Here's the link that gives the log of this meeting - for those who couldn't 
attend.

As planned, the major topic of discussion was the Indic Languages initiatives.  
We talked about the overall approach that Shiju has been following with several 
dozen community members.  We walked through the  Medical project - currently 
underway in Assamese, Telugu, Oriya (Odia) & Malayalam.  (This seeks to create 
vital articles in Indic wikis with the help of community members with 
medical/healthcare background, or users who are interested in healthcare 
articles.)  During the IRC, Jayanta informed us that the Bengali community have 
also started it  - which is great.   We also discussed the Translated Articles 
Enhancement Project which has been started by the Kannada community.

Thank you to every one but a special thank you to the new folks who came on 
today.  It's always nice to see new faces!

We ran out of time on this IRC.   As discussed, I would like to suggest 
Thursday March 22nd @9pm IST for another IRC.  (This is in addition to the IRC 
planned for March 29th.)  The March 22nd IRCwill be an open house - and will 
not therefore have a predetermined agenda.

As always, do visit the India Program page for more information on everything 
we do. 

Best

hisham

On Mar 15, 2012, at 8:45 PM, Hisham wrote:

> Reminder that we are starting in 15 minutes.
> 
> Do join in!  Details below.
> 
> hisham
> 
> On Mar 15, 2012, at 8:38 AM, Hisham wrote:
> 
>> Gentle reminder. Do join in.
>> 
>> hisham
>> 
>> On Mar 11, 2012, at 6:41 AM, Hisham wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi Folks
>>> 
>>> One of the essential things that India Program needs to constantly work out 
>>> is keeping the community informed of the work that we are doing - so that 
>>> this work is clearer but also to help cross-pollinate ideas amongst a wider 
>>> set of community members who might not have been engaged on specific 
>>> village pump / talk page discussion or involved in particular activities 
>>> (e.g. outreach events) or wikiprojects.
>>> 
>>> We used to have a monthly IRC with the community and India Program.   (For 
>>> those who are not familiar with IRC, it is an Internet messaging system 
>>> similar to a regular chat room.  It's very simple to use and you can join 
>>> in by clicking on the following link: 
>>> http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office.)  I have been 
>>> remiss in conducting these for the past few months - and I'd like to make 
>>> amends by restarting, with a couple of modifications.
>>> 
>>> a) I'd like to propose fortnightly instead of monthly.  (I was wary of 
>>> doing it any more frequently than monthly earlier because I didn't know if 
>>> there would be enough on the plate to discuss.  I have changed my mind now 
>>> - because there is too much to discuss to cover in a single monthly 
>>> session.)  I'd like to propose that we do it in the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 
>>> of every month at 9pm IST (which is GMT + 0530) - THOUGH NOT THIS MONTH - 
>>> BECAUSE I HAVE MISSED THE TIMELINE.  Just for March, we will do it on March 
>>> 15th and March 29th (both at 9pm IST which is GMT + 0530)
>>> b) I'd like to propose that we do it focussed on specific work streams 
>>> instead of general.  The reason I say this is that - as with many community 
>>> meet-ups, folks will give time to attend a meet-up or participate in an IRC 
>>> only if there is a topic of relevance to them.  To that extent, we could do 
>>> one IRC on Indic languages and one on Outreach & Communications.  I'd start 
>>> both the IRCs with a re-cap of India Programs activities for the fortnight 
>>> (or so) prior to the IRC and forward from the IRC - and then we could talk 
>>> about either Indic langauges or Outreach & Communications.
>>> 
>>> The March 15th one will be focussed on Indic Languages and the one on March 
>>> 29th will be on Outreach & Communications.  
>> 
> 

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