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Membership

Membership drive completed for the year 2016-2017

Membership drive for the year 2016-17 was completed. Another drive will happen in the WIkiConference India scheduled on 5th-7th August 2016 for the attendees of the conference

Events

India at Rio Olympics edit-a-thon 2016

Wikimedia India is organizing an online edit-a-thon to celebrate the success of Indian sportsmen at the Olympics

Announcement for Commencement of India at Rio Olympics edit-a-thon 2016

  • Announcement for Commencement of India at Rio Olympics edit-a-thon 2016
  • As a mark of respect and paying tribute to Indian athletes and sportsperson who represent India at Olympics, Wikimedia India comes forward with an edit-a-thon to celebrate the success of Indian sportsmen. These are a list of articles Wikimedia India is planning to create/improve
  • A mix of patriotism & pride amongst the Wikipedians for India & its team will ensure that the Indian athletes will get Wikipedia articles that they really deserve.
  • Wikimedia India has also reached out to the organizers of Wiki Loves the Olympics to ensure that good images clicked by the particpiants in the competition are featured in the articles written in our edit-a-thon.

Signing of MOUs for India at Rio Olympics edit-a-thon 2016

  • For Rio Olympics edit-a-thon 2016, 2 MoUs were signed with Niyogi Books & Sankalp Taru for the awards. Please find more about them Here.

Proposals by Wikimedia India at WikiConference India 2016

  • Wikimedia India submitted 3 proposals for Presenting in WikiConference India
  • Participation in other discussions & Presentations

Planning & arranging of meetings for Katherine Maher in New Delhi

Planning & arranging of meetings for Katherine Maher in New Delhi when she visits New Delhi after attending WikiConference India 2016 Wikimedia India along with CIS-A2K is planning & arranging of meetings for Katherine Maher in New Delhi when she visits New Delhi after attending WikiConference India 2016.

Featured Wikimedian of the month

Featured Wikimedian for July

Raju Suthar is one of the most active Wikipedians on the Hindi Wikipedia. He started editing in January 2015 & with help from senior Hindi wikipedians, within 2 months he reached an edit count of 3,000.Currently he has an edit count of 6,500+ with almost 750 articles created to his name. The real story behind this truly inspiring Wikipedian lies in his humble background. Rarely having any access to a laptop, almost all of his edits have been done through a mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S5610). Editing on his phone whenever he gets time,raju while sharing his experience has confessed that editing through a mobile phone was very difficult, due to which he regrets that the contributions which he has made to Wikipedia is not enough and wants to do more for the community & his language. With Hindi having one of the lowest Editors per million speakers, Raju says that Hindi Wikipedia is not growing as fast as some of the other Indic Languages, due to which his primary aim is to see that the community grows to its full Potential. He likes writing articles on Topics related to Cricket, his home state of Rajasthan & its history.

WikiConference India 2016 (WCI 2016)

  • Registrations are open for WikiConference India 2016
  • Final list of Scholarship recipients finalized & published. Please find the list Here.
  • Submission list finalized & applicants have been informed. Please find the Program list Here. Also the Programs team has finalized thePresenter Guidelines, which has to be followed by all the presenters.
  • The Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policy for WikiConference India ha been completed. This is the Final version
  • WCI 2016 Hackathon survey - In the upcoming Wikiconference India a hackathon session will be conducted. The aim of the hackathon is to attempt to provide technical support to Indic Wikimedia communities - Please find a link to the survey Here
  • A WikiWomen's Lunch at WikiConference India 2016 will be organized on August 6, 2016 at conference lunch hour (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.). Interested ppl can sign up WikiWomen's Lunch


  • Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB) project.On 28th July, the WLB team is going to start its second phase of pictorial documentation (Field work) of the available seasonal species and variety of butterflies along with their behavioral pattern in Jayanti, Alipurduar, North Bengal.India. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Butterfly Currently, the team is developing articles(in Bengali Language) about the butterflies found in the first phase. There are total 25 articles in Bengali developed in 3 months time where three of the users are new. Total number of images contributed in commons is 377 till date.

Other events

  • Punjab Edit-a-thon : WikiConference India 2016

An edit-a-thon is being conducted with an aim to create or improve articles related to Punjab. This edit-a-thon is a part of WikiConference India 2016.This will be our gift for the Chandigarh team which is hosting us for the conference. The community that adds most number of words or bytes to the articles will be awarded a trophy during the conference!

  • This year, a few Wikimedians from Puri are documenting the process of building the ratha (chariot) making . They are also uploading every phase of the building process on Wikimedia Common. Many of the images have been already uploaded and a lot more are going to uploaded in the due course of time.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wiki_Loves_Ratha_Jatra You can see the pictures in the project category : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Ratha_Jatra

  • Indian Women in Science Editathon 16 July 2016, CES, IISc, Bangalore

The Wikipedia page for signing up is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Indian_Women_in_Science_Edit-a-thon

but do also register on the organizer's page if you are going to be present at the venue (needed for organizing space and catering)

  • Open call for Project Grant proposals

Project Grants will replace Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) and Project & Event Grants (PEG). <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project> Please feel free to get in touch with me (awang@wikimedia.org) or Marti Johnson (mjohnson@wikimedia.org) with questions about getting started with your project!