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From: Ashwin Baindur <>
Date: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-IN-PUN] [Wikimedia-in-en] GLAM-India: Wikipedia and
NHHM collaboration
To: "Mailing list for Wikimedians in Pune, India" <>

This is such a major development and wonderful news indeed, Noopur. I
am also happy that the GLAM event comes from a "soft" field of arts
and culture which has not quite got the attention it deserves.

In the 25 articles, I would off the cuff recommend that about :
* at least 5 should be high level topics, such as textiles of India,
pottery of India etc
* two articles on the Ministry of Culture and the museum itself
* half the remainder on regional themes or techniques such as
"Bidriwork", or "carpet-making in Kashmir".
* rest about specific objects in their collection

In addition, I would recommend outcomes not just in Wikipedia but also
in the field of Wikimedia Commons & Wikisource. If some language
wikipedias come forth to cooperate, you may like to offer the key
article about the museum in more than one language.

On behalf of English Wikipedians of WikiProject India, I pledge you
our support to your venture. Feel free to ask for help on
Wikimedia-in-en list & WikiProject India noticeboard.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi
<> wrote:
> I whole heatedly congratulate you for this real success, oral citation
> to be a good way of collecting sources as most of the stuff they'd be
> will have a documented format in the minds of people which we would be
> documented only via oral citation.
> Subha
> On 11-Feb-2012, at 1:11 AM, Noopur <> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am extremely delighted to announce India's first (?) GLAM collaboration
> with a State institution in New Delhi, the capital of India. The National
> Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM), New Delhi has approved our draft
> and we will soon begin a 6 month pilot project with them.
> I have been corresponding with their director for over 2 months now, since
> the GLAMcamp in Amsterdam. After a series of conversations with the
> Director, Dr Ruchira Ghose, I sent in an approval and after two meetings,
> she sent in a revised proposal to the Ministry of Culture in India. Just
> days ago, the Ministry approved this project and has also provided her a
> small grant to support our incidental expenses. NHHM has over 30,000
> including pottery, textiles, metal work, paintings and more.
> Goals:
> 6 month pilot project to churn out 25 'Good Articles'.
> Training staff and capacity building
> Recruiting 10 new editors from art colleges to work on site for
> digitization/documentation
> Make the museum a regular avenue for GLAM meets
> Note: Good Articles here doesn't mean GA by en-WP standards. We intend to
> create at least 25 articles with substantial information. Would like your
> inputs on this.
> Challenges:
> Delhi has a small community, so we really need help from EVERYONE
> local and global
> The staff members are only comfortable with Hindi, so we'd appreciate ALL
> help possible from hi-WP editors
> Biggest challenge: India is a vast country with craft traditions in
> of villages. So, at the time of acquiring, many art objects do not come
> published information, documentation and references. Much of this stuff is
> 'word of mouth', oral traditions and stories of artisans etc. We have
> the Museum to start documenting and publishing these stories under their
> Publication cell BUT that will take time. Do you think using oral
> in this case would be helpful?
> Since this is my/our first time, we will appreciate guidance on scanning,
> making an MoU and help creating/maintaining the project page. Can someone
> please help? *makes puppy face*
> I apologize for this really long mail but, my next meeting with the
> is on the 14th of February when we will start our 'lead-up' program to the
> project.
> To all the WiRs: Did you make some sort of a program schedule or a
> that I could use?
> I would love all your suggestions on this project and am *very* excited to
> make my own share of GLAM contributions and mistakes :) Of course, now we
> will also start contributing to TGIM.
> Cheers,
> Noopur
> --
> Noopur Raval
> Student
> Arts and Aesthetics
> Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
> Ph: 9650567690
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