Welcome from Bangalore Wikipedians!
The 33rd Bangalore
organised at 3 PM, CIS, Domlur, Bangalore attended by 19 Wikipedians
including Wikimedia Board of Trustee member Bishakha Datta, Hisham Mundol
from India Programs, Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia India Chapter
Executive Committee members.
Here is a brief summary of some of the major talks and discussions.
Hisham introduced the ongoing programs of Foundation focused on the outreach
of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects to masses and bring out potential
editors for both English and Indic Wikipedias. The primary structure of new
projects for India includes creating awareness through various media with a
prime focus on Digital Media (Central Notice, Social Networks, Video
Editing, etc) and campus programs like Pune Pilot Project. The present
campus program also encompasses on educating students as well as teachers
about the importance of Wikipedia and Potential of Wikipedia in Classrooms.
The model structures from US campus programs which gave rise to a huge some
962 good quality articles could be also a beneficial factor to be imparted
with an Indian context. He also insisted using repeatability impact of core
messages during the outreach programs like [Edit] India!. And also during
this sort of campaigns a student-teacher correlation and collaborative
effort will give birth to not only a handy, easily searchable modern tool
but also an imperative knowlegde base for various age groups and
professions. These campus programs will also make a student-teacher
relationship better to join hands and produce authentic, reliable source of
information and make conventional education easier rather than creating
cracks in the existing education system, the mission is to bridge the gaps,
not expanding them. The campus program will also facilitate
extensive support for training on editing, motivation for both student and
teachers, monitoring the strategic implementation by campus ambassadors. The
Pune Pilot project will be a learning sessions and infancy of future
outreach campaigns for India.
The 2nd Talk of the day was by EC President Arjuna which started by
introduction of the EC members Gautam, Anirudh, Arun to the attendees. He
shared the following points
a) Formulation of several guidelines of the approved India Chapter
membership. The chapter has opened a bank account and will soon be opening
the membership. All Indian nationals of/above 18 with contact address in
India can become members. An online form will be made available, which
needs to be filled and then printed. The printed form after signing can be
sent to chapter office along with payment details. He shared the benefits
of membership and encouraged all the participants to become members once the
membership is open.
b) He also shared the idea of designing Wikimedia Chapter brochures in
English and native languages. He shared a sample brochure to explain the key
expectations from the brochure.
c) He said that city/language subcommittee is being launched soon and
invited community members to propose Wikimedians to serve on the same.
Finally WMF Board of Trustee member Bishakha Datta shared a brief talk about
her current role with the foundation and possible major goals, involvement
of Women Wikipedians, socio-economic strategies and progressive growth in
the field of Art, Culture and Communication.
*(Report prepared with support from Hisham and Arjun. Guidance from Tinu
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