Here is a link to the Community Tech Wishlist survey that has been going on
for several weeks now. I have heard today from some Indian Wikimedians
that they were not aware of the survey or its importance. *This determines
what the Community Tech engineers at WMF will work on next!*
Please do go here:
Click one or more of the categories and express support (or oppose)
whatever you want.
The survey ends in just over 12 hours!
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
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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From: Ed Erhart <eerhart(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 5:35 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Live a year in four minutes: Watch
#Edit2015, Wikimedia’s year-in-review video
To: wikimediaannounce-l <WikimediaAnnounce-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
See 2015 in four minutes! #Edit2015, Wikimedia's year-in-review video, is
now live. A collaboration between the Wikimedia Foundation's Victor Grigas
and several volunteer editors, #Edit2015 celebrates the individuals all
over the world who have invested thousands, if not millions, of hours in
curating Wikimedia sites.
Please watch it and share on social media! You can simply paste the YouTube
link into a tweet or Facebook post and share with your friends.
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We welcome you all to gather on December 13th for the next Bangalore
Wikimedia community meetup.
Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation will be our guest for the meetup.
It will be a good opportunity to meet all other Wikimedians after a long
time and chart our plans for reviving the Bangalore Wikimedia community and
We have some exciting updates from the Global Tamil Wikimedia Community.
We have partnered with Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA), an autonomous
institution established by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Wikimedia Chapter,
India is acting on behalf of the *Global Tamil Wikimedia Community *to
facilitate this partnership.
* In August 2015, The *Government of Tamil Nadu made an announcement in the
State Legislative Assembly* *that it will be partnering with Wikipedia and
will work to release various resources under Creative Commons licenses.*
Please check page 91 in the *policy document* available on the web here
<http://www.tn.gov.in/documents/dept/17> (also attached in this mail).
* Tamil Wikipedia registered *251% increase in editors* who made at least
an edit in November 2015. It jumped from 331 to 1165 in a month. During
this peak, Tamil Wikipedia became the most active Wikipedia in the world
having less than 1,00,00 articles. This was made possible because of Wikipedia
training camps <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4t34> in various districts for
school teachers organized by State council for Education Research and
Technology <http://www.tnscert.org/>. This training was organized with *zero
cost* for Wikimedia resources in 32 districts of the state and *1500+
school teachers* were trained to contribute to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and
Wikimedia Commons. 9 Tamil Wikipedians under the coordination of
User:Parvathisri travelled across the state to conduct these training
Though we know from movement learning that new user retention will be an
issue, we have won partners like these who will continue to repeat this
training every year as part of the ICT curriculum for teachers.
Though Wikipedia in Education
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education> program runs in over 70
countries, we believe this is the first time a systematic training program
has been organized for the teachers. We have now formed a WhatsApp group to
guide the most active teachers turned Wikipedians.
* Tamil Wikimedia also *added 10,400+ articles*
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4u75> of around 10 kb each *adding 104
megabytes of data* to article namespace. User:Neechalkaran worked on this
extensively. This was made possible as the government made its statistical
records accessible on our request and we engaged a bot with community
consensus to create these articles. We see this as a model in convincing
other governments to release data in a similar fashion so useful
information like these can be added to all language Wikipedias. This bot
and data can be used to create articles in other languages as well
(especially English) and we look forward to working together.
** October 2015 stats <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4qg7> for Tamil Wikipedia
** November 2015 stats <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4t60> for Tamil Wikipedia
** State wide Tamil Computing Clubs in universities and colleges*
The TN government is kick-starting Tamil Computing Clubs across all
colleges and universities in the state. Starting this September 2015,
inauguration programs for these have been conducted in Madras University,
Anna University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Salem Periyar University,
Karaikudi Alagappa University. 1000s of students and teachers from at least
400 constituent colleges have participated in these programs. Growing
Wikimedia projects will be one of the focus areas for these clubs. A
dedicated session was allotted to Wikipedia outreach in these events and we
worked along with the Free Software Foundation, Tami Nadu to drive home the
message of Free Culture movements.
** Wikimedian in Residence*
User:Info-farmer will be working as a Wikimedia in Residence at TVA until
March 2016. Through this we expect to add more content to Tamil Wikisource,
bring policy changes and more GLAM partnerships.
** Tamil Wikipedia stall in Madurai Book fair*
Tamil Wikimedians operated a stall in Madurai book fair
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4nzr> for 10 days. The stall was arranged free
of cost and 8 different Wikipedians helped to run it. This helped us gain
widespread press coverage and awareness. User:Srithern, User:எஸ்ஸார்,
User:எஸ். பி. கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி and User:Dineshkumar Ponnusamy played a major
role in this.
We ran two workshops in August 2015. One focused in creating training
resources for outreach while the other focused in encouraging writers and
media professionals to contribute to Wikipedia. User:Rsmn and
User:Selvasivagurunathan m helped coordinate these efforts.
A MoU <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4o7x> regarding this has been written and
approved by the community on wiki <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4ros>. From
the genesis of this partnership, all discussions
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4ka9> (see also the archive
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4s3m>) and activities have been done on wiki.
We recommend this as *a best practice* whenever a MoU is signed as this
reiterates that the local Wikimedia community is the primary stakeholder of
Wikimedia projects and ensures full trust and cooperation from them.
User:Thamizhpparithi Maari, User:Mayooranathan, User:Natkeeran,
User:Sundar, User:சஞ்சீவி சிவகுமார், User:Rsmn, User:Shanmugamp7,
User:Neechalkaran, User:Commons sibi, User:zsenthil, User:Kanags,
User:AntanO and numerous other contributors helped to forge this
partnership and conduct the activities.
* On Tamil Wikipedia stall in Madurai book fair.
** The Hindu - Into the world of books
** Dinamalar - புத்தக கண்காட்சியில் 'தமிழ் விக்கிபீடியா'
** Dinamani - தினமணியில் செய்தி
** The Hindu - Tamil Wikipedia invites articles
* On Tamil Computing Clubs
** Times of India - 1 lakh Tamil articles to come up on Wikipedia
* Wikipedia on massive drive to increase Tamil content
* The Hindu - தமிழுக்குள் விக்கிப்பீடியாவை நுழையுங்கள்!
* Nakkeeran - வல்லுநர்கள் பங்களிப்பு அதிகரிக்க வேண்டும் -
We thank Tamil Virtual Academy, Wikimedia India and the Wikimedia
Foundation who offered extensive support and guidance throughout these
We are excited to share these updates with the larger community. Stay tuned
for more updates and details from us.
I hoped we could organize a Wikimeetup in Hyderabad in the coming week
(preferably before 19th). It's been 3 years since the last meet and I think
it's time we meet again. I request all the fellow wikimedians in Hyderabad
to get in touch here or in my talk so that we can chalk out a plan
PS: I stay 300km away from Hyd. So will greatly appreciate if anybody can
accommodate the meet in their homes.
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From: "DerHexer" <derhexer(a)wikipedia.de>
Date: 8 Dec 2015 20:22
Subject: [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2016 scholarship applications open
To: "Wikimania general list (open subscription)" <
wikimania-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimedia Mailing List" <
Cc: "wikimania-scholarships(a)wikimedia.org" <
Hi all, Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2016 which is being held in
Esino Lario, Italy on June 22–27, 2016 are now being accepted. Applications
are open until Saturday, January 09 2016 23:59 UTC. Applicants will be able
to apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full scholarship will cover
the cost of an individual's round-trip travel, shared accommodation, and
conference registration fees as arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation. A
partial scholarship will cover conference registration fees and shared
accommodation. Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection
process and selection criteria established by the Scholarship Committee and
the Wikimedia Foundation, who will determine which applications are
successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2016 scholarships, please visit:
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships To apply for a
scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form on:
https://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply It is highly recommended that
applicants review all the material on the Scholarships page and the
associated FAQ ( https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ
) before submitting an application. If you have any questions, please
contact: wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org
<wikimania-scholarships(a)wikimedia.org> or leave a message at:
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Scholarships Please help us
spread the word! Best regards, for the Scholarship Committee
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State of the Commons 2015 report is live now.
Check out the translations from Creative Commons communities in India here
- https://stateof.creativecommons.org/2015/#translations .
More translations in other languages can be added. If you are interested,
please reach out to me.
This is the first time we are releasing such reports in Indian languages
and we hope this will help us to evolve discussions on free culture
movements in our own languages.