Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Candidates/Ashwin Baindur

Colonel Ashwin Baindur (retired) (AshLin)Edit

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Candidate details
At IIT, Kharagpur, (January 2015).
Image: User:Gangulybiswarup.
  • Personal:
    • Name: Colonel Ashwin Baindur (retired)
    • Location: Pune, India
    • Languages: Konkani (first language) (kok-5), fluent in Hindi (hi-4) and Marathi (mr-4), English (near professional) (en-4), German (de-1).
  • Editorial:
    • Wikimedian since: 26 March 2006
    • Active wikis: Wikipedia (English), Wikimedia Commons
statement (Not more than 450 words) Namaste,

I am User:AshLin. I am a strong believer in free knowledge. I have 32 years of civilian and military executive experience in the defence services as an engineer officer.

I consider myself a liberal humanist. My vision is of an equitable, sustainable, safe, inclusive, accessible Wikimedia movement that presents the knowledge of the world to all parts of humanity in a manner best suited to the needs of the many communities.

I have remained an unpaid volunteer by choice as I believe that being a paid employee of WMF or affiliate could result in conflict-of-interest with my values.

I am a Wikimedian since 2006, created 655 new articles, (547 biodiversity-related) and uploaded 566 images on Wikimedia Commons. I founded WikiProject Lepidoptera in 2006 and worked in WikiProjects India & Military History.

In 2011, I organised Tenth Wikipedia anniversary celebration in Pune (blogpost). I was a key organiser of the first Indian national conference on Wikimedia — WikiConference India 2011. I was involved in planning, conducted “Productive Editing” and “How to Contribute to Wikipedia (English).” I oversaw the disbursal of grants to outstation editors. I was a jury member of Noteworthy Wikimedian Recognition event. I revived the WP:INCOTM. I have been a regular participant at the Wikimediaindia-l mailing list, and WikiProject India noticeboard for over a decade. I revived and conducted Tag & Assess 2012 (84,274 articles) and Tag & Assess 2014 (17,582 articles).

I have given training at different Wiki-workshops in Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Kharagpur, Itanagar, and Vishakhapatnam.

I have advised India Education Program, Wikimedia India Chapter (2011–2013), and CIS-A2K. I was part of the 2015 panel constituted by CIS to appoint the Program Director for CIS-A2K. I headed the host-city selection committee for WikiConference 2016. I am active in the Marathi Wikimedian community.

I was the Library Officer of a library in the College of Military Engineering, Pune (1987–1990). I personally categorised the Library using dBASE III on an IBM PC. I have been the Director, Corps of Engineers Museum & Archive, for eight years, involving all aspects of GLAM, that I revived and for which I received a commendation. I am presently an Honorary GLAM consultant, Bombay Sappers Museum & Archive, Pune. I am doing a military oral-history project.

I am acutely aware of how power, inequity, and systems of discrimination work. I support the causes of historically discriminated-against groups and I would like to encourage leadership from marginalised communities to lead and build our movement. I, therefore, support equal rights for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, class, caste, or religion, while understanding the limits of free speech especially when it comes to spreading hate, prejudice, or disinformation.

Stay safe!

Top 3 Board priorities 1. Give a voice to the emerging communities of the Global South.

2. Capacity building across the entire Wikimedia Movement.

3. Support the successful fulfilment of the Movement Strategy.

Top 3 Movement Strategy priorities While I believe all the recommendations of the Movement Strategy have their unique significance and importance, the following are of top priority to me:

1. Provide for Safety and Inclusion (Recommendation 3). (Stakeholders: Users & Community).

2. Ensure Equity in Decision-making (Recommendation 4). (Stakeholders: WMF, Users, and Community).

3. Invest in Skills and Leadership Development (Recommendation 6). (Stakeholders: WMF, Users, and Community).

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