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Wikimedia Conference 2017

The Wikimedia Conference 2017 took place in Berlin from 31 March to 2 April, 2017. It is the annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations (Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, user groups, and the Wikimedia Foundation), as well as other committees to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement in terms of collaboration, structures and organizational development. Rahul Deshmukh and Sanket Oswal attended on behalf of Wikimedia India.

Wikipedia Awareness Campaign In India: Video on Hindi Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation's New Readers team worked in close association with Indian Wikipedians to increase awareness of Wikipedia. An awareness video was created in this regard. Wikimedia India executive committee member Suyash Dwivedi was part of the process on behalf of the Chapter. [Video Link]

Project Tiger Writing Contest

The second phase of the pilot project, named the "Project Tiger Edit-a-thon 2018", started from March and continued through the end of May. The participating Indian language Wikipedia communities had competed for three months on a writing contest focused on content gaps. 10 Indic languages; Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, along with English took part in the contest.


Language Participants Articles New Page views
Expanded Page


Contest articles
Bengali 17 379 29,740 47,583 Petscan link
English 7 20 2348 85296 Petscan link
Gujarati 9 97 8809 4595 Petscan link
Hindi 17 143 11819
Kannada 8 78 1296 Petscan link
Malayalam 22 251 18753 6783 Petscan link
Odia 7 87 Petscan link
Punjabi 32 1320 10926 3973 Petscan link
Tamil 56 1241 63617 90896 Petscan link
Telugu 8 125
Marathi 8 30
Urdu 29 694 21606 10195 Petscan link
Total 220 4466 1,65,774 2,32,816

Project Tiger Editathon at RMNH Bhopal 2018

Editathon for Project Tiger is being organized in association with 'Regional Museum of Natural History, Bhopal' on 14 April 2018.This Editathon will help to create Hindi articles under Project Tiger Editathon 2018.Wikimedia India executive committee member Suyash Dwivedi hosted this event. Report


Wikipedia is one of the first stops for readers and researchers. The goal of the activity is to add one reference to Wikipedia! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. Wikimedia India executive committee member Krishna Chaitanya Velaga hosted two event in Warangal and Guntur. Report

Featured Wikimedians


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Sangram at Mysuru
Sangram Keshari Senapati (User:Ssgapu22) is an active Odia Wikimedian from Bhadrk, Odisha. Sangram was introduced to Wikipedia by his senior at college. He later signed up, and created two articles on English Wikipedia. Upon knowing about Odia Wikipedia, he started contributing to it. But as his writing skills were not good, he used to proofread works on Odia Wikisource, and from that experience he learnt the exact pattern of writing in Odia. He recalls that users MKar and Psubhashish greatly helped him during his initial days.

From his contributions, it can be said that Sangram is an ambassador of #100Wikidays challenge. After having participated in Rathajatra Edit-a-thon, Nabakalebara Edit-a-thon, and Wikipedia Asian Month in 2016 & 2017, he decided to regularly commit himself towards improving the coverage of information on Odia Wikipedia. His first challenge was #100WikiWomanDays, which he started on 8 March 2017 i.e. International Women's Day. Having successfully completed it on 15 June, he took up another #100Wikidays on 13 July. Immediately after its completion 20 October, he took up his third challenge on 21 October, and completed it on 28 January 2018. As this journey continues, he is now amid of his fourth Challenge, which was started on 29 January. With these, he aspires to complete his WikiYear some day.

Sangram is a graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, and is now working as an editor at an Odia magazine. He also an avid photographer, and maintains a photography club. He advocates that new editors need to focus on learning the rules of Wikipedia, and contribute to good quality article


Nizil Shah
Nizil Shah is a Wikimedian from Gujarat. As he started editing in 2008, his first article on English Wikipedia was deleted. In 2012 when he could not find an article on a topic related to the history of Gujarat, he decided to write about it himself. Being an avid reader, he observed that Indian topics are lacking in coverage on English Wikipedia. So he kept writing about topics related to Gujarat such as history, language, literature, culture, people, politics, geography, archaeology and many more. With more than 34000 edits and 400+ articles, he is now among the top 2500 English Wikipedians. He also contributes to Gujarati Wikipedia, Gujarati Wikisource, English Wiktionary, Hindi Wikipedia and English Wikivoyage. He has uploaded and curated more than 500 images on Commons. He considers mentoring of a few Wikimedians is his best contribution to the Wikimedia movement.

He sees lots of potential in the Wikidata and has been its contributor since its inception. He briefly served as an administrator there and has now 39000+ edits. He believes that it will be the central data repository of the internet with its effects going very far. He wants to revive Gujarati Wiktionary through upcoming Lexicographic Data on Wikidata.

Though by profession he is a dentist, he rarely contributes to the health-related subjects. He now wants to expand his contributions to dental and other health topics on English and Gujarati Wikipedias. He considers the lack of good resources in Indian languages and on Indian topics is a challenge and he is working to improve the situation with help of fellow Gujarati editors. He believes: One edit is too many and thousand is never enough.

Other News

New user right: Event coordinator

The event coordinator user group gives editors the right so they can create accounts without being subject to the 6 accounts per IP address limit, and allows editors to temporarily add confirmed status to event attendees with newly created accounts, bypassing the standard four day wait.

Movement Strategy: Call for participation in the Working Groups

The Working Groups will map the present situation of their Thematic Area, the obstacles and opportunities, as well as needed changes. They will identify possible strategies for making these changes and develop concrete recommendations for the movement on how to ratify and implement them.