Thank you very much for this Pradeep.



On 23 February 2011 23:07, Pradeep Mohandas <> wrote:
> hi,
> We had a Wikipedia Mumbai Meetup today where the Mumbai Wikimedia community
> was introduced to Hisham Mundol who has taken charge "WMF Consultant for
> National Programs, India.".
> We had a wide ranging conversation today on several things. Listed below are
> the meeting notes (in no particular order, to the best of my ability):
> 1. We had 13 attendees today at the historic Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf,
> Bandra. (Historic because the first Wikipedia Mumbai meetup took place here)
> 2. Barry Newstead introduced Hisham Mundol with a brief about Hisham's
> background work.
> 3. Hisham had brief conversation with all the attendees explaining that his
> work was primarily to network with the community and the chapter in India,
> find out best practices (what worked/what did not work) and try to see if it
> is duplicable on a larger scale across other Wikimedia projects. He also
> talked about watching these practices over timelines to understand impact
> etc.
> 4. User:AroundtheGlobe made another brief comment about his idea of getting
> pictures off Flickr of some of the unique situations that might not be
> covered in a photowalk. He showed how he had approached users on flickr,
> showed them how to upload images on Wikimedia Commons and also explained
> licenses.
> 5. There was Nikhil Sheth and Rekha Sankhala who spoke about working in a
> village in Raigad, taking instances of the English and Marathi wikipedias
> along with Wikipedia for Schools instance. They shared the excitement that
> students in Raigad had in learning about the existence of the Marathi
> Wikipedia and also learning about the content present there. Nagarjuna also
> talked about how they saw the lack of content on a certain article and
> expressed their desire to edit Wikipedia and improve the article!
> 6. We discussed about how Wikipedia was present in school text books in
> Maharashtra and Kerala.
> 7. We discussed the Workshop for Women in Wikipedia. I asked for help in
> making it happen in Mumbai. Bishaka suggested contacting a faculty member in
> SNDT University and Nagarjuna offered help. Nagarjuna said that many
> people's fear of editing Wikipedia was that they would make mistakes.
> 8. Hisham asked about various ways in which people could be encouraged to
> edit Wikipedia. We talked about small edits in places like English Wikipedia
> if subjects of the person's interest was saturated or if the person was
> afraid. These included simple stuff like categorising, making copy edits,
> adding templates etc. There was also suggestions of contributing pictures to
> Wikimedia Commons.
> 9. Hisham then asked if there could be one thing that we could say to a new
> editor what it would be. The community thought that the concept of being
> bold on Wikipedia should be communicated better. The question of speedy
> deletions arose and how these discouraged new editors. User:AroundtheGlobe
> suggested the use of the "under construction" template.
> 10. We had brief discussion on the work of the Salman Khan's Khan
> Foundation. Some of us (me included :) ) thought it was Salman Khan, the
> actor :). We stood corrected.
> 11. Vickram said that discussion had centred around how to get students and
> people in schools and universities involved. However, effort should also be
> made to involve adults since they had access to certain knowledge that was
> dying.
> 12. Conversation turned to making the meetups more interesting. Barry
> suggested mixing up the content and having topic-specific meetups like done
> by the folks in Bangalore. I suggested having alternate meetups with
> WikiAcademy. This meant that people coming for the meetup could be told
> something concrete about there being an academy where they could learn how
> to participate.
> warm regards,
> Pradeep Mohandas
> user:Prad2609
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