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(for contributions till 2010)

Please complete the following nomination form for each Wikimedian you want to nominate for the recognition.

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Nomination summary

Nomination Submitted by:AshLin Note:Ashlin withdrew the nomination as he is a jury member and is not supposed to nominate. I have reviewed the nomination and as someone who has benefited immensely from Ganesh's help and tools, i am reviving this nomination. I wholeheartedly agree with Ashlin's nomination and endorse it.-Sodabottle 09:19, 15 November 2011 (CET)

i was moving to page back to nomination, as i wanted to nominate Ganeshk myself. Found that it was already done by Sodabottle when I tried to page the page. Treat this as co-nomination :) Tinucherian 09:24, 15 November 2011 (CET)

Nominee Details

Ganesh Krishnamurthy:

Wikipedia User Name: Ganeshk

User page(s):

Start of contributions (date): 7th January 2005

Wikimedia Projects

(please list project, role, from date)

  • English Wikipedia (Administrator, Editor and Bot operator) from November 2005 till date
  • Tamil Wikipedia (Editor, Bot operator) between June 2006 and August 2010
  • Wikimedia Commons (Contributor) from November 2005 till date

History of Contributions

Key contributions (till 2010)

  1. Program a bot to use the Census 2001 data to create 5000 Indian town articles on English and Tamil Wikipedia. The source code for the project was made freely available and successfully used in other Indian language Wikipedias. Full listing is here.
  2. Began WikiProject India on the English Wikipedia. Organized the project structure into task forces and created the project template for assessment purposes. Managed Collaboration of the week for a period.
  3. Helped List of Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu become a featured list. It still remains the most comprehensive source of information on the subject that is available on the internet.
  4. Train newcomers on basic editing and use of automated tools for editing Wikipedia.
  5. Writes and operates bots including User:Ganeshbot. Has written plug-ins for AutoWikiBrowser. The CSVLoader plugin has been useful for many Wikimedia projects including:
    1. Creating stub articles for sea snails on Wikipedia
    2. Maintenance of Creator templates at Wikimedia Commons
    3. Creating basic taxon pages on Wikispecies
    4. Creating articles on Tamil Wiktionary
  6. Helped upload 15,000 species and genera articles for WikiProject Gastropods (snails). Full listing is here. This is still ongoing; there are 60,000 to 80,000 living snails and slugs species. The bot program uses the web service functionality on World Register of Marine Species to download the data into CSV files. The CSV files are then uploaded into Wikipedia using the CSVLoader plugin.

Peer Recognition (if any)

Press coverage (if any)

Had participated in Wikicamp unconference in 2007 and received some Press coverage.

Relevant Publications by contributor (if any)

(please detail)

Any other information