Greetings from Wikimedia India !!
Wikimedia India would like to share the monthly report of June 2016.
Looking forward for your valuable feedback.
*Call for membership to Wikimedia India Chapter –*
WMIN sent Renewal reminders to all its existing members. Apart from that,
Announcement for New membership has been made on all language communities’
mailing list & India mailing list.
Membership can be availed at individual and at institutional level. Members
get to be a part of the Wikimedia Chapter and its mission. They can
participate in voting procedure and standing for the Executive Committee
membership in the elections of Wikimedia Chapter.
For membership form, please visit here
*Wiki loves earth India 2016 -*
*Wiki Loves Earth* (*WLE*) - an annual international photographic
competition held during the month of June, organized worldwide by the
Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates
across the globe. Wikimedia India is conducting this competition in India.
Participants take pictures of *local natural heritage and scenic landscape* in
their countries, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons
The aim of event is to highlight the conservation areas of the
participating countries with the goal to encourage people to capture
pictures of these sights, and to put them under a free licence which can
then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.
Currently, around 32,000+ images have been uploaded so far, which makes
this program one of the highest image uploading program so far. Ranging
from Van Vihar National Park to The natural beauty of Assam, participants
have covered Indian Heritage Panorama.
To check image count so far, please visit -
To view photos and the details of the event, please visit -
*Featured Wikimedian –*
*Kartik Mistry* is the most prolific Wikipedian on Gujarati Wikipedia in
recent times. He has 10,000+ edits on Gujarati Wikipedia, 1,000 on English
Wikipedia, 5,000+ on Wikidata. He has uploaded 100 pics on Commons. He is
member of Language Team of Wikimedia Foundation. As told by his fellow
community member Nizil shah, Kartik was highly instrumental in creating
Language Input Tool which made editing in vernacular languages easier.
Kartik is now currently working with Language Team which has created a very
useful Content Translation Tool. This tool is one of the most useful tools
ever created in recent times. This Content Translation Tool was used to
translate more than 80,000 articles in a span of 1.5 years.
*WMIN participation in TTT and MWT –*
EC member Abhinav Srivastava and Sanket Oswal attended Train-the-Trainer
and MediaWiki Training (MWT)
TTT (Train-the-Trainer) was held in Bangalore on 15th- 17th June 2016. It
was attended by English, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada,
Maithili , Marafthi , Urdu , Odia wikipedians.
MWT (MediaWiki Training) - a residential training workshop to groom
technical leadership skills among the Indian Wikimedia community members.
It was orgranized on 17th- 19th May 2016 in Centre for Internet & Society,
*Quarterly meetup -*
WMIN & CIS-A2K scheduled their quarterly meetup on 18th June.
*Indian WIkimedians at Wikimania – *
Indian Wikimedians Satdeep Gill, Bodhisattwa Mandal, Rohini, Shyamal,
Subhashish, Sailesh, Pranayraj, Harvinder and many more attended Wikimania
For more details, please visit here
*Wikipedia Summit Nashik -*
Wiki Summit Nashik was organized on 26th June 2016 at IEI hall, Nashik. The
event provided a common platform for all Wikimedians to meet and share
their views, discuss challenges and exchange useful tips, best practices
and other information. The Summit was open for participation of existing
editors and for students who wish to learn wikipedia editing.
The common discussion points included the following -
· Best practices followed by community.
· Spread awareness regarding Wikimedia projects.
· Pitch for increasing content on languages like Hindi and Marathi
· Conduct outreach by discussing Wikipedia and other projects with
students and faculty.
· Government and other organization Tie-ups.
*WikiConference India 2016 -*
WMIN is actively involved in organizing the WCI 2016, including
Scholarship, Finance & Sponsorship Committees.
*Current Updates of the event :*
· PEG request for WCI 2016
has been approved.
· Phase 1 filtering of scholarship applications has been done. Among 450+
applications, 200+ applications have been shortlisted for final review. We
are expecting to announce the results by July first week.
· WCI 2016 has announced its Call for Participation
to submit proposals for paper presentations, lightning talks, and
· WikiConference India organizers have started the Punjab edit-a-thon
It is a gift from all Indian language communities for the Punjabi community
which is hosting the conference. The community which will add most number
of bytes or words will be awarded a trophy.
· WCI organizers are taking inputs from the community for the conference Code
· How a Project united the Indian community
*Upcoming Phone survey –*
Statement by WMF - "In order to better inform our projects and
partnerships, we are conducting phone surveys to help understand
Wikipedia’s usage in the regions we work on. We started with Ghana
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_Reach/Ghana_Survey>, followed by
Mexico <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_Reach/Mexico_Survey> and
Nigeria, and India is next. The survey will begin in the coming days, and
6000 people will be contacted on their mobile phones with the option of
answering the survey in the most commonly used languages in their state."
*WMF Completes its **New Readers research in Delhi & Chennai **–*
The aim is to -
• Increase engagement and retention in our current core markets of North
America and Western Europe.
• Increase our reach with New Readers in the developing countries
This initiative focuses on qualitative and quantitative research about the
For more details, please visit here
*In the Media*
· Local youth spreads Nalgonda fame globally
Pranayraj Vangari(Telugu wp)- The Hans India, Jun 25,2016
· Wikipedia founder thinks French attempt to extend EU privacy law could
stir global censorship-
Reuters Jun 10
· Wikipedia Founder Defends Wikipedia Zero
· Women and Wikipedia
- ET Blog June 4, 2016
· 4 Easy Tips to Export Wikipedia for Offline Use
Gizbot 19 June
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