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Wikimedia India

The Wikimedia India Chapter (Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is an independent and not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes and educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc.


Wikimedia India was formally approved by the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation after the recommendation of the Chapters Committee in June 2010 and India became the 29th country to host a Wikimedia Chapter. The Wikimedia Chapter was formally registered as a Non-profit Society vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District on 03 Jan 2011. Wikimedia India is an approved chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation for Wikimedians living in, or connected to India.

This chapter helps coordinate various Indian language Wikipedias & other Wikimedia projects and spread the word in India. Chapter's latest updates can be accessed from its official portal Wiki wiki.wikimedia.in.

It is an autonomous entity that does not have any editorial control over content on Wikipedia and its related projects. The Chapter does not have access to the servers hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation in the USA.

Becoming a memberEdit

Membership is open to Indian citizens (aged 18 years and above) and Institutions registered in India.

  • Fees: The annual membership fee (as on Mar 2012) is Rs 100/- for Individuals and Rs 1000/- for Institutions.
  • Membership Term: The membership term runs from the date of approval of said membership and ends on 31st March of the same financial year. Membership applications are accepted throughout the year. There are no multi year or life membership options.
  • Payment mode: The membership fee can be paid either by DD/Cheque/NEFT/Internet banking transfer (for SBI account holders) to Chapter Bank account. Please do not deposit cash/outstation cheques into Chapter SBI Bank account, at SBI branches as Bank levies Rs 25 as inter branch fee (as of Aug 2011). Please transfer the amount through NEFT as the charges are lower. Cash is not accepted for membership fee as of now.
  • Membership form: The membership application form can be downloaded from available: Individual, Institutional
  • Form submission: The duly completed membership application along with payment instrument/or details of payment needs to be sent to Chapter office: Wikimedia Chapter, No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071.
  • Application processing: The Chapter membership committee will endeavour to process all applications within four weeks
  • WMC reserves the right to reject membership applications, with reason. In such cases, if payment is already made, the same will be refunded without any interest for the intervening period otherwise, the payment instrument (Cheque/DD) will be returned. However, the Rules and Regulations of the Wikimedia Chapter provide for appeal in such cases in Article IV-1. “In cases where the Executive Committee does not approve the application for membership of a person, said person may appeal to the General Body at the next Annual General Meeting.”
More Information can be found here

DonationsEdit

Wikimedia India Chapter ( Reg Name : Wikimedia Chapter) is a not-for-profit organisation which gratefully receives your donations, no matter how large or small. Please note that donations to Wikimedia Chapter are not non-tax deductible in India, as of now. We are currently working on 12A and 80G tax exemption applications.

We appeal to the community, members, philanthropic individuals and organizations to support us at Wikimedia India through donations. As a newly registered entity, we depend on the generous contributions of people like you to support the activities and projects of our volunteers throughout the country. If you wish to donate for a specific purpose or project aligned with the objectives of the Chapter, we would be happy to discuss this with you at the email address provided below.

Donations can be made via Cheque, Demand Draft, NEFT and Internet banking and the completed donation form should be emailed to chapter@wikimedia.in.

A direct deposit, NEFT and Internet banking can be made to our bank account.

If you are making a contribution by DD/cheque please make them payable to "Wikimedia Chapter" , payable in Bangalore and send them to:

Wikimedia Chapter
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross
Dommaluru 2nd Stage
Bangalore - 560071

Once the payment is processed, we will send you a receipt.

As of now, due to regularity body restrictions, we can accept donations only from India or Indian citizens.

More information can be found here

Communication channelsEdit

Official ContactsEdit

WikimediaIndia-lEdit

There is a mailing list at WikimediaIndia-l for discussion of this chapter, and of the Indian language Wikimedia projects in general.

Other mailing lists/groups/noticeboardsEdit

List of Mailing Lists specific to India

IRCEdit

To join the discussion on IRC, join us in #wikimedia-in

Social MediaEdit


PeopleEdit

Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee (Board) :

  • Jayanta Nath : Secretary ( jayanta at wikimedia.in)
  • Sanket Oswal  : Treasurer (sanket_oswal at wikimedia.in)
  • Priyanka Tiwari  : Member (priyanka.tiwari at wikimedia.in)
  • Yohann Varun Thomas  : Member ( yohannvt at wikimedia.in )
  • Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju  : Member ( ekbalb at wikimedia.in )
  • Nikhil Kawale  : Member ( nikhil.kawale at wikimedia.in)
Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-exec at lists.wikimedia.org

Wikimedia India Staff :

  • Ravishankar Ayyakkannu : Program Director ( ravidreams at wikimedia.in)

History and TimelineEdit

  • 30-Sep-2004: An IRC meeting on September 30, 2004 at 15:30 IST. For a summary of the discussion, please see 2004 IRC meeting.
  • Nov-2007: The discussions have been re-initiated in November 2007, and several people have responded enthusiastically on the WikimediaIndia-l mailing list (please see the November 2007 archive). A draft of proposed bylaws is available here.
  • Dec-2008: Sue Gardner and Jimmy visited India in Dec 2008.
  • Jul-2009: Discussions started again after 2009 July Bangalore Meetup
  • 8-Mar-2010: Memorandum of Association proposed. Now, we have reached a state where we can take this forward formally and fast. A brief background of the history can be found here.
  • 6-Apr-2010: A final version of the MoA and by-laws was submitted to the Wikimedia Chapters Committee on 6 April 2010, after undergoing various revisions based on feedback from individual members of the Chapters Committee, Wikipedians in India and elsewhere, and the advice of an Indian tax expert who is helping with registration. This is the announcement of final submission.
  • June, 2010 Wikimedia India became the 29th chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation by a resolution of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.
  • 3-January-2011 Registration of the organisation in India has been completed vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District Certificate No: SOR/BLU/DR/1137/10-11 dt 03 Jan 2011 ( announce page).
  • 30-July-2011 Kicked off events with a seminar on Copy rights and Open Licensing at Bangalore
  • 12-Sep-2011 Kicked off outreach events with a Wiki Academy for Department of Public libraries, Government of Karnataka.
  • 24-September-2011 First AGM and Chapter Elections conducted successfully.
  • 18-November-2011 Wikimedia India Chapter co-hosted first WikiConference India with Mumbai Wikipedia Community.

WikipediaEdit

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 4,879,144 36,361,707 773,130,091 1,350 25,255,434 126,044 855,816
Hindi हिन्दी hi 102,317 520,759 2,892,725 8 174,082 371 2,510
Tamil தமிழ் ta 66,718 205,180 1,937,677 37 81,933 231 10,832
Telugu తెలుగు te 60,163 187,149 1,510,814 17 46,060 144 9,759
Marathi मराठी mr 41,876 164,274 1,380,351 10 55,145 92 20,512
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 39,015 266,702 2,229,429 18 69,946 206 4,681
Bengali বাংলা bn 35,665 393,507 1,915,187 15 86,414 486 3,051
Bishnupriya Manipuri ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী bpy 25,058 57,587 804,281 1 14,178 21 200
Urdu اردو ur 70,481 322,324 4,303,777 15 41,508 171 4,261
Nepali नेपाली ne 25,888 70,942 477,438 15 22,022 101 366
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 25,525 56,436 391,931 3 24,644 56 272
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 16,110 60,655 527,210 5 26,023 95 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,940 32,431 298,964 4 13,776 40 497
Divehi ދިވެހިބަސް dv 2,985 10,775 123,988 1 13,630 16 1,102
Pali पाऴि pi 2,514 4,345 101,440 0 3,312 5 1
Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 16,984 55,554 251,989 4 10,731 76 966
Odia ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 8,822 41,740 207,214 4 9,211 36 147
Assamese অসমীয়া as 3,389 34,590 149,458 4 11,341 45 1,331
Sindhi سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध sd 2,861 8,186 38,466 3 4,856 21 35
Kashmiri कश्मीरी / كشميري ks 118 2,265 29,202 1 4,481 7 1

Indo-Aryan languages (432,371 – 1.2%)Edit

Hindi
  
23.66%
Marathi
  
9.69%
Bishnupriya Manipuri
  
5.8%
Bengali
  
8.25%
Western Panjabi
  
7.83%
Gujarati
  
5.9%
Nepali
  
5.99%
Urdu
  
16.3%
Other
  
16.58%

--hi--102317--Hindi (हिन्दी)--102,317 --mr--41876--Marathi (मराठी)--41,876 --bpy--25058--Bishnupriya (বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী)--25,058 --bn--35665--Bengali (বাংলা)--35,665 --pnb--33848--Western Punjabi (پنجابی)--33,848 --gu--25525--Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)--25,525 --ne--25888--Nepali (नेपाली)--25,888 --ur--70481--Urdu (اردو)--70,481 --hif--6551--Fiji Hindi (Fiji Hindi)--6,551 --sa--9940--Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)--9,940 --si--11239--Sinhala (සිංහල)--11,239 --dv--2985--Divehi (ދިވެހިބަސް)--2,985 --pa--16984--Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)--16,984 --pi--2514--Pali (पालि)--2,514 --bh--5289--bh (bh)--5,289 --or--8822--Oriya (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)--8,822 --as--3389--Assamese (অসমীয়া)--3,389 --rmy--556--Romani (Romani)--556 --sd--2861--Sindhi (سنڌي)--2,861 --ks--118--Kashmiri (कॉशुर / کٲشُر)--118

Dravidian languages (182,006 – 0.5%)Edit

Telugu
  
33.06%
Tamil
  
36.66%
Malayalam
  
21.44%
Kannada
  
8.85%

--te--60163--Telugu (తెలుగు)--60,163 --ta--66718--Tamil (தமிழ்)--66,718 --ml--39015--Malayalam (മലയാളം)--39,015 --kn--16110--Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)--16,110


WikisourceEdit

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 4,879,144 36,361,707 773,130,091 1,350 25,255,434 126,044 855,816
Marathi मराठी mr 41,876 164,274 1,380,351 10 55,145 92 20,512
Tamil தமிழ் ta 66,718 205,180 1,937,677 37 81,933 231 10,832
Telugu తెలుగు te 60,163 187,149 1,510,814 17 46,060 144 9,759
Bengali বাংলা bn 35,665 393,507 1,915,187 15 86,414 486 3,051
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 25,525 56,436 391,931 3 24,644 56 272
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 39,015 266,702 2,229,429 18 69,946 206 4,681
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 16,110 60,655 527,210 5 26,023 95 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,940 32,431 298,964 4 13,776 40 497
Assamese অসমীয়া as 3,389 34,590 149,458 4 11,341 45 1,331

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