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Project Tiger Writing Contest

From 2017 onwards, the Wikimedia Foundation and Google working in close coordination with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN) and user groups are piloting a program encouraging Wikipedia communities to create locally relevant and high-quality content in Indian languages. This program will (a) support active and experienced Wikipedia editors through the donation of laptops and stipends for internet access and (b) sponsor a language-based contest that aims to address existing Wikipedia content gaps.

The Indian language Wikipedia communities that express interest in participating in the contest will come together and develop a writing contest focused on content gaps. Participating language communities would compete for three months. Besides individual prizes for top contributors, the winning community will be supported to get an exclusive capacity building training event to improve their skills for contributing to Wikipedia.


Rules

In a nutshell: Create or expand articles from the given list of topics. 3,000 bytes and 300 words minimum, with sources, between March-May 2018.

  • The article should be edited between March 1, 2018, 0:00 and May 31, 2018, 23:59 (IST).
  • The article should be at least 9,000 bytes and at least 300 words in length. For English, it should be at least 3000 bytes and at least 300 words in length. (exclude Infobox, template etc.)
  • The article must have decent references; doubtful or controversial statements in the article should be verifiable by the citation(s) listed in that article.
  • The article must not be purely machine translated and should be properly copyedited.
  • There must be no major issues with the article (no copyright violations, questions of notability, etc.)
  • The article should be informative.
  • The article should be from the list of topics given. If you want more topics from a particular category, please request on the talk page. We will try our best to add them.
  • Articles submitted by an organizer need to be checked by other organizers.
  • Judge(s) from each language Wikipedia will determine whether an article is accepted or not for their language Wikipedia's contest.

Prizes

  • Each month three individual prizes will be awarded to each participating community based on their contribution for the month. The prizes will be worth 3,000 INR, 2000 INR, and 1,000 INR respectively.
  • At the end of the three-month-long contest, the community with the maximum number of articles expanded or created will win a community prize. This will be an exclusive 3-day capacity training event for the winning community.
  • Considering the disproportionate strength of English Wikipedia community in India when compared to other Indian language Wikipedia communities, the English Wikipedia community will not be counted for the community capacity development prize. However, English Wikipedians can compete for the individual prizes.

Sign up

You can sign up any time until 11:59 PM IST May 31, 2018.

List of participants

-With Metta, Mallikarjuna. 06:08, 10 March 2018 (UTC)#̃

  1. --Ashish D Souza (talk) 14:16, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
  2. --harshgupta872 (talk) 1:23, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
  3. --ঝালমুড়ি (talk) 15:31, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
  4. --Vikram-dattu (talk) 12:16, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
  5. --Svivek397 (talk) 10:48, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
  6. --Piyushasthana25 (talk) 10:47, 28 April 2018(UTC)
  7. --Sukrit97 (talk) 9:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Submit articles

Contributed to the English Wikipedia for Project Tiger? Submit your contributions through the Fountain tool.

If you are having trouble submitting to Fountain, please report your problem at the event's talk page and try again later. If you are still having problems, you can report your contributions here.

Organizers

FAQ

1. What is the role of Wikimedia Foundation and Google in this project?

Google and the Wikimedia Foundation are interested in increasing the content available in Indian languages online and see each other as valuable partners in supporting this. Google is aiding this project by supporting the cost of the pilot program through a grant. They are also providing useful information on topics that the Indian language internet users are seeking. And also information which are required by all in different important topics are being provided here.

2. What will be the role of CIS, Wikimedia India chapter, user groups and communities in this contest?

The respective language Wikipedia communities will coordinate this contest based on the model of Wikipedia Asian Month, Punjab edit-a-thon, Women’s history month.

CIS-A2K will facilitate the distribution of prizes and execution of the capacity training event for the winning community.

Wikimedia India chapter and user groups will play an active role in outreach engaging communities and individuals to participate in the contest.

The communities will coordinate among themselves to design and conduct the contest. They may also lead outreach events and edit-a-thons encouraging the communities to participate in the article writing contest.

3. Is participation in this contest mandatory/limited/conditional?

No. However, if you are interested in participating, we encourage you to take the lead and coordinate the contest for your community. You can start by creating a similar page on your Wikipedia. If you need help, leave a message on the talk page.

4. Can we create articles of our interest?

This program has a special focus to create articles that are most sought out by users online but not yet present in Indian language Wikipedias. By this focus, we hope to serve as many people with free knowledge.Moreover, people like and love reading things which are beneficial as well as interesting for them.Therefore, you to choose topics of interest from the suggested list of articles. However, we will be thrilled to provide more topics if the community would like to have internal focus in any selected category. For example, if a community wants to write more on health, politics or current affairs, we would try to get more topics from those categories.

5. Why is this called Project Tiger?

This project was inspired by and named after a project in India to save tigers. Similar to the ecosystem view taken by the Project Tiger, this pilot also aspires to understand and nurture the context in which locally relevant content is created in Indian language Wikipedias.

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