Thank you, Ravi. The mutual benefit is something, as you have pointed out, is really important.
Best, Gautam ________ http://social.prathambooks.org/ On 6 June 2011 12:53, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Hi Gautam, > > I am not sure if this is related with them closing down other Indic related > projects. > > Two guesses: > > 1. They might have started these projects with a goal of collecting some data > and they might have met it. > > 2. They might have found the Indic market less profitable at the moment and > might have chosen to shut down some resources. > > Google's project can hardly be called a partnership. It started the program > on its own and the communities had only two choices: Block them or guide them > how to do it better. > > Tamil Wikipedia chose to work with them in the hope of improving this project > and tried to provide a pilot model for other Wikipedias. > > From my experience in this project, my personal opinion is that: > > Partnerships should be mutual, transparent, well conceived and always in the > best interest of Wikipedia. > > Any commercial interest in the content created will only lead to compromise > of some sort. > > For example, if a book publisher wants to write a series of articles in > Wikipedia and then publish it, this might seem like a good will gesture of > donating articles to Wikipedia. But, the articles may not adhere to > Wikipedia's MOS and may be written in a style for their target audience. > > Commercial entities can best support Wikimedia by "donating" resources like > tools, facilities and sponsorships to conduct events. > > Ravi _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l