Thats great news Hisham!! congrats! The 5key factors mentioned are really
important... So much is happening in India program, facebook guidance is
also working smoothly & now the assamese community..

Congrats again..:-)

On May 30, 2012 9:49 AM, "Hisham" <> wrote:

> Dear All
> I wanted to share with you an update on the work that 
> Shiju<>[1] is
> doing on Indic 
> languages<>[2]
> as part of India Program <>.[3]
>  A guiding principle for the thinking and efforts of our team is that
> community building should be the most essential aspect of all the work that
> we do.  In the context of small Indic communities, Shiju has been working
> to try and identify the various elements that need to come together to
> foster community building.  This update is about the Community Building
> pilot<>[4]
>  that
> was run for the Assamese community.  For context, community building means
> different things to different people and in fact there was a very
> interesting 
> post<>[5]
> that Shiju put out that articulated his thinking on this and, hence, our
> priorities.
> The results of these efforts have been outstanding
>    - number of editors on Assamese Wikipedia has increased to 31 in April
>    2012 (from 18 in December 2011 and just 10 in November 2011.)
>    - number of Wikiprojects increased to 6 (from a situation where there
>    were no reasonably active ones in December 2011- and including 5
>    Wikiprojects independently conceptualised and managed by the community)
>    - average monthly edits on Assamese Wikipedia increased to about 5000
>    in April 2012 from around 3000 in November 2011
> There are 5 key factors that are responsible for this remarkable growth
>    1. *Strong communication*.  This started with Shiju building personal
>    connections with Assamese editors and then encouraging them to communicate
>    with each other on-wiki, online and in meet--ups and outreach sessions.
>    2. *Initial push*.  Shiju visited Assam in January where he spent time
>    in 2 towns with 7 of the most active community members, who also conducted
>    2 outreach sessions. This visit has proved to be really useful because it
>    helped to energise the community and also helped to establish a personal
>    relationship between Shiju and these editors (and also, amongst the editors
>    themselves.)
>    3. *Encouraging collaboration*.  Wikiprojects and outreach are really
>    useful to galvanise a community and helped build personal equations. It's
>    wonderful to see the increase in Wikiprojects and
>    4. *Building capacity & confidence*.  In all the work that has been
>    done for the Assamese community, the endeavour has been to build capacity.
>     For instance, support was given to get basic outreach material including
>    FAQs prepared and outreach sessions were guided by Shiju.  It's inspiring
>    to see the Assamese community now take things to a whole new level and plan
>    out an ambitious 10th 
> anniversary<>
>    .[6]
>    5. *Healthy environment*.  This is the last - but probably the most
>    essential point - and it is something I want to call out because it is what
>    will help or severely hinder the abilities of individual communities
>    realise their dreams and potential.  The reason why the Assamese community
>    is making such wonderful steps forward is because there is
>       - a set of editors with the right level of initiative and motivation
>       - a strong sense of co-operation and good spirit amongst the editors
>       - an extremely welcoming approach to new editors
> None of this would have been possible without the efforts of every single
> Assamese community members.  In the early days when Shiju started off, he
> was interacting with Bishnu, Dipankar, Gitartha, Jyoti & Prabhakar - who
> helped organise the first meet-ups and outreach sessions.  Thanks to their
> efforts, a list of thank-yous would now be 31 strong!  Thank you and
> congratulations to all of you!
> To the Assamese community, I wish you the very best for your 10th
> anniversary<>.[6]
> There are exciting plans including your photo contest and your article
> contest and the meet-up and the outreach session.  I know that you are
> doing most of the event largely independently (with 
> Noopur<>[7] providing
> media assistance for the 10th anniversary and an India 
> Chapter<>
> [8] 
> grant<>[9]
>  supporting
> you.)  This is the true signs of a community that is coming of age.  There
> are tremendous opportunities in outreach to get new editors, initiatives
> like your article & photo contests to improve content and in proposed
> projects like offline to make transformational changes in the community.
> With regard to the way forward for India Program, the pilot design 
> page<>
> [4] on meta <>[3] has now
> been updated.  The next steps are going to be to see how we can adapt or
> build on these experiences with other communities, and as we move to other
> communities, do them in a more scaleable manner.
> To all community members - across languages across India - if you did want
> any help in any aspect of community building, please feel free to reach out
> to Shiju <>[1] at
>  Please also do add comments or ideas or suggestions
> you might have to the Community Building Pilot's talk 
> page<>
> .[10]
> *hisham <>[11]
> *
> Notes
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> [3]
> [4]
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> [7]
> [8]
> [9]
> [10]
> [11]
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