March 4, 2015

A Joint statement on collaboration between WMIN and CIS-A2K

Representatives from WMIN and CIS-A2K met during the Train the Trainer
Workshop that was held in Bengaluru on February 28, 2015.

The meeting was productive and paves the way for a long lasting partnership
between the two organizations. It was decided in the meeting that WMIN and
CIS-A2K teams shall work closely and contribute to each other’s activities
and growth. Following are the points towards collaborative engagement that
WMIN and CIS-A2K will work towards:


   CIS-A2K and WMIN will revive quarterly team hangouts to enable better
   communication and coordination between them. The meeting that happened on
   February 28th, 2015 is the first in this series of regular meetings planned.

   As a first step to signal the collaborative nature of WMIN and CIS-A2K,
   we will sign a joint MoU with a leading academic institution that will
   provide access to many language computing tools including OCR. We are
   already at an advanced stage of discussion.

   WMIN will work together with CIS-A2K for conducting the proposed MediaWiki
   TTT in May 2015.

   Setting up a public calendar to keep all communities, CIS-A2K and WMIN
   informed about various movement related activities and events.

   A strategy will be put in place to revive the Bengaluru Wiki Community
   meetups which were very active in the past. This will be a community led
   initiative facilitated by CIS-A2K and WMIN.

   The synergy between the two organizations will also extend beyond
   Wikimedia domain. For example, close coordination will be seen in Creative
   Commons India related activities.

   CIS-A2K team will be working closely with the WMIN team towards
   developing its next round of FDC proposal.

   Both CIS-A2K and WMIN acknowledge the role of India Community
   Consultation 2014 facilitated by WMF that paved the way for better
   understanding between the organizations.

We plan to keep the community updated about the progress on these
agreements. We will also inform when new activities are planned.

We kindly request the community to extend their support for these


Released on behalf of Wikimedia India and CIS-A2K.

Yohann Thomas
Executive Committee Member
Wikimedia India
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