CIS-A2K/Work plan July 2017 - June 2018/Marathi

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Introduction edit

The following implementation plan is envisaged by CIS-A2K for the Marathi language community. The activities are designed to increase quality content, improve existing articles, strengthen volunteer capacity, and to establish institutional partnerships. Meanwhile, CIS-A2K will also focus on developing various Wikimedia projects in the Marathi community through innovative programs. Efforts will be made to build cohesive and meaningful relationships between the Wikimedian community and the local society.

Edit-a-thon in Shivaji University

Performance against plans edit

As the Community Advocate for Marathi community was not in place for three to four months, the activities only took off after a new CA was assigned in December 2016. Since then, intensive outreach activities, discussion, and meetings have been held to establish partnership with reputable institutions and organisations with the aim of developing quality content. These The partners include institutions in Kolhapur, Pune, Sangli, Satara, and Aurangabad districts, as well as several environmentalist organizations. Until February 2017, CIS-A2K has successfully collaborated with Shivaji University, Willingdon College, Jnana Prabodhini, Jalbiradari, Yashada, Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha, MKCL and Vigyan Ashram. We expect long-term partnership to be built between the community and these institutions. In total, 7 Edit-a-thons, 3 Thematic workshops, 1 Wikisource workshop, and Digitisation activities were held from December 2016 to February 2017. Additionally, Wikipedia Stall in state level exhibition and two radio broadcast interviews were conducted to raise public awareness.

Tangible impact edit

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 38
2. # of new editors 149
3. # of individuals involved 1027
4. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 80 Categories: Culture of Maharashtra, Villages in Maharashtra, Water conservation, Marathi Wikipedia Workshops in Maharashtra,Marathi Wikisource Workshop in Pune, February 2017,Marathi Wikipedia
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 123
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects 251,904
  • Note : The achieved outcomes are numbers as of February 2017

Overall Metrics edit

- Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Feb 2017) End of year (projected or actual)
# of newly registered users 410 149
# of active editors involved 62 38
# of individuals involved 705 1027
# of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 3725 80
# of new images/media uploaded (optional) 2800
# of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 775 123
Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects 1.587,200 251,904

Needs assessment edit

Prior to the drafting of the work plan, CIS-A2K conducted community consultation with experienced Wikipedians, admins, active editors, and Institutional representatives in Marathi community. By responding to set of questions regarding the program expectations, the community members had provided valuable feedback through telephonic discussions, personal meetings, and mail communication. The major suggestions and concerns are summarised below:

  • Involve educational institutions with Marathi-run courses
  • Public awareness should be raised through mass media to increase Wikimedia projects' exposure to the public
  • Collaborate with institutions of different disciplines (such as Law, Social Work, Engineering) as WEP partners to expand Wikipedia content coverage and receive technical support
  • Decentralised approach should be taken for outreach and capacity building programs
  • There is a large content gap on science, agriculture, environment, women, and rural development issuess
  • Regular meetings of new editors with subject experts and experienced Wikipedians should be conducted
  • Digitisation and Wikisource project should be replicated in a larger number of libraries and museums.
  • Email and social media communication should be more active to encourage interactions between editors.

Institutional partnerships

In collaboration with a variety of institutions, CIS-A2K has designed programs to bring in enthusiastic students and scholars of diverse disciplines to Marathi Wikipedia. The focus will be on developing Wikipedia catalysts within the institutions for continual contribution. The collaborations with Law colleges and Social work colleges can help bridge the Wikipedia content gap in legal subjects and development issues. On the other hand, inviting students and faculty from Engineering colleges to join Wikipedia can enrich the project with technical support and expertise.These programs would be developed in the form of Edit-a-thons, Photothons and Internships under Wikipedia Education Program. On the occasion of Marathi Language month in January and Language day on 27th February 2017, Government of Maharashtra has taken various initiatives to build content on Wikipedia. It has issued resolution to promote writing on Wikipedia for the educational institutes. In Marathi Litfest, appeal was made by Culture Minister Vinod Tawade to write good articles on Wikipedia. On 27th February, a big event was organised on Gateway of India. CIS-A2K has collaborated with the Government Language departments like Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha & Marathi Vishwakosh Mandal as a capacity building agency.

Editors in rapt focus
Learning together
Name of the Institution Strength Status
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Quality articles were created in collaboration with the Women's Studies Centre Ongoing
Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad Academic courses and research studies are conducted in the Marathi language Proposed
Shivaji University, Kolhapur Academic courses and research studies are conducted in the Marathi language Proposed
SVERI, Pandharpur Technical needs of WP community and content gap to be clubbed with Student's assignments and project work for mutual benefits Ongoing
KBP Engineering College, Pandharpur Technical needs of WP community and content gap to be clubbed with Student's assignments and project work for mutual benefits Proposed
New Law College, Pune Technical needs of WP community and content gap to be clubbed with Student's assignments and project work for mutual benefits Proposed
Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune Social sector content gap on WP to be clubbed with Student's assignments and project work for mutual benefits Proposed
Institute of Social Work & Research, Ahmednagar Social sector content gap on WP to be clubbed with Student's assignments and project work for mutual benefits Proposed
KLE Group of Institutions, Belagavi Possesses diverse educational and research infrastructure and resources Proposed
[[Jalbiradari|Jalbiradari]], Pani Foundation, Vanarai, Naam Foundation Community based environmental programs and diverse cadre of professional volunteers Proposed
Yashada, Pune Apex training institute for Government official; repository of official government documents Proposed
MKCL (Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited) Have facilities and technical equipment in its rural branches Proposed
Language & Culture departments of State Government Its official network with institutions in Maharashtra can be helpful to introduce Wikimedia projects as a long term program to a large variety of institutes Proposed


Introducing Wikimedia projects to institutions in different cities of Maharashtra, such as Pune, Kolhapur, and Aurangabad with the aim to generate content on different subjects and to enroll students in partner institutions to Wikipedia Educational Programs

Smartphones in action
  • Introduce different Wikimedia projects to different institutions
  • Initiate dialogue and follow-up with interested faculty members and school aurthority
  • Involve experienced Wikipedians in the discussion
  • Organize Wikipedia workshops at the institutions
  • Sign MoUs based on feedback during the workshop and follow-up discussions regarding potential projects
  • Collaborate with local Wikipedians, designing training programs, and carrying out follow-up workshops
  • Periodic review of the content created by program participants
  • Monitor program progress
  • Two institutional Edit-a-thons per month (24 in a year in total)
  • Quarterly Photothons (4 in a year in total)
  • Two Internship programs in a year

Thematic workshops

Thematic workshops edit


Due to the rise of internet connectivity and computer literacy, 'Digital Divide' in rural Maharashtra is slowly vanishing. However there is still a 'Knowledge Divide' on of scarcity of knowledge that are related to the rural concern and interest, such as agriculture, environment, and rural development issues in the local language Wikipedia. Proposed Wikimedia projects can play an instrumental role in bridging this content gap. Moreover, the focus on women and gender issues can help bridge the content gender gap in Wikipedia.

There are a few well-known organizations working on social, cultural and environmental issues in Maharashtra. Working at the grassroots level, these organizations possess materials and resources that are crucial to reserve as knowledge in Marathi. CIS-A2K will attempt to carry out thematic workshops on subjects regarding women, water, and environment to bring this information on Wikipedia to achieve networking among the communities. As a result, specific 'Communities of Interest' would be formed. These activities should be rolled out as part of a social campaign to raise exposure and awareness on both the local issues and the Wikimedia projects.

Proposed Thematic areas Locality of partner organizations
Women; water Western Maharashtra region
Environment Konkan region
Environment Vidarbha region
Women; water Marathwada region

To hold events and create pages on Marathi Wikipedia on specific themes that are aligned with local NGOs' work, and to combine the strength of grassroots organizations with the free knowledge movement

  • Create content on issues regarding rural issues and other themes covered by the organizational partners
  • Help new editors generate content with a model framework and simplify the categorisation process. This practice can be included in online training material for organizational partners
  • Sharing the collaboration experience across partners and with the public
  • Involving local community in social campaigns on the occasions of various global celebration, sucha s the World Environment Day, World Water Day, and International Women's Day.

  • Four workshops in four regions

Exploring new communities

Exploring new localities edit


To spread awareness about Marathi Wikipedia in new localities across Maharashtra (including Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri, and Aurangabad) , Goa and Karnataka, where internet connectivity is good and active community is available.

  • Hold basic orientation and training sessions for people in various regions who work in different fields, such as education, journalism, literature, and social movements.
  • Expand the program to more regions in and outside of Maharashtra
  • Encourage people with different interest and background to create diversified content
  • To equip citizens with the skills to create Wikipedia pages ducumenting current affairs in a neutral way. The collaborative and participatory knowledge creation process would promote the concept of Citizen Science.
  • Total 8 events in a year to reach at least 1500 people

Capacity Building events

Capacity building events edit

Video tutorials in Marathi

Regular events will be planned and carried out for needs assessment, troubleshooting, and event idea brainstorming to nurture active and skillful community members. Participants will also receive technical training in Mediawiki tools. Platforms on social media and other contact application will be formed to encourage more interactions and communication among community members.


Stimulate higher editor retention rate and article quality improvement through strengthening community members' skills and bonding

  • Provide opportunities for bonding, technical support, personal development, and incentives to contribute to Wikimedia projects
    • Wikipedian monthly meetups would be organized at different places
    • Form locality-wise email/social media groups
  • Develop decentralized mechanisms and platforms to address community needs
  • 2 Mini TTTs and 2 mini MWTs would be organized in 4 regions in Maharashtra.


GLAM edit

Digitisation for Wikisource

The following candidate institutions are identified as resourceful partners to bring valuable copyright free content into Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource. The ongoing activity with Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha (MGS),Pune will be continued. Other GLAMs include –

  1. Rajwade Sanshodhan Mandal, Dhule
  2. Jnana Prabodhini,Pune
  3. Pradnya Pathashala Mandal, Wai
  4. Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal,Pune

Enriching Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons with re-licensed books and multimedia resources

  • Digitisation of valuable old reference material and uploading on Commons
  • Re-licensing of content under CC-BY-CA
  • Gather book donation on topics of History, Environment, Women, Social Sciences, Science, and Literature
  • Using copyright free encyclopedia resources to build content on Wiktionary
  • 300 books on Wikisource under MGS Project
  • 200 books on Wikisource from new partners

Metrics edit

Shared & Grantee defined metrics edit

1. For each program, and overall
  • Include targets for each of the three shared measures for each program, and overall. If one or more of these required metrics are not relevant to any of your programs, please consult your program officer.
  • Also choose at least two grantee-defined metrics to highlight in this section, and include targets for each of these grantee-defined metrics for each program, and overall. (Other program-specific metrics may be included in your program objectives, in the detailed program sections below.)

Metric Expected outcome
Total participants 1300
Number of newly registered users 740
Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects 1660+100,000+840
Value of Bytes deleted 2MB
# of footprints a - 58

b - 25

Activity wise metrics edit

Activites Total participants Number of newly registered users Number of content pages created or improved,across all Wikimedia projects Value of bytes deleted Events Organizations
Edit-a-thons 600 550 850 24 10
Photothons 60 20 400 4 4
Internship Programs 40 60 800 2 2
Thematic Workshops 60 50 140 4 4
Awareness events 500 30 65 8 2
Wikipedian meetups 20 25 55 12 -
Mini TTTs 0 0 50 2 -
Mini MWTs 0 0 40 2 -
books on Wikisource 30 25 100000 2MB 4 3

Global Metrics targets edit

Summary edit

Metric Expected outcome
Participants 1300
Newly Registered 740
Content Pages
  • 100,000 folios
  • 1,660 Wikipedia articles
  • 840 New images
Footprint tracker 10
Value Of Bytes Deleted 2MB (2,000,000 bytes)

Activity-wise Targets edit

Metric 24 Edit-a-thons 4 Photothons 2 Internship Programs 4 Thematic Workshops 8 Awareness events 12 Wikipedian meetups 2 Mini TTTs 2 Mini MWTs 500 books on Wikisource
Participants 1,300
Newly registered 740
Content pages 25
Footprint tracker 10
Value of bytes deleted 2MB (2,000,000 bytes)

Exit plan strategy edit

  1. Identify programs which community can continue with minimum support from CIS-A2K
  2. To create a community tool hub/resource library where editors can retrieve materials from for their local activities and events. These hubs would be located in various educational institutes, voluntary organisations, public libraries and communities of interest.
  3. To train community members and develop a grant-application consultation group within the community
  4. Connect the Wikimedia projects to projects on social and environmental issues that local NGOs work on
  5. Wikipedia editing skills are included in the syllabus of MS-CIT Course, recognised by Maharashtra Government. Such initiatives will be taken with the community participation to accommodate Wikimedia projects in educational courses and training institutes like Yashada.

Budget edit

Serial number Expenditure Item FDC Support (INR) FDC Support (US$)
Conversion rate:   1 → US$ 0.015
1 Salary 330,000 4,950
2 Travel and stay 100,000 1,500
3 Events and meetup 100,000 1,500
4 Digitization 35,000 525
5 Miscellaneous 15,000 225
Total 580,000 8,700
6 In-kind support 124,000 1,860
Grand total 704,000 10,560

Activity-wise Budget edit

Serial number Expenditure Item FDC Support (INR) FDC Support (US$)
Conversion rate:   1 → US$ 0.015
1 Salary 330,000 4,950
2 Skill building 75,000 1,125
3 Content Enrichment Activities 100,000 1,500
4 WEP 50,000 750
5 GLAM 15,000 225
6 Miscellaneous 10,000 150
Sub Total 580,000 8,700
7 In-kind support 124,000 1,860
Grand total 704,000 10,560