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We are planning Indic Language Wikipedia workshops in U.S.
Please go through Project Link :

Project idea What is the problem you're trying to solve?

Indic languages represent a large portion of languages used worldwide. The
number of contributors for Indic languages has been lagging other language
families for a variety of reasons. Internet connectivity in India being
limited/expensive is a major reason among them. Indic wikiprojects have
beens working to encourage more contributors for Indic Languages.

There are a number of areas on Indic wikipedias where content is either
lacking or is of poor quality. Health-related content is a prime example of
Potential for solution

There is a strong and diverse Indian diaspora in the United States. Eastern
Seaboard has a large number of Indian expats that have either settled there
or live there for work/business. This was evidenced by the 20,000+ people
attending a speech in Hindi by the Prime Minister of India at Madison
Square Garden, New York.

In general, the Indian origin community in the United States has very high
literacy rates. They are also well-versed in English as well as at least
one of Indic languages. Access to Internet is not an issue for this
demographic. Enthusiasm for advancement of Indic languages is also evident
by the many initiatives being pursued by this group.
What is your solution?

   1. Dedicated workshops for Indian Languages in United States of America.
   2. Informal User Group to conduct periodic meetings/offline events.
   3. Collaboration with local chapters and editors to improve Offline
   Wikipedia in Indian Languages.
   4. Special content (health related articles/essential medicines info
   etc) on Indic Wikipedia can be improved by specialized dedicated group of
   Indian medical students in U.S.
   5. Collaboration with (U.S based) like minded individuals and
   organizations dedicated to improve Open Knowledge movement in India.

Pilot Project

Outreach events in

   - New York,
   - Washington D.C,
   - Boston
   - Colorado Springs

   - A session here will serve as an aide to developing and/or fine-tuning
   presentations and sequence of activities.

   - San Diego.


   - Reach out to more Indians to increase their understanding of how Indic
   Language Wikimedia projects work, and enable them to pass this knowledge on
   to others.
   - Improving and building upon contributions to Wikimedia projects in
   English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Commons etc.
   - Increasing visibility, reach and access to Wikimedia projects amongst
   Indian Americans, especially in students.
   - Sign up students interested in our various activities & any other
   training workshops planned.
   - Conduct outreach sessions in universities, student fests, fairs etc.

Other benefits

   - A strong, diverse and engaged students community.
   - Growth in editorship and readership from U.S.

​We look forward to hear from you. Kindly share your views here -

Keep Supporting, Keep Inspiring :-)


​Warm Regards,

Abhishek Suryawanshi
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