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 [1]. 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. [2]
>
> *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 [3].
> 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 [4] 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,[5] 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 [6].
>    - *Coimbatore 1st Meetup*( 10 Dec 2011) : The first Kovai (Coimbatore)
>    meetup [7] 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 [8]. 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 [9].
>    - *Wikipedia Meetup1 Salem*( 11 Dec 2011) : A Wikimeetup was organised
>    at Salem, Tamil Nadu, [10] 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 [11] 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.[12]
>    - *GLAMcamp Amsterdam * Noopur Raval ( Delhi SIG Chair and GLAM
>    enthusiastic) attended GLAM worskop in Amsterdam, hosted by Wikimedia
>    Nederland. [13]
>    - *Wikipedians participation in CMDA IT Expo , 2011*: Indian
>    Wikipedians participated in the annual CMDA IT Expo 2011, Pune.[14] 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. [15]
>    - * 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. [16] (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 [17].
>    - India Wikipedians Sengai Podhuvan , Karthik Nadar and Aniruddha
>    Kumar joins Jimmy Wales among others in the *Wikimedia Fundraising
>    2011 banners* [18].
>    - *New Mailing lists* are created for Gujarati Wikipedia[19], Assamese
>    Wikipedia [20], GLAM India [21] and India related content on English
>    Wikipedia & related projects. [22].
>
> Milestones & Anniversaries
>
> * December 2011* [23]
> 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
>
>
>
>
>
>
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