we will be looking for signs of community approval or
Stay tuned for more updates and let me assure you will get approval for
grants in a Tatkal basis :)
Program Director, Wikimedia India Chapter.
This might be useful, pleases share in the community.
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From: Anasuya Sengupta <asengupta(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Be part of the most epic data
collection and analysis of Wikimedia programs!
Dear Wikimedian friends and colleagues,
tl;dr We have just launched our second round of voluntary reporting.
This is the most epic data collection and analysis of Wikimedia
programs we've done so far as a movement, and all program leaders are
invited to take part. :-) You can do so here:
https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0B3azKpdZ7ggCtD (or get in
touch with the L&E team for support).
As we did in the Fall of 2013, we invite community members leading and
evaluating Wikimedia programs to share their data with the rest of the
movement (i.e., Edit-a-thons, Editing Workshops, On-wiki Writing
Contests, Photo Events, etc.). Last year’s data was collected and
analysed in a series of reports that was the beginning of telling the
Wikimedia story of impact: the incredible work of over 60 program
leaders implementing 119 programs or projects in 30 countries across
the world. This helped us start building a set of good and best
practices for effective programs across our movement. This year’s
data drive will be critical to help us continue to do and learn better
from each other.
To best prepare, program leaders can review the reporting items 
and start gathering that data you have filed away about your programs
since the last reporting round. We are looking for data on programs
completed any time from September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.
You can ask questions directly on the reporting form preview  or on
our portal talk page . If you are planning to report and may need
support from us, do let us know so that we can help in any way needed.
When ready, you will find the reporting collector at:
We also welcome your data in different formats. For example, if you
have already reported data elsewhere, we are happy to work with you to
make the process as easy as possible. Message eval(a)wikimedia.org and
we can work out the easiest way to include your data.
We are expanding the number of programs covered in the reporting this
year, and extend the reporting window longer for some new programs,
GLAM, and Wiki Loves Monuments. See the schedule below for timelines
for reporting for each program type.
Data submission deadlines by program:
Due by October 20th
Due by November 3rd
On-wiki Writing Contests
Photo Events (Wiki Loves Earth, WikiExpeditions, WikiTakes, etc.)
Wikipedia Education Program
Due by November 17th
GLAM Content Donation
Wiki Loves Monuments (2013 and 2014)
Wikimedian in Residence
Remember, reporting is voluntary but the more people do it, the better
representation of programs we can make. This voluntary reporting
allows us to come together and generate a bird’s eye view of programs
. We want to understand the impact of programs across different
contexts, to examine both more broadly, and more deeply, what works
best to meet our shared goals for Wikimedia and to, together, grow the
awesome  in Wikimedia programs!
On behalf of the Program Evaluation and Design team, thank you for
your time and support in this initiative.
Senior Director of Grantmaking
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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For those who are active on IRC .
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] ***Security notice*** for IRC: vulnerability
prior to September 15, change passwords
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:45:59 -0700
From: Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>
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As you may have heard, Freenode found some compromised servers on their
networks. Network traffic, including SSL traffic, may have been sniffed by
a third party.
This likely affects many Wikimedia IRC users, including users who do not
speak English, so please forward this notice and translate as needed for
the benefit of other Wikimedians.
If you have not changed your nickserv password on September 15 or later,
please do so now.
From the Freenode blog:
"Before changing your password, please check your email address in /msg
nickserv info and, if needed, update it – see /msg nickserv help set email
(remember to check your new email for the verification key). This will
ensure that we can send you a password reset email should, for whatever
reason, your password change not work properly. If you have no email set on
your account or an email set that you cannot access, we cannot send
password resets to you, so do please keep this up-to-date.
"To change your password use /msg nickserv set password newpasshere
"Since traffic may have been sniffed, you may also wish to consider any
channel keys or similar secret information exchanged over the network."
Please direct questions to Freenode IRC ops. They are voiced in the
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Software Freedom Day is a global celebration and education of why
transparent and sustainable technologies are now more important than ever.
You may find an event happening near your place at
If not, you can start an event and gather friends from Wikimedia, FOSS and
other Free Culture communities.
This is a good opportunity not only to spread awareness about Wikimedia
projects but also a chance to network and win friends for our community.
I will be attending Software Freedom Day celebrations in Chennai on 27th
September at Anna University Campus, Chennai.
More details can be found at
We have a stall registered already for Wikimedia projects.
I welcome the Wikimedia community in and around Chennai for this event.
Program Director, Wikimedia India Chapter.
Congratulations on taking up the Program Director role.
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> Hi Ravishankar,
> Congratulations on taking up the Program Director role.
> Best wishes
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM, Jayanta Nath <jayanta(a)wikimedia.in> wrote:
>> Dear Members of Wikimedia India Chapter,
>> It is my pleasure to announce Ravishankar Ayyakkannu as the Program
>> Director of Wikimedia India Chapter.
>> He was involved in various projects of the movement that dealt with the
>> State Government of Tamilnadu and multinational firms like Google. His
>> experiences working for the movement have been featured in media including
>> The New York Times and BBC. He has served as the General Council member of
>> the International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil. He is also
>> actively involved in promoting Free and Open Source projects and Free
>> Culture movements in Tamil.
>> Ravishankar completed his graduation from Nanyang Technical University,
>> Singapore and Technical University of Munich, Germany and later worked as a
>> researcher for the Leiden University in The Netherlands.He has been
>> working as an independent Web development consultant.
>> The Interview committee consisting of Sudhanwa Jogalekar (Past president)
>> , Navin Francis ( Past Secretory), Moksh Juneja (President) and myself were
>> honored to be part of this efficient, effective, and enlightening process.
>> Ravishankar joined Wikimedia India on 20th September 2014 as Program
>> Director. He will be based in Bangalore. His primary roles are supporting
>> community members in organizing and executing the various chapter programs,
>> strategic planning for the chapter, mentoring interns and devise success
>> measurement metrics for community projects.
>> Please join me in officially welcoming Ravishankar Ayyakkannu to Wikimedia
>> India Chapter!
>> Jayanta Nath
>> Wikimedia India Chapter
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We are just realizing that October 4th and 5th coincide with a festive long
week end. So, some members who have been earlier nominated and invited by
WMF are unable to attend the event.
However, all communities are welcome to recommend nominations replacing
Please nominate new names or recommend who is next in order to replace the
Doing this in your community Village pump will make it easy to make a quick
Also, for people who are near Bangalore or prefer to travel by rail / road,
WMF will be glad to reimburse the cost if you can arrange the travel
We don't have much time left. Best to do this before Saturday morning (in
I am a longtime contributor to Hindi Wikipedia, inactive of late. I am a
recent subscriber to this list. I am interested in joining chapter. I am
interested in knowing more about this, can anyone from the past EC tell more
something caught my eye. Does it mean chapter will not have money? Why are
you letting them to do this kind of things to you? pls explain
....Three organizations that submitted letters of intent for 2014-2015
Round 1 will not be eligible
since they did not fill the eligibility gaps by the 15 September deadline
or were deemed ineligible initially: Wikimedia India, Wikimedia
Magyarország, and Wikimedia Hong Kong.
Below is the details of the activities by the Centre for Internet and
Society's Access To Knowledge program (CIS-A2K).
Andhra Loyola College and the Centre for Internet & Society sign MoU for
Better Net Access
Andhra Loyola College (ALC) and the Centre for Internet and Society's
Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) have entered into a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) to steward the growth of Telugu Wikipedia and to make
available free knowledge in Telugu to all Telugus across the globe.
* Ten theosophical books authored by Rev. Fr. P. Jojaiah, SJ released under
free license (CC-BY-SA-4.0).
* For the first time an educational institution in the state of Andhra
Pradesh is signing an MoU with CIS-A2K to work collaboratively to
qualitatively improve Telugu Wikipedia.
* ALC faculty and students to create free e-content in Telugu on Telugu
* Digital content from the fields of Botany, Physics, Chemistry, Telugu,
Statistics, Ethics and Religion, Music and Dance to be produced on Telugu
* We are Wikipedia (by Subhashish Panigrahi, Global Voices Online, June 18,
* OpenGLAM at Wikimania 2014 (by Subhashish Panigrahi, OpenGlam, August 27,
News and Media Coverage:
CIS-A2K team gave its inputs to the following media coverage:
* Now, Christ students will contribute to Wikipedia (by H.M.Shruthi, Deccan
Herald, August 5, 2014):
* CIS-A2K Signs MoU with Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada (Eenadu,
August 15, 2014):
* ALC signs MoU for better net access (The Hindu, August 15, 2014):
Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia
movement in India. The A2K team consists of six members, four based in
Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and
Rahmanuddin Shaikh. One team member Nitika Tandon has left from the
organisation -- We wish Nitika all the best for her career. We also have
one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana working with us. Archives of our
newsletters can be accessed at http://cis-india.org/about/newsletters.
Wikipedians from various communities can request for outreach programs,
technical bugs, logistics-merchandise and media, public relations and
Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that
works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy,
accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR
reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open standards,
etc.), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital
humanities.Follow us elsewhere
CIS group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cis.india
Visit us at: https://cis-india.org
Request for Collaboration:
We invite researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians, both
organisationally and as individuals, to collaboratively engage with
Internet and society and improve our understanding of this new field. To
discuss the research collaborations, write to Sunil Abraham, Executive
Director, at sunil(a)cis-india.org or Nishant Shah, Director – Research, at
nishant(a)cis-india.org. To discuss collaborations on Indic language
wikipedia, write to T. Vishnu Vardhan, Programme Director, A2K, at
vishnu(a)cis-india.org.CIS is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust
founded by Anurag Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin
for its core funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also
grateful to its other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation,
Privacy International, UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC
for funding its various projects.
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Thank you all for your kind support and collaboration!
Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society