Dear One & all
As you are aware, Wikimedia India (WMIN) recently in April had its election
for all its 7 Executive Committee (EC) positions
At IIT Bombay, WMIN recently had an Induction meeting with the
newly elected Executive committee members. This session was conducted from
30th June - 1st July 2017 in the IIT Bombay campus
Since the new EC has a good mix of members from Past EC & new faces too,
the Induction process was conducted in a very smooth & planned manner.
Mr Ashwin Baindur also gave a session on the working of Community dynamics
along with the expectations by the community from the new EC.
On the last day of the Induction meeting, the EC members elected office
bearers amongst themselves. Following are the new Office bearers
- Mr Rahul Deshmukh : President
- Mr Yohann Thomas : Secretary
- Mr Sanket Oswal : Treasurer
- Mr Viswa Prabha : Member
- Mr Suyash Dwivedi : Member
- Mr Santosh Shingare : Member
- Mr Krishan Chaitanya Velaga : Member
You can find the newly updated Board members page with their profiles here
I would like to thank the community for their wholehearted support they
have given to the chapter & hope to meet their expectations
I am pleased to announce to you that Agastya Chandrakant is one of the
first featured wikimedians we have announced who is primarily into Wikinews.
Please find the excerpt below. You can also find the full article on our
page - wiki.wikimedia.in
*Agastya Chandrakant from Surat, Gujarat is an editor on English Wikinews
under alias of **Acagastya* <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Acagastya>*,
currently studying in The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. *
*He is 18-years-old and has been editing Wikimedia Projects since 2014,
from his days in high school. He has more than 8,000 global edits and also
holds the review rights on Wikinews. On Wikinews, every article has to pass
the review before it is published. Agastya has written more than 200 news
articles on Wikinews. He is amongst the very few Indian editors on
*Calligraphy, reading, and photography are some of his hobbies, however,
after academic commitments whatever time he gets for himself now, he
devotes it to Wikinews. *
*Agastya believes there are lot of things happening around us in various
fields -- from crime and law to science and technology. Some events affect
a certain group of people. Some affects other groups. As a news reporter
his tries to cover news for everyone, ranging from different subjects. *
*Agastya hopes more Indian community members to contribute quality photos
from the events around the country on Wikimedia projects, and hopes they,
as an Indian, make decisions and act so that secularism, freedom, and
humanity can co-exist. *
I would like to thank Abhinav Srivastava for getting us in touch with this
amazing contributor & helping to write the article on him
I am also proud to announce that Mr Krishna Chaitnaya who got newly elected
to the board of WMIN will be taking forward the Featured Wikimedian of the
If you know any Wikimedian whom you think should be featured, please feel
free to nominate them here
Contact Abhinav Srivastava/Krishna Chaitanya here -
abhinav.srivastava(a)wikimedia.in / kcvelaga(a)wikimedia.in
Greetings from CIS-A2K!
CIS-A2K is happy to announce the first of its projects for the new grant year 2017- 2018.
We are kick-starting our year with the Technical Wishes project this July. We aim to receive and attempt to resolve technical requests from Indic language Wikimedians.
What is the Technical Wishes project?
This project draws inspiration from the Technical Wishes project of Wikimedia Deutschland that has set an example in handling technical requests from the community and acts as an idea exchange platform for technical projects and experts. CIS-A2K aims to document the technical wishes/ requests of community members and begin the process of resolving them.
How do we plan to go about the project?
Given the relatively small size of our organization, we aim to reach out to technically experienced Wikipedians around the world and in India for helping us run this project. These Wikipedians will be our go-to panel of technical experts who help us address the requests we receive. Regular emails summarizing the requests will be sent to these panelists who will then suggest/ offer their solutions.
Why is this important?
Indic Wikipedias have long been plagued by technical glitches that have hampered the ability of Wikimedians to contribute effectively across various projects. Despite the extent of these technical issues, they have remained largely unresolved due to a variety of reasons including the absence of concentrated efforts to do so. CIS-A2K would like to be able to enable such an effort, leveraging our network of community members and individuals who are technical experts in their their own right. Apart from resolving these issues, it is our hope that bringing to light the variety of these technical problems would lead to discussion and idea exchanges among Indic Wikipedians regardless of language and region.
Where do I submit my wish/ request?
Beginning Sunday 2 July, 2017 , Indic Wikimedians can submit their Technical Wishes here:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:CIS-A2K/Requests/Technical | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:CIS-A2K/Requests/Technical ]
There is no exhaustive list of the type of request you can submit. They may range from tool/ gadget issues to script issues, bot errors to any bugs, etc.
Can I be a part of the Technical Wishes panel?
Yes. Apart from the initial list of Wikipedians we have identified, we invite volunteers who would like to be a part of resolving these technical requests. In addition to Wikipedians, we also look forward to inviting members of the larger free knowledge movement to be a part of these efforts. To add yourself to the panel, please write to us at tito(a)cis-india.org with the subject line "CIS-A2K Technical Wishes Panel”
What is the expected outcome?
We hope to collate these requests over the course of this month and attempt to resolve them through this network of panellists as part of our work plan for 2017- 2018. We also aim to hold a community led panel to discuss the technical problems, challenges and solutions in the context of Indic Wikimedia communities.
For queries, please write to us at tito(a)cis-india.org with the subject line "CIS-A2K Technical Wishes"
 CIS-A2K’s APG Proposal for the year 2017- 2018:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2/The_… | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2/The_… ]
 CIS-A2K’s Technical Wishes project:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018/Glo… | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018/Glo… ]
 Technical Wishes project of Wikimedia Deutschland:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMDE_Technical_Wishes | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMDE_Technical_Wishes ]
 CIS-A2K Work Plan for 2017- 2018:
[ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018 | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Work_plan_July_2017_-_June_2018 ]
Thanks and regards,