Thanks a lot for your amazing contribution to the Wikimedia movement in India.
I would also like to thank you on behalf of the Punjabi Wikimedia Community.
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> 1. Signing off as WMIN Program Director (Ravishankar Ayyakkannu)
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> Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:39:08 +0530
> From: Ravishankar Ayyakkannu <ravidreams(a)wikimedia.in>
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> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Signing off as WMIN Program Director
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> 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.
You must be aware of our annual FOSS conerence GNUnify.
This year, it is happening on 12,13 February.
Delegate registration is already open. Schedule will be published soon.
Please register on the website www.gnunify.in.
See you at the conference.
web: www.sudhanwa.com blog: www.sudhanwa.in
Twitter: sudhanwa Check on FB, Linkedin for more.
Some friends working on ecology, livelihoods and other matters of concern
in the central Himalayas recently got in touch with me seeking to conduct
an introductory workshop on Wikipedia, its sister projects and possibly
other participatory digital community resources that would be of interest
to the local community. Boddhisatwa and I will be collaborating with the
host organization Himal Prakriti and we would like to invite any other
interested participants to join in this project. Since planning takes time
we need confirmations before the 15th of February 2016. Additional
information is on the meta page - questions of a public nature are best
asked there - confirmed participants will need to get in touch with
Boddhisattwa or me )email us off the list) as we will need to be able to
coordinate rapidly. Others who may not be able to be there are also welcome
to shape the workshop and its possibilities.