On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:16 PM, Pradeep Mohandas <
pradeep.mohan...@gmail.com> wrote:


> 5. After the round of introductions, Hisham Mundol from the
> Wikimedia Foundation India office provided an update.
> 5. a. He said that two members were added to office staff - Nitika Tandon
> and Shiju Alex. Nitika would be working with the Pune Education Program.
> Shiju will join them in the end of October.
> 5. b. He said that the Educations Program was successful. They expected 250
> students but have now got about 1000 students. They are working on how to
> manage this larger than expected outcome. One of the things they are
> considering is having more Campus Ambassadors in Pune.
5. c. *The office is also (hopefully) to be registered as a public trust
> soon*.Various options were considered before they reached this decision.
> They are also looking for premises in the National Capital Region.

(emphasis mine)

This is big news!

Thanks for the update, Pradeep.

> 5. d.  Hisham introduced Nitika Tandon to the members present.
> 6. Nitika provided an update on the India Education Programme.
> 6. a. She said that she had recently taken up her work at posting in Pune.
> 6. b. She has also been talking to 2-3 colleges in Pune but they have been
> taking it slow since they have to manage the current student count.
> 7. Hisham suggested that one of the star students is user:basic.atari (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Basic.atari) who has been great and
> requested Mumbai community members to send him some wikilove. (How? - Once
> you log in, click on the heart in the top right of the user page to whom you
> want to send wikilove and be led through some steps to send people wikilove)
> 8. Achal gave a small talk on Oral Citations project. We were (Again) not
> able to show the video.
> 8. a. Achal said that the Wikipedia before ~2004 did not have citations and
> they grew as the Wikipedia project grew over the years.
> 8. b. He said citations currently was currently done from the publications
> industry which has stronger and wider presence in European and North
> American countries.
> 8. c. This combined with the limitations on what are rules on what could
> get cited, could be one of the reasons for decrease in the growth of new
> editors on Wikipedia.
> 8. d. The limitation on citation and deletion of articles without good
> citations turned off new Wikipedia users and also took away some of the
> revolutionary ideas around which Wikipedia was born. Other form of citations
> were thus to be considered.
> 8. e. Wikipedians in India and South Africa worked on the Oral Citations
> project - http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Oral_Citations
> 9. The meeting was concluded at 6 pm.
> --
> Pradeep Mohandas
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