Thanks, Subhashish for the note.  It was fun talking to you, Srikanth and
Ralph.  An important clarification, however:  It was Nikhil Sheth who
focused and took the lead on Wikipedia for Schools Offline Edition.  I will
be sending in a report soon. :-)

Thanks again!

Yours sincerely,

Anirudh Bhati

00 91 9328712208
Skype: anirudhsbh

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 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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