For those who don't know  Shyamal , an active Wikipedian from India, read on
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From: Ashwin Baindur
Date: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM
Subject: [WikiConference-India 2011] First speaker lined up!
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Short on the heels of our first tentative sponsor is our tentative first
speaker. On the talk page of the schedule on Meta:, I had suggested that we
could schedule a talk on ''Indian Biodiversity in Wikipedia - Issues,
challenges & the way ahead'' by Shyamal.

He has agreed to my proposal.

The Indian biodiversity scene has a number of people who work on Wikipedia
but rarely venture out in Outreach and as such remain completely unknown to
the general Wikipedia community. Shyamal is such a guy. So I will introduce
you to him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Shyamal

An editor since 26 November 2002, Shyamal has an edit count of over 36,000
edits on English Wikipedia, is an administrator on English Wikipedia and is
quite simply India's most prolific contributor on Nature and Wild life.

Respected amongst the ornithological community in India, where he wrote a
seminal paper in 2007 on "Whither Indian Ornithology" in a peer-reviewed
journal, Indian Birds,


http://www.indianbirds.in/pdfs/Opinion%20Taking%20Indian%20ornithology%20into%20the%20Information%20Age.pdf

...he has contributed over 5200 images to Commons, many of them carefully
retrieved from nineteenth century books and cleaned up and loaded as well as
svg images painstakingly crafted

http://toolserver.org/~daniel/WikiSense/Gallery.php?wikifam=commons.wikimedia.org&wikilang=en&order=-img_timestamp&img_user_text=Shyamal&ofs=0&max=250

He has theorised about the role of Open Science in India, and commented on
influential papers on Wikipedia in Science.

http://thebutterflydiaries.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/open-science/

Shyamal has also loaded hundreds of documents into www.archive.org where
they are now available to posterity.

When he reads this, Shyamal will once again accuse me of being a hagiograph.
Well, as a fauji, I like to call a spade a spade. Just thought, you'd like
to know.

The Indian community has many unsung WikiHeroes, one of whom is Shyamal.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur
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