On behalf of Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Reach Team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_Reach>, we would like to invite all
the South Asian Wikimedia communities to our office hours to discuss our
work in the region.
Date: Thursday, 19th January 2017
Time: 16:00 UTC/21:30 IST
Duration: 1 hour
Google Hangout Location:
If you are not able to join the hangout, you can watch the live stream with
a few seconds lag at
Introduction of Global Reach Team and office hours
Research around New Readers <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers>
and our partnership themes
Feedback for next office hours
We plan to hold these office hours at regular intervals. FYI, office hours
for South East Asia and Central Asia/Eastern Europe will be held
separately; given the size of communities, we needed to break down the
Please feel free to add your questions, comments, and expectations in the
Etherpad document shared above. You can also reach out to
sgupta(a)wikimedia.org and rayyakkannu(a)wikimedia.org for any clarification.
Please share this invitation in community social media channels to spread
Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Asia
Dear one & all
Please find below Monthly Report of Wikimedia India
You can find this report along with our other monthly reports here -
EventsWiki Loves Monuments 2016 Results
After going through more than 37,000 images, the results for Wiki Loves
Monuments have finally been announced. To summarise, we received 37,000+
images images in this edition from 1784 participants. 1500+ participants
contributed to the movement for the first time during the contest. From the
37,000+ images we received, 1300 images are already been used in Wikipedia
and it sister projects. Inspite of the contest ending, the flow of
knowledge doesn’t end here, there are plenty of unused ASI monument images
which is now available to utilize them across the movement. The WLM India
core team which comprised of Abhinav Srivastava,Kiran RaviKumar,Karthik
Nadar,Naveen Francis,Sanket Oswal,Santosh Shringare and Yohann Thomas show
their gratitude to the jury members, the volunteers & the participants who
made this successful. Also, the organizers want to thank Wikimedia
Foundation for funding, Wikimedia India Chapter for joining hands and WLM
International team for the support received throughout the competition.
You can find the winners here-
Upgradation of Wikimedia India Server
Wikimedia India's website layout has remained the same since its inception
in 2011 With an outdated server & firmware, and the website facing downtime
with periodic snags, a decision was made to upgrade the server & also the
interface of the Wikimedia India website In the months of October &
November, the software was upgraded & migrated to the new software. With a
new interface & updated layout, the website of Wikimedia India is now
better than ever.
Wikimedia India would want to thank Naveen Francis & Ranjith Siji for all
their help in this exercise.
Wikipedia Asian Month 2016
With the 2016's iteration of the online edit-a-thon,taking place in
November 2016, the purpose of Asian Month on the English Wikipedia is to
improve the quantity and quality of articles relating to Asian countries.
Last year, over 7,000 articles were contributed in 43 languages in
Wikipedia Asian Month.
This year too, more than 500 users have enrolled themselves to contribute
to this online edit-a-thon.
As a symbol of friendship between Wikipedia's Asian communities, each
participant who creates at least four (4) articles that fulfill the
criteria will receive a specially designed Wikipedia postcard from other
participating countries. Wikipedians who create the most articles on each
Wikipedia will be honored as "Wikipedia Asian Ambassadors".
Wikisangamotsavam-2016, the fifth annual gathering of users and well
wishers of Malayalam Wikimedia projects, will take place from 26,27,28
December, 2016 in Kanjangad,Kasargod Kerala. Wikimedia India helped the
organizers of WikiSangamotsavam`2016 to apply for a Rapid grant
to the WMF which was successfully approved.
Raju Suthar Infrastructure Scholarship
Wikimedia India helped Raju Suthar to apply for a Rapid grant
to the WMF which was successfully approved. Raju Suthar is one of the most
active Wikipedians on the Hindi Wikipedia with almost 750+ articles to his
name. In July 2016, he was also featured on the Wikimedia India website as
the Featured Wikimedian
<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Featured_Wikimedian/Archive/2016> of the month.
Featured Wikimedia of the Month for November
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Vishwanatha_Badikana> is a Kannada
Professor at the Prestigious St. Aloysius College
Mangalore.He started editing Kannada Wikipedia in Septmeber,2014 & Tulu in
January,2015 as part of Wikipedia Education Programme run in his Institute.
He was part of a small team of editors who worked & finally brought Tulu
Wikipedia out of incubator recently. Dr Vishwanatha mainly write articles
on folklore & has written close to 100+ articles in Tulu Wikipedia. He
currently working on a unique project where he is writing articles on all
the Alphabets of Tulu. Since Tulu is spoken over a small region of across
Karnataka & Kerala,he believes that these articles will be useful for
students to learn & speak Tulu which will lead to growth of the language.
Other Wikimedia news in IndiaOpen Con 2016 Ranchi
The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi was hosted at Dept. of Zoology, Ranchi University
was jointly organized by the Open Access India and the Dept. of Zoology,
Ranchi University in partnership with OpenCon on 12 November 2016 from
10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The OpenCon is a conference for the next generation to
learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical
skills, and catalyze action towards a more open system of research and
education organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and a
Organizing Committee of students and early career academic professionals
from around the world. The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi is a satellite event of the
main OpenCon 2016 which was hosted for the first time in Ranchi, Jharkhand
and is the only second satellite event to be held in India this year. First
being the OpenCon 2016 Chandigarh which was organized as a parallel event
along side of the Wiki Conference India held at Chandigarh in August 2016.
Previously OpenCon 2015 Kolkata satellite event was organized in December
2015 at Kolkata by the Open Access India community of practice consisting
of students, researchers, librarians, professors advocating for Open
Access, Open Data, and Open Education in India. Approximately 2000 people
have attended various satellite events around the world in the past 2014
Indic Wikisource Update
After the implementation of the Google OCR script to all the Indic
Wikisource projects, there is an accelerated increase in the statitics.The
Wikisource community has published the following updates for Indic