Hey Subhashish

I wanted to acknowledge and appreciate your efforts in organising and 
documenting  this meeting.  It sounds like a very informative and engaging 

Thank  you and and thanks too to everyone else who participated.

Hisham Mundol
India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation

India Programs
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On 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.
> ସୁଭପାSubhashishPanigrahi
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