User:Planemad

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Helix Nebula (2004) The India Gate The Petronas twin towers at night. The Ripon Building, headquarters of the Chennai Corporation. Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, India Sunset at the Arabian Sea The Agasthiyamalai range of the western ghats as seen from the rainshadow region of Tirunelveli, India The Duomo di Milano Lighthouse in Minicoy, Lakshadweep Triumphal arch of the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II towards Piazza Duomo Square in Milan,Italy. Tidel Park in Chennai, India The Tuamotus, French Polynesia Panthera tigris altaica


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I am Planemad on the web (why?), otherwise known as Arun Ganesh. I'm from the historic town of Suchindrum, half an hour away from the southern tip of peninsular India.

Papers qualify me as an Electronics & Communication Engineer from Anna University and an Information designer from National Institute of Design, but more importantly, I like to understand the earth and its contents.

I have been contributing maps, images and the occasional article to wikipedia since 2005 when I realized that crowd-sourced open knowledge has the potential to significantly impact the future of humanity. My contributions are now silently part of thousands of articles, been printed in newspapers, foreign magazines, books, research papers, advertising commercials, MIT OpenCourseWare, political hoardings, restaurant signages, television programmes, hotel reception desks, local guidebooks and other places where I have not looked yet.

WMF Contractor[edit]

I was on contract with the wmf:Localisation team from May-December 2012 as an Interaction designer to help make language tools more usable. For my wiki contributions in official capacity please see mw:user:aganesh

Gallery[edit]

Currently[edit]

Working on creating a free geodatabase of India using OpenStreetMap and building an online public transit information system for the country. Drop me a line if interested

Workshops[edit]

I love taking hands on workshops on map making and evangelizing open knowledge projects like wikipedia and openstreetmap.

Planemad's Barn[edit]

GDBarnstar1.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
I, Ganeshk, award you this Graphic designer's barnstar for your Indian map contributions to Wikipedia. Awesome stuff! - Thank you, Ganeshk (talk) 18:57, 7 June 2006 (UTC)


GDBarnstar1.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
I =Nichalp «Talk»=, award you for your amazing contributions to India-related maps. Keep it up! =Nichalp «Talk»= 14:18, 2 July 2006 (UTC)


The Geography Barnstar
For doing stuff with maps that I can only dream of!! -- Lost(talk) 18:30, 4 September 2006 (UTC)


GDBarnstar1.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
I, Chez , award you the Graphic designer's barnstar for your creation of Indian National Highways map which I and many others like me fell in love with. It is a featured picture now. Cheers. -- Chez (Discuss / Email) • 07:42, 31 October 2006 (UTC)


History Barnstar.png The Mapmaker's Barnstar
I present you this Mapmaker's Barnstar for uploading awesome state locator maps! They are colorful and informative. Regards, Ganeshk (talk) 17:51, 13 April 2007 (UTC)


Barnstar-camera.png The Photographer's Barnstar
For his FP-quality contributions to articles like Climate of India. Only his map-making and template-designing work can compete. Thanks. Saravask 05:11, 8 June 2007 (UTC)


GDBarnstar1.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
I, user:Dineshkannambadi award you this Graphic designer's barnstar for your various maps contributions to Karnataka History articles - Thank you and a Happy New Year Dineshkannambadi (talk) 19:18, 24 December 2007 (UTC)


Indian barnstar.png The Indian Barnstar of National Merit
This user has been nominated by the community of Indian editors for recognition as a Noteworthy Wikimedian at WikiConference India 2011. AshLin (talk) 14:08, 24 November 2011 (UTC)


Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Nice maps for India! Cyrali (talk) 11:19, 22 May 2013 (UTC)


Photographer Barnstar.png The Photographer's Barnstar
For producing some fine images of various regions of the country. You're a great asset to WP:IND. Vensatry (Ping me) 06:29, 13 August 2013 (UTC)


OpenStreetMapCentralChester.png This user contributes to OpenStreetMap.