[Foundation-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia India Chapter : December 2011 Report

Naveen Francis naveenpf at wikimedia.in
Mon Jan 16 12:42:21 UTC 2012

Dear all,

Greetings from Wikimedia India !!!

We are delighted to present the last monthly Wikimedia India report of the
year 2011, almost a year after the chapter received the formal recognition
from the Government of Karnataka on 3 January 2011. The journey so far
wasn't easy, but we appreciate your continued patronage , support and
 *Organisational Updates*

*Formation of Task Forces:*

As announced earlier, with the objective of increasing the engagement and
participation of the members of the chapter actively in various
initiatives, the India chapter has come up with focused Task Forces for
coordinating and driving various chapter activities [1]. There are two
types of Task Forces - Project Task Forces and Operations Task Forces. The
Project Task Forces are focused on growing the Wikimedia projects. The
Operations Task Forces are critical functions to enable the Project Task
Forces and the Chapter in growing the movement. The operations group
consists of Administration, Fund raising, & Communications. The Projects
task force consists of City and Langugage SIGs and Special Projects. The
new task forces will be led by the following people:

   - Anirudh Bhati, Head, Fundraising.
   - Arun Ramarathnam, Chair, Special Projects.
   - Srinivas Gunta, Head, Administration.
   - Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Chair, City and Language Special Interest Groups.
   - Tinu Cherian, Head, Communications, PR & Media Relations.

The Chapter membership stands at 190 members as of 31 December 2011.

Total donations received in Dec 2011 - INR 700
Average donations in Dec 2011 - INR 350

Our application for FCRA prior permission under the Foreign Contribution
(Regulation) Act with the Government of India is still pending. An official
from the Home Ministry has visited Arjuna Rao Chavala, President.

*Internet Relay Chat(IRCs):*
>From time to time, Wikimedia India conduct planned online IRC chat
sessions. The Dec 17, 2011 was anchored by Arun with the focus on Chapter
City & Language Special Interest Groups. [2]

*Board Meetings:*
The Chapter Executive Committee had two Tele-conference meetings in the
month of December (dated 07 Dec and 14 Dec, 2011). The Wikimedia India
chapter and Wikimedia Foundation had one joint co-ordination call on 21 Dec
2011, which was attended by Arjuna Rao Chavala, Arun Ramaratnam, Naveen
Francis, Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Tinu Cherian, Anirudh Bhati, Asaf Bartov and
Hisham Mundol. The summary of the joint coordination call was shared
earlier [3].
Community City and Language Special Interest Groups

City and Language Special Interest Groups are a mechanism to engage the
diverse interests of members across India. The objective is to grow the
wiki projects in their areas of interest by reviewing the status, planning
and executing events of interest through growing the community involvement.
The leadership of these groups is part of the extended leadership of the

The Wikimedia Chapter is proud to announce the appointment of the next
batch of City and Language Special Interest Group Chairs [4] as given


   - Delhi SIG - Noopur Raval (noopur [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Bangalore SIG - RadhaKrishna (Arkrishna [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Mumbai SIG - Kundan Amitabh (kundan.amitabh [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Pune SIG - Mandar Kulkarni(mandar.kulkarni [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Kolkata SIG - Kalyan Sarkar (kalyan [at] wikimedia [dot] in)


   - English SIG - Ashwin Baindur (ashlin [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Kannada SIG - Omshivaprakash H L (omshivaprakash [at] wikimedia [dot]
   - Marathi SIG - Mahitgar (mahitgar [at] wikimedia [dot] in)
   - Telugu SIG - Rahimanuddin Shaik (rahimanuddin [at] wikimedia [dot] in)

The current sign-ups of Members for the SIGs are as follows:

*City Special Interest Groups*
  City  Members  Bangalore  10  Delhi  2  Mumbai  3  Pune  6  Kolkata  2

*Language Special Interest Groups*
  Language  Volunteers  Bengali  1  English  15  Hindi  1  Kannada  3  Marathi
 4  Malayalam  8  Nepali  1  Odia  3  Sanskrit  2  Telugu  3  Events

A round-up of Wikimedia events and initatives around the nation is as

   - *Wiki Academy @Jaya Engineering college * ( 10 Dec 2011) : The first
   Wiki Academy in Jaya Engineering college, Chennai,[5] was organized by the
   Wikimedia chapter and co-hosted by Jaya FOSS Club. Odia Wiki Chair &
   Chapter member, Subhashish Panigrahi explained basics of Wikipedia, how it
   is edited by millions of volunteers, how Wikipedia is exclusively
   encyclopedic and kind of articles and notability of articles in Wikipedia,
   how Wikipedians communicate and form community, and organization of
   Wikimedia foundations and active projects. Then he took the audience
   through active editing by signing up, searching for articles, choosing
   articles to create. Then he demonstrated about creating an article by using
   the Edit toolbar, citing the text by searching the web and uploading and
   adding pictures in articles. The editing session was followed by a Q & A
   session. Hisham Mundol, Consultant, Wikimedia Foundation India Programs,
   connected with the audience via Google Hangout. Hisham interacted with the
   audience by giving a talk about the nature of the event, few details about
   Wikipedia, WMF and Chapter and foundation are trying to do in India. He
   answered questions raised by the audience. Nitika Tandon , Consultant,
   Wikimedia Foundation India Programs, later explained about the India
   Education program (IEP), how it functions and the
   student-teacher-foundation collaborations through the education program.
   The photos of the event are available here [6].
   - *Coimbatore 1st Meetup*( 10 Dec 2011) : The first Kovai (Coimbatore)
   meetup [7] was held at KGISL Campus, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore. The Meetup
   was organised by Srikanth Ramakrishnan (User:Rsrikanth05) and
   - *Bangalore Wikimeetup 40* ( 11 Dec 2011) : Around 11 people attended
   the 40th Wikimeetup in Bangalore [8]. The Bangalore SIG Chair, RadhaKrishna
   presented a talk on the experiences on WikiConference India 2011 and
   WikiAcademy events in IT companies. Experiences of Wiki Academy in Jaya
   engineering college and way forward was shared by by Subhashish Panigrahi.
   Plans regarding Wiki Eleven in January 2012 was discussed. The photos of
   the event are available here [9].
   - *Wikipedia Meetup1 Salem*( 11 Dec 2011) : A Wikimeetup was organised
   at Salem, Tamil Nadu, [10] by Tamil Wikipedians Sodabottle and Surya
   - '*Wikipedia Takes Kolkata /Kolkata Photo Walk* (18 Dec 2011) : A Photo
   Walk was organised in Kolkata, West Bengal [11] by Kalyan Sarkar (Kolkata
   SIG Chair), Jayanta Nath (Bengali SIG Chair) and Biswarup Ganguly. Around
   437 images were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons as a part of this
   - *GLAMcamp Amsterdam * Noopur Raval ( Delhi SIG Chair and GLAM
   enthusiastic) attended GLAM worskop in Amsterdam, hosted by Wikimedia
   Nederland. [13]
   - *Wikipedians participation in CMDA IT Expo , 2011*: Indian Wikipedians
   participated in the annual CMDA IT Expo 2011, Pune.[14] The stall were
   manned by Sudhanwa Jogalekar ( EC member), Mahitgar ( Marathi SIG Chair),
   Ashwin Baindur ( English SIG Chair) , Hisham Mundol and Nitika Tandon ( WMF
   India Programs), and Campus Ambassador (IEP) volunteers.
   - *Malayalam Wiki-Academies:* Malayalam Wiki-community organised two
   Wiki-Academies in Kerala in the month of December at Alappuzha ( Dec 13)
   and Kollam (Dec 31). The Alappuzha (2nd Wikiacademy) held at St.Joseph
   Vanitha College was led by Adv. T.K Sujith, Adv. M.P.Manojkumar and Akhil
   Krishnan. The Kollam (4th Wikiacademy) held at Govt. Higher Secondary
   School, Anchal West, was led by Kiran Gopi ( User:Kiran_Gopi) , Faud A.J. (
   User:Faudaj) , Kannan Shanmugam ( User:Fotokannan)and Sugeesh (

 Other News

   - A new initiative named *"Featured Wikimedian* was started on the
   public wiki of Wikimedia India. Every month, one Indian wikimedian will be
   featured. [15]
   - * Tamil Wikimedia contest*: The Tamil Wikimedia community has
   organised an international contest to get more photos, videos and audios
   related to Tamil, Tamilians and Tamil culture to the Tamil Wikipedia and
   Wikimedia Commons. [16] (themed “Eluthu mattum arivanru” or “Knowledge
   beyond text”) . The Tamil Wikipedia Community and the Wikimedia Foundation
   have jointly sponsored a prize money of $850 (with nine prizes) for
   winners. (The first, second and third prizes are $200, $100 and $50. Three
   prizes of $100 each are for those uploading the maximum number of quality
   entries. A special prize of $150 is for media files on traditional Tamil
   arts and crafts. Winners would be announced on March 15, 2012 and they
   would get certificates with their entries displayed on the front pages of
   Tamil Wiki projects. The contest (, November 15, 2011 to February 29, 2012)
   is open to all and is on Facebook [17].
   - India Wikipedians Sengai Podhuvan , Karthik Nadar and Aniruddha Kumar
   joins Jimmy Wales among others in the *Wikimedia Fundraising 2011 banners
   * [18].
   - *New Mailing lists* are created for Gujarati Wikipedia[19], Assamese
   Wikipedia [20], GLAM India [21] and India related content on English
   Wikipedia & related projects. [22].

Milestones & Anniversaries

* December 2011* [23]

   - The Tamil Wikipedia<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=Ta:&action=edit&redlink=1>has
reached 1,000,000 page edits.
   - The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached
   10,000 total pages.


   - The Malayalam
turned 9.


   - The Bengali Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bn:> has reached
   2,000 entries, as a user adds over 1,300 entries for Malagasy words in 5


   - The Bihari
reached 100,000 page edits.


   - The Sanskrit Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sa:> has
   reached 100 entries.
   - The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached
   5,000 entries.


   - The Marathi
reached 1,000 registered users.


   - The Kannada Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kn:> has reached
   150,000 entries.

 Media Coverage

   - 28 Dec : Financial Chronicle : Wikipedians say Indian govt should ease
   copyright curbs<http://www.mydigitalfc.com/knowledge/wikipedians-say-indian-govt-should-ease-copyright-curbs-992>
   - 27 Dec : Ahmedabad Mirror : " Ahmedabad to go Wiki with your clicks"
   - 24 Dec : The Economic Times : "Wikipedia enlists Indians to be the
   standard-bearers for its fund-raising
   - 18 Dec : The Hindu : "Creative Commons: the licence to
   - 16 Dec : The Hindu : "Contest to add files to Tamil Wikipedia gathers
   - 1 Dec  : Tech Marathi: मराठी विकिपीडिया संपादन – अवघड की
सोपे?<http://techmarathi.com/?p=1243>( Marathi)

We look forward to your continued support and active participation.


On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)

Naveen Francis
Secretary, Wikimedia India Chapter
[image: File:Wikimedia India logo.svg] <http://wikimedia.in/>

एक ऐसे विश्व की कल्पना करें, जहां प्रत्येक अकेला मानव सम्पूर्ण ज्ञान के
भण्डार को सबसे बांट सकता है।* यही हमारा संकल्प है। **.*


   - 1)
   - 2) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Internet_Relay_Chats/Dec_17,2011
   - 3)
   - 4) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_SIG_subcommittee_chair
   - 5) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Wiki_Academy/Jaya_Engineering_College
   - 6)
   - 7) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore/Coimbatore1
   - 8) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore40
   - 9)
   - 10) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:SALEM1
   - 11) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata
   - 12) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata
   - 13) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMcamp_Amsterdam
   - 14
   - 15) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Category:Featured_Wikimedian
   - 16) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest/en
   - 17) http://www.facebook.com/tawmc
   - 18)
   - 19) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-gu
   - 20) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-as
   - 21) http://lists.wmnederland.nl/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/wlm-in
   - 22) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-in-en
   - 23) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Milestones_and_Anniversary
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