Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2011 Picture of the Year
competition is now open at last. We're interested in your opinion as to
which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year for 2011 (not for 2012).
Any user registered at Commons or a Wikimedia wiki SUL-related to Commons
with more than 75 edits before 1 April 2012 (UTC) is welcome to vote. Check
! If you meet the criteria, you are eligible to vote.
Nearly 600 images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered
in this competition. From professional animal and plant shots to
breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant
images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems,
diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human
portraits, Commons features pictures of all flavors.
For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two
rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many
images as you like. The first round the top 32 images , by number of votes,
from any category will go to the final round - the categories are
irrelevant when it comes to counting the votes. If no picture of one topic
category is not in the top 32s, that will be also promoted to the Final to
guarantee a diverse final. In the final round, when a limited number of
images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become
the Picture of the Year.
To see the candidate images just go to:
Wikimedia Commons is interested in hearing your opinions on our featured
images of 2011. The deadline for first round voting is 2012-06-04 at 23:59
Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
Dear Assamese Community: I am sharing this email with you - which I am forwarding to the various mailing lists / village pumps. It is related to the wonderful work in Assam! Congratulations!
I wanted to share with you an update on the work that Shiju is doing on Indic languages as part of India Program. A guiding principle for the thinking and efforts of our team is that community building should be the most essential aspect of all the work that we do. In the context of small Indic communities, Shiju has been working to try and identify the various elements that need to come together to foster community building. This update is about the Community Building pilot that was run for the Assamese community. For context, community building means different things to different people and in fact there was a very interesting post that Shiju put out that articulated his thinking on this and, hence, our priorities.
The results of these efforts have been outstanding
number of editors on Assamese Wikipedia has increased to 31 in April 2012 (from 18 in December 2011 and just 10 in November 2011.)
number of Wikiprojects increased to 6 (from a situation where there were no reasonably active ones in December 2011- and including 5 Wikiprojects independently conceptualised and managed by the community)
average monthly edits on Assamese Wikipedia increased to about 5000 in April 2012 from around 3000 in November 2011
There are 5 key factors that are responsible for this remarkable growth
Strong communication. This started with Shiju building personal connections with Assamese editors and then encouraging them to communicate with each other on-wiki, online and in meet--ups and outreach sessions.
Initial push. Shiju visited Assam in January where he spent time in 2 towns with 7 of the most active community members, who also conducted 2 outreach sessions. This visit has proved to be really useful because it helped to energise the community and also helped to establish a personal relationship between Shiju and these editors (and also, amongst the editors themselves.)
Encouraging collaboration. Wikiprojects and outreach are really useful to galvanise a community and helped build personal equations. It's wonderful to see the increase in Wikiprojects and
Building capacity & confidence. In all the work that has been done for the Assamese community, the endeavour has been to build capacity. For instance, support was given to get basic outreach material including FAQs prepared and outreach sessions were guided by Shiju. It's inspiring to see the Assamese community now take things to a whole new level and plan out an ambitious 10th anniversary.
Healthy environment. This is the last - but probably the most essential point - and it is something I want to call out because it is what will help or severely hinder the abilities of individual communities realise their dreams and potential. The reason why the Assamese community is making such wonderful steps forward is because there is
a set of editors with the right level of initiative and motivation
a strong sense of co-operation and good spirit amongst the editors
an extremely welcoming approach to new editors
None of this would have been possible without the efforts of every single Assamese community members. In the early days when Shiju started off, he was interacting with Bishnu, Dipankar, Gitartha, Jyoti & Prabhakar - who helped organise the first meet-ups and outreach sessions. Thanks to their efforts, a list of thank-yous would now be 31 strong! Thank you and congratulations to all of you!
To the Assamese community, I wish you the very best for your 10th anniversary. There are exciting plans including your photo contest and your article contest and the meet-up and the outreach session. I know that you are doing most of the event largely independently (with Noopur providing media assistance for the 10th anniversary and an India Chapter grant supporting you.) This is the true signs of a community that is coming of age. There are tremendous opportunities in outreach to get new editors, initiatives like your article & photo contests to improve content and in proposed projects like offline to make transformational changes in the community.
With regard to the way forward for India Program, the pilot design page on meta has now been updated. The next steps are going to be to see how we can adapt or build on these experiences with other communities, and as we move to other communities, do them in a more scaleable manner.
To all community members - across languages across India - if you did want any help in any aspect of community building, please feel free to reach out to Shiju at shiju(a)wikimedia.org. Please also do add comments or ideas or suggestions you might have to the Community Building Pilot's talk page.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tilman Bayer <tbayer(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Sun, May 13, 2012 at 5:22 AM
Subject: Re: For social media promotion
To: Naveen Francis <naveenpf(a)wikimedia.in>
Cc: Jyoti Prakash Nath <jpnath008(a)yahoo.co.in>, socialmedia(a)wikimedia.org, "
socialmedia(a)wikimedia.in" <socialmedia(a)wikimedia.in>, "anjal.borah(a)gmail.com"
<anjal.borah(a)gmail.com>, gitartha bordoloi <gitartha.bordoloi(a)gmail.com>, "
uddiptalukdar(a)rediffmail.com" <uddiptalukdar(a)rediffmail.com>, Bishnu Saikia
after following up with Naveen, I just posted messages promoting the
competition on the official Wikipedia feeds at
Good luck and let us know how it went!
On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM, Naveen Francis <naveenpf(a)wikimedia.in>wrote:
> Hi Mathew,
> Can you please help to promote the competition ?
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
*~~ গীতাৰ্থ বৰদলৈ (Gitartha Bordoloi)
Message from Noopur Raval (for some reason it was not delivered to mailing
I am delighted to tell you I will be able to attend the anniversary of
Assamese Wikipedia on 10th June in Guwahati.
Just for those who don't know me, I am Noopur Raval and I work as a
Communications Consultant with India Program office.
I've been following up the wonderful photogaphy competition and have also
been trying to get in touch with some media persons so we can get maximum
publicity for the event. If you have any ideas, please feel free to drop me
a word on the list or offlist (nraval(a)wikimedia.org).
Let's make it a big success :)
*~~ গীতাৰ্থ বৰদলৈ (Gitartha Bordoloi)
I am very glad to share a news on behalf of Assamese Wiki Community that a Photography and Article Competition is declared to encourage the contribution and improvement of photographs and good articles on Assamese Wikipedia. There will be prizes for the winners like...........
* First, Second and Third: Book Packs
* Consolation prizes: Certificate of Merit from Assamese Wikipedia
* Certificates for prize winners and winning entries will be displayed in front pages of Assamese wiki projects.
The prizes will be distributed on the 4th Assamese Wiki meetup and the celebration ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the Assamese Wikipedia which is going to be held on the Auditorium of The S.K.Hazarika College, Guwahati on Sunday 1PM (10th June 2012).
You are all cordially invited to the meetup.
I am very happy to tell you all that the third issue of Wikipatrika - the
community newsletter is finally out! You can check it here:
First things first, a humble acknowledgement to all the editors who helped
out with this issue of the newsletter. A special thanks to Gitartha (as),
Debanjan (bn), Karthik (en and mr), Pratik (en), DS Vyas and Sushant (gu),
Siddhartha (hi), Omshivaprakash (kn), Anoop, Kannan, Sreejith, Viswaprabha
and Shiju (ml), Abhishek (mr), Rajesh and Saroj (ne), Mkar and Srikant
Kedia (or), Abhiram (sa), Logicwiki and Shanmugam (ta), Arjuna and
Rahimanuddin (te). In other contributions, thanks to Srikanth R for
Commons, Logic, Santhosh, Achal for Free culture news and Tinu for Press
This entire venture could not have been possible without Tanvir's constant
support with templates and tweaks. Forgive me if I have missed someone.
So, what has changed from last time? Since all the Wikimeetups are listed
on Wikipedia here and on the respective community pages, we've omitted the
section on events and meetups. Instead, we've added a section on* Featured
Interviews* which has a GLAM interview this time and the *EPOV* column
(Editor's point of view: INCOTM report).
The idea is to make Wikipatrika a supplement to the mailing lists and
village pumps and not replicate the same information in all places.
Hopefully, by the next issue, with more featured interviews, insightful
pieces from editors and free culture persons we will be able to achieve
*The way forward: *
It's a proud moment to see the amount of activity that all our language
communities are involved in. We should definitely strive to make
Wikipatrika regular and hopefully get more editors to contribute. This is
one space where editors can express the dreams, visions and challenges that
their Wikipedia community faces. If you have projects you want to publicize
or successful projects that could be started in other communities, this is
the space to express your opinion! From next time onward, we will
coordinate Patrika on
list*. I welcome you all to join right away and we can discuss ideas for
features, changing the format and more!
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the venue of the central wiki meet up and
prize distribution ceremony has been changed to Sudmarson Hall, Cotton
College, Guwahati. The date and time will be the same as informed
previously i.e. 10th June (Sunday), 2012.
*~~ গীতাৰ্থ বৰদলৈ (Gitartha Bordoloi)