Thanks for your reply and interest in the partnership.
It was discussed during the Delhi meeting that as a first step, NDLI will
come up with a unique authority control for the authors listed in their
website and we will match them with corresponding Wikidata items, thus
starting to link Wikidata content with NDLI website. The process was
expected to initiate from January, but due to some other other commitments
from NDLI as a government agency, it has not been started yet.
As a major part of this partnership will largely depend on the data model
stated in Wikidata WikiProject Books
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Books>, we need works
and their editions on different Wikisource projects properly linked with
Wikidata exactly following the data model. For Indian language Wikisources,
I can say, the linkages are still very low. It would be great, if we can
collaboratively engage as many as Wikisource communities as possible to
start linking their contents on Wikidata. We definitely need suggestions
and all kinds of help there organizing this.
We appreciate if highly experienced community members like you share inputs
and insight w.r.t. this collaboration. Please feel free to do so
pro-actively at any time.
On Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 15:49 Nicolas VIGNERON, <vigneron.nicolas(a)gmail.com>
> That's a really great news! Thanks for sharing it.
> I browse quickly the content they have and wow, this is really
> multilingual. I even found some bilingual books with Breton (mislabelled as
> French) and I saw a lot of other minority languages!
> Do you already know what the next steps will be? Do you need help?
> Cheers, ~nicolas
> Le sam. 14 mars 2020 à 09:52, Bodhisattwa Mandal <
> bodhisattwa.rgkmc(a)gmail.com> a écrit :
>> Hi all,
>> It gives us immense pleasure to announce to the Wikimedia community that National
>> Digital Library of India
>> (NDLI), Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and Wikimedia Foundation
>> (WMF) have signed a tripartite non-binding Memorandum of Understanding
>> (MoU) for a 2-years partnership. National Digital Library of India is a Ministry
>> of Human Resource Development
>> project, developed at IIT Kharagpur
>> which aims to build a virtual repository of learning resources and
>> literature metadata.
>> Through this understanding, we will work together on:
>> - integrating Wikisource and Wikidata contents on NDLI website.
>> - building up technical infrastructure on NDLI website to crowdsource
>> metadata curation on Wikidata and proofreading on Wikisource websites.
>> - importing relevant contents and data from NDLI website to Wikidata
>> and Wikisource.
>> - identifying and pursuing collaboration opportunities around other
>> Wikimedia projects, such as Wikibooks.
>> After months of discussion among the three parties, the understanding was
>> finalized during International Symposium on Knowledge Engineering for
>> Digital Library Design 2019, <http://kedl2019.ndl.gov.in/> an
>> international conference organized collaboratively by NDLI and UNESCO at IIT
>> where WMF was a technical partner.
>> Many apologies for cross-posting the announcement in different relevant
>> mailing lists.
>> Jayanta and Bodhisattwa
>> Wikisource-l mailing list
> Wikisource-l mailing list
It gives us immense pleasure to announce to the Wikimedia community
Digital Library of India
Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) have
signed a tripartite non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a
2-years partnership. National Digital Library of India is a Ministry of
Human Resource Development
project, developed at IIT Kharagpur
which aims to build a virtual repository of learning resources and
Through this understanding, we will work together on:
- integrating Wikisource and Wikidata contents on NDLI website.
- building up technical infrastructure on NDLI website to crowdsource
metadata curation on Wikidata and proofreading on Wikisource websites.
- importing relevant contents and data from NDLI website to Wikidata and
- identifying and pursuing collaboration opportunities around other
Wikimedia projects, such as Wikibooks.
After months of discussion among the three parties, the understanding was
finalized during International Symposium on Knowledge Engineering for
Digital Library Design 2019, <http://kedl2019.ndl.gov.in/> an international
conference organized collaboratively by NDLI and UNESCO at IIT Delhi
WMF was a technical partner.
Many apologies for cross-posting the announcement in different relevant
Jayanta and Bodhisattwa
Greetings from CIS-A2K,
India Hackathon 2020 (IH2020) will take place on 27 - 29 March 2020. India
Hackathon 2020 will be a 3 (three) days residential hackathon where topics
related to MediaWiki, Toolforge will be taken place. Earlier Mediawiki
Training iterations were conducted in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. This
year we have a plan for a hackathon.
For more information, you can look at -
If any community members from India, who are interested to join this
hackathon, please fill this form
*The last date of showing interest to participate is 1st March 2020.*
Thanks and Regards,
This is for your information, that West Bengal Wikimedians User Group will
not be organizing and/or supporting any offline Wikimedia activities and
projects till 15th September, 2020, (or until further notice) due to the
recent COVID-19 pandemic. This decision from the side of the user group was
taken as the user group primarily runs on WMF funds through rapid grants as
of now and WMF has decided
not provide grants for any offline events until the said date. This means,
apart from our regular plans for meetups and workshops, we are also
suspending our Wiki Exploration, Documenting City Heritage and upcoming
GLAM plans and activities. We have informed our community leads who were
organizing and/or planning such events and they have all welcomed the
We will however organize and support online activities, as usual.
Currently, we have asked our community members to come up with their
proposals, which we can support in coming days. Requests can be done here
We thank WMF for taking the tough but necessary decision. Needless to say,
the decision has affected all our future plans, like many other affiliates,
but considering the safety and health of our extremely valuable volunteer
contributors, we heartily welcome this decision and will fully abide by it.
Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB) Team has participated and co-organised the
National level Namdapha Butterfly Meet 2020 held at Miao, Arunachal Pradesh
from 5th-8th March 2020 along with Society for Education and Environmental
Development (SEED). In the said event, we have put up a stall of Wiki
Loves Butterfly supported by West Bengal Wikimedians User Group aiming at
broad outreach as well as workshop on wikipedia and wiki contribution. Two
of our team member, Sourabh Biswas and Souvick Mukherjee have represented
the team in that event.
Greetings for the Women's Day!
On this occasion, we are glad to share a documentary on women Wikimedians'
work at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal - Savitri's Online Daughters. The word Savitri
has reference to Savitribai Phule
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savitribai_Phule>. Vigyan Ashram is
empowering rural youth for the last 30+ years. The organisation has taken
initiative to develop dedicated Wiki cell of women at Pabal. You can see
the various Wiki activities being done by the rural youth in this film.
For more details about Vigyan Ashram - http://vigyanashram.com/
Centre for Internet & Society - Access to Knowledge Programme
This is a newly launched interface to update report links and affiliate
details on Meta-Wiki. The data query part they told sounds interesting to
me. For your kind reference.
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From: Dumisani Ndubane <dndubane(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2020 at 23:22
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
TL;DR: Launch of Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal
We are launching a new form-based annual reporting system for Wikimedia
affiliates , as well as a basic Affiliates data query system. We would
love your feedback.
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Hello, Affiliate Leaders & Community Members,
Tired of the affiliate reports  wiki table of death? SO are we!
The Learning & Evaluation team is pleased to announce the launch of the
Wikimedia Affiliates Data (WAD) Portal . This portal will serve three
purposes as follows:
1. It introduces a new Object-Oriented User Interface (OOUI) 
form-based report submission interface for annual activity and financial
reports. This replaces the wiki mark-up based submission via the
[[Reports]] page on meta.
2. It introduces the ability for Organizations to update their
information using OOUI forms on the fly.
3. It introduces a new simple data query form that allows anyone
logged-in to their public wiki accounts to run a query and view results
available Affiliates data. The query tool will be improved in the coming
financial year, as we work to code data in Affiliate reports into
structured data, to allow for richer analysis.
The [[Reports]] page on meta will continue to be visible on meta until the
end of June 2020, after which it will be protected and archived. All
organizations that are due to submit annual reports at the end of March are
encouraged to use the new report submission forms. If you do use the new
forms, please share any feedback you have about this new process on the
Portal’s talk page
We will hold training seminars for those who wish to be onboarded to the
submission forms and the Query system during the months of March and April
2020 (Dates will be communicated soon).
We have taken time to pre-populate the system with basic information about
each recognized Wikimedia affiliate, however, should you find any incorrect
or outdated information about your group, please use the organization
information page to provide updated information.
We trust that you will enjoy the new portal and that you will find it
useful. Should you have any problems or encounter bugs in the new forms,
please use the Portal talk page  to log these, or to simply ask
questions. We will collect similar questions to create an FAQ page in due
*Dumisani Ndubane* - Lead Designer
*Derick Alangi* - Software Developer
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What is going on the TTT Selection. I don't want future TTT selection.
The Kannada Community members depressed. I think the selection committee
have lot of politics. Who are the selection committee?
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From: subodh kulkarni <subodhkiran(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 at 22:14
Subject: Update about TTT selection
We are thankful for showing interest to participate in TTT 2020. We are
sorry to inform you that your application was not selected in the process.
We value your contribution to the Wikimedia movement and looking forward to
work with you in future.
on behalf of
Centre for Internet & Society - Access to Knowledge Programme
*Dr. Vishwanatha Badikana*
*Assistent Professor, Department of Kannada*
*St. Aloysius College(Autonomous), Light House Hill, Mangalore - 575
0039449615474, 9141676453*, 8618361841
This is for your information, that we have submitted the rapid grant report
of West Bengal Wikimedians User Group few hours back. The grant was
requested to conduct the user group activities for a whole year.
The grant proposal is here -
The report is here -
We have spent just around 1 lakh 8 thousand rupees for our whole year
activity and we still have around Rs. 33,000 with us which are still not
spent due to various reasons. We have requested rapid grants team to use
that money for our future activities.
This year, before asking for rapid grants, we asked the community members
to come up with the projects, which they want to execute and need support.
It was a bottom-up decentralized approach in a mini-scale and we can say,
it went well. We learned a lot while exploring this approach and we will
try to make it better next time.
The user group has been working on documenting under-represented and
previously undocumented cultural and structural heritage for last 3 years
in an organized way. This year, our major spending was around Rs. 70,000 to
document around 272 heritage structures in 5 districts of West Bengal
through our Wiki Exploration Program. Other than that, we have spent money
on 1 Wiki Takes, 1 Documenting City Heritage, 5 meetups including AGM of
the user group, 1 workshop, 1 unofficial GLAM and content donation of 1
author. Prizes for Rabindranath Month Proofreading Contest on Bengali
Wikisource and Wiki Loves Monuments were taken care by CIS-A2K, so that
didn't came under Rapid Grant. This year, we couldn't work on documenting
museums, for next year there are plans already.
Like before, we have tried to do effective projects optimally with our
limited resources. The user group was very meticulous in planning the
projects keeping in mind about the value of donation money, involving
community members of the West Bengal who actively participated in every
steps. Needless to say, as always, we didn't compromise on participant
safety and comfort, without over-spending a single rupee for luxury.
We have also maintained utmost transparency, as previous years. Our on-wiki
event pages have a section on financial reports with detailed budget
West Bengal Wikimedians User Group