Reminder about the IRC later today (9pm IST on March 29th.) Join in using this
As I had indicated earlier, what we will do going forward is to publish an
opening statement - which is below. We'd like to have a rich discussion around
these topics for 45 minutes and then throw it open for 15 minutes for any other
topics that anyone wants to discuss.
There have been more than 22 outreach sesssions (English + some Indic
languages) across India over the past 2 1/2 months. We have been working on
constantly every component of outreach.
* Pre-session work - building supporting material (documents, presentations,
handouts etc), evaluating different ways of conducting an effective outreach,
using different ways to reach out to organisations with the proposal to conduct
a session etc.
* Session work - adopting different techniques of doing outreach, how do we
get participants more involved during the session, how to filter out the folks
so that we do the editing session only with the genuinely interested
participants, how to balance between practical and theoretical aspects of
training, how much information to give out in one session etc.
* Post-session work - how do we provide editing support to the participants,
how do we collect their contact information, how do we keep in touch with them
on regular basis, how do we invite them to join other Wiki projects, how do we
track their edit count - soon after the session, after 1 and 3 months of
conducting the session etc.
We'd like to discuss these. In the IRC, the following will be covered:
* Indic Outreach: How can we do more outreach session in Indic langauges in
particular? / Can regional communities work to translate supporting material? /
How do we provide more support to different language communities to conduct
* More Outreach: If we are doing 7 outreach session in one month right now is
there a way of us doing 10 every month? / Can we find more community members
who will be willing to conduct these session? / For community members who are
interested to conduct outreach sessions but think they lack confidence - is
there a way we can help them?
* Better Outreach: Can we find some volunteers who will be willing to "adopt"
these newbies and give them support? .
I'd strongly encourage all those folks who have been actively involved in
conducting these sessions over the past 2 months to join this IRC. It will be
great if you could share your first hand experience with the wider community on
what worked, what didn't, what we could have done better etc. I especially do
want to ask Indic Wikimedians to join because we desperately need more outreach
sessions in Indic languages.
We will also briefly address the early stages of the communications work -
which are the storytelling and Wikipatrika support that was announced
yesterday. Given it's early days on communications, I'd prefer this IRC stay
largely focussed on outreach since there is so much to work through there.
See you all there!
Apologies for sending this note this morning and not last night as I had
p.s. There is a (tiny) possibility that I might be slightly late but you'll all
be in Nitika's safe hands. I shall try and my level best to be on time.
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