Hello Jayanta,

I would like to appreciate you and team for planning and rolling out this training. Along with that, I would also like to raise a major concern which is unrelated to bidding but is more about program design.

Meta page about this event says that "The selection [of participants] will be done by each Indic Wikisource community.". Apart from all good intentions behind this process, I would like to point out that in many cases this is likely to create barriers for participation.
  • Communities with community health issues: For some communities which are having community health issues, this will only result in further damage.
  • Even for remaining healthy communities: Even in those communities, I would like to point out to you that there are still several community members who never felt comfortable in commenting or posting anything in their respective village pumps, in almost all languages.
At large, this approach is going to be counter productive to community members who by nature are not so social. And we can not exclude them. Also, in some cases, this will give more power to power networks and structures which can result more exclusion. At large this is structurally creating a way for exclusion.

Apart from my stand, I would like to acknowledge that I feel this process is considered to set up to increase accountability in participants and improve community involvement and agency. But, I believe we can find other ways to solve issues with accountability. I can, with all due respect to the people who thought out the process and people who suggested this, strongly say this is not acceptable way to deal with accountability question or for that matter even the question of improving community collaboration.


On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 10:23 PM Jayanta Nath <jayantanth@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Wikimedians,

It gives us great pleasure to inform that the Wikisource Advance Training 2019 program organised by CIS-A2K is going to be held from 11 October & 13 October 2019.


Advance Wikisource Training is a residential training program is planned for Indic Wikisource community (including English) members. Last year we focused on Wikipedia and conducted the Wiki Advanced Training at Ranch, India.  Also, Earlier Indic Wikisource Community Consultation has been conducted in 2018 at Kolkata.

This year CIS-A2K is interested to collaborate with the community in hosting the event. Interested community members, please check the following link for proposal for hosting at their city: 


It is requested to All Indic Wiki-librarians, kindly apply your request to join this event at your language wikisource village pump with separate section.  As per community decision, we will select the participants. 

Please consider sharing this process details with your community members.


If you have any questions, please let us know.




Jayanta Nath

Wikisource Advisor


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