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On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Rohini Lakshané

> This is an unedited report of the lecture-cum-demo written by one of the
> students who attended it.
> *Wikipedia: Democratic Ritual of Knowledge Transfer *
> What can I say about Wikipedia? Ok, let me ask, can you imagine a world
> without Wikipedia? I always wonder who wrote, reviewed, edited, curated and
> moderated 30 million articles in 286 languages. Answer is you and me and us!
> Wikipedia, world’s largest and the most referenced work on Internet, has
> been ranked at seventh position globally on Alexa as of June 2013. It has,
> estimated, 365 million readers worldwide. Though numbers are impressive
> enough to boggle one’s mind, what truly electrifies the spinal cord is the
> way Wikipedia functions. Anyone from any corner of the world (Now, you can
> ask if earth is round or square? Go to Wikipedia, you will get interlinked
> references from Heliocentricism to Geocentrism, from Copernicus to Galileo,
> from Copernican Revolution to Renaissance, and thus traverse the complete
> circle of knowledge!) can write an article. Then some other volunteers keep
> the wheel rolling by editing and validating the existing article and by
> adding required citation, views and counterviews. This invisible
> chain-reaction keeps flourishing Wikipedia just like an unnoticed food
> chain of natural ecosystem.
> On Saturday, 13th July 2013, workshop on Wikipedia was organized by
> volunteers of Wikimedia Foundation, in association with SCM, Sophia
> Polytechnic, Mumbai. The workshop was conducted by Bishakha Datta and
> Rohini Lakshane from Wikimedia Foundation, Mumbai. After giving the brief
> on history of Wikipedia, how Wikipedia functions and how one can become a
> part of this knowledge thriving community, instructors and volunteers
> facilitated SCM students to create articles on Wikipedia. SCM students
> successfully created two articles on Dina Vakil, the first woman resident
> editor of The Times of 
> India<>'s
> Bombay edition and Ritu Menon, the co-founder, writer and publisher of
> India's first feminist publishing house, *Kali for 
> Women*<>.
> The workshop truly helped students to realize that how the power of
> technology, information and collaborative effort can drive people towards
> the informed and knowledge-intensive society.
> After attending the workshop I couldn’t stop myself and posted the
> following note dedicated to my all friends:
> ·         Do you think 30 million articles in 286 languages is too loud a
> figure? If you are sceptical, then that’s great. Go and investigate
> further. Provide the correct figure (if the given figure is erroneous) and
> yeah provide the reference/citation as well.
> Bingo! That’s how the whole Wikipedia has been erected, by sharing and
> contributing knowledge. Contribute about your locality, personalities,
> culture, tradition, etc.
> ·         Believe in good faith. Knowledge is a path not the signboard.
> Be in good faith, put information, views and counter-views with reference,
> and don’t be judgmental. Neutrality is the nature of Wikipedia.
> ·         Acknowledge the effort. Not only when you write a research
> paper or contribute to Wikipedia, but also when you receive help, love and
> care of someone, do acknowledge. Democracy cannot exist without
> thankfulness and compassion. Wikipedia is truly democratic way of
> knowledge transfer - for the people, of the people, by the people.
> -       Parth Vyas (22nd July 2013, Mumbai)
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Abhijeet Safai 
> <>wrote:
>> Great!
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