Marathi has been a focus language area for the last year. Our work primarily dealt with Marathi Wikipedia and Marathi Wikisource. This work-plan is a depiction of community consultation and feedback from our institutional partners. We tried to give a critical overview of CIS-A2K's work since July 2015 and this work-plan presents the plan of activities for the year between July 2016 to June 2017.
Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha (MGS) is a library founded by Justice Ranade, Dr. R. G. Bhandarkar and Lokmanya Tilak in 1895. On the occasion of 121st anniversary, MGS has donated 1000 books to be digitized and made available on Marathi wikisource.
To reach out to more community members we are creating movement resources like video tutorials, pamphlets and bookmarks.
Education programs at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. From education programs, we are able to generate Gender studies related articles on Marathi Wikipedia.
Meeting 5 Wikipedians per month to collect community requirements and make changes in work plan accordingly.
Santosh Shingare and Abhinav Garule participated in TTT. With the help of community members, Santosh Shingare organized Hackathon-15 at IIT,Powai on June-15 and Suyog Vyavhare and Anurag Bihani participated in MWT and added different extensions, bots, gadgets. Anurag Bihani also organized a Wikipedia workshop at his institute.
Female participation in Marathi Wikipedia content generation activities increased through institutional partners.
To generate content on a mass scale from available Marathi encyclopedias, we are planning to build more institutional partnerships in association with Marathi Wikipedia admins and are also working towards building partnerships with focused content generation on Marathi Wikipedia like Gender studies content generation from Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre (KSPWSC), University of Pune.
Name of the Institution
WMF Strategy Alignment
Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre (KSPWSC), University of Pune
Initiating Wikipedia projects in different cities like Dhule, Kolhapur , Nagpur, Nandurbar from Maharashtra to generate content on different subjects and encourage institutional partners to participate in Wikipedia Educational Programs.
At least 150 new Wikipedians to join Marathi Wikipedia.
At least 400 new articles and 100 existing articles to be improved.
At least one new educational institution partnership to be added to existing 3 institutional partnerships.
At least 700 Kilobytes to be added.
Exploring New Cities
The goal of this activity is to spread awareness about Marathi Wikipedia in new cities across Maharashtra and Karnataka, where internet penetration is high and active Marathi community is available. (at Least 3 cities Nagpur, Kolhapur, Bangalore)
Do preliminary research on all the small cities in Maharashtra and collect data on the various metrics including:
No. of local cultural organizations or groups with knowledge in niche subjects, hobbies and independent projects
Educational Institutions and libraries;
Data on internet penetration, internet cafes (outlets), broadband connections, etc;
Journalists, College teachers, Writers and other members of the local intelligentsia.
Shortlist five potential cities for focussed outreach in consultation with the Community.
Build linkages with local hosting institutions.
Train a set of enthusiastic Marathi Wikipedians in executing successful Outreach programs.
Design and Roll-out of Wikipedia Training or Orientation programs in these cities.
Focus on involving the new editors in quality improvement of articles on Marathi Wikipedia with small projects.
Expected to enlist about 50-80 new editors on Marathi Wikipedia. Of this, an attempt will be made to convert 10-12 people into active editors.
Will hopefully result in the creation of 100 new articles.
Will result in improving the quality of existing Village articles.
To train existing Wikipedians on advanced editing options and technical training on Marathi Wikimedia projects.
Community members have approached CIS-A2K to train them in certain areas of advanced editing in Wikipedia such as Template creation and usage, use of mediawiki tools, etc.
To this end, designing a training plan that could be implemented in a session of couple of hours.
This advanced training session is aimed at strengthening about 8 existing and 4 new Marathi Wikipedians, and creating technical Wikimedians around Marathi Wikimedia Community.
To increase the quality of work done by existing institutional partners, bringing in content from existing Marathi encyclopedia's like Ketkar Vishwakosh which are already available under free license.
Introductory session by CIS-A2K personnel
Signing of MoU by community members
To have at least 6 edit-a-thons and improve the quality of existing articles and increase in the number of existing articles.
Introducing Wikipedians to other Wikiprojects.
Conducting thematic edit-a-thons with institutional partners in collaboration with community members.
At least 150 new Wikipedians to join Marathi Wikipedia and create 100 new article, improve 200 existing articles and add images to articles.
To conduct thematic edit-a-thons.
Discuss with the community over village pump, mailing list and IRC. Arrive at a consensus on the topics and venues. Organise 2-3 such edit-a-thons in one year at regular intervals and at strategic places.
About 10 editors are expected to take part in each edit-a-thon. These edit-a-thons are expected to bring in about 20-30 new editors and about 40-60 articles. These edit-a-thons will also help in strengthening the existing community.
To visit different Galleries, Libraries, Archive & Museums based in Maharashtra. Recording spoken language of different tribes from Dhule and Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. This project will be a pilot project for which CIS-A2K will support community members to generate content in Audio-Visual format for 6 tribes.
To meet different institutes and plan different activities
At least 2 GLAM projects in next year.
At least to get 1000 new articles.
At least to get 1000 images/files to Wikimedia Commons.
Generating at least 15 MB of content from GLAM activities
Adding 200,000 folios in Marathi Wikisource project.