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.
I am forwarding this email since my official wikimedia india email is still
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yohann Thomas <yohannvt(a)wikimedia.in>
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM
Subject: Open letter to the community
To: Wikimedia Chapter India Google group <wmin-members(a)googlegroups.com>,
Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: EC Wikimedia India <wikimedia-in-exec(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Ravishankar
I regret to inform you that Wikimedia India has not been give periodic
updates regarding the activities of the chapter. This is in spite of the
fact that the last year, we have been doing many activities & making great
strides in reaching out to the community.Apart from that,Wikimedia India
has also not been open about the obstacles which currently our organization
1.) No Monthly Reports were being circulated by the Office Bearer’s at
Wikimedia India. Major updates regarding to different activities were given
to the community, but a periodic update was not given to the community The
Executive Committee (EC) along with the Program Director recognize the
negligence in this regard. An assurance regarding the same has been
provided in this regard. On the first Monday of every month, we shall be
submitting our monthly report to the community.
2.) Inability to Conduct Annual General Meeting for 2014-2015: The Office
Bearers have already been apologetic in this regard. An assurance has been
provided that efforts are being undertaken to process it as soon as
3.) Current Financial obstacle faced by the Chapter: We are in Process of
renewing our FCRA license , but due to this,the Chapter at present is
facing financial challenges.
To tackle these problems ,we are taking guidance from senior community
members & founding members of the chapter. We hope to resolve these issues
soon & continue with all the good work we have been doing so far.
Executive Committee Member
Effective 01 February 2016, I have changed the nature of my engagement with
Wikimedia India (WMIN) from staff to volunteer.
I joined WMIN when the overall scene in the Indian Wikimedia movement was
tumultuous. It wasn’t easy getting things back on track. In the last 16
months, I hope I have succeeded in restoring the trust of all stakeholders
including WMF, CIS-A2K, and the community. It was an honour to represent
the movement in India, and I thank all who have helped me shoulder this
responsibility. I know that I have played my part in empowering at least
one Wikimedian to contribute more actively and nurturing at least one
Wikimedia community. And that gives me immense satisfaction as I sign off
as WMIN’s Program Director.
At the moment, WMIN cannot hire or retain any staff until it gets FCRA
permanent registration and succeeds in securing next grant. I hope to
continue serving WMIN as a volunteer to the best of my abilities while it
undergoes this transition. I will also be contributing to various
Wikimedia projects and events as usual in my capacity as a volunteer.
I wish WMIN all the best and look forward to it playing a bigger role in
the movement as it matures.
Greetings from Wikimedia India!
Wikimedia India would like to share the monthly report of January 2016.
Looking forward for your valuable feedback.
== EVENTS HELD ==
EVENT – Wikipedia’s 15th Anniversary celebration in Hyderabad (
Agenda of the event included the following keynote activities:
- 'Introduction to Wikipedia, How to utilize & How to contribute' – by
- Panel discussions on Wikipedia and the Wiki communities led by Wikipedia
contributors and academicians.
EVENT – Workshop organized by Osmania University (OU) on 11th January 2016
at NERTU Conference Hall (
Agenda of the event included the following activities:
- Fifteen Library and Information Science Professionals were identified to
participate who are serious researchers and proactive users of latest tools
and technologies and are invited as resource persons as they are experts in
- Uploading Images/Photos, Copyright issues, Creative Commons were also
discussed. Three Telugu Wikipedians also attended the event and lent their
expertise to the event. It was a learning event as all the participants did
a collaborative effort "List of LIS Journals in India" available at
EVENT – Wikipedia Takes Kolkata (on January 24) (
Wikipedia Takes Kolkata is a planned photo scavenger hunt in the spirit of
Wikipedia Takes the City held in Kolkata. This event is aimed at increasing
the coverage of free photographs involving the city of Kolkata so that they
can be used in Wikipedia articles which need pictures, as well as promoting
awareness of Wikipedia.
== NEWS ==
- IRC Discussions was held on 10th January 2016 for the bidders of
WikiConference India to take questions from fellow Wikipedians on the
organization of the event.
(IRC Chat at http://goo.gl/5w7OZs ).
- Hosting city for WikiConference India 2016 is Chandigarh as per IRC
Discussions by 18 January.
- Wikimedia India hires two admin interns – User:Jim Carter (Rudra Pratap
Sinha) and User:Strike Eagle (Srikar Kashyap Pulipaka) to help in the
functioning of the chapter.
- Wikimedia India hires one HR Intern - Ms Ashmita Bose in an attempt to
make the organization more robust and well structured.
== IN THE MEDIA ==
1. Wikimedia Foundation distances itself from Free Basics, Hindustan Times (
2. This multilingual edit-a-thon wants to improve Indian content on
Wikipedia, DNA (http://goo.gl/uR49Kf)
3. Wiki turns 15, free libraries a bonanza, The Times of India (
4. Wikipedia initiative Celebrating legacy of Bangalore Blue grapes online (
5. Why It's Essential To Grow IndianLanguage Wikipedias, The Huffington
6. Kannada Wikipedia not on top of the charts, The Hindu (
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Srikar Kashyap for all
This report is also available at:
Hello one and all,
Mrs Noopur Raval who had recently got elected to the Wikimedia India
Chapter has resigned from the Executive Committee.
WMIN thanks her for all her time & energy which she has committed to the
organization & Wishes her all the best for her professional life.
President, Wikimedia India
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