Hi Folks,

This is again a good news to inform you that 34th Bangalore Wiki Meetup is
just over!

Bangalore Wiki Community's 34th Meetup was attended by 16 enthusiast

The meetup went through 2 talks by Tory Read and Achal Prabhala and post
talk discussions and networking.

*Tory Read’s Talk:*

*[ Tory, being a photographer, artist and journalist in profession works
basically in arts, humanity, behavioral approach of humans  to a new
technology and strategic thinking. ]

*In her visit to India she has been visiting places, meeting people who are
taking part in the WMF initiatives and documenting them in the form of
Images/Audio/Video files. For her, photography is a tool to understand how
organizations like Wikimedia work. She explained the focus of her ongoing
project which is based on making Wikipedia more supportive, how well they
could help people, the good and bad points in its organization system,
strategic thinking of Wikipedia in India, both in English and regional
languages. She has interviewed people of varied personal and professional
backgrounds and recorded almost 25 videos which she’d be uploading to
commons. She has met Bishakha Datta in Mumbai, visited Pune Pilot Program
campus, taken part in interacting with 22 campus ambassadors, attended
Kannur Malayalam Wiki Meetup along with Bishakha and Hisham, trvelled
Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and interviewed several Malayalam Wikipedians,
from a very-young-Wikipedian to a Heart-Stroke-Patient-Wikipedian. Tory
would be documenting the history of Wikipedia along with the work pattern,
strategic plans, cons and pros of new initiatives based on the behavioral

*Achal Prabhala’s talk:**

[Achal is an Indian researcher, activist and writer based in Bangalore,
Karnataka. He works on intellectual property rights in relation to medicine
and knowledge. He also serves on the board of the Centre for Internet and
on the Advisory board of the Wikimedia

Achal, being a part of a long term project on Oral citation has interviewed
many people in India (mostly in Kerala and Maharashtra), attended public
gathering, folk dances, observed process of traditional liquor skills of
local folks in South Africa, interviewed them and recorded their words and
action. His work also pervaded to understand how newspapers in a long span
of their lives never worked as authentic source of information, media,
entertainment industry has popularized languages like Hindi, but the same
language has still not reached more scholarly published articles. During a
long presentation Achal showed the extensive approach and need of Oral
citation in documenting the history of mankind in a more generic way.

Post talks there was few discussions. Arjuna Rao Chavala explained the
Bangalore Community Engagement with Wikimedia Chapter and its role as an
independent body. The main topics discussed are:

   - Membership (*Membership needs, benefits, role as a Chapter member*)
   - Projects 2011-2012
   - Representation of Bangalore in the city SIG

Post discussion Membership forms were distributed. The forms are also
avaibale online at

Wikipedians also discussed about taking initiatives to start on campus Wiki
Workshops in Engineering and Communication/Media Studies Institutes which
will bring out students for taking part in Wikimedia initiatives.

Post discussion Wikipedians socialized and had photoshoots. Photos and
videos can be found at

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