Thank you very much for welcoming me to the new role.
First of all I am extremely sorry for responding to this mail very late. For
the past few days I was traveling and my access to internet was
I'm really excited with this new assignment. As you all know over the past
few years Indic wiki communities had done (either individually or through
collaboration with multiple wiki communities) many great things. I was lucky
enough to be part of some of these assignments.
Due to the efforts of various Indic wiki community members, most of the big
language wikis are active now. With more than 40 Indic language wikis I know
the task is not going to be easy. But I am sure with the support from the
respective language speakers we can together do many great things.
I look forward to work closely with all of you and requesting your support
for the same.
On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM, BalaSundaraRaman <sundarbecse(a)yahoo.com>wrote;wrote:
Congrats Shiju and Nitika! I look forward to a good
acceleration of wiki
growth in India with your participation.
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium
for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
*From:* Arun Ramarathnam <arunram25(a)gmail.com>
*To:* Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
*Sent:* Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:23 AM
*Subject:* Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Welcome to the India Team! : Shiju &
This is great news.
A warm welcome and best wishes to Shiju and Nitika in their new roles.
On Jul 29, 2011 1:42 PM, "CherianTinu Abraham" <tinucherian(a)gmail.com>
> Congratulations to Shiju and Nitika.
> It has been great working along with
Shiju, closely for years now and I
> don't have to tell that how much he deserves this. I wondered how he gets
> time to "really" work with ABB with all his wiki activities ;) and I am
> that this position would help him concentrate on one thing he is really
> passionate about.
> Welcome on-board, Nitika ! Looking
forward to work with you too.
> Best wishes again to both Shiju and
> Tinu Cherian
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Hisham Mundol <hmundol(a)wikimedia.org
>> Hi Folks,
>> I'm really pleased to send out this email welcoming the first 2 new
> of the India Programs team. Just before I
introduce them, I thought I'd
> share with you the background of their selection.
> As you might be aware, the Foundation had decided to undertake a
> operation in India to promote the growth of
the community and projects
> The team is expected to be a small, nimble 5
person group. We had put
> 2 job postings - for Indic Initiatives and
for Participation. (Please
> We posted them on linkedin and on the Indian
FOSS community list as well
> as announcing them on various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
> The response was wonderful. >110 applications for Indic Initiatives and
> nearly 175 applications for Participation. These were short-listed to 10
> for Indic Language and 7 for Participation.)
These were a mix of
> previous Wikipedians, Wikipedia newbies and
open source advocates.
> In June, the shortlisted 10 were interviewed and further down-selected
> 4. These 4 were then further interviewed by a
group of other staff
> from the Foundation. I am pleased to inform
the community of the final
> selected 2.
> *Shiju Alex - Indic Initiatives*
> Most of you already know Shiju. For those who don't, Shiju is a
> Wikipedian [User: shijualex] and is active on
> wikiprojects and Wikimedia Commons, as well
as Wikisource and offline.
> has been passionately involved with the
establishing and building of
> language Wikipedias. He's participated in
a series of outreach
> and is also (jointly) undertaking a grant
from the Foundation for
> across India. He's a regular member of
the Bangalore community.
> Shiju is from Palakkad, Kerala and is married with a 2 year old baby. He
> currently works as a Senior Technical Writer with ABB in Bangalore.
> Even those of you who know him might not know the following 2 things
> was lucky to discover during the selection
process. Shiju is an MSc in
> Physics with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics - and he
> a deep interest in anything astronomical.
Feel free to quiz him
> on this! He also enjoys trekking and misses
his time in Pune where he
> be up & close the gorgeous Sahyadri
> Shiju is going to lead our work on promoting Indic language projects
> India. The challenges are enormous - from
technical constraints to low
> levels of awareness of these projects to vibrant but nascent
> However, these only point to the massive size
of the opportunity for
> language projects - which is the joint top-2
strategic priority of the
> movement in India. After he joins, he'll collaboratively put together a
> plan for Indic language projects and work towards quality execution of
> high-impact initiatives.
> Shiju is currently serving out his notice period so will be able to join
> only around September - October.
> *Nitika Tandon - Participation*
> Nitika [User:nitika.t] is relatively newer to the community - and has
> brushing up her editing. She's been
immersing herself in the Wikimedia
> world and attended community meet-ups as well as reviews of the
> India Education Program. She is from Delhi -
and is currently based in
> Mumbai - where she works as a Strategic Partnerships Manager with
> (If you're not aware, they are one of the
most prominent internet domain
> solutions providers in India.)
> Nitika has an MBA and has also worked on research analytics. A
> detail I discovered about a previous
assignment of hers - and you must
> her about it - is how African drums can be
used for management coaching!
> She also reliably informs me that there are 7 Spanish dance forms and
> instructs in all of them!
> Nitika is going to be working on Participation - which is primarily
> focussed on increasing the contributor base of non-Indic language
> primarily Wikipedia. One of her first tasks
will be to expand the
> Wikipedia India Education Program from the Pune pilot to a more national
> footprint. She'll also work on other initiatives to promote
> and I can foresee Wikimedia Commons being a
> Nitika will join us on August 1st.
> I'm going to be scheduling the August Monthly India Programs IRC on
> Thursday August 18th to introduce them both to you. Please do join us.
> I'll send a reminder closer to the date. Also, needless to say, they'll
> be attending a series of community meet-ups over the next months.
> In the meantime, please do join me in welcoming them onboard. I'm really
> excited because this means that we will now have the capacity and
> to dramatically accelerate our activities in
> Warmest Regards,
> *Hisham Mundol*
> Wikimedia <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
> India Programs<
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