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From: Asaf Bartov <abartov(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: New tools: pronuncify and pronuncify.net
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Following Bodhisattwa's request, I have added an upload feature to the
(command-line) Linux version of this tool, so it can now batch-upload the
recorded pronunciation files to Commons on your behalf.
(Ideally, it should have used OAuth, but that would take longer to
If you want to use the new functionality, just get the latest pronuncify.rb
script from GitHub, *install the new dependencies* (see the README.md
file on GitHub for instructions), and enjoy! :)
(I'd love to know if any of you are using the tool.)
On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 8:23 PM Asaf Bartov <abartov(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
(this is an announcement in my capacity as a volunteer.)
Inspired by a lightning talk at the recent CEE Meeting by our colleague
Lars Aronsson, I made a little command-line tool to automate batch
recording of pronunciations of words by native speakers, for uploading to
Commons and integration into Wiktionary etc. It is called *pronuncify*, is
written in Ruby and uses the sox(1) tool, and should work on any modern
Linux (and possibly OS X) machine. It is available here, with
I was then asked about a Windows version, and agreed to attempt one. This
version is called *pronuncify.net <http://pronuncify.net>*, and is a .NET
gooey GUI version of the same tool, with slightly different functions. It
is available here, with instructions.
Both tools require word-list files in plaintext, with one word (or phrase)
per line. Both tools name the files according to the standard established
in [[commons:Category:Pronunciation]], and convert them to Ogg Vorbis for
you, so they are ready to upload.
In the future, I may add OAuth-based direct uploading to Commons. If you
run into difficulties, please file issues on GitHub, for the appropriate
tool. Feedback is welcome.
Train-the-Trainer will be conducted between 20-22 February at Bangalore and
MediaWiki Training will be conducted between 24-26 February (*these are two
different workshops*, see FAQ 1 below). Thanks for showing interest to
join. Here are a few questions we have received, we are sharing with you so
that it may clarify some of your doubts.
*Please promote these events among your communities, so that the most
deserving editors can attend the workshops.*
*Question 1:* I have applied for TTT2017 (20-22 Feb), is it going to be
automatically included in MWT (24-26 February)?
*Answer 1:* *No, you have to apply separately.* You participation at TTT
does not ensure your participation at MWT. While we understand that some of
you may be eligible for both the workshops, you must apply separately.
See TTT event page:
See MWT event page:
*Question 2:* Can someone from outside India apply?
*Answer 3: *Yes, in our earlier editions of these program too people from
outside India participated too. *But note*: a) this is mainly an Indian
program, where people from *Indian subcontinent countries* who are working
for Indian languages communities may also join, b) an international
application is treated similar to an Indian application, and is assessed
only based on its merit.
*Question 3:* I don't have a laptop, can I attend the workshop?
*Answer 3:* In a training workshop, a participant would require a laptop,
We understand that some of you may not have a laptop. If you are selected,
in such cases we would try to provide you a laptop for the event days so
that you can work. You have to inform us before so that we can make
*Question 4:* I am a minor, I may not come alone. Can I bring my relative
to the workshop?
*Answer 4:* It is difficult. We won't be able to pay for your
friend's/relative's travel (or visa, if applicable). Only in the most
difficult situations, we may provide accommodation for your friend/relative
*you must inform us about such request in details before the event*
*Question 5:* I won't be able to attend all the 3 days. Can I attend 1 or 2
day(s) of the workshop?
*Answer 5:* No, partial attendance won't be accepted. Please see the event
pages for more details.
If you have any other question, please let us know *and please encourage
the editors of your community to apply*.
I am happy to announce, chandigarh hackathon WCI2016, close with 7
application, which is useful to all community.
*1)* *WikiSpeak with native language :* (Hindi) (*Web Application* + *Android
*2)* *Edit Tamil Wiktionary **(Tamil community request)** :* - (*Android
*3)* *Audio file upload to WikiData (Punjabi community request) :* (*Android
*4) Wikipedia articles on google map :* find wikipedia articles on google
map (with latitude and longitude) as per city.
*5) OCR (Native Application) *: Convert scanned book copy to Indian
language text with google doc (Tested for Hindi and Malayalam).
*6) Communication platform[WebRTC] (Web Application)* : Community used this
to talk or conference (Audio/video web conferencing application)
*7) Notification (Event based)* : showing popup on event eg (If recent
changes happen, It will show popup which article was updated)
Thank you all participant. who participate in hackathon and deliver a big
*Note : I will share code, links and other details very shortly.*
MediaWiki Training or MWT 2017 is going to be conducted between 24-26
February 2017 at Bangalore.
MWT is a residential training that attempts to groom technical leadership
skills among the Indian Wikimedia community members. We invite active
Indian Wikimedia community members to participate in this workshop.
Please find details about this event here:
Please let us know if you have any question.
We are delighted to inform you that 2 new members have joined CIS-A2K team.
Manasa Rao: Manasa is CIS-A2K new Program Officer, and will be in charge of
communication. She'll writing blog posts, handling social media channels
and will be the communication point person of the tam. If you want you may
contact her at manasa(a)cis-india.org
Subodh Kulkarni: Subodh is CIS-A2K's new Marathi Wikipedia Community
Advocate. He'll be working with the Marathi community members to improve
Marathi Wikimedia projects. If you want you can contact him at:
Dear one & all
Wikimedia India is planning to have Elections for the vacant seats of the
Executive committee members whose term will be expiring.
The Current Executive Committee has decided to reach out to the community
to either suggest names for the Election committee or request volunteers to
come forward to be part of the committee.
We would prefer that members from the committee be a resident of Bengaluru,
since Wikimedia India has its office there & this requires administration
work which can be best executed by a local resident.
To better understand it, request you to please go through the election
rules - http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Election_Rules
Could we please add more moderators to this list?
I understand this is a low traffic list and current admins/moderators are
quick to respond when we reach out to them. But, I have seen many new users
who are confused why their first emails are not getting published at once.
There are many well-recognized users across various languages who are
currently active in this list. It will be good to add them as moderators.
If you are interested in volunteering as a moderator, please do reply.
Dear one & all
Please find below Monthly Report of Wikimedia India
You can find this report along with our other monthly reports here -
EventsWiki Loves Monuments 2016 Results
After going through more than 37,000 images, the results for Wiki Loves
Monuments have finally been announced. To summarise, we received 37,000+
images images in this edition from 1784 participants. 1500+ participants
contributed to the movement for the first time during the contest. From the
37,000+ images we received, 1300 images are already been used in Wikipedia
and it sister projects. Inspite of the contest ending, the flow of
knowledge doesn’t end here, there are plenty of unused ASI monument images
which is now available to utilize them across the movement. The WLM India
core team which comprised of Abhinav Srivastava,Kiran RaviKumar,Karthik
Nadar,Naveen Francis,Sanket Oswal,Santosh Shringare and Yohann Thomas show
their gratitude to the jury members, the volunteers & the participants who
made this successful. Also, the organizers want to thank Wikimedia
Foundation for funding, Wikimedia India Chapter for joining hands and WLM
International team for the support received throughout the competition.
You can find the winners here-
Upgradation of Wikimedia India Server
Wikimedia India's website layout has remained the same since its inception
in 2011 With an outdated server & firmware, and the website facing downtime
with periodic snags, a decision was made to upgrade the server & also the
interface of the Wikimedia India website In the months of October &
November, the software was upgraded & migrated to the new software. With a
new interface & updated layout, the website of Wikimedia India is now
better than ever.
Wikimedia India would want to thank Naveen Francis & Ranjith Siji for all
their help in this exercise.
Wikipedia Asian Month 2016
With the 2016's iteration of the online edit-a-thon,taking place in
November 2016, the purpose of Asian Month on the English Wikipedia is to
improve the quantity and quality of articles relating to Asian countries.
Last year, over 7,000 articles were contributed in 43 languages in
Wikipedia Asian Month.
This year too, more than 500 users have enrolled themselves to contribute
to this online edit-a-thon.
As a symbol of friendship between Wikipedia's Asian communities, each
participant who creates at least four (4) articles that fulfill the
criteria will receive a specially designed Wikipedia postcard from other
participating countries. Wikipedians who create the most articles on each
Wikipedia will be honored as "Wikipedia Asian Ambassadors".
Wikisangamotsavam-2016, the fifth annual gathering of users and well
wishers of Malayalam Wikimedia projects, will take place from 26,27,28
December, 2016 in Kanjangad,Kasargod Kerala. Wikimedia India helped the
organizers of WikiSangamotsavam`2016 to apply for a Rapid grant
to the WMF which was successfully approved.
Raju Suthar Infrastructure Scholarship
Wikimedia India helped Raju Suthar to apply for a Rapid grant
to the WMF which was successfully approved. Raju Suthar is one of the most
active Wikipedians on the Hindi Wikipedia with almost 750+ articles to his
name. In July 2016, he was also featured on the Wikimedia India website as
the Featured Wikimedian
<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Featured_Wikimedian/Archive/2016> of the month.
Featured Wikimedia of the Month for November
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Vishwanatha_Badikana> is a Kannada
Professor at the Prestigious St. Aloysius College
Mangalore.He started editing Kannada Wikipedia in Septmeber,2014 & Tulu in
January,2015 as part of Wikipedia Education Programme run in his Institute.
He was part of a small team of editors who worked & finally brought Tulu
Wikipedia out of incubator recently. Dr Vishwanatha mainly write articles
on folklore & has written close to 100+ articles in Tulu Wikipedia. He
currently working on a unique project where he is writing articles on all
the Alphabets of Tulu. Since Tulu is spoken over a small region of across
Karnataka & Kerala,he believes that these articles will be useful for
students to learn & speak Tulu which will lead to growth of the language.
Other Wikimedia news in IndiaOpen Con 2016 Ranchi
The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi was hosted at Dept. of Zoology, Ranchi University
was jointly organized by the Open Access India and the Dept. of Zoology,
Ranchi University in partnership with OpenCon on 12 November 2016 from
10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The OpenCon is a conference for the next generation to
learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical
skills, and catalyze action towards a more open system of research and
education organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and a
Organizing Committee of students and early career academic professionals
from around the world. The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi is a satellite event of the
main OpenCon 2016 which was hosted for the first time in Ranchi, Jharkhand
and is the only second satellite event to be held in India this year. First
being the OpenCon 2016 Chandigarh which was organized as a parallel event
along side of the Wiki Conference India held at Chandigarh in August 2016.
Previously OpenCon 2015 Kolkata satellite event was organized in December
2015 at Kolkata by the Open Access India community of practice consisting
of students, researchers, librarians, professors advocating for Open
Access, Open Data, and Open Education in India. Approximately 2000 people
have attended various satellite events around the world in the past 2014
Indic Wikisource Update
After the implementation of the Google OCR script to all the Indic
Wikisource projects, there is an accelerated increase in the statitics.The
Wikisource community has published the following updates for Indic
It gives us great pleasure to inform that the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) 2017
programme organised by CIS-A2K is going to be held from 20-22 February 2017.
*What is TTT?*
Train the Trainer or TTT is a residential training program. The program
attempts to groom leadership skills among the Indian Wikimedia community
members. Earlier TTT have been conducted in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
*Who should join?*
Any active Wikimedian contributing to any Indic language Wikimedia project
is eligible to apply.
An editor must have 500+ edits.
Anyone who have already participated in an earlier iteration of TTT, can
Please see more about this program and apply to participate or encourage
the deserving candidates from your community to do so:
If you have any question, please let us know.