Aweome report and good progress, Naveen. Going great guns, I see. A few more months like this and all the old fears of the community will be forgotten.
Warm regards, Ashwin Baindur ------------------------------------------------------ On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM, Naveen Francis <navee...@wikimedia.in>wrote: > Dear all, > > Greetings from Wikimedia India !!! > > We are delighted to present the last monthly Wikimedia India report of the > year 2011, almost a year after the chapter received the formal recognition > from the Government of Karnataka on 3 January 2011. The journey so far > wasn't easy, but we appreciate your continued patronage , support and > participation. > *Organisational Updates* > > *Formation of Task Forces:* > > As announced earlier, with the objective of increasing the engagement and > participation of the members of the chapter actively in various > initiatives, the India chapter has come up with focused Task Forces for > coordinating and driving various chapter activities . There are two > types of Task Forces - Project Task Forces and Operations Task Forces. The > Project Task Forces are focused on growing the Wikimedia projects. The > Operations Task Forces are critical functions to enable the Project Task > Forces and the Chapter in growing the movement. The operations group > consists of Administration, Fund raising, & Communications. The Projects > task force consists of City and Langugage SIGs and Special Projects. The > new task forces will be led by the following people: > > - Anirudh Bhati, Head, Fundraising. > - Arun Ramarathnam, Chair, Special Projects. > - Srinivas Gunta, Head, Administration. > - Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Chair, City and Language Special Interest > Groups. > - Tinu Cherian, Head, Communications, PR & Media Relations. > > *Membership:* > The Chapter membership stands at 190 members as of 31 December 2011. > > *Donations:* > Total donations received in Dec 2011 - INR 700 > Average donations in Dec 2011 - INR 350 > > *FCRA:* > Our application for FCRA prior permission under the Foreign Contribution > (Regulation) Act with the Government of India is still pending. An official > from the Home Ministry has visited Arjuna Rao Chavala, President. > > *Internet Relay Chat(IRCs):* > From time to time, Wikimedia India conduct planned online IRC chat > sessions. The Dec 17, 2011 was anchored by Arun with the focus on Chapter > City & Language Special Interest Groups.  > > *Board Meetings:* > The Chapter Executive Committee had two Tele-conference meetings in the > month of December (dated 07 Dec and 14 Dec, 2011). The Wikimedia India > chapter and Wikimedia Foundation had one joint co-ordination call on 21 Dec > 2011, which was attended by Arjuna Rao Chavala, Arun Ramaratnam, Naveen > Francis, Sudhanwa Jogalekar, Tinu Cherian, Anirudh Bhati, Asaf Bartov and > Hisham Mundol. The summary of the joint coordination call was shared > earlier . > Community City and Language Special Interest Groups > > City and Language Special Interest Groups are a mechanism to engage the > diverse interests of members across India. The objective is to grow the > wiki projects in their areas of interest by reviewing the status, planning > and executing events of interest through growing the community involvement. > The leadership of these groups is part of the extended leadership of the > Chapter. > > The Wikimedia Chapter is proud to announce the appointment of the next > batch of City and Language Special Interest Group Chairs  as given > below: > > > *City* > > - Delhi SIG - Noopur Raval (noopur [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Bangalore SIG - RadhaKrishna (Arkrishna [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Mumbai SIG - Kundan Amitabh (kundan.amitabh [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Pune SIG - Mandar Kulkarni(mandar.kulkarni [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Kolkata SIG - Kalyan Sarkar (kalyan [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > > *Languages* > > - English SIG - Ashwin Baindur (ashlin [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Kannada SIG - Omshivaprakash H L (omshivaprakash [at] wikimedia > [dot] in) > - Marathi SIG - Mahitgar (mahitgar [at] wikimedia [dot] in) > - Telugu SIG - Rahimanuddin Shaik (rahimanuddin [at] wikimedia [dot] > in) > > The current sign-ups of Members for the SIGs are as follows: > > *City Special Interest Groups* > City Members Bangalore 10 Delhi 2 Mumbai 3 Pune 6 Kolkata 2 > > *Language Special Interest Groups* > Language Volunteers Bengali 1 English 15 Hindi 1 Kannada 3 Marathi > 4 Malayalam 8 Nepali 1 Odia 3 Sanskrit 2 Telugu 3 Events > > A round-up of Wikimedia events and initatives around the nation is as > follows. > > - *Wiki Academy @Jaya Engineering college * ( 10 Dec 2011) : The first > Wiki Academy in Jaya Engineering college, Chennai, was organized by the > Wikimedia chapter and co-hosted by Jaya FOSS Club. Odia Wiki Chair & > Chapter member, Subhashish Panigrahi explained basics of Wikipedia, how it > is edited by millions of volunteers, how Wikipedia is exclusively > encyclopedic and kind of articles and notability of articles in Wikipedia, > how Wikipedians communicate and form community, and organization of > Wikimedia foundations and active projects. Then he took the audience > through active editing by signing up, searching for articles, choosing > articles to create. Then he demonstrated about creating an article by using > the Edit toolbar, citing the text by searching the web and uploading and > adding pictures in articles. The editing session was followed by a Q & A > session. Hisham Mundol, Consultant, Wikimedia Foundation India Programs, > connected with the audience via Google Hangout. Hisham interacted with the > audience by giving a talk about the nature of the event, few details about > Wikipedia, WMF and Chapter and foundation are trying to do in India. He > answered questions raised by the audience. Nitika Tandon , Consultant, > Wikimedia Foundation India Programs, later explained about the India > Education program (IEP), how it functions and the > student-teacher-foundation collaborations through the education program. > The photos of the event are available here . > - *Coimbatore 1st Meetup*( 10 Dec 2011) : The first Kovai (Coimbatore) > meetup  was held at KGISL Campus, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore. The Meetup > was organised by Srikanth Ramakrishnan (User:Rsrikanth05) and > User:Sodabottle. > - *Bangalore Wikimeetup 40* ( 11 Dec 2011) : Around 11 people attended > the 40th Wikimeetup in Bangalore . The Bangalore SIG Chair, RadhaKrishna > presented a talk on the experiences on WikiConference India 2011 and > WikiAcademy events in IT companies. Experiences of Wiki Academy in Jaya > engineering college and way forward was shared by by Subhashish Panigrahi. > Plans regarding Wiki Eleven in January 2012 was discussed. The photos of > the event are available here . > - *Wikipedia Meetup1 Salem*( 11 Dec 2011) : A Wikimeetup was organised > at Salem, Tamil Nadu,  by Tamil Wikipedians Sodabottle and Surya > Prakash. > - '*Wikipedia Takes Kolkata /Kolkata Photo Walk* (18 Dec 2011) : A > Photo Walk was organised in Kolkata, West Bengal  by Kalyan Sarkar > (Kolkata SIG Chair), Jayanta Nath (Bengali SIG Chair) and Biswarup Ganguly. > Around 437 images were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons as a part of this > initiative. > - *GLAMcamp Amsterdam * Noopur Raval ( Delhi SIG Chair and GLAM > enthusiastic) attended GLAM worskop in Amsterdam, hosted by Wikimedia > Nederland.  > - *Wikipedians participation in CMDA IT Expo , 2011*: Indian > Wikipedians participated in the annual CMDA IT Expo 2011, Pune. The > stall were manned by Sudhanwa Jogalekar ( EC member), Mahitgar ( Marathi > SIG Chair), Ashwin Baindur ( English SIG Chair) , Hisham Mundol and Nitika > Tandon ( WMF India Programs), and Campus Ambassador (IEP) volunteers. > - *Malayalam Wiki-Academies:* Malayalam Wiki-community organised two > Wiki-Academies in Kerala in the month of December at Alappuzha ( Dec 13) > and Kollam (Dec 31). The Alappuzha (2nd Wikiacademy) held at St.Joseph > Vanitha College was led by Adv. T.K Sujith, Adv. M.P.Manojkumar and Akhil > Krishnan. The Kollam (4th Wikiacademy) held at Govt. Higher Secondary > School, Anchal West, was led by Kiran Gopi ( User:Kiran_Gopi) , Faud A.J. ( > User:Faudaj) , Kannan Shanmugam ( User:Fotokannan)and Sugeesh ( > User:Sugeesh) > > Other News > > - A new initiative named *"Featured Wikimedian* was started on the > public wiki of Wikimedia India. Every month, one Indian wikimedian will be > featured.  > - * Tamil Wikimedia contest*: The Tamil Wikimedia community has > organised an international contest to get more photos, videos and audios > related to Tamil, Tamilians and Tamil culture to the Tamil Wikipedia and > Wikimedia Commons.  (themed “Eluthu mattum arivanru” or “Knowledge > beyond text”) . The Tamil Wikipedia Community and the Wikimedia Foundation > have jointly sponsored a prize money of $850 (with nine prizes) for > winners. (The first, second and third prizes are $200, $100 and $50. Three > prizes of $100 each are for those uploading the maximum number of quality > entries. A special prize of $150 is for media files on traditional Tamil > arts and crafts. Winners would be announced on March 15, 2012 and they > would get certificates with their entries displayed on the front pages of > Tamil Wiki projects. The contest (, November 15, 2011 to February 29, 2012) > is open to all and is on Facebook . > - India Wikipedians Sengai Podhuvan , Karthik Nadar and Aniruddha > Kumar joins Jimmy Wales among others in the *Wikimedia Fundraising > 2011 banners* . > - *New Mailing lists* are created for Gujarati Wikipedia, Assamese > Wikipedia , GLAM India  and India related content on English > Wikipedia & related projects. . > > Milestones & Anniversaries > > * December 2011*  > 25 > > - The Tamil > Wikipedia<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=Ta:&action=edit&redlink=1>has > reached 1,000,000 page edits. > - The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached > 10,000 total pages. > > 21 > > - The Malayalam > Wikipedia<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=Ml:&action=edit&redlink=1>has > turned 9. > > 18 > > - The Bengali Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bn:> has > reached 2,000 entries, as a user adds over 1,300 entries for Malagasy words > in 5 hours. > > 16 > > - The Bihari > Wikipedia<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=Bh:&action=edit&redlink=1>has > reached 100,000 page edits. > > 9 > > - The Sanskrit Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sa:> has > reached 100 entries. > - The Urdu Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ur:> has reached > 5,000 entries. > > 5 > > - The Marathi > Wikibooks<http://internal.wikimedia.in/index.php?title=B:mr:&action=edit&redlink=1>has > reached 1,000 registered users. > > 4 > > - The Kannada Wiktionary <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kn:> has > reached 150,000 entries. > > Media Coverage > > - 28 Dec : Financial Chronicle : Wikipedians say Indian govt should > ease copyright > curbs<http://www.mydigitalfc.com/knowledge/wikipedians-say-indian-govt-should-ease-copyright-curbs-992> > - 27 Dec : Ahmedabad Mirror : " Ahmedabad to go Wiki with your clicks" > > <http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/article/2/2011122720111227022617405d732bc46/Ahmedabad-to-go-Wiki-with-your-clicks.html> > - 24 Dec : The Economic Times : "Wikipedia enlists Indians to be the > standard-bearers for its fund-raising > efforts"<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/wikipedia-enlists-indians-to-be-the-standard-bearers-for-its-fund-raising-efforts/articleshow/11225652.cms> > - 18 Dec : The Hindu : "Creative Commons: the licence to > evolve"<http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2725372.ece> > - 16 Dec : The Hindu : "Contest to add files to Tamil Wikipedia > gathers > steam"<http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2719118.ece?textsize=small&test=2> > - 1 Dec : Tech Marathi: मराठी विकिपीडिया संपादन – अवघड की > सोपे?<http://techmarathi.com/?p=1243>( Marathi) > > > We look forward to your continued support and active participation. > > Best, > > On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India) > Naveen Francis > Secretary > > Notes: > > - 1) > > http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Announcements/Call_for_participation_of_Members_in_Chapter_Task_Forces > - 2) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Internet_Relay_Chats/Dec_17,2011 > - 3) > > http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Announcements/Chapter-Foundation:_Co-Ordination_Call-December_2011_Update > - 4) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_SIG_subcommittee_chair > - 5) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Wiki_Academy/Jaya_Engineering_College > - 6) > > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Jaya_Engineering_College_Wiki_Academy1,_December_2011 > - 7) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore/Coimbatore1 > - 8) > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore40 > - 9) > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Bangalore_Meetup_December2011 > - 10) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:SALEM1 > - 11) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata > - 12) > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Takes_Kolkata > - 13) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMcamp_Amsterdam > - 14 > > http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/006135.html > - 15) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Category:Featured_Wikimedian > - 16) http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest/en > - 17) http://www.facebook.com/tawmc > - 18) > > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011#A_Parade_of_Appeals.21_December_22.2C_2011 > - 19) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-gu > - 20) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-as > - 21) http://lists.wmnederland.nl/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/wlm-in > - 22) https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-in-en > - 23) http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Milestones_and_Anniversary > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > >
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