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Wikimedia foundation in india (a vision from 2011)

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This is a presentation I made for Wikimedia Foundation in 2011 outlining a vision for their India program.

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Wikimedia foundation in india (a vision from 2011)

  1. 1. Wikimedia Foundation in India Sundar
  2. 2. WikiLove Triangle Chapter WMF Community Wikimedia Projects WWMMFF
  3. 3. Community  Asynchronous collaboration  Headless, bottom-up  Tremendous, unmatched energy  No individual obligations, right to vanish  Independent, free thinking, not to be disturbed inside wiki  Needs support for real-world activities
  4. 4. Chapter  Think tank  Outreach front  Community liaison  Geographically distributed (eventually)  Partially synchronised  Reasonably funded  Needs staff support  Members have day jobs  Can’t commit to external meetings
  5. 5. WMF Office  Full-time staff members  Only sufficient as anchors  Execution must involve community and the chapter  Can handle external contacts  Fund-raising  Lobbying  Content acquisition  Need to work with chapter for execution  e.g., curate content for print or CD versions  Outreach activities  Commission projects  Mediawiki (embrace community members as much as possible)  Professional services  Grants route
  6. 6. How?  India Strategy Wiki as an asynchronous collaboration mechanism  Mailing lists for wider consultation  Fortnightly calls with the chapter  Some community members will be on either side, forming bridges  Meetups with community members
  7. 7. Goals  Top-7 and bottom-3 in focus  Topline has greater promise  But, bottomline is in critical condition  Establish many low-cost beachheads  Seeding is low-cost  Could trigger organic (slow) growth  Bootstrap wikis in all Schedule 8 languages  All have > 1 million speakers  Beyond that community will take over
  8. 8. Bootstrapping strategy  Bootstrap Wikis (ref. http://strategy.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title= Proposal:SEO_Market_and_Contributor_Funnel&oldid=74248 )  Content-acquisition  GLAM  Long literary tradition -> Wikisource  Lobby government for content  Targeted promotion in-wiki and off-wiki  Location  Affinity  Other context  Tech support  Localisation  Input-method editors (IME)
  9. 9. Focus areas  North East India needs to be tapped  High literacy  “Unexplored” territory  Bishnupriya Manipuri could be our window to the region  Other focus areas to be data-driven
  10. 10. Tech challenges  Input method  Punjabi Wikipedia split by script  Eastern wiki uses Gurmukhi  Western Wiki uses Shahmukhi  Result: the wiki is disproportionately smaller  Kashmiri Wikipedia one wiki - two scripts  Managed to remain as one wiki  But, no automatic transliteration for readers  Konkani wiki – three scripts in incubation (http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/gom)  Saurashtra Wiki
  11. 11. Community efforts  Malayalam Wikipedia CD  Tamil Wiki article writing contest  Wikimedia India Community NewsLetter “Cross-pollination of these ideas happening, needs to be encouraged.”
  12. 12. Conclusion  Huge scope for development in India.  WikiLove triangle should be understood and leveraged.  India has needs not comparable with western Wiki projects.  Even among Indian language wikis, differences are many. “Open-minded, data driven, facilitatory approach necessary”

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