Have figured out the procedure, will get it done at the earliest. Am
looking forward to contributing and interacting with wiki members in Delhi
On 26 December 2011 17:17, Noopur <noopur.ra...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Mitra, why don't you join the chapter and we can work something out
> for Delhi too :) Hope to catch up with you in Delhi!
> On Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM, Mitra sharma <mittyko...@gmail.com>wrote:
>> Quite heart warming to hear about this... hope we have something like
>> this in Delhi soon :)
>> On 26 December 2011 14:01, Sudhanwa Jogalekar <sudhanwa....@gmail.com>wrote:
>>> Report on Wikipedians participation in CMDA IT Expo, 2011- (15 to 18
>>> Dec. 2011)
>>> About CMDA:
>>> CMDA, Pune is an association of Computer and Media dealers in Pune. It
>>> is a registered organisation and is ISO 9000 certified. Recently, it is
>>> declared as the best Computer dealers association across India by DQ Week
>>> magazine. Website: www.cmdapune.org
>>> *About IT Expo: *
>>> CMDA organises IT expo every year. This was 14th year of the expo and
>>> was held during 15-18 Dec 2011. As per CMDA organisors, the no. of visitors
>>> this year was about 40000.
>>> About our activities:
>>> CMDA gave us a 2m X 2m stall. The usual cost for the stall is about Rs
>>> 25,000. However, considering that we are not doing any business activities
>>> and are working for a social cause, this was given to us GRATIS. The stall
>>> allocation was confirmed at a very late stage. As such, the call for
>>> volunteers was also sent very late and we were running short of people to
>>> man the stall.
>>> On day 1, (15th Dec), user:Mahitgar, Sudhanwa, Hisham and Nitika started
>>> the activities in the morning session. Flex banners were put up and the
>>> printed handouts were ready to be distributed. Hisham and Nitika came all
>>> the way from Delhi for this. They also got some T shirts for distribution
>>> to the right people. Our stall was the last stall in the expo and was
>>> adjoining the seminar hall. After the inauguration, people started visiting
>>> our stall. The chief guest was visiting all the stalls and he visited our
>>> stall also. He was pleasantly surprised to see our activities
>>> (non-commercial, social cause) in the expo.
>>> On day 1, second half was handled by Ashwin and Mahitgar. We had printed
>>> a handout to create a generic awareness about Wikipedia. This was in
>>> English on one side and about Marathi Wikipedia on the other side.
>>> Initially, we had about 200 handouts printed as the response was not known
>>> to us. Ultimately, we had to make many copies many times as the response
>>> went on increasing day by day.
>>> Day 2 (16th Dec) was managed by Mahitgar, Ashwin, Abhishek and some
>>> other CA volunteers. For the CAs, it was a great experience to interact
>>> with the people face to face and answer all kinds of their queries. This
>>> was totally different from the usual CA activities where they interact with
>>> people who are already much aware of Wikipedia and editing and may be other
>>> projects too. Abhishek and some others managed the stall till afternoon and
>>> later on by Sudhanwa and some others like Pratik. In the evening, Mahitgar
>>> gave a talk on the topic “Marathi Wikipedia- Challenges and Future” in the
>>> seminar hall which was received very well.
>>> Day 3 (17th Dec) was a hectic day being Saturday, the weekend. Mahitgar
>>> and Sudhanwa handled the 1st half. Ashwin joined with his spouse for a
>>> couple of hours. Mandar joined in the 2nd half till the day ends. There was
>>> really an energetic crowd who visited the stall and asked many many
>>> Day 4 (18th Dec) Mandar handled the stall since morning for whole day.
>>> He was alone there till lunch time when some more volunteers including
>>> Ashwin, Mahitgar came to help him out.
>>> Being a Sunday, the fourth day was very hectic and most crowded. Some
>>> more volunteers like Lochan Makheja (Hindi Wikipedian from Pune) were also
>>> added but it was still difficult to address all the visitors to our stall.
>>> Even with 4 volunteers at a time, we were not able handle the running crowd
>>> at peak hour on Sunday evening.
>>> We had kept a notebook at the stall and noted down names and contact
>>> details of the people who were interested in further Wikipedia related
>>> activities. During the 4 days of expo, we have collected names and contact
>>> details of the interested people and that number is about 250!! That is big
>>> enough to have multiple wiki-academies in Pune in the next few months. Our
>>> guesstimate of the no of people visited our stall is about 3000.
>>> While many visitors knew what Wikipedia is, most were not aware that it
>>> is also available in Indian languages, especially Marathi. The few who were
>>> aware of both were not aware of other projects like Commons, Wikisource
>>> etc. People were mostly unaware of the implications of copyrighted and
>>> freely licensed information.The expo gave a very good opportunity to
>>> interact with the people directly and get a feel of what the common people
>>> understand/know about Wikipedia. Here are some USUAL questions that we
>>> faced in the expo.
>>> 1. What is the price of Wikipedia? I want to buy some copies. :-) (to be
>>> specific - Wikipedia kitne me bech rahe ho.... )
>>> 2. You are not selling anything here? !!! Then why are you in the expo?
>>> 3. You are not getting anything from Wikipedia, then why are you
>>> standing for whole day on the stall?
>>> 4. If anyone can edit Wikipedia, what is the assurance that the content
>>> is correct and authentic?
>>> 5. Can you edit Wikipedia in Marathi/Hindi? How?
>>> 6. If I write any article on Wikipedia, will there be my name on the
>>> 7 If I type some search string in Marathi (Devanagari), you get search
>>> pages in Marathi/ Marathi Wikipedia?? !!
>>> 8. If I type in English (Roman) on English Wikipedia,can I get pages
>>> from Marathi Wikipedia?
>>> 9. When and where you meet? I want to join your activities.
>>> 10. What? You can directly edit content on the Wikipedia?
>>> Apart from this, in the expo we could interact face to face with Marathi
>>> Wikipedia users and the activity helped in explaining Marathi typing in
>>> more easier way.This interaction will help in improving related help pages
>>> on Marathi Wikipedia. (Marathi Wikipedia sandbox has a good number of
>>> trial and error edits of people trying to type in Marathi using phonetic
>>> facility and still not succeeding in their effort)
>>> It was also observed that the number of visiting women was good but at
>>> times the stall being small, it was crowded and they could not come forward
>>> to listen amongst the jostling men. Next time we should give a thought to
>>> request and hopefully get additional space (and also women volunteers) for
>>> addressing women.
>>> The happiest experiences were when school children were stopping their
>>> parents saying “Papa Mummy Wikipedia Stall !!’ and that naturally made
>>> those parents stop at our stall and see what it was all about. it would be
>>> great if we are able to get academic fraternity and more volunteer support
>>> as many such expos will be forthcoming in the near future. It would be
>>> great to arrange such expos in bigger education campuses too.
>>> Remarkably, this was a second consecutive year for the expo having a
>>> Marathi Wikipedia seminar. Last year’s talk was given by Abhay Natu and
>>> this year Mahitgar spoke on “Marathi Wikipedia: Challenges and Future”.
>>> Mahitgar used the opportunity to focus on areas where Marathi language has
>>> scope to provide significant knowledge. Mahitgar opined that all the
>>> technology is available and volunteers are there to support the activity.
>>> The real challenge is to bring back the confidence of the people that they
>>> can avail all the knowledge in their own language by cooperating each other
>>> through projects like indic language Wikipedias. Thanks to Wikimedia
>>> projects, the key of the future is in their own hands.
>>> We had asked for a grant to GAC on almost the last minute and it was
>>> sanctioned very quickly. (Money yet to be received in the account) We have
>>> asked for about 11000 INR that includes printing, stationary, CD/DVD
>>> burning, etc etc. Out of this, we spent about 5000/- Rs. (Expenditure
>>> details yet to come from the volunteers) Remaining money was not utilised
>>> as additional activities like CD burning, making some goodies like
>>> stickers, key chains etc. could not be done as all the volunteers were
>>> stuck up at the stall itself. The amount will be used for the given purpose
>>> but for/during our further activities like Wiki-academies.
>>> Abhishek has already uploaded some pictures and will be uploading some
>>> videos also. Sudhanwa is uploading some photos in the category "CMDA IT
>>> Expo 2011, 15-18 Dec" on commons*. We will also try to get some
>>> pictures from the expo organisers.*
>>> With the kind of manpower we had and the time and money in hand, the
>>> kind of outreach we achieved is extraordinary. Almost 3000 people
>>> interacted and of these 250 showed interest in future activities!! Some of
>>> them are very useful people like librarians. We met some editors also in
>>> the expo. Some of them are from rural area and are doing work in Marathi!!
>>> All of them were unaware of the presence of the Pune Community and we were
>>> able to get some dedicated new members to the community.
>>> Probably, considering the outreach we had and the response we got in the
>>> expo, it is even worth paying for the stall next year!!
>>> We can do much better next time if we get enough time span for planning
>>> and execution of activities
>>> web: www.sudhanwa.com blog: www.sudhanwa.in
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