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Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 Results

After going through more than 37,000 images, the results for Wiki Loves Monuments have finally been announced. To summarise, we received 37,000+ images images in this edition from 1784 participants. 1500+ participants contributed to the movement for the first time during the contest. From the 37,000+ images we received, 1300 images are already been used in Wikipedia and it sister projects. Inspite of the contest ending, the flow of knowledge doesn’t end here, there are plenty of unused ASI monument images which is now available to utilize them across the movement. The WLM India core team which comprised of Abhinav Srivastava,Kiran RaviKumar,Karthik Nadar,Naveen Francis,Sanket Oswal,Santosh Shringare and Yohann Thomas show their gratitude to the jury members, the volunteers & the participants who made this successful. Also, the organizers want to thank Wikimedia Foundation for funding, Wikimedia India Chapter for joining hands and WLM International team for the support received throughout the competition.

You can find the winners here-

Upgradation of Wikimedia India Server

Wikimedia India's website layout has remained the same since its inception in 2011 With an outdated server & firmware, and the website facing downtime with periodic snags, a decision was made to upgrade the server & also the interface of the Wikimedia India website In the months of October & November, the software was upgraded & migrated to the new software. With a new interface & updated layout, the website of Wikimedia India is now better than ever.

Wikimedia India would want to thank Naveen Francis & Ranjith Siji for all their help in this exercise.

Wikipedia Asian Month 2016

With the 2016's iteration of the online edit-a-thon,taking place in November 2016, the purpose of Asian Month on the English Wikipedia is to improve the quantity and quality of articles relating to Asian countries. Last year, over 7,000 articles were contributed in 43 languages in Wikipedia Asian Month.

This year too, more than 500 users have enrolled themselves to contribute to this online edit-a-thon.

As a symbol of friendship between Wikipedia's Asian communities, each participant who creates at least four (4) articles that fulfill the criteria will receive a specially designed Wikipedia postcard from other participating countries. Wikipedians who create the most articles on each Wikipedia will be honored as "Wikipedia Asian Ambassadors".

Other news


Wikisangamotsavam-2016, the fifth annual gathering of users and well wishers of Malayalam Wikimedia projects, will take place from 26,27,28 December, 2016 in Kanjangad,Kasargod Kerala. Wikimedia India helped the organizers of WikiSangamotsavam`2016 to apply for a Rapid grant to the WMF which was successfully approved.

Raju Suthar Infrastructure Scholarship

Wikimedia India helped Raju Suthar to apply for a Rapid grant to the WMF which was successfully approved. Raju Suthar is one of the most active Wikipedians on the Hindi Wikipedia with almost 750+ articles to his name. In July 2016, he was also featured on the Wikimedia India website as the Featured Wikimedian of the month.

Other Wikimedia news in India

Open Con 2016 Ranchi

The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi was hosted at Dept. of Zoology, Ranchi University was jointly organized by the Open Access India and the Dept. of Zoology, Ranchi University in partnership with OpenCon on 12 November 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The OpenCon is a conference for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action towards a more open system of research and education organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and a Organizing Committee of students and early career academic professionals from around the world. The OpenCon 2016 Ranchi is a satellite event of the main OpenCon 2016 which was hosted for the first time in Ranchi, Jharkhand and is the only second satellite event to be held in India this year. First being the OpenCon 2016 Chandigarh which was organized as a parallel event along side of the Wiki Conference India held at Chandigarh in August 2016. Previously OpenCon 2015 Kolkata satellite event was organized in December 2015 at Kolkata by the Open Access India community of practice consisting of students, researchers, librarians, professors advocating for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education in India. Approximately 2000 people have attended various satellite events around the world in the past 2014 and 2015.

Indic Wikisource Update

After the implementation of the Google OCR script to all the Indic Wikisource projects, there is an accelerated increase in the statitics.The Wikisource community has published the following updates for Indic Wikisource