Dear Wikimedia India Executive Committee members,
Greetings from CIS-A2K! Congratulations on your election and induction as Executive Committee members. As has been rightly pointed out by fellow Indic Wikimedians, the EC this year represents a healthy mixture of the old guard as well as the new. CIS-A2K believes that this internal balance is key to ensuring that the Wikipedia movement in India grows exponentially while staying relevant to the times. CIS-A2K is glad to note the varied experiences of the EC members in background and expertise both on and off wiki. We believe that such a mix is essential to implementing a variety of ideas in the Indian context. CIS-A2K welcomes the EC members to take active part in all our events and activities. We would also like to reiterate our keen interest and commitment to continue working with Wikimedia India and enable the growth of the free knowledge movement in India.
Dear Odia community
My heartfelt congratulations to the Odia community on the recognition of
their user group
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From: "Kirill Lokshin" <kirill.lokshin(a)gmail.com>
Date: 07-Jul-2017 8:03 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Odia Wikimedians User Group
To: "Wikimedia Mailing List" <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimedia
Movement Affiliates discussion list" <affiliates(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Odia Wikimedians User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group. The group
> aims to bring together contributors to Odia-language Wikimedia projects, as
> well as individuals who contribute to other Wikimedia projects on topics
> related to the Odia language, the Odia people, and the Indian state of
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Odia_Wikimedians_User_Group
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We've just published the July 2017 Indic Wikisource statistics. We are very
happy to announce that, we have now 11 Indic Wikisources. From the birth of
Punjabi Wikisource, within a two month, they have beaten Marathi and
Here is the top 3 rank according to different criteria few stats ...
As per Number of article
1. Sanskrit Wikisource ( 17214 pages) - supported by 0.04% scan pages.
2. Kannada Wikisource ( 12537 pages) - supported by 0.62% scan pages.
3. Telugu Wikisource ( 11881 pages) - supported by 24.89% scan pages.
As per Number of page Validation
1. Telugu Wikisource ( 20159 pages)
2. Tamil Wikisource ( 6312 pages)
3. Gujarati Wikisource ( 5652 pages)
As per Number of page Proofread
1. Telugu Wikisource ( 25184 pages)
2. Bengali Wikisource ( 10793 pages)
3. Tamil Wikisource ( 9244 pages)
As per percentage supported by scan pages.
1. Bengali Wikisource (94.64%)
2. Telugu Wikisource ( 24.89%)
3. Gujarati Wikisource (20.21%)
Full Indic Wikisource stats here below where Language subdomains are ranked
by the number of page verifications : [category q3] + 2x[category q4]
I want to specially mention that there are no visible improvement on
proofreading works and page content supported by scan at Marathi,Assamese,
Sanskrit, Panjabi , and Kannada Wikisource.
Indic Wikisource Community
I am pleased to announce to you that Agastya Chandrakant is one of the
first featured wikimedians we have announced who is primarily into Wikinews.
Please find the excerpt below. You can also find the full article on our
page - wiki.wikimedia.in
*Agastya Chandrakant from Surat, Gujarat is an editor on English Wikinews
under alias of **Acagastya* <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Acagastya>*,
currently studying in The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. *
*He is 18-years-old and has been editing Wikimedia Projects since 2014,
from his days in high school. He has more than 8,000 global edits and also
holds the review rights on Wikinews. On Wikinews, every article has to pass
the review before it is published. Agastya has written more than 200 news
articles on Wikinews. He is amongst the very few Indian editors on
*Calligraphy, reading, and photography are some of his hobbies, however,
after academic commitments whatever time he gets for himself now, he
devotes it to Wikinews. *
*Agastya believes there are lot of things happening around us in various
fields -- from crime and law to science and technology. Some events affect
a certain group of people. Some affects other groups. As a news reporter
his tries to cover news for everyone, ranging from different subjects. *
*Agastya hopes more Indian community members to contribute quality photos
from the events around the country on Wikimedia projects, and hopes they,
as an Indian, make decisions and act so that secularism, freedom, and
humanity can co-exist. *
I would like to thank Abhinav Srivastava for getting us in touch with this
amazing contributor & helping to write the article on him
I am also proud to announce that Mr Krishna Chaitnaya who got newly elected
to the board of WMIN will be taking forward the Featured Wikimedian of the
If you know any Wikimedian whom you think should be featured, please feel
free to nominate them here
Contact Abhinav Srivastava/Krishna Chaitanya here -
abhinav.srivastava(a)wikimedia.in / kcvelaga(a)wikimedia.in
Greetings from CIS-A2K!
CIS-A2K is happy to announce the first of its projects for the new grant year 2017- 2018.
We are kick-starting our year with the Technical Wishes project this July. We aim to receive and attempt to resolve technical requests from Indic language Wikimedians.
What is the Technical Wishes project?
This project draws inspiration from the Technical Wishes project of Wikimedia Deutschland that has set an example in handling technical requests from the community and acts as an idea exchange platform for technical projects and experts. CIS-A2K aims to document the technical wishes/ requests of community members and begin the process of resolving them.
How do we plan to go about the project?
Given the relatively small size of our organization, we aim to reach out to technically experienced Wikipedians around the world and in India for helping us run this project. These Wikipedians will be our go-to panel of technical experts who help us address the requests we receive. Regular emails summarizing the requests will be sent to these panelists who will then suggest/ offer their solutions.
Why is this important?
Indic Wikipedias have long been plagued by technical glitches that have hampered the ability of Wikimedians to contribute effectively across various projects. Despite the extent of these technical issues, they have remained largely unresolved due to a variety of reasons including the absence of concentrated efforts to do so. CIS-A2K would like to be able to enable such an effort, leveraging our network of community members and individuals who are technical experts in their their own right. Apart from resolving these issues, it is our hope that bringing to light the variety of these technical problems would lead to discussion and idea exchanges among Indic Wikipedians regardless of language and region.
Where do I submit my wish/ request?
Beginning Sunday 2 July, 2017 , Indic Wikimedians can submit their Technical Wishes here:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:CIS-A2K/Requests/Technical | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:CIS-A2K/Requests/Technical ]
There is no exhaustive list of the type of request you can submit. They may range from tool/ gadget issues to script issues, bot errors to any bugs, etc.
Can I be a part of the Technical Wishes panel?
Yes. Apart from the initial list of Wikipedians we have identified, we invite volunteers who would like to be a part of resolving these technical requests. In addition to Wikipedians, we also look forward to inviting members of the larger free knowledge movement to be a part of these efforts. To add yourself to the panel, please write to us at tito(a)cis-india.org with the subject line "CIS-A2K Technical Wishes Panel”
What is the expected outcome?
We hope to collate these requests over the course of this month and attempt to resolve them through this network of panellists as part of our work plan for 2017- 2018. We also aim to hold a community led panel to discuss the technical problems, challenges and solutions in the context of Indic Wikimedia communities.
For queries, please write to us at tito(a)cis-india.org with the subject line "CIS-A2K Technical Wishes"
 CIS-A2K’s APG Proposal for the year 2017- 2018:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2/The_… | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2/The_… ]
 CIS-A2K’s Technical Wishes project:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018/Glo… | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018/Glo… ]
 Technical Wishes project of Wikimedia Deutschland:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMDE_Technical_Wishes | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMDE_Technical_Wishes ]
 CIS-A2K Work Plan for 2017- 2018:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018 | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018 ]
Thanks and regards,
You know that CIS-A2K request page (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wi
ki/Talk:CIS-A2K/Requests) is a place where you can request support for
different Wiki-related activities. Thanks to all of you who have
participated in various ways in the process so far.
Please note: on this 1 July we'll be doing some major restructuring of the
portal, and the page will be closed on 1 July (however this page won't be
>From 2 July 00:01 am IST, the page will be open for requests once again, as
*Note:* Even if someone, without knowing this, submits a request on 1 July
(however, there are more chances of edit conflicts on this day, or they may
see broken pages or pages under construction, we won't disregard the
request, but try to fix and categorize the request properly)
Hey fellow Wikipedians,
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Building a multi-media encyclopediawas considered impossible to build until now
because videos once uploaded on the internet cannot be edited again and
Wikipedia relies on being constantly updated and edited. We have just proved
that it is not only possible but also FUN to create ademocratic multi-media
.Similar to Wikipedia, anyone, including you, can edit an article right now,
without even having to log in.
Play around with the website. You will see that you can give life to your
favourite Wikipedia articles by converting them to VideoWiki articles.
Currently,we are an independent organization, however we are looking to partner
up WMF to evolve Wikipedia from a text-based encyclopedia to a multi-media
encyclopedia.I am personally travelling to Wikimania 2017 (Montreal) to discuss
the impact of Videowiki on Wikipedia. If you are interested in knowing about the
possible impact on organization structure and monetization strategy for
VideoWiki and Wikipedia , you can read my Medium article at -
Would love your thoughts, opinions and feedback on VideoWiki and if any
particular features you would like to see on VideoWiki?
Love, now and always,
Pratik ShettyCreator of VideoWiki
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org[https://t.getstrike.co/t/50f08026-7f3f-cf01-9eea-288400c93442]