Dear All, Katherine Maher recently made a visit to India to attend The WikiConference India 2016. Post Conference, Katherine made a visit to New Delhi and met few external partners. A synopsis of these meetings have been described below.
1.) Meeting with Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi: At 11 AM, this Monday, Mr Manish Siosdia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi) had an interaction with the Wikimedians. The Delhi Government is all ready to roll out education programs in the Delhi region, in fact, to help us resolve our gender gap issues, Delhi Government would help us focus more on women's colleges at the initial stage. The Delhi Government has also expressed its intent to conduct a Wiki-activity in Indian languages on M.K. Gandhi in September month, such that Delhi Government could further facilitate (small souvenirs) the contributors on 2nd October as a part of the M.K. Gandhi's birthday celebration. Delhi Government is also looking at possible interventions where GLAM activities could be undertaken. Incorporating WIkimedia projects under Delhi Government's free-public wifi scheme has also been proposed. The meeting was arranged by Wikimedia India and attended by Katherine Maher along with Wikimedia India EC's (Yohann Thomas, Sanket Oswal, Abhinav Srivastava). 2.) DIETY Meeting : At 1 AM, Wikimedians met Mr. Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary. Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology at this office in Delhi. The talks centered around bringing DIETY newsletter under open license, a collaboration between Government of India and WMIN + CIS-A2K over government's vikaspedia, drawing attention to Indian language content to be released under Creative Commons, Collaboration with the ministry towards making the government websites include better and accurate language content, etc. The meeting was arranged by CIS-A2K and attended by Katherine Maher along with CIS-A2K staff (Tanveer Hasan) and Wikimedia India EC's (Sanket Oswal, Abhinav Srivastava). 3.) Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Meeting : At 5.30 PM. Wikimedians met Dr Ramesh Gaur (Head Libarary- JNU) and Dr Anup Das (Documentation Officer). JNU will be opening up its central repository of thesis (almost 22,000 units, including PhDs, M.Phil and Master's Program) under open access. JNU will be assisting us in providing journal articles to our editors for use on Wikipedia. 'One Lib One Ref" workshop at JNU would also be conducted in JNU shortly (maybe in September). JNU also has shown its intent at digitization Dr B.R. Ambedkar's writing under the Hindi Wikisource. Further collaborations during seminars at JNU on Wikisource projects would also be taken up. The meeting was arranged by Wikimedia India and attended by Katherine Maher along with Wikimedia India EC's (Sanket Oswal, Abhinav Srivastava) and CIS-A2K staff (Tanveer Hasan). Wikimedia India takes this opportunity to thank CIS-A2K team for working with us. Both institutions look forward to materialize these developments collectively. Thanks -- Srivastava Abhinav Executive Committee Member|Wikimedia India Ph - +91-9711739003|Skype: abhinavsrivastava619 Wiki Username - abhinav619
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