Dear Indian Wikimedians,
As many of you may have known, one of our fellow Wikimedian was arrested by
Uttar Pradesh Police in October 2020. His name is Siddique Kappan (His
wikimedia username is User:Sidheeq). He is from Kerala, and he was active
in Wikimedia projects (mainly in Malayalam Wikipedia) until his arrest.
Incidently he is a journalist and he was arrested from the home of Hathras
rape and murder victim while reporting the victim Dalit girl's family
members. UP Police has slapped Sedition, Terrorism as well as UAPA charges
Kappen is diabetic and now COVID positive. He was admitted to hospital only
after he collapsed in the jail cell. With his deteriorating health, it was
accused that Kappan was chained to hospital bed like an animal. Today's
news reports say that he is in critical condition. (You could always google
As a tone deaf people I don't expect anything from this mail, I just wish
to share the information.
Stay Inside, Stay Complementary (non-critical), Stay safe, Stay healthy.
Siddique's en.wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sidheeq
This email is a reminder that today is the last day to fill out the survey
form. As of today, we have received 43 responses to the form, which will
be used to create a report for the grant proposal application. Although
today is the last date to fill out the survey form, we will be accepting
responses from members who are interested in joining the organizing team.
We also request you to go through the Meta-Wiki page created for initial
conversations and endorsements to support if you are happy with the idea of
having the next WikiConference India in 2023.
Please note that we will be using the budget from the previous grant
proposal used for planning WCI 2020 and adjust the costs according to
the current situation. We will also be sharing the draft of the grant
proposal with you all shortly.
Looking forward to hearing from you and taking collective steps towards
having us all together in 2023!
Thanks & Regards,
Nivas, Nitesh & Neechalkaran
Greetings from the IndicWiki Project by the International Institute of
Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH). We are pleased to announce
Technology Summit 2022*, to be held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2022. This
conference is free and open to students, researchers, and technology
enthusiasts in Wikimedia.
We are writing to invite all Wikimedians to participate in the Community
Engagement Survey, please click on the link
<https://forms.gle/nJYEVq33Bn9ERbvk6>to access it or paste the following
URL in your browser to access it. ( https://forms.gle/nJYEVq33Bn9ERbvk6 ).
This survey intends to identify the respondent's interests and preferences
to plan the event more effectively, post which, we will start integrating
all the received feedback to make modifications to the proposal.
After taking consent from the wikimedians from different groups and
affiliates (Pre-event survey), we are going to submit a grant request to
organize it in December 2022 in India at IIIT-H. Please feel free to share
your ideas, and suggestions and help us update the meta page
We would also appreciate any kind of support that you may offer to plan and
we would love your feedback so we can try to make our next gathering
Note: The survey will be open until 23:59 hrs IST on 29 August 2022.
IndicWiki Project <https://indicwiki.iiit.ac.in/>Team
International Institute of Information Technology
Professor CR Rao Rd, Gachibowli,
Hyderabad, Telangana 500032
[image: IndicWiki all IIIT.png]
Hope all of you are doing well. We are writing this email to restart the
conversation to host the next WikiConference India.
As you may remember, some of our fellow Wikimedians started a conversation
regarding the next WCI in 2020 but due to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic,
it couldn't go on stage. However, we are hoping to reinitiate this
discussion and for that, we need your involvement, suggestions, and support
to help organize a much-needed conference in February-March of 2023.
As you may remember, we have had two national-level conferences in India — the
first one in Mumbai in 2011, and the second one in Chandigarh in
2016. Both the conferences had been effective in bringing diverse Indian
communities together for a collective effort. The cross-community
connections made during these conferences led to many collaborations across
the communities and further strengthens our work as a collective movement.
The Community Resources team at the Wikimedia Foundation published Global
Event Strategy which stressed on more and regular regional conferences,
in 2022 conferences are being organized in other regions such as WikiIndaba,
CEE Meeting, North America, Iberocoop, Francophone convention, Wikiarabia,
ESEAP, etc. As a community, it is crucial to have a national
inter-community gathering annually or at least bi-annually. However, we
only had a single conference in the past six years.
The proposed 2023 conference will bring our energies, ideas, learnings, and
hopes together. It will help us in our journey towards better
collaborations, and diversified efforts and reinforce our identity as the
Indian Wikimedia community. This conference will enable us to have better
knowledge about current capacities, and gaps and also to build equitable
leadership. Apart from all these, providing a national-level platform for
Indian Wikimedians to connect, re-connect, and establish their
collaboration itself can be an essential purpose on its own- in the end, it
will empower us all to strategize, plan ahead and collaborate- as a
We hope we, the Indian Wikimedia Community members, come together in
various capacities and make this a reality. We believe we will take
learnings from earlier attempts, improve processes & use best practices in
conducting this conference purposefully and fruitfully.
Here is a survey form to get your responses on the same notion. We would
like to know if you are interested in participating in a national-level
conference where we can meet and plan our next activities, and purposes,
learn new skills, come to know new ideas, and so on. We can proceed further
only when you respond to us, actively.
Please note: Unfortunately we are working with short timelines since the final
date of proposal submission is 5 September. We request you please fill out
the form by 28th August. After your responses, we can decide if we have the
communities' needs and support for the conference. We plan to reuse the
2020 proposal and remodel it according to the current needs of the
Please note that this organizing is not tied to a single community, we have
formed an initial group of volunteers from different language and technical
communities. For a national conference, we will of course be needing more
volunteers and support. The form linked above has a section to join the
organizing team if you are interested. We have created a Meta-Wiki page
for initial conversations and endorsements to support if you are happy with
the idea of having the next WikiConference India in 2023. Please add your
comments and suggestions to the talk page directly which will be
constantly monitored and updated once every 48 hours.
Look forward to hearing from you and also taking some collective steps
towards having us all together in 2023!
Thanks & Regards,
Nivas, Nitesh, Neechalkaran & Vasanth
Very excited to share *Wiki Loves Museums India 2022* with you all.
invites everyone to participate in making India's cultural treasures and
museum collections visible on the internet, through a Wiki-Commons upload
contest. The contest is open from *August 16 - September 30, 2022* to all
residents of India.
Later in September-October, we'd also be opening a Fellowship call
(especially for those with Wiki experience) to contribute in making
educational resources. The fellowship will also include Wikidata-related
We'd love to have your involvement and support.
A special thank you to Krishna Chaitanya Velaga & Satdeep Gill for helping
us with the WikiCommons Campaign page
and Aarya Joshi & Tanveer Hasan for their invaluable inputs during the
planning / grant-making stage.
My colleague & fellow Wikipedian Arunesh (DesiBoy101) and I (Medhavigandhi)
are still working on the campaign page this week. If you have any
inputs/feedback, we look forward to hearing from you.
Meanwhile, we are excited to have our first shout-out by Mumbai's Midday
Trust you will help us spread the word about the campaign.
On behalf of Medhavi Gandhi
- Satdeep Gill
I am not sure whether I am posting this in the correct way.
The article Darjeeling is going to be featured on the Main Page of English
Wikipedia on 15 August. The article has underwent (and, technically
speaking, still undergoing) Featured Article review, but essentially is
ready for Main Page appearance. The incredible amount of work done,
primarily by User:Fowler&fowler is monumental.
Darjeeling, as of now, probably is the best city article among Indian
cities, and certainly a contender for best article of all cities! Please
have a look at the article on 15 August.
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