First of all, thanks a lot for finding my report insightful. Yes, I had a
good time over there and it was a great learning opportunity for me as well,
because you learn more by explaining something to others.
Secondly, regarding the profile, there were students from different colleges
of Lucknow (specially IT & Engineering) and the college (*Babu Banarasi Das
Group of Educational Institutions*) in which the camp was help itself is a
private university running many undergraduate and graduate programs in
fields like Engineering, IT, Pharmacy, Architecture, Business, Dentistry
etc. So, students from various backgrounds were present to learn and
explore. As far as age is concerned, most of the students were fall in the
age bracket of 18-25 years. The college is located on Lucknow-Faizabad Road.
Lastly, yes, I'm in touch with the students over there specially those who
attended the editing session, as I know that we all need a little push in
Thanks & Regards,
On Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Hisham Mundol <hmundol(a)wikimedia.org>wrote;wrote:
Many thanks for your efforts. Your report is interesting and insightful.
You sound like you had a good time too, and that's great!
I'm curious about what the student profile was - age, kind of college (IT,
engineering, arts, commerce, etc.), location of college, and anything else
on the profile of the students.
It'll be really good if you can stay in touch with those who you met and
see how they are getting along on editing. Sometimes, newbies want to edit
but run into difficulties and need a bit of hand holding.
*Thanks, once again.*
India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation*
On Apr 10, 2011, at 8:38 AM, Piyush Aggarwal wrote:
A brief Report on OSSCamp at Lucknow, Dated 26-27th March, 2011
On 26-27th march there was an OSSCamp organised at *Babu Banarasi Das
Group of Educational Institutions* at Lucknow. College has taken
the initiative to invite the representatives of various OpenSource
communities like Wordpress, Joomla, Mozilla Firefox, Drupal, Php etc. Wikimedia
volunteers were also invited for the event. The purpose of the event was
to make students aware of the various open source technologies and their
advantages. Also, it was an effort to motivate students to come forward and
Students from various colleges were gathered to learn and explore new and
different technologies. I went there to represent Wikipedia. My presentation
was scheduled on 26th of March, 2011 in the post lunch session. I talked
about the different projects of Wikimedia foundation, some Wikipedia
statistics, Wikimedia India chapter and discussed the role of volunteers and
in the end I tried to motivate them to contribute.
Over there, I was surprised to know that awareness of the students towards
Wikimedia foundation was minimal. Most of the students over there were not
even aware that they can actually edit the contents of Wikipedia. Only
couple of them knew about the other projects of Wikimedia foundation other
than Wikipedia like Wikitionary , Wikiquotes, commons etc.
After the talk, on special request of students I demonstrated the editing
process in Wikipedia and took hands on workshop of interested students.
Students were very keen and enthusiastic to learn about Wikipedia. The
session went on for almost ninety minutes and I had one to one interactions
with the students. The inquisitive questions and their high level of
interest made me more motivated to explain.
Even after the hands on session, many students contacted with different
queries. For me also, it was wonderful learning experience. The college
authorities and student organisers namely Nitesh Sinha and Abhinav Upadhyay
deserves huge round of applause for their tireless effort for organising a
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