CIS-A2K/Events/Tamil Wikipedia Workshop at Anna university Madurai Campus

To spead the Wikimedia movement along with Tamil wikipedia, We have organized this workshop at Madurai TamilNadu.

Event detailsEdit


Anna university is the one of premier institution in Tamil Nadu. Anna University at Madurai has showed the interest in wikipedia workshop as a result of our outreach. We have planned one day Tamil wikipedia workshop for 50 students from same institutions. As this is the pilot batch in the university, we have intended to shortlist the students who has showed interest and has wikipedia account prior to registration. The institution will support on infrastructure and student participations. We have also partnered with madurai based Kalam, an NGO who works on education fields, for local logistic and publicizing support. The Key activities includes to knowledge sharing on Creative commons, wikimedia projects, wikipedia edits, wikipedia APIs.



  • Students get to know about basics of wikimedia projects
  • Students get to know about how to create new articles, translate from other Wikipedias, edit existing articles


  • New active contributors


Total registered users so far 41. We expect 50 students with few faculties to attend the workshop


Participants usernames.

  • S.Maheshwaran3005
  • Yokeshfreak
  • Jyothish K
  • srirama madusuthanan
  • Nitheshcruz
  • Sujitha29
  • Rhishikesh.P
  • Sivakumar31
  • Karthick boy
  • Kabilan U
  • hariramjp777
  • Krishnadhoni007
  • kabilan21
  • aswin_ash_14
  • Deenakannan19
  • Gopiathlete
  • Princemp22
  • Amirtha2
  • Santhiya G
  • Sri Hamsavardhini
  • rkpp1303
  • Dharunya
  • Constant asha
  • A.Sadeesh
  • Sindhujarajendran
  • Kirubasri.E
  • Shreenithi13
  • Kuppusamy1427
  • Priyadharshini2714
  • Manojkumarpubg
  • Ushanandhini0410
  • Nithyasri
  • ThalapathyNaveen
  • Sakthi_EZIO
  • Princemp22
  • Safiul lathif
  • MadhumitaGiribabu
  • sachin vishnu
  • Sreeja0311
  • Padmapriya1202
  • JanakiRam.NG
  • Romeshraj S.K.
  • Aravisathya
  • Vimalraj142000
  • vickyswag26


Time Details
9 to 9:45am Inauguration
9:45 to 10:30am Open knowledge resources, Creative commons, Introduction to Wikimedia projects
10.30 to 11.15am Tamil Wikipedia Introduction
11.15 to 11.30am Tea break
11.30 to 1.30pm Basics of Wikipedia content and editing. Article structure, links & references, Creating new article, categorisation
1.30 to 2pm Lunch
2 to 3pm Hands on in sandbox, small edits in existing articles
3 to 4pm Technical details about Mediawiki, API, Python codes
4 to 4:15pm Tea break
4.15 to 5pm Follow-up plans, Interaction & Feedback


Inauguration ceremony
Group Photo

We had overwhelming response with 50+ participants. We invited veteran Tamil writer Karnan to inaugurate the workshop. He shared his experience in literature and emphasized the importance of documenting the knowledge. Management Studies HOD Dr.V.Joseph Paul Raj, ECE HOD Mr. V. Arun, Kalam Founder Mr. G. Varadarajan shared their thoughts and motivated the students. Neechalkaran gave the session on Creative commons and Wikipedia projects. G. Sridhar and Mahalingam facilitated the session on what to write and how to write Tamil wikipedia in detail. After a Lunch Break, we had a hands-on session for all the 50+ students and trained them with basic Tamil typing, created their userpage, created a sandbox articles. As we pre planned, all the participant students had registered in Wikipedia already, so we able to start the hands-on with out any login hassles. Few brilliant students started to edit articles from main namespace, and uploaded their own image of the university. Finally, Neechalkaran conducted the session about Wikipedia API and technical aspects of the wiki projects. unfortunately, day scholar students left for the day before completion of the session, which was already overdue. However entire session was useful to the student and we request them to continue their activities. Few regional Media reported the workshop[1]