This is great news. A warm welcome and best wishes to Shiju and Nitika in their new roles.
Regards Arun On Jul 29, 2011 1:42 PM, "CherianTinu Abraham" <tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote: > Congratulations to Shiju and Nitika. > > It has been great working along with Shiju, closely for years now and I > don't have to tell that how much he deserves this. I wondered how he gets > time to "really" work with ABB with all his wiki activities ;) and I am sure > that this position would help him concentrate on one thing he is really > passionate about. > > Welcome on-board, Nitika ! Looking forward to work with you too. > > Best wishes again to both Shiju and Nitika ! > > Regards > Tinu Cherian > > > On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Hisham Mundol <hmun...@wikimedia.org >wrote: > >> Hi Folks, >> >> I'm really pleased to send out this email welcoming the first 2 new members >> of the India Programs team. Just before I introduce them, I thought I'd >> share with you the background of their selection. >> >> *Context* >> >> As you might be aware, the Foundation had decided to undertake a catalyst >> operation in India to promote the growth of the community and projects here. >> The team is expected to be a small, nimble 5 person group. We had put out >> 2 job postings - for Indic Initiatives and for Participation. (Please >> refer: >> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-May/003007.html) >> We posted them on linkedin and on the Indian FOSS community list as well >> as announcing them on various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. >> >> The response was wonderful. >110 applications for Indic Initiatives and >> nearly 175 applications for Participation. These were short-listed to 10 (3 >> for Indic Language and 7 for Participation.) These were a mix of existing & >> previous Wikipedians, Wikipedia newbies and open source advocates. >> >> In June, the shortlisted 10 were interviewed and further down-selected to >> 4. These 4 were then further interviewed by a group of other staff members >> from the Foundation. I am pleased to inform the community of the final >> selected 2. >> >> *Shiju Alex - Indic Initiatives* >> >> Most of you already know Shiju. For those who don't, Shiju is a long-time >> Wikipedian [User: shijualex] and is active on Malayalam Wikipedia, English >> wikiprojects and Wikimedia Commons, as well as Wikisource and offline. He >> has been passionately involved with the establishing and building of Indic >> language Wikipedias. He's participated in a series of outreach activities >> and is also (jointly) undertaking a grant from the Foundation for outreach >> across India. He's a regular member of the Bangalore community. >> >> Shiju is from Palakkad, Kerala and is married with a 2 year old baby. He >> currently works as a Senior Technical Writer with ABB in Bangalore. >> >> Even those of you who know him might not know the following 2 things that I >> was lucky to discover during the selection process. Shiju is an MSc in >> Physics with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics - and he retains >> a deep interest in anything astronomical. Feel free to quiz him vigorously >> on this! He also enjoys trekking and misses his time in Pune where he could >> be up & close the gorgeous Sahyadri Hills. >> >> Shiju is going to lead our work on promoting Indic language projects across >> India. The challenges are enormous - from technical constraints to low >> levels of awareness of these projects to vibrant but nascent communities. >> However, these only point to the massive size of the opportunity for Indic >> language projects - which is the joint top-2 strategic priority of the >> movement in India. After he joins, he'll collaboratively put together a >> plan for Indic language projects and work towards quality execution of >> high-impact initiatives. >> >> Shiju is currently serving out his notice period so will be able to join us >> only around September - October. >> >> *Nitika Tandon - Participation* >> >> Nitika [User:nitika.t] is relatively newer to the community - and has been >> brushing up her editing. She's been immersing herself in the Wikimedia >> world and attended community meet-ups as well as reviews of the Wikipedia >> India Education Program. She is from Delhi - and is currently based in >> Mumbai - where she works as a Strategic Partnerships Manager with Directi. >> (If you're not aware, they are one of the most prominent internet domain & >> solutions providers in India.) >> >> Nitika has an MBA and has also worked on research analytics. A fascinating >> detail I discovered about a previous assignment of hers - and you must ask >> her about it - is how African drums can be used for management coaching! >> She also reliably informs me that there are 7 Spanish dance forms and she >> instructs in all of them! >> >> Nitika is going to be working on Participation - which is primarily >> focussed on increasing the contributor base of non-Indic language projects, >> primarily Wikipedia. One of her first tasks will be to expand the >> Wikipedia India Education Program from the Pune pilot to a more national >> footprint. She'll also work on other initiatives to promote participation - >> and I can foresee Wikimedia Commons being a potential initiative. >> >> Nitika will join us on August 1st. >> >> *Introductions* >> >> I'm going to be scheduling the August Monthly India Programs IRC on >> Thursday August 18th to introduce them both to you. Please do join us. >> I'll send a reminder closer to the date. Also, needless to say, they'll >> be attending a series of community meet-ups over the next months. >> >> In the meantime, please do join me in welcoming them onboard. I'm really >> excited because this means that we will now have the capacity and capability >> to dramatically accelerate our activities in India. >> >> Warmest Regards, >> >> *Hisham Mundol* >> * >> * >> *** >> >> Wikimedia <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home> >> >> India Programs< http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs> >> * >> * >> >> skype : hisham.wikimedia >> gtalk : hmun...@wikimedia.org >> ** >> twitter : @mundol >> * >> >> *Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the >> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!* >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >> >>
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