Thank you for running the meetup Subhashish - it was a very worthwhile 
and productive afternoon!


On Monday 11 April 2011 10:10 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi wrote:
> The 32nd Bangalore Wikimedia Meetup was organized on 2011April10 at 3 
> PM in CIS, Bangalore. This meetup was headed by Subhashish Panigrahi 
> [[User:Psubhashish]] and attended by 7 Wikipedians. The speakers of 
> this meetup were Arjun Rao C, Achal Prabhala and Anirudh Bhati.
>
> 1st Talk: Arjun Rao C/ Experience in Berlin Wikimedia Conference, 2010
>
> Arjun Rao talked about his participation in the Wikimedia conference 
> held in Berlin. He discussed about the new plans and ventures for 
> Wikimedia projects which will be the current focus for the chapters of 
> several countries. He also briefed the audience about the plans for 
> the proposed projects under Wikimedia India such as:
> Knowledge kiosks in public libraries, Academies, Projects for 
> improvements in Indic language tools, Indic Wiki CD/DVD, improve 
> participation of women in Wiki communities, Wikimania for Indian 
> Wikipedians, etc. Arjun showed pictures of speakers from several 
> countries who he befriended and shared ideal structures of the the 
> Wiki projects in those all countries.
>
> 2nd Talk: Achal Prabhala/ “Open Citation” & its perpectives
>
> Achal introduced the audience about his ongoing project on “Oral 
> Citation”, its purpose, authenticity, possible issues and their 
> solutions. He explained the problems Malayalam Wikipedians faced when 
> they have created well constructed articles on several games played in 
> villages, but there was no proper citations as none ever tried to make 
> literature based documentations for them. Even he also stated the 
> similar experiences he has with the “Sapheri” speaking South African 
> tribe where many traditional games were never put under the modern 
> documented rules and regulations but they are great resources for the 
> anthropologists. Many such important heritage related articles could 
> be cited using oral citation which is easier to create, transform, 
> share and cite. He also explained how credibility and authenticity 
> were created by interviewing the people about the dance form/game/any 
> such intended aspect. Most of the verbal conversation could be 
> translated and added to the audio file itself and later can be 
> translated to any other language. The source and copyright info can 
> also be explained in the audio file itself which would make this a 
> very simplistic approach, but potentially more accessible. Audio files 
> would be more self explanatory, easy to share in the form of podcasts 
> and an elaborated audience could be targeted.
>
> 3rd Talk: Anirudh Bhati/ “Outreach Campaign in North-East”
>
> Wikimedia India member Anirudh Bhati has organized has visited to 
> NREST (North-Eastern Regional Institute), Arunanchal Pradesh in the 
> festive season of “Mopin”, a regional festival and “Srishti 2011”, 
> NREST's institutional function. Anirudh along with Wikipedian Nikhil 
> Sheth introduced Wikipedia and other WMF projects to almost 110 
> students and lecturers in CREST. They demonstrated them “Editing in 
> Wikipedia” and students themselves created articles based on the 
> demonstration over there. Surya Vaigunth, a final year student and a 
> computer enthusiast personally took initiative to teach to masses and 
> bring out a set of persistent contributors. Though most of them were 
> interested to see the opportunities of Indic Wikipedias, majority of 
> the critical mass was more interested for English article speculated 
> more about Arunanchal Pradesh and even uploading more picture than 
> content development. He also has demonstrated how to use Indic 
> Wikipedias and editing them. Srikanth added a note to uploading 
> pictures and geotagging them using external maps which would be useful 
> for online searches. As a part of the outreach program Anirudh also 
> explained about the Offline package developed by taking selected 
> Wikipedia articles for school students as a part of SOS Children's 
> Village where Ashwin helped for creating list of important articles. 2 
> major software programs OpenZIM and Kiwix are used for compilation and 
> running of the offline package respectively where the total package 
> (2.75 GB) could be burnt in a DVD. The team also had a video chat with 
> Portugese Wikipedian Beria Lima who had a talk about “Mirandese 
> language and Gender Gap”, Mirandese, being one of the dying languages 
> needs collaborative efforts and Wikipedia could be one solution to 
> protect it. She also discussed abput the low contribution of women 
> because of several reasons like Lack of Confidence, Lack of detailed 
> knowledge, Male oriented social set up , etc. Even she also connected 
> thr same problem in the Indian context.
>
> Nikhil introduced Wikipedia to Kendriya Vidyalaya students. Saibal 
> Chatterjee, visiting prof and Chief- Coordinator of Srishti 2011 also 
> supported the event.
>
> It was fun-filled and successful event with less audience but fruitful 
> with new ideas shared.
>
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