Tulu Wikipedia has been in incubation since 2007. CIS-A2K put efforts to bring Tulu Wikipedia out of incubation during the previous work plans. The efforts yielded good results and Tulu Wikipedia is quite close to becoming live. Hence, CIS-A2K's efforts will continue during this work plan year also.
Performance against plansEdit
Due to awareness created, many new people joined efforts to bring Tulu Wikipedia out of incubation (the data is given in the Impact section). Efforts were made to improve many articles that were added earlier but were quite small and without references. While editathons were conducted to add more articles, a small team of editors spent a major part of their time improving articles by way of increasing the length, adding interwiki links, references and images. They also spent time translating all the important strings that needed to be translated to bring the project out of incubation. Because of this, the total number of articles did not increase as it did during the previous plan year. But there was an overall improvement in Tulu Wikipedia in these areas - addition of new editors, improvements of existing articles, addition of better articles and translations of most needed strings.
Like any other Indian language Wikipedia, Tulu Wikipedia is also experiencing uneven growth. CIS-A2K took part in some editathons, workshops and meetups,. CIS-A2K also helped the community drive many activities on its own. Editathons and workshops were held at Mangaluru and Udupi and the meetups were held at Mangaluru. Translations of all important strings have been accomplished. A meeting of Tulu Wikipedians was held on Feb 15, 2016, where it was decided that-
- tcy will be the code for Tulu Wikipedia (Tulu Wikipedia will be tcy.wikipedia.org) and
- Kannada script will be used for Tulu Wikipedia.
Tulu community felt the need to have tutorials for learning Tulu Wikipedia. CIS-A2K anchored this work. With the help of Tulu Wikipedians a total of 7 tutorial videos have been created.
Here is the growth of Tulu Wikipedia in table form:
|Year||Month||Edits per month||New pages||Bytes added||Editors per month|
Here is the summary of the growth:
|Month||Total articles||Total editors with more than 10 edits||Editors with at least one edit|
There were 6 media mentions about the editathon that was held at Mangaluru during Aug 14-16, 2015.
Tulu Wikipedia community is still a bit isolated from many of the Wikimedia activities and happenings. Most editors do not participate in Wikimedia mailing lists and online discussions on global Wikimedia websites. Most discussions about Tulu Wikipedia is happening in a Whatsapp group, and some in a Facebook group. CIS-A2K has had discussions with the community through these channels apart from email and telephonic conversations. The Tulu Wikipedia community felt these are the areas that have to be focused in the next plan year.
- Bring in new editors and make them active editors.
- Strengthen existing editors by supporting them in different ways like providing required resources, additional trainings, creating additional training resources.
- Focus on Tulu language, Tulu culture, Tulu people, places and traditions. No documentation exists in Tulu language about these things. Tulu Wikipedia should fill this void by way of creating articles on these topics.
- GLAM activities around the above themes.
- Quality improvement of existing articles.
- So far there were outreach activities at Mangaluru and Udupi only. There is a need to organise more outreach at other places.
Program (1) # of newly registered users (2) # of active editors involved (3) # of individuals involved (4a) # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages (4b) # of new images/media uploaded (optional) (5) # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects (6) Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects Educational Institutions partnership 40 4 175 4000 500 200 400,000 Outreach programs 40 4 80 40 60 120 240,000 Theme based editathons 10 10 30 100 600 100 200,000 GLAM activities 5 15 20 150 1000 100 - Regular meetups and trainings - 10 20 - - - - Quality imrovements - 10 20 300 - 500 50,000
Table 3 notes:Bytes are indicative of Text not images