Grants:IEG/Increase Awareness of and participation in Indic language Wikipedias in Colorado

Increase Awareness of and participation in Indic language Wikipedias in Colorado
summaryTo increase awareness of and use of Indic Language Wikipedias in Colorado Springs, CO
targetw:mr, w:gu, w:hi, w:te, w:ta
strategic priorityincreasing participation
themeoffline outreach and partnerships
created on22:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
round 2 2015

Project idea


What is the problem you're trying to solve?


The Indian diaspora in the Global North is largely unaware of and unwilling to participate in content creation on Wikipedia. They are a very powerful group of people with access to excellent connectivity, language skills, Indic cultural background and time. They seem to be reluctant to participate on account of unfamiliarity and lack of opportunity to specifically edit Indic wikiprojects. Scripting/typing barriers, real and perceived, also contribute a lot to this hesitation.

What is your solution?

  1. Outreach
  2. Tutor in native language typing
  1. Phonetic
  2. Inscript
  3. Other
  1. Conduct Wikiacademies
  2. Hold edit-a-thons
  3. Hold edit competitions
  4. Focused editing

Project goals


I will reach out to 50+ people with preliminary information about wikiprojects to inform them about the ease and accessibility of editing Wikimedia projects in their native language. I will encourage them to use their expertise, time and resources to enrich these projects and in turn, their own language, culture, ethos. In the process, I am hoping to find future volunteers/champions for similar activities to bring in diverse groups of editors to many Wikimedia projects.

Project plan



  1. Reach 50 people
  2. Inspire/motivate 30 to participate in native language typing exercises
  3. Hold 10 wikiacademies/edit sessions
  4. Hold 5 edit-a-thons with increasing edit and article counts
  5. Hold 1 edit competition over a set (2 week?) period
  6. Recognize participation
  7. Identify future champions/volunteers
  8. Assess portability and expandability of this project/program


  • Outreach - Flyers, Meeting Venue, supplies: 150 USD
  • Food - Meetings, wikiacademies, edit-a-thons (10 instances * $25): 250 USD
  • Wikimedia merchandise for volunteer giveaways (shirts, pins, coffee mugs, stickers and other age-appropriate merchandise): 250 USD
  • Competition prizes: 150 USD
  • Total Budget: (Amount) 800 USD

Community engagement

  • Initial contact - Community get-togethers, semi-formal meetings, Diwali show announcements
  • Continuing - Community newsletters, email splats
  • Edit-a-thons - Community newsletters, email splats
  • Editing competition - kickoff meeting, review and prize distribution



Participants will realize that editing an Indic language Wikipedia is neither difficult nor prohibited for a layperson and they will continue to contribute at a steady pace, enriching said projects. In addition, volunteers and champions will engage other communities and groups to multiple this effort.

Measures of success


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  1. 50+ people reached
  2. 30 participants in native language typing exercises
  3. 10 wikiacademies/edit sessions held
  4. 5 edit-a-thons held with increasing edit and article counts
  5. 1 edit competition over a set (2 week?) period held
  6. 3,000 edits over 100+ articles

Get involved




User:अभय नातू - w:mr admin, 'crat with 10 years of online editing. 100,000+ manual edits. Worked with countless new members online and offline to mentor them on wiki editing skills. Participated in various meetups, consultations and brainstorming sessions to plan and execute on/offline activities (edit-a-thons, academies, etc.)

Community Notification


The community will be notified at w:mr:विकिपीडिया:चावडी/प्रगती and similar pages on w:gu, w:hi, w:te, w:ta, etc. after this proposal reaches a steady state.

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Do you think this project should be selected for an Individual Engagement Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project in the list below. (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the talk page of this proposal).

  • Community member: add your name and rationale here.
  • I fully support of such grassroot level efforts. Hargup (talk) 17:49, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • This is the first time i have heard of such indic initiative in US. Appears to be good. I support. --Sushant savla (talk) 14:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Full support. Abhay Natu is great Wikipedian with exceptional skills. All the best AbhiSuryawanshi (talk) 00:12, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I support Abhay Natu in this initiative. Prabodh1987 (talk) 16:54, 12 October 2015 (UTC)