Date: Oct 4, 2011
Dear Wikimedia India Members and Community,
The highlights of Chapter for the preceding month (Sep-2011) are given below.
The membership count, as on Oct 1st, 2011, stands at 95 members an addition of 14 members since last month.
AGM and Executive Committee Elections
The first Annual General Body Meeting was held on the 24th of September, 2011 at the registered office of the Chapter in Bangalore. EC elections to fill three vacancies were held. Naveen Francis, Sudhanwa Jogalekar and Tinu Cherian ( Profiles ) were elected to the EC. EC extends a warm welcome to all the new members and looks forward to working as team to further grow the Wikimedia movement.
Chapter would like to thank the Nominations Committee and all the members who helped in the smooth conduct of Elections.
Gautam steps down from EC
Gautam John has stepped down from the Secretary's role and EC, in order to pursue his professional and personal life priorities. Chapter thanks Gautam for his contributions to Wikimedia Chapter and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. New Secretary election process is in progress and we will be updating once the new Secretary is elected.
Outreach and Wiki Acadamies
About 30 participants primarily comprising of Deputy Directors and Chief librarians of the department attended the first Wiki Academy conducted at Indira Priyadarshini State Childrens Library, Department of Public Libraries, Bangalore. All participants were given a copy of Chapter brochure, Welcome to Wikipedia,Evaluating Wikipedia quality brochures.
Arjuna Rao Chavala explained how Wikipedia was founded ten years back and how it became the fifth most popular website with content in over 270 languages. He clarified how the principles of verifiability and Neutral point of view help in ensuring the quality of Wikipedia articles. Omshivaprakash, Kannada Wikipedian demonstrated how one can contribute to Wikipedia by explaining various commands available on Wikipedia page. Several participants made use of the internet lab available to create accounts, browse Wikipedia and create articles. ( Detailed report)
This has generated three to four leads for conducting similar events from different parts of the country. Chapter is following up with the proposers to firm up the schedules. Readers are requested to volunteer in identifying additional co-hosts for Wiki Academies and help in conducting the same.
We look forward to your continued support
On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter,
Arjuna Rao Chavala