Dear All, 

I am writing - on behalf of the Assamese wiki community ( - to share some very promising news from the beautiful land of the Brahmaputra.

Assamese wiki community is tiny and has about 20 active editors now, out of which 5 are very active editors. Assamese wikipedia has around 1050  articles now. Last year this time Assamese wikipedia was having just 300 articles (that were created during the span of past 8 years) and just 4 active editors (and not a single very active editor). So during last one year lot of things happenned in the background which led to the current active status of Assamese. As an Indic wikipedia community member I congratulate all the members of Assamese wiki community who contributed to this change of status.

Over the past few weeks the community has been working on basic community building blocks.  As part of this, there are active community discussions on the village pump,  through facebookmailing list (which was created a few weeks ago),  and through various other channels. The community is actively planning for various outreach programs to increase the number of active members and there by to increase the number of articles.  As a result of this Assamese wiki community has decided to conduct an Assamese wiki meetup cum Wikiworkshop in Guwahati on 2012 January 29. 

I do not believe there has ever been any outreach sessions in Assam - though I could be wrong. Atleast this is the first out reach program for Assamese wikipedia. Over the next one week, there are going to be not 1 but 2 Assamese wiki outreach sessions! One in Guwahati and another in Tezpur.
Both these session are being promoted on facebook also to attract more Assamese speakers. Assamese wiki community expect around 20 participants in Guwahati, and at least 10 in Tezpur (though Tezpur has only just been posted so this is my guess; it could increase.)  I am really excited by these developments.  The Assamese community has realised both the importance of attracting newbies and also how to work collaboratively on outreach activities.

There are also a couple of other things that I think are worth sharing.

I want to conclude by sharing an Assamese quote ‘Bhāxār bikāx holehe jātir bikāx hobo’ which translate into "The nation develops only when the language develops."

Do join in me in congratulating the Assamese community for their efforts and wishing them all the best for their community building efforts.

This is the start of a very exciting journey!

Kind Regards,

Shiju Alex