This is to sadly inform you that Dr. Abhiraj has resigned as President and
EC member of Wikimedia India chapter.
Since Dr. Abhiraj will be joining the Governmental Health Services soon ,
in order to avoid conflict with Government Rules and Regulations he has
resigned effective of 31st December 2014.
This EC has with a heavy heart accepted his resignation.Please below find
his resignation letter addressed to the EC:
*Dear All EC Members,*
*I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as
President Of Wikimedia India Chapter and also vacating place as EC Member
on 31st December 2014 to avoid conflict with Government Rules as i am going
to join Government Health Services in coming months.*
*Thank you all for the opportunities for professional and personal
development that Chapter provided me during this brief period.*
*I have enjoyed working with the EC and Wikimedia movement and appreciate
the support provided by you all during my short tenure with the Chapter.*
This EC wishes him all the best for his future Professional life and hopes
he continues to support and contribute to the movement.
Executive Committee Member
I want *you* yo see and participate in the following discussion on our *India
Community Consultation 2014* Roadmap.
*Please do forward this email *to any mailing list that is
to WikiProject India OR Wikimedia India. Such forwarding will be a great
If you have questions, *please contact trulytito(a)gmail.com
<trulytito(a)gmail.com> or directly call +919903361370 (if you give a "missed
call", I 'll call you back* (only for Indian numbers, WMF/WMIN is not
paying me for my phone bills. He He. :-D ooops. Sorry.))
Hope to have a great time ahead, and *please* participate in this
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Nick Wilson (Quiddity)" <nwilson(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: 6 Jan 2015 00:45
Subject: [Wikitech-ambassadors] User Research - sign-up to help out
To: "Coordination of technology deployments across languages/projects" <
The Wikimedia Foundation's Design Research team, Abbey Ripstra and Daisy
Chen, are looking for people to participate in research about editing.
They want to talk with both experienced editors and new editors to better
understand what you do, how you do it, what is difficult and what works
well with editing tools.
Currently, they're doing some hour-long research interviews over Google
In the future, there will be other types of research programs, probably
including a card sorting task to determine how editing tools and tasks
could be organized to suit you best.
If you would like to hear about opportunities to participate in user-based
research, please sign up here:
This is a small survey to fill out so the research team knows a little bit
about your experience level and how to contact you to invite you to
research. You can always opt out again, and signing up does not obligate
you to participate.
Please pass this along. Thank you!
Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Wikitech-ambassadors mailing list
A few of my friends and I have been planning to document the history of
counterculture in Bengali art and literature. These friends are also
working in that domain professionally, and have access to a huge repository
of texts, images, and other relevant details that they are willing to make
available digitally in the form of free contents. We wish to have the
contents as wikis, and, pictures and video snippets that might be involved
- as properly licensed free materials. Now, the concern is if there is some
Wikimedia Project that would host contents that are based on such an
enormous amount of original research. Wikipedia is certainly not the
appropriate place. And, as there exist no earlier works on this particular
domain on the internet, references would be negligible. I was thinking
about Wikibooks, instead. I am not entirely sure if that fits either, but I
assume it fits better than Wikipedia, at least. The last option is to host
it ourselves with the MediaWiki setup, and I am considering it very much.
But, the idea essentially is to make people edit and enrich it with as much
input as possible. It would be really helpful, in that case, if it could be
placed in one of the Wikimedia projects. Suggestions, of every kind, would
be deeply appreciated.
Software Engineer, Editing
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Happy New Year everyone! :)
We are planning Indic Language Wikipedia workshops in U.S.
Please go through Project Link :
Project idea What is the problem you're trying to solve?
Indic languages represent a large portion of languages used worldwide. The
number of contributors for Indic languages has been lagging other language
families for a variety of reasons. Internet connectivity in India being
limited/expensive is a major reason among them. Indic wikiprojects have
beens working to encourage more contributors for Indic Languages.
There are a number of areas on Indic wikipedias where content is either
lacking or is of poor quality. Health-related content is a prime example of
Potential for solution
There is a strong and diverse Indian diaspora in the United States. Eastern
Seaboard has a large number of Indian expats that have either settled there
or live there for work/business. This was evidenced by the 20,000+ people
attending a speech in Hindi by the Prime Minister of India at Madison
Square Garden, New York.
In general, the Indian origin community in the United States has very high
literacy rates. They are also well-versed in English as well as at least
one of Indic languages. Access to Internet is not an issue for this
demographic. Enthusiasm for advancement of Indic languages is also evident
by the many initiatives being pursued by this group.
What is your solution?
1. Dedicated workshops for Indian Languages in United States of America.
2. Informal User Group to conduct periodic meetings/offline events.
3. Collaboration with local chapters and editors to improve Offline
Wikipedia in Indian Languages.
4. Special content (health related articles/essential medicines info
etc) on Indic Wikipedia can be improved by specialized dedicated group of
Indian medical students in U.S.
5. Collaboration with (U.S based) like minded individuals and
organizations dedicated to improve Open Knowledge movement in India.
Outreach events in
- New York,
- Washington D.C,
- Colorado Springs
- A session here will serve as an aide to developing and/or fine-tuning
presentations and sequence of activities.
- San Diego.
- Reach out to more Indians to increase their understanding of how Indic
Language Wikimedia projects work, and enable them to pass this knowledge on
- Improving and building upon contributions to Wikimedia projects in
English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Commons etc.
- Increasing visibility, reach and access to Wikimedia projects amongst
Indian Americans, especially in students.
- Sign up students interested in our various activities & any other
training workshops planned.
- Conduct outreach sessions in universities, student fests, fairs etc.
- A strong, diverse and engaged students community.
- Growth in editorship and readership from U.S.
We look forward to hear from you. Kindly share your views here -
Keep Supporting, Keep Inspiring :-)