HI Folks

Reminder about the IRC  today (9pm IST on Thursday April 5th)  Do join us using 
this link: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office.

Here is what we would like to discuss today - which we shall do for the first 
45 minutes and then throw it open for 15 minutes for any other topics that 
anyone wants to discuss related to India Program.

You may have noticed that we are increasing our emphasis on Wikisource.  Please 
see Shiju's post on using simple technology to support digitazation 
 and Noopur's story of the Gujarati Wikisource 

In addition, Shiju has been engaged with other communities on how to start or 
accelerate their respective language Wikisources.  

Wikisource has some very important characteristics that make it attractive.  

It's a (relatively) easier way for newbies to start contributing than the 
respective Wikipedia
It's a great way to reach out to language lovers - and love for a language is 
an important motivator for contribution (on this and other projects)
There is a much lower gender gap on Wikisource, and it's easy for a wider age 
group to contribute
It's more "accessible" as an entry point to newbies because it has less 
policies than other projects
It's can act as a gateway to other projects

In today's IRC, we'd like to talk through the work that's happening on 
Wikisource by many communities, discuss best practices and provide a channel of 
support for anyone interested in joining the project from any language.  

Speak soon.


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