Hoi,
It was good to work with you. You were part of a wonderful move towards
more Wikimedia projects in India. It was a pleasure to see you in action
and work with you.
Thank you

Gerard

On 10 November 2016 at 22:06, Subhashish Panigrahi <subhash...@cis-india.org
> wrote:

> <!--Apologies if this mail is not in your language.-->
>
> Friends,
>
> TL; DR
>
> After almost five years of professional engagement with the South Asian
> language Wikimedia communities, I have decided to step down from my current
> role. And I will remain a Wikipedian friend of yours who you can reach out
> in volunteer capacity on my talk page.
>
> ——
>
> I was about to complete my first wiki-versary when I joined the Wikimedia
> Foundation’s India Program as a Consultant for Community and Program
> Support. The program ran until August of 2012 and then got housed at the
> Centre for Internet Society’s Access to Knowledge program (CIS-A2K) [0].
> Thanks to Sunil, Pranesh, Nirmita, Nishant and many others at the CIS
> family who embraced my team from India Program with great amount of trust.
> CIS became more like a family for me all these years. It will always remain
> my other home and alma mater - calling CIS a former employer will be quite
> an understatement. I feel I grew as a person along with the organization
> that is today a noted name for its research in openness, accessibility,
> privacy, IP reform, access to knowledge, and digital humanity.
>
> Over these years I have had the most memorable time in my personal and
> professional life. I have traveled a lot in the country and across the
> world, met many friends in the Wikimedia and the open knowledge community,
> and had the privilege of working on many important projects both locally
> and globally. The South Asian language Wikimedia communities that I have
> worked with have not just been patient and understanding, but have been my
> mentor in many ways. I thank you all wholeheartedly for being such great
> friends and guides. And I hope that I have added some value to your
> community, project and the larger Wikimedia movement.
>
> This was an incredible journey and I feel really honored to see as many as
> three new Wikimedia projects taking birth where I had a chance to
> contribute. Many of you have shared your stories in an interview series
> WikipediansSpeak [1] that I started during my time at CIS, and I felt so
> touched and connected to many people that spoke languages that I never even
> understood. I want to thank many Wikimedians both from the Indian and the
> global Wikimedia community that participated in @WeAreWikipedia [2], a
> rotation curation project on Twitter that I started as a voluntary project.
> The good news is @WeAreWikipedia has always been and will be a
> volunteer-led project even after I leave my professional role at CIS.
>
> In the last few days of my work at CIS, my biggest worry was if I will be
> able to give much time to wrap up Project Ol Chiki [3], a project to create
> typeface family and input tools for the Ol Chiki script (used to write the
> Santali language) that I was leading. I would like to personally thank to
> colleagues T.Vishnuvardhan (former Programme Director of CIS-A2K) for his
> guidance, Pooja Saxena for designing the typeface and several other
> peripherals, Prof. Damayanti Besra and other friends of the
> Santali-language community who have reviewed the typeface, and Wikimedians
> Jnanaranjan Sahu and Nasim Ali who have created the input tools. A few
> years of my childhood was spent in a place where 30% of people spoke this
> aboriginal language Santali, and I cannot share how nostalgic it felt when
> the opportunity came to lead this project.
>
> Once again, thanks you all the friends in the Wikimedia community, and the
> larger openness movement for your kind support over all these years. In the
> long road, this was a great milestone but there are many more to come. I
> hope to continue working with you in my volunteer capacity, and/or may be
> in my new role.
>
> Where I am heading next?
> Some of you might know this already. I am super excited that the next
> milestone is going to be another open source community as I am joining
> Mozilla’s Participation team as South Asia Community Catalyzer [4]. I am
> super excited for it. And I will keep seeing you all amazing people on the
> Wikimedia projects like before.
>
> Do feel free to get in touch with me in my talk page at User:Psubhashish,
> or over email at psubhashish (at) gmail (dot) com, or at @subhapa on both
> Twitter and Telegram.
>
> 0. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K
> 1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikipediansSpeak
> 2. https://twitter.com/wearewikipedia
> 3. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project_Ol_chiki
> 4. https://discourse.mozilla-community.org/t/introducing-
> our-new-south-asia-community-catalyzer/11975
>
> Love,
> Subhashish
>
> Subhashish Panigrahi
> Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
> Centre for Internet and Society
> @subhapa / https://cis-india.org
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