A Wiki workshop in Salem was conducted on December 11, 2011 by the Tamil
Wiki community. Paavadi Girls higher secondary school had graciously given
their computer lab for this workshop. This was made possible by the efforts
of an excellent newcomer to Tamil wiki projects - ParvathiSri, who is a
school teacher in Salem.

The workshop started sharply at 10 AM.  Attendees included school teachers,
students, college professors and Tamil enthusiasts. There were about 15
attendees in Total. Wikimedians ParvathiSri, Thagavaluzhavan, Sodabottle,
Essar & I spoke and conducted editing sessions.

I gave a presentation on Wikipedia. In that session I covered 5 pillars of
WP, reliability of WP, importance of references, tasks for a Wikipedian,
benefits to a Wikipedian by editing WP. After that Thagavaluzhavan spoke
about Wiktionary, where he used Ta Wiktionary to explain everything instead
of using a presentation. He explained the multilingual nature of Wiktionary
and the need for multimedia content in it.

Next, Sodabottle explained the other sister projects - Wikisource,
Wikinews, Wikibooks and Commons. He explained the necessity of content
creation in mother tongues. A short introduction to the ongoing Tamil Wiki
Media Contest 
was also given.

Attendees didn't raise any questions in the Q&A session. But, they did ask
many doubts in the hands-on session that followed. During the session
the attendees
taught about creating account, WP navigation, terminology, uploading file,
using a file in an article, talking to another user. There were many
questions raised in this session. We, Wikimedians clarified their doubts
with clear explanations.

Around 1 PM the workshop came to an end. Group photos were taken. As a part
of Tamil Wiki Media Contest a small photo-walk had been arranged at the
end. User Essar, User Thagavaluzhavan and I took photos all along the road
sides of Salem Bazaar.


1) Workshop page and talk page in ta wiki:

2) Images in commons


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