Just to take off on Ashwin's suggestion. IISc which as an organization was the first in the country to have an Intranet and Internet long before most others had heard of email has perhaps done reasonably well with Wikipedia contribution even if it has been in a small and quiet way with editors here and there. For a while I tried to keep an eye on the key science orgs in Bangalore and their contributions (unfortunately I could only work on the anonymous IP edits) and it was quite clear that there was no inability to contribute on the technical front. I suspect however that few really contributed in a substantial way - although I know of exceptions, like User:ABhadra (a student of Prof R. Gadagkar who produced a fairly substantial review of Ropalidia marginata, their research subject). These institutional IPs however change but I think it is quite interesting to see how the edits relate or not relate to their academic interests. Surprisingly even within these academic islands, there is a lot of parochial and self-identity related contributions - things to do with caste for instance. Perhaps someone could consider a project with the WMF to analyze (properly anonymized) data on edits from within Indian academia to make a more meaningful survey of our potential "expert" editors. For a taste of how these edits can look like you can see an old set of IPs and their contributions
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:25:42 +0530
From: Ashwin Baindur
perhaps its time for a pilot with a more receptive organisation in
Bangalore? Which organisation is your professor in? IISc?