Subhashish Panigrahi | 12 Nov 16:31 2015

[CIS-A2K] October 2015 Newsletter

Dear all,

Centre for Internet and Society' Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K) program would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of October 2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.

== 1000 Marathi books by Marathi-language non-profit to come online on Marathi Wikisource with Open Access ==

As the Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha (MGS), a non-profit organization working for the preservation of the "Peshwa" culture in Maharashtra, and based in Pune, India, celebrated its 121st anniversary recently, the organization relicensed 1000 books for Marathi Wikisource under CC-by-SA 4.0 license so that the books could be digitized and be made available for millions of Marathi readers. Avinash Chaphekar from the organization signed a document permitting Wikimedians to digitize the books on the Wikisource. On this special occasion of the anniversary, a three-day book exhibition was organized starting October 30.

Answering our question "Could you please share with us your ideas of opening these invaluable books for Wikisource? How they are going to be useful for the online readers to learn about the Peshwas?", Mr Chaphekar says:

“These books are of historical importance and cover topics that are rarely covered well anywhere else. This information should reach to more people. Right after our Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended to read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin as it contains a lot of messages for a common man, a lady walked to us once and asked if she can read this Marathi. Such books that were published by the Sanstha should not be kept closed as a lot many readers are searching for such books. We might not have a very great presence in the media or the Internet. How does any reader who does not know us buy a book? If these books are available online they could at least find and read them”.

== Event organized/participated ==

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⬤ Konkani-language books from Konkani-language culture center Mannd Sobhaann to enrich Konkani Wikipedia: ( Mannd Sobhaann (, a private organization working for unification of Konkani people around the world, preservation and promotion of Konkani language and culture, has recently relicensed 3 of their published books under a CC-by-SA 4.0 ( license. Erik Ozario, founder of the organization has kindly permitted to open these books under free license so they get digitized on Konkani Wikisource ( and contribute in enriching the Goan Konkani Wikipedia ( Thanks to our friend Harriet Vidyasagar ( for helping in acquiring these books.

⬤ Odia Wikisource 1st anniversary celebration: ( Odia Wikimedia community celebrated Odia Wikisource's first anniversary at the Institute on Management of Agricultural Extension (IMAGE), Siripur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Jeeban Panda and Puspashree Pattnaik from Bhubaneswar based non-profit Srujanika presented the organization's journey in digitizing over 150K folios of many Odia-language books. They also announced relicensing Srujanika’s entire publication (over 700 books) under a free license and digitizing them Wikisource. These books include various science publications by the organization over last two decades. In a panel discussion about the "need for digital platforms for Odia books", participated noted linguist Debi Prasanna Pattnaik, Professor Jatin Nayak, Sudhir Pattnaik, Editor, Samadrusti and Anil Pradhan, Editor, Sikhya Sandhan. The community also had a day long discussion about setting priorities and goals for the project in the coordination of the project's administrator Mrutyunjaya Kar ( There was a survey made where Wikimedians reflected their views on various activities.

⬤ Wikipedia Workshop at Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences: (,_Pune#Project_Aim) This workshop was aimed at introducing Wikipedia to the engineering undergraduate students use the Marathi Wikipedia to disseminate what they are learning in Marathi-language. About 11 students took part and learned input in Marathi and Wikipedia in various topics of their interest.

== Upcoming events: Train-a-Wikipedian ==

CIS-A2K is going to start a new project Train-a-Wikipedian (TAW, In February and June this year, CIS-A2K conducted Train the Trainer (TTT, and MediaWiki Train the Trainer (MWTTT, After conducting these two events, and communicating with the participants the need to start a training program on regular basis was felt and designing the "Train-a-Wikipedian" program was initiated. Initially, the focus would be on five Focus Language Areas (FLAs); a) Kannada, b) Konkani, c) Marathi, d) Odia, and e) Telugu, and the program might be scaled up slowly based on its first pilot implementation. The TAW page on Meta-wiki (, a number of topics are listed that are going to be discussed. As not everything could be imparted to every single participant, almost all the training sessions are going to be custom-made where the learners will be independently selecting topics of their own interest. Suggestions and inputs on this program are welcome!

== Blog posts ==

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. WikipediansSpeak: Telugu-language library catalog project helps Wikipedia grow,( 11 October 2015;

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar, ( 24 October 2015;

⬤ Agarwal, Shirish. Hamara Linux at Wikipedia workshop., 27 October 2015;

== Media coverage ==

1. How to do Guerilla GLAM (, University of Otago, 6 October 2015;

2. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ଆବଶ୍ୟକତା ସମାଜ ( Full Odisha, 24 October 2015;

3. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar (, 24 October 2015

4. Odia Wikisource celebrates 1st anniversary this 25th October ( Bhubaneswar Buzz, 24 October 2015,

5. "महाराष्ट्र ग्रंथोत्तेजक" होणार लोकाभिमुख, महाराष्ट्र टाईम्स, Maharashtra Times, 24 October 2015;

6. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its 1st Birth Anniversary Today At IMAGE, Bhubaneswar (, 25 October 2015;

7. ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ପ୍ରଥମ ଜନ୍ମତିଥି ପାଳନ ( Odia Pua, 25 October 2015;

8. Odia Wikisource to celebrate its first anniversary tomorrow! (, Odisha Sun Times, 25 October 2015;

9. Odia language classics could now be read from phones, tablets and of course from computers!, ( Orissa Diary, 25 October 2015;

10. Odia Wikisource to Hold 1st Anniversary (,  The pioneer, 26 October 2015;

11. Otago Southland are the Coolest (, Library and Information Association of New Zealand, 26 October 2015;

12. Open Access Week round up (, University of Otago, 27 October 2015;

13. मराठी पुस्तके 'विकिस्रोत'ला, सकाळ, Sakaal, 28 October 2015;

14. महाराष्ट्र ग्रंथोत्तेजक संस्थेमधील एक हजार ग्रंथ ऑनलाइन, सामना Saamna, 28 October 2015;

15. India & France to digitise manuscripts, artworks & archives (, Medianama, 29 October 2015;

16. एक हजार ग्रंथ ऑनलाइन, महाराष्ट्र टाईम्स, Maharashtra Times, 30 October 2015;

== Op-eds ==

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ଆବଶ୍ୟକତା (Need for an Odia-language Wikisource) (, Samaja, 25 October 2015;

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Arun Ganesh | 11 Nov 16:46 2015

OSM Mapping party this Sunday

Hey all, as part of geography awareness week, we're having an OpenStreetMap mapping party on Sunday to get together, hack on map ideas and also do some open mapping.

OSM is where all the Wikimedia maps are generated from: 

If you are curious to meet the OSM community, learn how to make maps, tools used and discuss map ideas for Wikimedia, join us. Details:

Feel free to share with other open source/data lists.

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Subhashish Panigrahi | 18 Oct 06:58 2015

Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Dear all,

Though we added this announcement in our September newsletter, it has not delivered in most mailing lists. So, I am sharing this again.

CIS-A2K invites applications from Indian and Indic Wikimedians for the upcoming Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest.[1] The event, happening during December 15-17 in New Delhi, is the most significant event on the calendar for scholars and policy advocates working on intellectual property from a public interest perspective.

The last date of application is 27 October. Indian and Indic Wikipedians are welcome to apply in the event page[2] to apply.


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Subhashish Panigrahi | 18 Sep 18:26 2015

Software Freedom Day 2015, Bengaluru

Dear all,

We're planning to celebrate "Software Freedom Day" in Bengaluru tomorrow. This wasn't planned before and it is such a short notice for you all. We would keep it an open discussion related to software freedom, free software policy lobbying and what each of us could do in our individual/organizational capacity to take free software to more users. We could also do a small sprint to install or share details about free software tools for those who are interested. The registration page is here:

We'd take the event details to an Wiki soon. Please bear with the very quick last minute update, sincere apologies. Please do see if you could take some time out after all your scheduled commitments and join. :)

Those who cannot make it could wave on social media with the hash #SFD2015.

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Dr.U.B. Pavanaja | 15 Sep 11:43 2015

[CIS-A2K] August Newsletter

Dear all,


CIS-A2K would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of August 2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.


Odia Wikipedia (available at, an Indian-language Wikipedia project, celebrated thirteen years of free knowledge contribution in June 2015. It was one of the first four Indic Wikipedias (Assamese, malayalam and Punjabi being the other three)to have started in 2002. The first edit on the Wikipedia was made on 3 June 2002. Currently the project has over 8,900 articles and about 17 active editors (also known as "uikiali"). The voluntary editor community has put its efforts into acquiring valuable content, re-licensing them under Creative Commons (CC) licenses, and building tools for acquiring more encyclopedic content from various sources.


Odia Wikipedia community assessment survey June 2015. It gives an overview about the various hindrances for the growth of Odia Wikipedia and the community.

During the thirteenth anniversary celebrations, the community came together to assess community needs, address issues that had been identified earlier via irc and mailing list discussions, and identify priority areas to focus on in the future. Odia Wikipedia administrators Mrutyunjaya Kar and Subhashish Panigrahi designed a needs assessment survey. ( Participating Wikimedians were asked to discuss various problems they face in editing and outreach two major areas that ensures quality standards. .

Two-fifths of participants said that problems with the rendering of Odia characters in different operating systems, ignorance or lack of more documentation about enabling encoding for Odia, input methods and keyboard layouts, and other font- and keyboard-related issues as the major reason for low readership and contribution on Wikipedia.

. . .Read more in the Wikimedia blog at:

== Event organized/participated ==

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⬤ Telugu Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Annamacharya library ( ):

On 6 August a Telugu Wikipedia edit-a-thon was conducted at Annamacharya library to preserve rare Telugu literature text. Annamacharya library has a rare collection of the religious and historical works in Telugu language. This event was conducted by Telugu Wikipedia Community and the Centre for Internet & Society's Access To Knowledge program. The second iteration of the event was organized on 31 August.


⬤ Tamil Virtual University workshop ( ):

On 8-9 August, a two-day long workshop on digital collaborations in Tamil-language was organized by Tamil Virtual University, Anna University Campus, Chennai. U.B.Pavanaja, on behalf of CIS-A2K, participated in this event. Four major topics discussed during the event were: Digitization, Research and Development, e-learning and Open source and Outreach.


⬤ SDM Ujire Kannada workshop:


CIS-A2K has ongoing partnership with SDM College, Ujire. The college's academic year started on 12 August. It was followed by a one-day workshop where the students were introduced to editing in Kannada Wikipedia. The head of the journalism department of the College Bhaskar Shetty and others supported the event.


⬤ Tulu Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Mangalore ( ):

A three-day edit-a-thon was organized between 14-16 August in Mangalore for bringing good quality content in Tulu Wikipedia. This event, organized in collaboration with the Tulu Sahitya Academy and Ramakrishna Pre University College, saw 30 Wikipedia editors participating and creating about 89 new articles. 12 of these 30 participants crossed more than 10 edits. Some of the new participants faced problems with using the input methods and the Wiki-markup. It is important to note that because of the lack of addition of Tulu-alphabet code points in the Unicode chart, and the speakers being well conversant in Kannada, they are using Kannada script for Tulu Wikipedia Incubator project. There is a plan to organize a monthly meetup and/or edit-a-thon to continue the momentum these editors have brought in.


⬤ Kannada Wikipedia workshop at DSERT (

A Kannada Wikipedia workshop was organized between 18-20 August at the Department of State Educational Research and Training to improve science-related articles that are part of the Government of Karnataka's high school syllabus. During the workshop the lecturers were taught about the basics of Kannada Wikipedia, article editing policies, Kannada input, creating and editing articles on Kannada Wikipedia. U.B. Pavanaja and Tito Dutta from CIS-A2K conducted the workshop, behalf of CIS-A2K.

=== Sau Dhuni Teen project ===

⬤ Wikipedia workshop in Pune (

A Wikipedia workshop was organized at Srimati Savitribai Phule Pune University on 20 August 2015. Under the scope of “Sau Dhuni Teen” project, the workshop focused on building resources in Indian languages for women's studies on Wikipedia.


⬤ Wikipedia workshop in TISS, Mumbai:


A two-day long and multilingual Wikipedia workshop was organized at the Women's Studies Department of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai between 22-24 August. This was an outreach event conducted under the scope of the "Sau Dhuni Teen" project.

== Blog posts ==

⬤ Pavanaja, U. B. "Tulu Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Mangalore" ( (18 August 2015)

⬤ Pavanaja, U. B. "Edit-a-thon to improve Kannada-language science-related Wikipedia articles" ( (19 August 2015)

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. "Odia Wikisource has a new Wikisourcer, and he is the youngest in the Odia Wikimedia community!" ( (21 August 2015)

== Media coverage ==

1. ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ:ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೂ ಲಭ್ಯ ಇರುವ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ ಮುಕ್ತ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಾ-ಪವನಜ ( ) SahilOnline; 14 August 2015
ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಿಂದ ದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ( ); 13 August 2015
3. Telugu religious and historical work preserved at Annamacharya library to come on Wikisource! ( ) The Hans India; 7 August 2015


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Subhashish Panigrahi | 21 Aug 11:04 2015

[CIS-A2K] July Newsletter

Dear all,

CIS-A2K would like to share with you the newsletter for the month of
July 2015. We look forward to hearing any feedback or input you might have.

The Goan Konkani Wikipedia (available at has gone
live after spending nine long years in incubation.

Konkani Wikipedia has many heroes, Melissa Simoes and Darshan Kandolkar
are two of the many long-term contributors who joined Konkani Wikipedia
during the Konkani Wikipedia  <at>  Goa University program and are still
active even after the program was formally concluded. Darshan is an
Assistant Professor at the Government College Pernem in Goa. His
professor at Goa University, Dr. Madhavi Sardesai—who passed away last
year—played a vital role in inspiring him to pursue higher studies in
Konkani. Darshan realized that there is a lot to be written in Konkani
when he was introduced to Wikipedia, and after that, he became dedicated
towards contributing to the project.

The Konkani Wikimedia community has been using social media actively to
promote the Konkani Wikipedia project, and to celebrate the successes of
its contributors. After Melissa became the top contributor to the
project, her fellow editor Luis Gomes congratulated her. That brought
Melissa into the spotlight, gaining the attention of editors from the
global Wikimedia community. The community is continuing a tradition to
rewarding the most prolific contributor of each month as the "Wikipedian
of the Month".

More in the Wikimedia blog:

== Event organized/participated ==
* Christ university Undergraduate program (July 1-8):
Students were initiated into the Wikimedia activities with hands on
sessions of typing on Wikisource. Faculty of the Christ University
helped the A2K team in deciding on the texts that were to be typed.
These texts will provide much needed impetus for Wikisource related
activities in Indian Languages. Wikipedia Education Programme at Christ
University received support from Ravishankar.A of the Tamil Wikimedia
community and Sayant Mahato from Sanskrit Wikimedia community.

* St. Aloyisius college, Mangalore (July 4-5):
Tulu and Kannada Wikipedia workshops were conducted in St. Aloysis
College, Mangalore. Tulu Wikipedia is in Incubator and a small community
is growing in Mangalore. Pavanaja U.B. and Rahmanuddin Shaik
participated in this events.

* MediaWiki Train the Trainer Program2015
A four-day long train-the-trainer program aimed at building leadership
among technical contributors to Indic language Wikimedians in the areas
of bugs, bots--Pywikipedia and Auto Wiki Browser, various MediaWiki
tools, and translations. This program was organized during June 24-27 by
CIS-A2K with support from Ravishankar.A from Wikimedia India, MediaWiki
developers Pavithra H., Yogesh Omshivaprakash H.L. and Harsh Kothari,
and Tamil Wikimedian Dineshkumar Ponnusamy.

* Wikimania 2015, Mexico City:
** Learning Day (15 July 2015):
A whole day dedicated for evaluation of strategies and activities by
various major stakeholders of the Wikimedia movement; community members
who lead major activities, Wikimedia chapters, affiliate organizations
and Wikimedia Foundation itself. There were several group activities,
exchange of ideas focused on project and community level outreach and
other activities, tools and techniques, and best practices. Subhashish
Panigrahi participated in this event.

** Talk on Guerrilla GLAM:
Subhashish presented about doing GLAM the guerrilla way--by sharing many
frugal practices, and ways around acquiring cultural content to enrich
Wikipedia and Wikipedia's sister projects where the conventional GLAM
partnerships do not fetch much success.

* * Panel discussion "Edit-a-thons for bridging the gender gap on Wikimedia:
A panel discussion centered around using edit-a-thons as an outreach
tool among women, measuring its impact and comparing it with other modes
of outreach. Subhashish along with Malayalam Wikimedian Netha Hussain as
moderator, and other fellow Wikimedians in the panel Rohini Lakshane,
Emily Temple-Wood, Siko Bouterse (WMF) and Heather Walls participated in
the discussion.

** Indic meetup:
During Wikimania, an Indic meetup was organized where Wikimedians from
India, Bangladesh and Nepal representing various language communities,
Wikimedia India, Wikimedia Bangladesh, Wikimedia Nepal, and Access To
Knowledge (CIS-A2K) gathered to discuss about various challenges,
cross-community collaborative projects, organizing larger events, and
strategies to grow the Wikimedia movement in South Asia.

* "Classical Languages In The Digital Era" conference, Central Institute
of Indian Languages, Mysore (Participated by Tanveer Hasan on 17 July 2015):
Organized by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore this
conference was aimed at discussing about the future of Indian classical
languages in the digital era. Classical languages that are more of
confined within the print media have to find their way out to reach to
masses using the digital media. Linguists, researchers and scholars
representing various Indian languages gathered at CIIL where Tanveer
Hasan from CIS-A2K participated.

* Hackathon at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay (28 June 2015)
Around 35 students (25 male and 10 female) and interns together from IIT
Bombay participated in a hackathon organized in the institution by the
Wikimedia community led by Santosh Singare and Rahul Deshmukh.
Rahimanuddin Shaik from CIS-A2K delivered a presentation on Wikidata and
bots and Abhinav Garule supported in organizing the event. The students
formed groups and worked on brainstorming about different bots.

* Odia Wikipedia Turning 13 this June 3 (Organized by the Odia Wikipedia
Community and supported by CIS-A2K; Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya
Marg, Sainik School PO, Gajapati Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha; June 3, 2015):
The Odia Wikipedia turned 13 on June 3. The community gathered in
Odisha's capital city Bhubaneswar for a day to celebrate this day.
During the thirteenth anniversary celebrations, the community had a day
long session to assess community needs, address issues, and identify
priority areas to focus on for the future. A legacy encoding →
Unicodeencoding converter was released publicly during the event. This
'encoding converter' is a community project led by Wikimedians
Jnanaranjan Sahu and Manoj Sahukar and converts the encoding systems
used by Odia newspapers, the Odisha government websites and many
publications into Unicode.

== Blogs ==
* Panigrahi, Subhashish. Konkani Wikipedia Goes Live After 'Nine Years'
of Incubation (July 18, 2015)
* Patnaik, Sailesh. Odia Wikipedia meets Google Developer Group
* Hasan, Tanveer. Magic words (29 July 2015)
* Hasan, Tanveer. Train the Trainer: Running effective outreach
activities in India (30 July 2015)

== Team updates ==
Tito Dutta, Luis Gomes and Abhinav Garule have joined the CIS-A2K team
as Programme Associates from March this year. Tito will be working for
internal documentation and resource building, and Luis and Abhinav will
be implementing the Konkani and Marathi work plan respectively along
with community liaison.

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Arun Ganesh | 11 Jul 06:07 2015

OSM mapping party tomorrow in Indiranagar

The last mapping party we ended up creating Kannada maps.

If you are around Indiranagar and want to get into some open mapping come right by for our next meet tomorrow.

Feel free to spread the word and invite your friends.

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CherianTinu Abraham | 6 Jul 10:12 2015

[Press] Times of India : 'The vandals of Wiki'

( Article appeared on TOI Delhi on 5th July  and Mumbai on 6th July print editions. )

For the better part of June 30, Kolkata was India's largest city and Bangla was the government's official language along with Hindi and Indian English. The sly attempt at misinformation also featured the national motto 'Satyameva Jayate' written in Bangla script on Wikipedia's 'India' page. Many hours later, an administrator who goes by the username SpacemanSpiff landed on the page, saw all the telltale signs of a vandal attack, and scrubbed it clean of the errors. This was right after a round of firefighting on the pages of Jawaharlal Nehru and his family, where an anonymous vandal had tried to pass off the late PM's grandfather as a Muslim.

 Vandalism is a fact of life at Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Administrators like Spacemanspiff are senior editors who, over the years, have been entrusted by the Wikipedia community to protect, delete or restore pages, and even block notorious editors.

 As SpacemanSpiff reminded fellow volunteers on the India notice board about the need to keep a watch on the Nehru wikis, another editor remembered that similar attempts were made in 2014. "This is not a new meme on or off-Wiki. Parallel attempts to establish that Feroze Gandhi was Muslim are even more common," writes Abecedare.

 The popular site sees vandals of all kinds, says A Ravishankar, program director at the Wikimedia Chapter in India. Newbies sometimes click the edit button on a page to make some trivial changes. Some vengeful ones go on a rampage when editors reject their edits due to insufficient citation or poor sourcing. Then there are the passionate hordes that descend on their pet topics, mostly entries about religion and politics. The only way to deal with vandalism is by remaining vigilant, says Ravishankar.

 What's more insidious and hard to rein in are changes by editors who are paid to twist the rules at Wikipedia so that their clients' pages sparkle. "We've had PR agencies editing pages for their clients, including actors. IIPM was a prime example of such paid editing," claims Ravishankar. The now-defunct business school allegedly got help from a senior editor called Wifione and an army of sock puppets (bogus user accounts) to keep out negative information about it between the years 2010 and 2012. They were reportedly reverted after severe backlash from within Wikipedia.

 Internationally, blog writers for Wikipediocracy, a review site examining Wiki's flaws, have criticized Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that runs the site, for not doing much to allay allegations that Croatian and Kazakh Wikipedias have been manipulated, sometimes by the government machinery itself. Bots such as <at> parliamentedits (UK) and <at> congressedits (US) came up to track anonymous edits done from official IPs after several instances of tinkering by parliamentarians and Congressmen surfaced. A similar bot from India, <at> AnonGoIWPEdits, linked the Nehru edits to an IP address belonging to the National Informatics Centre.

 The reason why so many people flock to get the content right on Wikipedia is the number of page views it gets. Indian users account for 4.1% of the total page views on the site. In December 2014 alone, there were 50,000 edits from the country with 'India' itself being the top edited entry for that year.

 Others on the most-edited list include wikis of actors Vijay, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Curiously, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi and Hinduism also made it to this list as per data generated by the Centre For Internet and Society (CIS) from the Wikimedia database. Trending news items also quickly make their way in. PM Narendra Modi's estranged wife Jashodaben got a wiki last year; so did the first Indian in NBA Satnam Singh Bhamara, says Tanveer Hasan, programme officer, CIS-Access to Knowledge.

 For all this buzz, India has followed a global trend of slowdown in the number of edits on the English language Wikipedia. "When Wiki started in 2001, the first generation of editors was in their 20s. Many of them have moved out due to family and professional commitments and not many new editors have replaced them," says Ravishankar. Senior editor Tinu Cherian Abraham remembers starting off in 2005 and creating entries from scratch about anything and everything, from a historic fort near Bangalore to villages in Kerala. He also used to organize meet-ups in various cities to create awareness about the site and recruit more editors. Though he still edits, he says he doesn't have much time for anything else.

 For now, the action has shifted to Indian language Wikipedias, where smaller and vibrant communities are busy creating pages and correcting errors. There are nearly 2,600 editors in English and close to 10,000 in Indian languages now. Either way, vandals have their hands full.

Tinu Cherian

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CherianTinu Abraham | 2 Jul 08:46 2015

[Controversy / Press] : Wikipedia entries on Nehru family edited from NIC IP

There is a current controversy in which Wikipedia entries related to Jawaharlal Nehru and family, edits from an IP address related to Government.

Some coverage:-

CNN-IBN - Nehru, his forefathers' Wikipedia pages mischievously altered using a government IP address: Congress

Times of India : Wiki entries on Nehru family edited from NIC IP?

The Economic Times : Jawaharlal Nehru Wikipedia page: Congress demands 'full enquiry', PM Modi's apology

India Today : Congress attacks government over doctored Wikipedia entries

Scroll : Think the Nehru Wikipedia edit is bad? See what else government workers have been changing

First Post: 'Nehru's grandfather was Muslim': Wikipedia pages changed from govt IP address, Congress demands apology

First Post : Nehru Wikipedia page row: Congress demands full enquiry, wants PM Modi to apologise

Indian Express : Government agency tried to change Nehru’s profile on Wikipedia, claims Congress

Hindustan Times: Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address

NDTV : Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia Page 'Edited' by Government Department: Congress

IBT-India : 'Jawaharlal Nehru was Muslim', Says Wikipedia Page Edit Tracked to Govt IP Address

The Hindu : Nehru's Wikipedia pages altered from GoI IP address: Congress

New Indian Express : Congress Attacks Centre over Changes in Wikipedia Page on Jawaharlal Nehru

Zee news :Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address; Congress seeks PM Modi's reply

DNA: Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page vandalised, Congress alleges it was done from government IP

Mid-day : Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address, alleges Congress

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Arun Ganesh | 26 Apr 08:51 2015

Nepal earthquake mapping

Calling Bengaluru wiki volunteers to help map earthquake hit areas for rescue workers on the ground.

There will be a mapathon at the Mapbox office in Indiranagar today from 1-4PM with instructions on how anyone can contribute. Do join in and spread the word.


We have already uploaded high res streetmaps of Kathmandu and Patan to commons:

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Vishnu | 1 Apr 22:10 2015

CIS-A2K draft work plans July 2015 to June 2016

Dear Wikimedians,

We are happy to share with you the draft work plans for the period July 2015 to June 2016 [1]. We have more or less followed the same work plan templates from last year. Some of these plans have been done in consultation with the community members. We look forward to receiving your feedback and inputs on the talk pages. This time we have included an endorsement section at the end of every program plan for the community members to endorse, should they wish to do so.

Based on these plans we have also put up the next round of FDC proposal here[2].

We intend to revise these draft work plans based on your and FDC feedback in July, 2015, subject to grant support from FDC.


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