Good job Srikant and others. Curious to know about the total number of
attendees and would love to see the photos if any ..

Tinu Cherian

On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM, Hisham Mundol <>wrote:

> Thank you to everyone who took time out to conduct and participate in this
> workshop.  It sounds like very interesting and useful sessions.
> Whenever you get some time, Srikant, do share the ideas about building a
> stronger community that were discussed.
> I'm quite sure the 714 number will grow rapidly!
> Happy Editing!
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> On Apr 18, 2011, at 12:09 AM, Srikant Kedia wrote:
> Hi, here is the report of the 3rd Odia Wikipedia Workshop, Cuttack, 2011,
> April 03.
> The 3rd Odia Wikipedia Academy has been organized on 17April 2011 at Image
> Institute of Technology & Management, Cuttack. This was the second outreach
> academy of Odia Wikipedia in Odisha and the first one organized in the
> Silver City, Cuttack in order to create an awareness about odia wikipedia
> and to motivate common mass from different educational and social background
> to use the same. Odia Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with
> a substantial motive of making knowledge freely available  to the masses in
> Odia Language, was started way back in 2002. It was among the first four
> Indian regional language wikipedia, other three being Asamese, Malayalam, &
> Punjabi. But due to the dearth of proper awareness and activism there was a
> snail pace movement for almost 8 years. Shiju Alex of Malyalam Wikipedia
> introduced Odia Wiki projects to many fellow Odias which later motivated
> them to recapitulate the Odia Wiki movement through the first Odia Wikipedia
> Academy, conducted in Bengaluru on 6 March, 2011
> Sambidhan Mohanty, Founder, Inmohven along with Ashutosh Kar, a Bangalore
> based software engineer and an alumni of the prestigious National Institute
> of Design formally inaugurated the event. A Video Tutorial which illustrates
> and demonstrates the usage & the complete know-how of odia wikipedia was
> launched on this occasion. A FAQ Booklet was distributed among the first
> time participants of the Wikipedia Workshop. Cuttack based wikipedian
> Srikant Kedia took active part in facilitating the event. The whole
> Academy/Workshop was conducted in 2 main sections, in the first session Mr.
> Kar & Mr. Mohanty introduced Odia Wikpedia to the audience, giving them a
> brief overview about the history, development and current status of
> Wikipedia Movement. The second session, conducted by Srikant Kedia, focused
> on how to type in Odia using the transliteration/Inscript tool, which has
> been incorporated recently in odia wikipedia; solving typing issues,
> searching existing articles, creating articles and editing for improvement
> of old article. He also demonstrated the technique of adding content to the
> articles by using the commonly used syntaxes, the methodology for adding
> pictures and other media files to odia wikipedia. This session was followed
> by an interactive session in which the audience interacted with the
> demonstrators and among themselves. Several discussions based on several
> major issues were carried out as well. The participants included students
> from the various management & engineering colleges, entrepreneurs,
> journalists, writers & College students. At the end of the session
> contributors came forward with several suggestions which included motivating
> more number of students and freelancers to contribute to Odia
> Wikipedia.There was a discussion on how to build a stronger community and
> the ways to be implemented for improving the articles both in terms of a
> standard quality and quantity. The participants also put forth their
> suggestions on the ways to tackle vandalism and monitor the wiki user's
> activities. Many such activism & events have been planned to be conducted in
> the coming future with the involvement of people from all fields of life,
> who are passionate about the development of Odia language on the web. Odia
> Wikipedia can be accessed at and the Facebook page for
> Odia Wikipedia is
> As of now there are 714 articles in Odia Wikipedia, many of them are yet to
> be refined & enhanced with more information and references through larger
> participation.
> --
> Thanks & Regards,
> Srikant Kedia (User:Odisha1)
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