Wikimedia India

The Wikimedia India Chapter (Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is an independent and not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes and educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc.

Wikimedia India was formally approved by the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation after the recommendation of the Chapters Committee in June 2010 and India became the 29th country to host a Wikimedia Chapter. The Wikimedia Chapter was formally registered as a Non-profit Society vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District on 03 Jan 2011. Wikimedia India is an approved chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation for Wikimedians living in, or connected to India.

This chapter helps coordinate various Indian language Wikipedias & other Wikimedia projects and spread the word in India. The chapter's latest updates can be accessed from its official portal Wiki, wiki.wikimedia.in.

It is an autonomous entity that does not have any editorial control over content on Wikipedia and its related projects. The Chapter does not have access to the servers hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation in the USA.

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Becoming a memberEdit

Membership is open to Indian citizens (aged 18 years and above) and Institutions registered in India.

  • Fees: The annual membership fee (as on Mar 2012) is Rs 100/- for Individuals and Rs 1000/- for Institutions.
  • Membership Term: The membership term runs from the date of approval of said membership and ends on 31st March of the same financial year. Membership applications are accepted throughout the year. There are no multi year or life membership options.
  • Payment mode: The membership fee can be paid either by DD/Cheque/NEFT/Internet banking transfer (for SBI account holders) to Chapter Bank account. Please do not deposit cash/outstation cheques into Chapter SBI Bank account, at SBI branches as Bank levies Rs 25 as inter branch fee (as of Aug 2011). Please transfer the amount through NEFT as the charges are lower. Cash is not accepted for membership fee as of now.
  • Membership form: The membership application form can be downloaded from available: Individual, Institutional
  • Form submission: The duly completed membership application along with payment instrument/or details of payment needs to be sent to Chapter office: Wikimedia Chapter, No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071.
  • Application processing: The Chapter membership committee will endeavour to process all applications within four weeks.
  • WMC reserves the right to reject membership applications, with reason. In such cases, if payment is already made, the same will be refunded without any interest for the intervening period otherwise, the payment instrument (Cheque/DD) will be returned. However, the Rules and Regulations of the Wikimedia Chapter provide for appeal in such cases in Article IV-1. “In cases where the Executive Committee does not approve the application for membership of a person, said person may appeal to the General Body at the next Annual General Meeting.”
More Information can be found here

DonationsEdit

Wikimedia India Chapter ( Reg Name : Wikimedia Chapter) is a not-for-profit organisation which gratefully receives your donations, no matter how large or small. Please note that donations to Wikimedia Chapter are not non-tax deductible in India, as of now. We are currently working on 12A and 80G tax exemption applications.

We appeal to the community, members, philanthropic individuals and organizations to support us at Wikimedia India through donations. As a newly registered entity, we depend on the generous contributions of people like you to support the activities and projects of our volunteers throughout the country. If you wish to donate for a specific purpose or project aligned with the objectives of the Chapter, we would be happy to discuss this with you at the email address provided below.

Donations can be made via Cheque, Demand Draft, NEFT and Internet banking and the completed donation form should be emailed to chapter@wikimedia.in.

A direct deposit, NEFT and Internet banking can be made to our bank account.

If you are making a contribution by DD/cheque please make them payable to "Wikimedia Chapter" , payable in Bangalore and send them to:

Wikimedia Chapter
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross
Dommaluru 2nd Stage
Bangalore - 560071

Once the payment is processed, we will send you a receipt.

As of now, due to regularity body restrictions, we can accept donations only from India or Indian citizens.

More information can be found here

Communication channelsEdit

Official ContactsEdit

WikimediaIndia-lEdit

There is a mailing list at WikimediaIndia-l for discussion of this chapter, and of the Indian language Wikimedia projects in general.

Other mailing lists/groups/noticeboardsEdit

List of Mailing Lists specific to India

IRCEdit

To join the discussion on IRC, join us in #wikimedia-in

Social MediaEdit


PeopleEdit

Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee (Board) :

  • Yohann Varun Thomas  : President (yohannvt@wikimedia.in )
  • Jayanta Nath : Secretary (jayanta@wikimedia.in)
  • Sanket Oswal  : Treasurer (sanket_oswal@wikimedia.in)
  • Abhinav Srivastava  : Member (abhinav.srivastava@wikimedia.in)
  • Priyanka Tiwari  : Member (priyanka.tiwari@wikimedia.in)
  • Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju  : Member (ekbalb@wikimedia.in )
  • Nikhil Kawale  : Member (nikhil.kawale@wikimedia.in)
Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-exec@lists.wikimedia.org

Wikimedia India Staff :

  • Ravishankar Ayyakkannu : Program Director (ravidreams@wikimedia.in)

History and TimelineEdit

  • 30-Sep-2004: An IRC meeting on September 30, 2004 at 15:30 IST. For a summary of the discussion, please see 2004 IRC meeting.
  • Nov-2007: The discussions have been re-initiated in November 2007, and several people have responded enthusiastically on the WikimediaIndia-l mailing list (please see the November 2007 archive). A draft of proposed bylaws is available here.
  • Dec-2008: Sue Gardner and Jimmy visited India in Dec 2008.
  • Jul-2009: Discussions started again after the 2009 July Bangalore Meetup.
  • 8-Mar-2010: Memorandum of Association proposed. Now, we have reached a state where we can take this forward formally and fast. A brief background of the history can be found here.
  • 6-Apr-2010: A final version of the MoA and by-laws was submitted to the Wikimedia Chapters Committee on 6 April 2010, after undergoing various revisions based on feedback from individual members of the Chapters Committee, Wikipedians in India and elsewhere, and the advice of an Indian tax expert who is helping with registration. This is the announcement of final submission.
  • June, 2010 Wikimedia India became the 29th chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation by a resolution of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.
  • 3-January-2011 Registration of the organisation in India was completed via Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District Certificate No: SOR/BLU/DR/1137/10-11 dt 03 Jan 2011 ( announce page).
  • 30-July-2011 Events were kicked off with a seminar on Copyright and Open Licensing at Bangalore.
  • 12-Sep-2011 Outreach events were kicked off with a Wiki Academy for Department of Public libraries, Government of Karnataka.
  • 24-September-2011 The first AGM and Chapter Elections were conducted successfully.
  • 18-November-2011 Wikimedia India Chapter co-hosted the first WikiConference India with the Mumbai Wikipedia Community.

WikipediaEdit

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 5,188,703 39,709,290 837,758,652 1,295 28,613,741 114,035 851,594
Hindi हिन्दी hi 104,486 583,838 3,217,612 6 230,051 663 2,640
Tamil தமிழ் ta 86,984 255,374 2,163,306 37 100,474 257 8,769
Telugu తెలుగు te 63,951 203,332 1,899,299 17 54,806 131 10,413
Marathi मराठी mr 43,852 178,416 1,445,163 10 66,213 128 20,376
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 43,315 297,461 2,404,581 18 82,884 260 4,938
Bengali বাংলা bn 42,993 458,444 2,245,849 17 118,464 570 3,532
Bishnupriya Manipuri ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী bpy 25,064 57,575 805,404 1 15,602 19 163
Urdu اردو ur 105,187 537,395 5,109,567 15 54,782 195 4,459
Nepali नेपाली ne 28,313 76,510 552,101 10 27,965 108 395
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,393 64,621 426,355 4 29,979 57 268
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 20,575 71,219 623,874 5 33,013 335 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,972 43,920 393,362 6 17,285 124 510
Divehi ދިވެހިބަސް dv 2,968 10,973 125,855 1 15,313 10 1,050
Pali पाऴि pi 2,517 4,331 101,734 0 3,709 3 0
Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 22,458 74,950 335,267 4 14,991 90 1,158
Odia ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 10,663 50,218 247,155 4 11,733 60 145
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,067 36,509 160,225 3 14,185 38 1,353
Sindhi سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध sd 7,510 18,771 79,051 2 5,831 25 43
Kashmiri कश्मीरी / كشميري ks 267 2,496 31,325 1 5,060 6 0
Bhojpuri भोजपुरी bh 6,986 30,508 339,096 2 8,698 20 18
Maithili मैथिली mai 2,780 10,771 69,012 2 2,246 34 22
Goan Konkani गोवा कोंकणी gom 2,829 6,233 145,428 3 1,453 16 0

Indo-Aryan languages (513,421 – 1.3%)Edit

Hindi
  
20.35%
Marathi
  
8.54%
Bishnupriya Manipuri
  
4.88%
Bengali
  
8.37%
Western Panjabi
  
8.18%
Gujarati
  
5.14%
Nepali
  
5.51%
Urdu
  
20.49%
Other
  
18.54%

--hi--104486--Hindi (हिन्दी)--104,486 --mr--43852--Marathi (मराठी)--43,852 --bpy--25064--Bishnupriya (বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী)--25,064 --bn--42993--Bengali (বাংলা)--42,993 --pnb--42008--Western Punjabi (پنجابی)--42,008 --gu--26393--Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)--26,393 --ne--28313--Nepali (नेपाली)--28,313 --ur--105187--Urdu (اردو)--105,187 --hif--9612--Fiji Hindi (Fiji Hindi)--9,612 --sa--9972--Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)--9,972 --si--11911--Sinhala (සිංහල)--11,911 --dv--2968--Divehi (ދިވެހިބަސް)--2,968 --pa--22458--Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)--22,458 --pi--2517--Pali (पालि)--2,517 --bh--6986--भोजपुरी (भोजपुरी)--6,986 --or--10663--Oriya (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)--10,663 --as--4067--Assamese (অসমীয়া)--4,067 --rmy--585--Romani (Romani)--585 --sd--7510--Sindhi (سنڌي)--7,510 --ks--267--Kashmiri (कॉशुर / کٲشُر)--267

Dravidian languages (214,825 – 0.5%)Edit

Telugu
  
29.77%
Tamil
  
40.49%
Malayalam
  
20.16%
Kannada
  
9.58%

--te--63951--Telugu (తెలుగు)--63,951 --ta--86984--Tamil (தமிழ்)--86,984 --ml--43315--Malayalam (മലയാളം)--43,315 --kn--20575--Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)--20,575


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Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 5,188,703 39,709,290 837,758,652 1,295 28,613,741 114,035 851,594
Marathi मराठी mr 43,852 178,416 1,445,163 10 66,213 128 20,376
Tamil தமிழ் ta 86,984 255,374 2,163,306 37 100,474 257 8,769
Telugu తెలుగు te 63,951 203,332 1,899,299 17 54,806 131 10,413
Bengali বাংলা bn 42,993 458,444 2,245,849 17 118,464 570 3,532
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,393 64,621 426,355 4 29,979 57 268
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 43,315 297,461 2,404,581 18 82,884 260 4,938
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 20,575 71,219 623,874 5 33,013 335 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,972 43,920 393,362 6 17,285 124 510
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,067 36,509 160,225 3 14,185 38 1,353

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