Here's the log.

Do go through it.  It covers a lot of the work that is being done in outreach - 
including the kind of material that is available on 
 as well as ideas and suggestions on how best to conduct outreach sessions.  Am 
repeating the request for Indic community folks to help translate the documents 
so that (they) and others in their respective communities can use this 
material.  I'm also reiterating Nitika's point about the need to do more 
outreach in Indic languages and if anyone needs any support, please do reach 
out to her at

Also, we discussed Wikipatrika and storytelling.  Wikipatrika needs involvement 
from all communities so that all are covered well.  For storytelling, we are 
looking at individual editors from all communities for us to celebrate their 
stories.  For any help on either, please do reach out to

Thank you.

From April onwards, we will move to our regular routine of 1st and 3rd 
Thursdays of every month.  Next IRC is planned for this Thursday (April 5th at 
9pm IST.)  It will be about Indic languages.  More details will follow.



On Mar 29, 2012, at 8:52 PM, Nitika Tandon wrote:

> Hey,
> Just a reminder. We are starting in 10 mins. Do join in!
> Thanks
> Nitika
> On 29-Mar-2012, at 8:54 AM, Hisham wrote:
>> Hi Folks
>> Reminder about the IRC later today (9pm IST on March 29th.)  Join in using 
>> this link:
>> 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 these sessions? 
>> * 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 
>> promised.  
>> hisham
>> 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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