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.


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
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