Pradeep has come up with a wonderful idea. We do need networking and
expertise in every field possible.

I see this need not just in the activities he mentions but for the very
basic task of editing too. Every one has faced the problems while editing
on Indian topics. We lack images - try finding out of copyright images of
India's contemporary painters and their works? Reliable sources are
difficult to find. How many of us have access across a pay-wall or into a
database? How many of us can find someone to make a diagram, a recording, a
spoken version?

On many occasions these skills/items/opportunities may be available, not in
our city but elsewhere. We need networking and effort to get resources
which we can use.

So I feel that Pradeep's ideas can best be brought into fruition by pooling
our knowledge, skills, resources, effort together. We need a kind of
Cooperation Central for Indian Wikipedians where we can ask for help and
get it. We need to list our expertise in the field of knowledge - if I'm an
expert on the military, there must be a way for you to find me and ask for
help and advice on military matters . If I hold a whole collection of
books, I do by the way - there must be some way for you to know what I hold
so that you can ask me about it.  If I have a useful skill, eg in making
diagrams, ability to provide references or to guide anyone in GAN, FAR or
DYK, you must be able to find me and ask.

The challenge is how to make all this a reality. For that we will surely
need to overcome the latent inertia which characterises us Indians in so
many ways. And we can only do that by being more bold, more helpful, more
cooperative, one edit at a time.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM, Pradeep Mohandas <> wrote:

> hi,
> We must encourage having resouce persons who can help us with various
> things and who are networked. We need multiple people who are capable of
> building the community using these resources.
> Specifically, we need more people who can communicate with the media, with
> social media (I know the sterling job that Tinu does in this area, but more
> hands, do not hurt), with setting up internet infrastructure, having more
> coders, having more people who are aware of the legal aspects, having more
> people who are aware of copyright, who are aware of workings in the
> Government and the Police. Such people may currently exist in each city
> through personal networks currently, but it might help for a growing
> community like Wikipedia's to have them in multiple places.
> I am not sure if this makes sense, but in short, what I mean is that we
> must now, as a community work towards infrastructure building that will
> support the community.
> warm regards,
> Pradeep Mohandas
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