Quite an impressive report I must say, Ravi. Kudos to all of you in the community for everything, but especially for the policy level push.
Best, Subha On 12/8/2015 8:05 PM, Ravishankar wrote: > > Hi, > > We have some exciting updates from the Global Tamil Wikimedia Community. > > We have partnered with Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA), an autonomous > institution established by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Wikimedia > Chapter, India is acting on behalf of the *Global Tamil Wikimedia > Community *to facilitate this partnership. > > * In August 2015, The *Government of Tamil Nadu made an announcement > in the State Legislative Assembly* *that it will be partnering with > Wikipedia and will work to release various resources under Creative > Commons licenses.* Please check page 91 in the *policy document* > available on the web here > <http://www.tn.gov.in/documents/dept/17>(also attached in this mail). > > * Tamil Wikipedia registered *251% increase in editors* who made at > least an edit in November 2015. It jumped from 331 to 1165 in a month. > During this peak, Tamil Wikipedia became the most active Wikipedia in > the world having less than 1,00,00 articles. This was made possible > because of Wikipedia training camps <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4t34> > in various districts for school teachers organized by State council > for Education Research and Technology <http://www.tnscert.org/>.**This > training was organized with *zero cost* for Wikimedia resources in 32 > districts of the state and *1500+ school teachers* were trained to > contribute to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikimedia Commons. 9 Tamil > Wikipedians under the coordination of User:Parvathisri travelled > across the state to conduct these training programs. > > Though we know from movement learning that new user retention will be > an issue, we have won partners like these who will continue to repeat > this training every year as part of the ICT curriculum for teachers. > > Though Wikipedia in Education > <https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education> program runs in over > 70 countries, we believe this is the first time a systematic training > program has been organized for the teachers. We have now formed a > WhatsApp group to guide the most active teachers turned Wikipedians. > > * Tamil Wikimedia also *added 10,400+ articles* > <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4u75> of around 10 kb each *adding 104 > megabytes of data* to article namespace. User:Neechalkaran worked on > this extensively. This was made possible as the government made its > statistical records accessible on our request and we engaged a bot > with community consensus to create these articles. We see this as a > model in convincing other governments to release data in a similar > fashion so useful information like these can be added to all language > Wikipedias. This bot and data can be used to create articles in other > languages as well (especially English) and we look forward to working > together. > > See also: > > ** October 2015 stats <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4qg7> for Tamil > Wikipedia > > ** November 2015 stats <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4t60> for Tamil > Wikipedia > > ** State wide Tamil Computing Clubs in universities and colleges* > > The TN government is kick-starting Tamil Computing Clubs across all > colleges and universities in the state. Starting this September 2015, > inauguration programs for these have been conducted in Madras > University, Anna University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Salem Periyar > University, Karaikudi Alagappa University. 1000s of students and > teachers from at least 400 constituent colleges have participated in > these programs. Growing Wikimedia projects will be one of the focus > areas for these clubs. A dedicated session was allotted to Wikipedia > outreach in these events and we worked along with the Free Software > Foundation, Tami Nadu to drive home the message of Free Culture > movements. > > ** Wikimedian in Residence* > > User:Info-farmer will be working as a Wikimedia in Residence at TVA > until March 2016. Through this we expect to add more content to Tamil > Wikisource, bring policy changes and more GLAM partnerships. > > ** Tamil Wikipedia stall in Madurai Book fair* > > Tamil Wikimedians operated a stall in Madurai book fair > <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4nzr> for 10 days. The stall was arranged > free of cost and 8 different Wikipedians helped to run it. This helped > us gain widespread press coverage and awareness. User:Srithern, > User:எஸ்ஸார், User:எஸ். பி. கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி and User:Dineshkumar Ponnusamy > played a major role in this. > * > * > ** Workshops* > > We ran two workshops in August 2015. One focused in creating training > resources for outreach while the other focused in encouraging writers > and media professionals to contribute to Wikipedia. User:Rsmn and > User:Selvasivagurunathan m helped coordinate these efforts. > > A MoU <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4o7x> regarding this has been > written and approved by the community on wiki > <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4ros>. From the genesis of this > partnership, all discussions <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4ka9> (see > also the archive <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4s3m>) and activities > have been done on wiki. We recommend this as *a best practice* > whenever a MoU is signed as this reiterates that the local Wikimedia > community is the primary stakeholder of Wikimedia projects and ensures > full trust and cooperation from them. > > User:Thamizhpparithi Maari, User:Mayooranathan, User:Natkeeran, > User:Sundar, User:சஞ்சீவி சிவகுமார், User:Rsmn, User:Shanmugamp7, > User:Neechalkaran, User:Commons sibi, User:zsenthil, User:Kanags, > User:AntanO and numerous other contributors helped to forge this > partnership and conduct the activities. > * > * > *Press coverage:* > > * On Tamil Wikipedia stall in Madurai book fair. > > > ** The Hindu - Into the world of books > <http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/events/madurai-book-fair-a-platform-for-budding-writers/article7607862.ece> > > ** Dinamalar - புத்தக கண்காட்சியில் 'தமிழ் விக்கிபீடியா' > <http://www.dinamalar.com/district_detail.asp?id=1335688> > > ** Dinamani - தினமணியில் செய்தி > <http://epaper.dinamani.com/581552/Dinamani-Chennai/06-09-2015#page/8/2> > > ** The Hindu - Tamil Wikipedia invites articles > <http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/tamil-wikipedia-invites-articles/article7627180.ece> > > > * On Tamil Computing Clubs > > > ** Times of India - 1 lakh Tamil articles to come up on Wikipedia > <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/1-lakh-Tamil-articles-to-come-up-on-Wikipedia/articleshow/48842690.cms> > > > General: > > > * Wikipedia on massive drive to increase Tamil content > <http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-wikipedia-on-massive-drive-to-increase-tamil-content-2123004> > > > * The Hindu - தமிழுக்குள் விக்கிப்பீடியாவை நுழையுங்கள்! > <http://tamil.thehindu.com/general/education/%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B4%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%B3%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%80%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%B5%E0%AF%88-%E0%AE%A8%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%B4%E0%AF%88%E0%AE%AF%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%99%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%B3%E0%AF%8D/article7654967.ece> > > > * Nakkeeran - வல்லுநர்கள் பங்களிப்பு அதிகரிக்க வேண்டும் - விக்கிப்பீடியர்கள் > வேண்டுகோள் <http://nakkheeran.in/Users/frmNews.aspx?N=149980> > > > We thank Tamil Virtual Academy, Wikimedia India and the Wikimedia > Foundation who offered extensive support and guidance throughout these > activities. > > We are excited to share these updates with the larger community. Stay > tuned for more updates and details from us. > > Ravi > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l -- Best! Subhashish Panigrahi Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge Centre for Internet and Society @subhapa / https://cis-india.org
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