Hi Joe and team,
FWIW - just wanted to share an observation made recently. I am active on
the English wikipedia mainly but I recently went out to do a workshop that
made use of the Hindi wikipedia and it was an eye-opener. Turned out that
Wikimedia Commons is impossible to use if one does not know English -
because most Indian language localizations there are incomplete and
inadequate - even the license dropdown fails to work which would lead
deletion* of any uploads. Another interesting thing was that many people
know English and use it on their mobiles for searches. I am not sure if one
of the ideas that Malayalam wikipedians use -maintaining English language
redirects to Malayalam-titled articles has a benefit in this case. Might be
worth examining search strategies used across the country.
On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Joe Sutherland <jsutherland(a)wikimedia.org>
Wanted to provide an update on the upcoming Wikimedia Foundation’s New
Readers research in India.
We have taken feedback from a few folks, and enjoyed a good chat with
Yohann Thomas on priority research needs.
Reflecting these, we will be in India from June 13 to 27. The research
will focus on:
Urban, semi-urban, and rural internet users
in Hindi, Tamil, and English languages
From education, technology, and rural industry backgrounds
Around the Delhi (including nearby Noida and Gurgaon) and Chennai
We're really looking forward to visiting India and learning more about the
many different kinds of internet users there, and of course, to potentially
meeting some of you during our travels! If you are in or around Delhi /
Chennai, please email me so we can connect.
Community Advocate (International)
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