Well done! You seem to have had an amazing session over two days!
On Aug 28, 2012 8:24 AM, "Piyush Aggarwal" <me.piyushaggar...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Greetings Everyone,
>
> I am back from Chandigarh after attending one of the two amazing sessions
> at British library. The session on day 1 (24 August) was held by Subha and
> the session on day 2 (25 August) was held by both of us. We are writing a
> summary of the two events.
>
> *Day 1 (24 Aug): Introductory Session*
> There was a news coverage in Hindustan Times (
> https://plus.google.com/111646825844146884911/posts/Yy9xGd9kV14)
> regarding this session. The members of British Library were informed
> (members above 16 years) by British Council's mailing list (
> http://www.britishcouncilonline.org/events/besuccessful_event_details.aspx?EventID=776).
> We had 32 participants for the first day. There were people of all
> different age groups and various different backgrounds, surprisingly more
> elderly people than youngsters! People came from Ludhiana, Mohalli and
> Panchkula (Mohalli and Panchkula are two nearby cities) have joined for
> this session. Subha asked all of them to introduce and speak about their
> Wikipedia experience and interaction as a user. Many of them asked
> questions in the beginning itself which was beneficial with spending some
> time to know each other. The participants were taken through the
> presentation by questioning about "Who edit WP and why they edit". They
> were asking a lot of questions in between so the intro session was longer.
> Most people still were not believing that Wikipedia articles could be
> edited by people like them. So Subha decided to do some vandalism ;-) One
> of the participants volunteered for creating her user account and we
> changed the year of Chandigarh declared as being the "cleanest city" of
> India. Then she corrected it and Subha explained how experienced editors
> correct such mistakes. The participants were showed only few formatting
> like Bold, Italics, Linking and Heading and showed the "Help" tab from
> which they can learn more. Majority of them had doubts about credibility
> and they brought examples of many articles having wrong information. So the
> rest half of the session was spent discussing about the low visibility is
> one of the reasons of articles with wrong information and how more editor
> contribution is essential for articles of Indian context. They were also
> shown articles with cleanup/"More citations needed" maintenance tags and
> how they could be improved.
>
> *Day 2 (25 Aug):* *Editing Workshop*
> Day 2 saw 10 participants from the previous day (including a
> sports-blogger, a techie, 4 students, a ELT trainer, a pediatrician and a
> lady from Ludhiana who created her user account on Day 1 and brought her
> father for Day 2) and 4 new student participants. Subha and me talked
> briefly about what is intended for the editing session. All of them created
> their user accounts, some of the participants helped the new participants
> to create their user accounts. They chose various different articles
> including articles of local importance (Banka Bihari temple, Chandigarh,
> Paratha (few raised the question why it is not spelt as ParaNtha!!)), Assam
> tea, etc.
>
> The audience were really patient and asking more questions about "What is
> there for me", "What are we going to do next". So we all gathered for a
> photoshoot and discussed about setting up a wiki club so they stay
> connected. They were excited to hear that Chandigarh British Library
> Wikipedia club (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Club_Chandigarh) will be
> India's 3rd Wikipedia Club.
>
> We all shared ideas and about how they will be continuing editing after
> the session is over. Now a facebook group has been created (
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiClubChandigarh) to guide the new
> editors with editing.
>
> *Meeting with Christina and Varinder:*
> After the session got over we had a meeting with Christina (Manager) and
> Varinder (IT Head of Brit Lib). One of the Tribune columnists (Renee Singh)
> and a participant also joined us. We explained how the wiki club will
> function and would help them also. Being a Library they could involve many
> of their members in this. A new lady editor from Ludhiana has shown
> interest for conducting workshops in her town. There was a sports-blogger
> and a techie who explained how the local blogger community (over 125+
> bloggers) meet up regularly and blog actively. This is a community we could
> explore more to promote Wikipedia amongst techies. What we found is British
> Library is quite open to ideas and showed interest for this collaborative
> model. The participants were asking can we define positions for the wiki
> club also so that people having different interest could take up lead for
> different activities.
>
> Post event steps:
>
> - Emails with thanks and appreciating their interest were sent to the
> participants.
> - Formal opening of the club is done on Wikipedia (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Club_Chandigarh) and
> participant new editors have been informed about this.
> - Help/Support desk on facebook is set to provide online support. (
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiClubChandigarh)
> - Press reports are being prepared to be sent to newspapers
> - We are working on distributing responsibilities among new editors.
> - Discussion for next meetup and keeping them updated in a regular basis.
> - Hand-holding
>
>
> *Meeting with the curator, Chandigarh Museum:*
> We have met the curator of Chandigarh museum. After explaining about GLAM
> projects she showed interest and asked to send a proposal. As there is no
> active community we are currently focusing on building a community in
> Chandigarh. But, this could run as a good GLAM project in the future.
> *
> Meeting with Shital Parkash, former Prof. in Public Administration, Panjab
> University, Chandigarh:
> *We met a former Professor of Public Administration of Panjab University,
> Shital Parkash. He is also an author and is known in the city Professor and
> Academician community. He could help us with reaching out to Punjabi media,
> Professors for a community building exercise for Punjabi Wikipedia.
>
> Best!
> Piyush and Subha
>
>
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