Following the community nominations (where available), we have now posted
the almost-final invitee list for the upcoming Bangalore consultation, here:
If your name appears, please do confirm accepting the invitation AND e-mail
me, to make sure I have your up-to-date address to handle travel
arrangements. I will also be following up in a couple of days with anyone
who may not be on this list.
See the page for more context on how delegates were selected. Bear in mind
that we're already past 40 people total, which is nearing the limit of
effective conversation, so we couldn't invite absolutely everyone.
Let me reiterate that the meeting is not secret, and will be adequately
Also, that the goal is not to make any decisions that would bind
communities or launch new initiatives. Rather, it is to come up with a
shared vision and strategic direction for the (multiple, different!)
initiatives in diverse communities and regions, and by various groups and
means. Ideally, the proposals and agreement reached at the meeting would
be a basis for wider discussion and, IF agreeable to the wider communities,
a basis for future work by the various groups and individuals.
I look forward to a productive meeting, and to meeting some of you for the
first time! :)
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FYI. Hoping to see something like this happen in India. Books have been
released in to the public domain but this is rather interesting.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Hay (Husky)" <huskyr(a)gmail.com>
Date: 17-Sep-2014 4:02 pm
Subject: Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1571) now available on
> Hi everyone,
> i'm pleased to announce that i've just completed an upload of high
> resolution scans of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius,
> the first 'modern' atlas of the world.
> The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands,
> (i'm a Wikipedian-in-Residence there) acquired an edition of his atlas
> last year. This edition is in very good condition, with excellent
> hand-colouring of all the cards.
> The complete atlas is available here:
> Kind regards,
> -- Hay Kranen
While only few people can attend the consultation for various reasons, that
doesn't stop the communities from providing an official recommendation
online after discussing in their village pumps. In the next two days, I am
planning to post a message across all village pumps seeking such
recommendations. I will appreciate if you can help refine the message by
adding more questions, pointers based on which the communities can start
their discussion. This will help to make sure that all communities are in
sync with common minimum goal.
and help us refine the message for each community.
When you visit https://www.google.co.in , you can find the option to use
Google services in many Indian languages.
You can also do a Google account wide change through your account settings
to use your language interface across many Google services like Gmail and
Many Tamil Wikipedians have noted that Tamil Wikipedia articles are shown
at the top of the search results even when the keyword is in English.
This is not the case for every search but we guess that the quality of the
article, presence of the keyword in English at the beginning of the article
and accessing your language Wikipedia from an Indian IP address often can
contribute to this scenario.
When many users show trust in native language articles, the articles will
gain more trust in Google's view and it will start pushing for general
Right now, lack of awareness of native language Wikipedias is an important
So, spreading this small trick :) may help to bring you more first time
At Hindi wiki, we started a project on Indian Elections-[[:hi:वि:विभाचु]].
we are systematically creating all lok sabha n vidhan sabha pages. we are
collecting data and arranging them systematically in excel sheets. Excel
Sheets and AWB scripts are placed at project page (in both english n
hindi). We wish all language would take benefit from work done by us.
Punjabi wiki has also joined us and already helped us in return too. we
wish all wikis could run this project and prepare Excel Data n AWB Script
for each region and share with each other. e.g. for upcoming Maharashtra
Elections Marathi Wiki may take the lead.
Presently complete data is available at hiwiki for Himachal and Uttarakhand
assemblies. I checked and found that these pages are not yet available even
on English wiki. (at last n at least, something where hiwiki has taken lead
:-) ). Anyone having AWB rights on enwiki may please take this foward.
I hereby once again invite all to participate in this project. Also, on
hiwiki, the main person who stared this project is a little inactive
presently. I would be thankful if anyone of you can help us on Hindi Wiki
Thanks and Regards.
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Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:55:25 +0000
From: Saqib Qayyum <saqib.qayyum(a)hotmail.com>
To: Wikimedia India Community list
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] WMF Blog post
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This is Saqib from Pakistan. WMF has wrote a blog post about us and it
mentions Karthik Nadir and Indian Wikimedians community.
With sufficient evidences, as apparent as they seem to be, I must introduce
this issue to you all.
The India mailing list is controlled by a few people, of whom no one ever
was thinking evil. However, it is time to review and see who really
controls this mail list!
I request all recipients to wake up and ask the same questions:
1. Who all control the mail list and moderate it?
2. What has been the criteria of their selection? How long they should
remain as administrators to the list?
3. Why should mails go selectively passed and selectively discarded?
4. How come very stale mail messages come after almost a month, just when
they could significantly be more relevant (or more damaging a particular
positive cause) with a changed /new scenario?
I propose few more 'acceptable' members are added to the admin list. And
even to get rid of people whom the general community does not probably
trust any more.
We don't want any more vicious infestations to damage the 'India' context
of Wikimedia cause.
CIS-A2K in its sustained efforts, to enhance the content and reach of
Kokani Wikepedia, has signed an MOU for a period of five years with Goa
based Nirmala Institute of Education, during the last month. Harriet
Vidyasagar, as a Wikimedia volunteer, has put in a significant effort
with CIS-A2K towards getting this collaboration happen. Please join us
in applauding her for the tremendous efforts she has been putting
towards making open knowledge grow in Konkani.
The institutional partnership with NIE has two key objectives. One is a
pilot project to design, develop and execute a certificate course titled
“Teaching in the Age of Wikipedia’, which is aimed at Middle and High
School Teacher-trainees and Teachers. We hope that this will enable the
Teacher participant to have a) a comprehensive understanding of the
changes brought in by the digital technology to the knowledge domain; b)
an introduction to various openness movements that inform the discourse
on Open Educational Resources; c) exposure and training to participate
on open knowledge platforms like Wikipedia; and d) practical examples
and best practices of using Wikipedia and sister projects within the
classroom context (e.g. the IT@School initiative in Kerala). We hope to
develop this as an Open Course and solicit active participation from
Wikimedians, especially those who have rich teaching experience or have
been actively working in the education sector. We also hope that the
lessons from this may help in creating a model that could be emulated
elsewhere in the South Asian context.
The other objective of this partnership is to dovetail Konkani Wikipedia
into the projects that Teacher Trainees at NIE take-up.
We will create a project page on Meta and document the plans and
progress and solicit your active feedback. We will notify through the
list once the page is created.
We apologise for the slight delay in sharing this information.
Hi. I'm more active on Hindi Wikipedia. My observation is that many people
who come from english wiki to local wikis tend to enforce quality too much.
Its like forcing diet of a body builder upon a kid. This takes toll on new
contributors who do have good intentions and may be groomed. Keeping in
view the life-cycle thing, we have to compromise a little on quality till a
critical mass is reached and enforce the quality slowly and steadily.
I've been here for last one year and i think hindi wiki is showing a steady
As far as new tech like tablets, smartphones are concerned, i feel they are
helpful as local language typing apps are more easy to operate on tablets
etc than on a pc.
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> I have been noting declining contributions across Indian Wikipedias for the
> last few months.
> triggered to write this mail.
> This is my view on what's happening:
> 1. Most of the Indian Wikipedias have crossed 10 years. Many of the active
> and first generation contributors are burnt out, taking a leave or have
> left for good. If you are not creative, intentional and consistent in your
> efforts to replenish and nurture the next generation, you will see a
> declining trend.
> 2. Malayalam Wikipedia which once had 30 contributors who made 100+ edits a
> month registered only 10 such editors in May 2014. The last time they had
> activity this low was during May 2011. At the same time, their Wiki Source
> is registering a phenomenal growth. So, some resources could be split
> between projects too. This is a good reason to not start too many projects.
> Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource should be good enough unless you have a
> huge community.
> 3. Focus on offline projects like events, celebrations. While they are
> good, over doing can stress few active contributors. In my experience,
> every time after organizing some offline event, there is too much burn out
> and people return after months.
> 4. Things that plague all global Wikipedias - archaic editor, social media
> distractions, increasing use of tablets / smart phones.
> Future will be quite challenging :)