Hi, That was great summary to read. On a lighter vein, it seems en.wiki needs some "encouragement/focus" in Marathi land, i couldn't see it being discussed at all, but for translation.
On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:01, Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia < mahit...@yahoo.co.in> wrote: > Dear Wikimedians , > > Thank you all for the overwhelming response to the 2010 Sept 18th Pune > Wikimedia meetup. 17 people had attended this meet. Special thanks to HOD & > staff of Women’s Studies Centre, University of Pune and visiting media and > open source movement fraternity for their active participation and guidance. > > Mr Vijay Sirdeshpande (Mahitgar from Marathi wikipedia) and Ms Bishakha > Datta (trustee, Wikimedia Foundation) jointly chaired the meet . Ms. Datta > introduced herself . She talked about Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia > Foundation’s plans in India, the Wikimedia India Chapter, and difficulties > faced in completion of its registration process. She also talked about > Bangalore wiki meet-ups. She stressed the need to conduct wikipedia > academies and informed about the upcoming visits of Jimmy Wales to Mumbai at > the end of October. Other Wikimedia Foundation staff visit India in > December, includes Sue Gardner (executive director), Erik Moeller (deputy > director) and Danese Cooper (chief technical officer). > > Then wikipedians introduced themselves. Mr. Amit Yadav raised the topics of > need for and lack of adequate references on Marathi wikipedia, quality of > content, and outreach. He was for most of the discussions to take place > online rather than offline. He stressed the need for initiative and > self-learning process for making contributions on part of wiki-admiring > people.On quality of content front, the success of Malayalam wikipedia was > discussed. Mr. Vijay explained the difference in the initial focus, and said > that now the focus is on making Marathi wikipedia reader-oriented. Everyone > agreed that for bringing better quality we need more active users. Mr.Vijay > also informed that Marathi wikipedians can request for various features and > get various features adopted in the user interface, including page rating > etc. for improvement in quality. > > Mr.Amit Yadav suggested that Marathi Wikipedians wherever necessary can > refer to English language wikipedia but need to do more original writing > than merely translating from English wikipedia and Good number of attendees > supported this idea. One atendee asked whether it is right to give > references of Marathi language sources apart from the English language > references. > > Mr. Amit was of the opinion that those people who use old technologies for > writing can share their documentation online and rest of the people can > support them in uni-coding the texts for wikiprojects, whereas opinion of Mr > Ajay Garg was that we can support these people technologically and we need > to do so. Mr.Sudhanwa Joglekar was of the opinion that it is important to > involve senior citizens. Mr.Vijay informed that we do have already good > support and contribution from working professional and senior citizens > categories; but academic and student categories,women and economically > weaker and rural sections are under-represented in contributing and > interaction with wiki projects. > > On media support, Mr. Samrat Phadnis (esakal.com) and Mr. Nilesh Bane ( > indiatimes.com) assured support from their respective media houses. At the > same time, Mr. Nilesh said that wikipedia in itself is the biggest medium. > On this, Mr.Vijay stressed the need of diverting en wiki traffic using > geo-location and asking for mother tongue while logging in and diverting > users to their respective mother tongue wikipedias.Secondly Mr. Vijay also > requested for a call center facility if possible from the foundation side > (to help contributors all over India instantly).Meeting also discussed > importance of inter-wikilinks in spreading awareness among English language > Wikipedia’s Indian visitors aware of Marathi language Wikipedia. > > Mr.Sudhanwa and Vijay highlighted that Pune would be a good location for > the Foundation’s proposed India office, since it is a major educational hub. > > Mr.Nilesh Bane took up the subject of Marathi language used on Marathi > wikipedia - he felt it should avoid usage of new difficult Marathi words, > and highlighted the importance of usability and simplicity in the user > interface. Mr.Sachin Venga seconded Mr.Nilesh on his points.While agreeing > with his points Mr.Samrat Phadnis (from esakal.com) suggested giving > preference to the language used by people from rural and small cities, since > readers across Maharashtra constitute the major share of Marathi wikipedia’s > target audience. Mr.Sudhanwa Joglekar briefed on the process of language > terminology standardisation through FUEL (Frequently Used Entities in > Localisation) sessions. In this context, the views of Mr.Mahesh Kulkarni of > CDAC and Rachna Pradhan of Bhasha Sanchalanalay were brought to notice and > the need for previous(Swa.Savarkar time) debates related to Bhasha > Shuddhikaran Movement and Balbharti's Dictionary becoming available online > were also discussed. > > Mr.Nilesh Bane expressed his dismay over delay in (Govt.) Marathi > Wishvakosh becoming available online. > > Mr.Ajay Garg promised to support wikipedians on technical and software > special font conversion issues while Prof.Subhash Pawar was enthusiastic in > supporting usage of Marathi on computers. It was agreed that there is a need > to separate co-ordination by interested wikipedians team with promoting > volunteers and technical support on font usage. > > Mr.Kaustubh Samudra informed the meeting that media wiki software is > translated to Marathi and where people deem it fit to change the usage and > correction of Marathi, the correction process is very simple and interested > people can help themselves. Besides wikipedia, this software as content > management system can be used by the Marathi web developer fraternity since > localisation of the Media Wiki software is almost complete. > > Prof. Shriniwas Hemade shared his experience and the need for public > awareness for utility of encyclopedias. He was enthusiastic in sharing his > own write-ups with wiki projects and requested for technical support on font > conversion front. He said the best benefit of the meeting is to bring > together people in need of technical support like Prof Shriniwas and > software experts like Mr. Ajay Garg. > > On the subject of increasing contributors and contributions, Mr. Amit was > of the opinion that involving post-graduate (PG) level students will ensure > better quality and reliability of content. Mr. Vijay was of the opinion that > wiki volunteers need to reach 10th standard onward students, journalism, > law, Marathi language, Engineering, Computer hardware and software, and > botany-related students on priority by way of wikimedia academies and > PowerPoint presentations. Mr.Amit promised to take active part in updating > PPTs while Mr.Ajay Garg promised to share his expertise in making > presentations easily available. Mr.Sudhanwa Joglekar brought to notice the > difficulty in approach the student community, asking what would motivate > students? Mr. Amit said that a percentage of students would get awareness > and factual benefits to themselves by using the same. Mr.Samrat Phadnis > assured support with eSakal. Prof Shriniwas also assured support in writing > article for Marathi media . > > Ms. Bishakha Datta requested support to the Women’s Studies department, > University of Pune - they are very interested in contributing to Marathi > wikipedia, but need handholding and technical help. Mr. Amit assured his > support on this account. > > Mr.Omkar Khair, Mr.Gawande, and Mr.Paresh Mhetre expressed their support to > Marathi wikipedia. > > On the subject of outreach to the people volunteering for presentations at > colleges, Prof.Shriniwas Hemade was of the opinion that future meetings > should preferably have a pre-decided agenda. Mr. Amit Yadav was of the > opinion that future meetings, if any, should have three distinct teams: one > for usage on Marathi plus basic training on wiki usage.Mr.Vijay suggested > Marathi Usage on comp promotion and new user wiki-edit help, Content and > outreach group, Techsavy and higher experience level user guidance group, > And language wise group of people for non Marathi if more than 5 > > Thanks to Ms.Bishakha Datta for supporting in updating this > writeup. Looking forward to feed back and openions about points raised > during this meeting. > > > Thanks and Regards > -Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Regards Srikanth.L Google Profile <http://j.mp/SrikanthL>
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