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.
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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.
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.
Mangalore University has a Tulu chair which carries out studies, research and documentation about Tulu language and culture. The Department of Kannada has included a paper about Tulu in its post-graduate program. However, both of these produce the output in Kannada. CIS-A2K has initiated discussions with these departments and efforts will be made to establish partnership. CIS-A2K has ongoing partnerships with other institutions in that area but so far the work was focused mainly on Kannada. Now efforts will be made to add Tulu also. Other institutes with whom efforts will be made to establish partnership are listed below.
There is a need to have encyclopedic content about Tulu language, Tulu culture, Tulu people, places and traditions in Tulu language. For example, Tulunadu (Tulu land) has unique practice called bhootaaraadhane (loosely meaning devil workship). Lot has been written about this in different books, periodicals, research publications, but in languages other than Tulu. Theme based editathons are aimed at filling this void by way of creating articles on thematic topics.
Organise theme based editathons at different places
Themes could be Tulu language, Tulu culture, Tulu folklore, Tulu people, places of Tulunadu (Tulu land)
To organise 3-5 such editathons
About 60-100 new articles on the above themes
Adding about 300-600 new images to Commons
Wikimedia Commons has very little material on Tulu culture, Tulu people, places and traditions of Tulunadu. GLAM activities at various places of Tulunadu will help in filling this void. Theme based editathons proposed in another section of this work-plan and these GLAM activties will complement each other.
GLAM related activities like photowalks at different places.
To organise photowalks at various places of Tulunadu
To organise photowalks at various archives and museums like Bassel Mission Archives Mangalore, St Aloysius College archives Mangalore, Manjusha Museum Dhrmasthala , Regional Research Centre Udupi, etc.
To add photos and videos related to Tulu culture, Tulu folklore, Tulu people, places of Tulunadu to Commons.
Regular meetings of active Wikipedians help in improving the community spirit. During these meetings, experienced Wikipedians can help strengthen the community by conducting advanced trainings and providing advice, tips and tricks. CIS-A2K will be act like a catalyst to these activities and the ownership of the activities will lie with Tulu community.
Organise regular meetings of active Wikipedians. Try to bring in some experienced WIkipedians from any language and have simple training programs conducted by them.
To organise regular meetups
To bring in some expert Wikipedians to these meetups
To organise training programs by these experienced Wikipedians to provide tips and tricks
During the initial stages of Tulu Wikipedia development, which was and is still in, incubation, many small articles were added. Many of these articles were added without any interwiki links, references and images. Lack of encyclopedic content in Tulu language is one main reason of not able to provide Tulu content as reference to the articles. But a lot of work has been done in documenting Tulu culture in Kannada and English. References can be added from these resources. Efforts will be made to improve the quality of Tulu Wikipedia by addressing the above mentioned issues.
To improve the quality of articles in Tulu Wikipedia.
To add interwiki links, references and images to articles which do not have these.
To increase the length of articles which are very small.
To add images to articles wherever they are missing or needed.
To add sections to articles where they are missing.
To add interwiki links and references to about 300 articles.