Wiki Conference India

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Wiki Conference India is a national Wikipedia conference organised in India. The first Wiki Conference India conference was held in November 2011, in Mumbai, the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was organised by the Mumbai Wikipedia community in partnership with Wikimedia India Chapter [1][2] with the support of the Wikimedia Foundation.[3] The conference is positioned as the annual national flagship event for Wikimedia in India and is open to participation from citizens of all nations. The focus is on matters concerning India on Wikipedia projects and other sister projects in English and other Indian languages.[2][4][5]

Wiki Conference India 2011[edit]

Wiki Conference India
Wiki Conference India logo
Status Active
Venue Mumbai University (Fort Campus)
Location(s) Mumbai, India (2011)
Inaugurated 2011
Organized by Mumbai Wikipedia Community,
Wikimedia India Chapter
Wikimedia Foundation
Filing status Non-profit
Website
Wiki Conference India 2011

The first WikiIndia Conference was held in Mumbai between 18 to 20 November 2011.[6]

Overview[edit]

WikiConference India aims to provide a common platform for all Indian Wikimedians to interact, share ideas and collaborate. The conference ran from the 18 to 20 November 2011 and was held in Mumbai University in South Mumbai with the largest talks being held in the University's historic convocation hall.[1][7][8]

Speakers[edit]

Jimmy Wales inaugurating the conference: The slide reads - Knowledge is peace

The conference was inaugurated by a keynote addresses by Jimmy Wales.[1][6] Arnab Goswami spoke on "Neutrality", he was an invited guest speaker.[9] Barry Newstead spoke on the last day.

Tracks[edit]

Tracks showcased in the Conference included topics such as Wikipedia Impact, Gender Gap,[10] Indic Language wiki track, MediaWiki Translation Sprint, Institutions and Wikipedia, Fair use Workshop, etc.[11] It also included Editathon and WikiAcademy sessions.[2]

Sessions[edit]

A Hackathon (attendees pictured) was held in concurrently with the conference

Various sessions on topics such as:[2]

  • Free knowledge and free content
  • Legal Aspects of Wiki Culture
  • Usage of Ajax and Jquery in Wiki
  • Wiki Bhasha:Our Experiences with Multilingual Content
  • Wiki Women Web:Bridging the Gender Gap[10]
  • GLAM (Galleries, libraries, archives and museums) project initiation in indic language Wikipedias

Concurrent with the conference was a Hackathon, hosted by the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) Kala Ghoda, South Mumbai.[2] Other activities included a City Tour and a Heritage Walk.

Participants[edit]

Wikimedians and non Wikimedians from all over India and from other countries, Wikimedia Foundation staff and co-founder[12] A hundred applicants got scholarships based on their experience and contribution to Wikipedia and other projects.[13] More than 700 people attended the conference.[7]

Sponsors and partners[edit]

Microsoft Research, Ang India Technologies, SarkariNaukri.com, Omidyar Network, Kalnirnay, Yebhi.com, were the sponsors;[2][14] while eRegNow.com, Avignyata Inc., Kores India Ltd., Text100, Digital Signage Networks (DSN) and Panache were the partners.[14]

There was a demonstration outside the conference by protesters against the map used by Wikipedia to show the borders of India.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c IANS (9 November 2011). "Mumbai to host first WikiConference in India". India Current Affairs. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Unattributed (9 November 2011). "Mumbai To Host First Ever National WikiConference In India". EFY Times. EFY Enterprises. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ IANS (9 November 2011). "Wikipedia conference comes to India, set for Nov 18". Northern Voices Online. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wikipedia woos India with local languages". Hindustan Times. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Unattributed (10 November 2011). "Wikipedia eyes India for language growth". Dawn.com. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Gupta, Bhawna (10 November 2011). "Jimmy Wales To Open The First WikiConference In India". techcircle.in. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Rajini Vaidyanathan (19 November 2011). "Wikipedia hosts India conference amid expansion push". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Deo, Sumedha (9 November 2011). "Diary India - Nov 18-20". Reuters. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wikipedians not impressed with Arnab Goswami's talk in WikiConference". DNA (Mumbai: Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.). 2011-11-20. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Wikipedia seeks more women contributors". Hindustan Times. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Programs"
  12. ^ Joseph Michael Reagle; Lawrence Lessig (30 September 2010). Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia. MIT Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-262-01447-2. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Kumaran, Uttarika (11 November 2011). "South India bags 50% of Wiki scholarships". DNA India. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Sponsors"

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