+1 to Ramesh's comment. Heartiest congratulations to Odia community on the
enormous effort, intensity and passion they have shown, Well done & please
keep up the great work. :)

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur
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On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM, Ramesh N G <rames...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Odia wikipedia is one of the shining example of how really active
> wikipedians can make the the growth of wikipedia.
> The outreach programs which they have conducted has shown the results in
> the last 15 months.
>
> User:Rameshng
>
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Shiju Alex <sh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> Dear All,
>>
>> Today I am sharing you the summary of discussions I had with Odia wiki (
>> http://or.wikipedia.org/) community. It is available here:
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Indic_Languages/Odia/Discussions/2011
>>
>> Odia is a shining example of how a wiki project can be revived and build
>> a community around it, if few wonderful users with a vision for building
>> free knowledge in their mother language arrive in their mother language
>> wiki.
>>
>> Odia wikipedia was started in 2002. In fact it is one of the first Indic
>> language wikipedia. Nothing much had happened in Odia wiki till 2010
>> December. But the progress made by Odia wiki project (
>> http://or.wikipedia.org/) during the past one year is note worthy and it
>> is an example that can be replicated in some of the inactive Indic language
>> wikipedias. Odia was having just 600 articles (which were created over the
>> past 8 years) and no active users at the start of this year. Now 10 months
>> later, it has close to 1600 articles and 10 active users. The online and
>> offline outreach initiatives took by Odia wiki community for building the
>> community is showing positive result.
>>
>> I was actively involved in the community building for Odia wikipedia. I
>> still remember the day (2011 January 15) when I introducted Odia wikipedia
>> and Odia tying tool (developed by Junaid) to an Odia speaker (Ashuthosh
>> Kar) during Wiki X celebration at Bangalore. Through him very soon we got a
>> wonderful wikipedian (Subhashish) who is leading the efforts for Odia wiki
>> now. Initially Subhasish and I used to meet at my home and work on the
>> basic things for Odia wiki. I remember us working on the Odia wikipedia
>> logo, FAQ booklet, Translate wiki, and so on. Soon Odia got more members to
>> the team through the few Odia wiki workshops happened at Bangalore. Along
>> with workshops, Odia wikipedians translated the FAQ booklet to Odia and
>> took efforts to integrate the Odia typing solution to Odia wikipedia. Later
>> with the support of Dhanada Mishra (the chairman of Human Development
>> Foundation (http://www.hdf.org.in/)) and a young student Odia wikipedian
>> Srikanth Kedia a wiki workshop is conducted at Bhubaneshwar. Odia
>> wikipedians from Bangalore are doing an excellent job and now many of them
>> are participating in Wikimedia India chapter activities also.
>>
>> Odia wiki community is effectively making use of various social
>> networking sites to reach out to Odia speakers.
>>
>> Odia wiki project picked up not because Odia has got huge speaker base,
>> high literacy among Odia speakers, access to computers, or any thing else;
>> it become active only because it has receieved the right volunteers who
>> have passion and vision of developing a wikipedia in their mother language.
>> We need similar volunteers for each Indic language wikipedia.
>>
>>
>> Requesting you to place your comments on the talk 
>> page<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Indic_Languages/Odia/Discussions/2011>
>> .
>>
>>
>> Regards
>> Shiju
>>
>>
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