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The Wikipedia Bangalore meetup is a monthly get-together of wikipedians (contributors and users) to meet up, discuss, share experiences, reach out and advocate for wikipedia and wikimedia.

As discussed in the Bangalore Meetup 3 in July, Wikipedians in Bangalore (Bangapedians) will meet up every month on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday at 3 PM. The meetups are intended to be structured as follows —Introductions, a few focused talks by Wikipedians to share experience / expertise followed by demos and open discussions on topics of common interest.

Pre-Meeting discussions can be on the talk page please.

Date and Venue[edit]

Date: : Sunday, 10-April-2011 3:00 PM IST

The Centre for Internet and Society
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross,
4th Main
Domlur 2nd Stage, Opposite to Domlur Club
Bangalore 560 071, Karnataka

Intended Audience[edit]

Anyone interested in Wikipedia (user, contributor or curious about it). Wikipedians from any part of India or the world and anyone who is interested in Wikipedia! Meetup is open to members of all Wikimedia projects and Wikipedians from all languages. All are welcome, and we are especially interested in seeing newcomers to join the experienced Wikipedians/Wikimedians. If you are interested in coming, please add your name below.

Getting there[edit]

See Directions- Click on the picture to enlarge
CIS Domlur Office, the venue
  • By Road:
    • From MG Road, Brigade Road, Central Business District, Vidhan Soudha — Come straight on Old Airport Road towards Domlur, and take a Left after Steves Gym / Paratha House. Go straight, and continue straight after the Domlur BDA Complex crossroads. Further, go straight, cross bridge over storm water drain, and take Left AFTER The Energy Research Institute [TERI]. You will see Domlur Club on the LEFT. Take a right onto the SECOND lane, opposite the gate of the Club. The CIS building has a white gate and is on the RIGHT-hand side, first gate.
    • From Hosur Road, Electronics City, Koramangala, Sarjapur, Bannerghatta — Take Inner Ring Road/Intermediate Ring Road towards the Domlur-Old Airport flyover. Proceed straight towards Indra Nagar by taking the flyover. Take a Left just AFTER the flyover, before the Pedestrian Foot Over Bridge [FOB]. Proceed forward and take the Third LEFT towards TERI. Take a Right before TERI and proceed as above.
    • From Old Airport, HAL, Marathalli, Varthur — Come on Old Airport-Varthur Road, cross Domlur flyover, take a Right AT the flyover proceed towards IndraNagar and proceed as per above to reach.
    • From Old Madras, Road, Indira Nagar, Ulsoor — Take 100feet Road [Under Metro] to Domlur flyover. Take a Right BEFORE the flyover, at the Pedestrian Foot Over Bridge [FOB]. Proceed forward and take the Third LEFT towards TERI. Take a Right before TERI and proceed as above.
  • By Bus:
    • From Kempegowda Bus Station [Majestic], KR Market, Shivaji Nagar, take a bus towards Old Airport, Domlur and get down at the Water Tank and Proceed as above.
    • From Banashankari, Central Silk Board — Take a bus terminating at Domlur. Get down after the Indira Nagar FOB, and walk towards TERI as mentioned above. Take a bus going toward Indira Nagar. Get down before the flyover, walk towards, the Water tank, and proceed as above.



Add your name as " # ~~~ " if you have an username or else add " # Name"


  1. ସୁଭ ପା/Subhashish Panigrahi
  2. Arjunarao C
  3. aprabhala
  4. Pragati
  5. Srikanth Ramakrishnan
  6. Ralph
  7. Shyamal

Signed up[edit]

  1. ସୁଭ ପା/Subhashish Panigrahi
  2. Arjunarao C
  3. Swapnil.talekar (talk)
  4. Pragati
  5. Ansuman Giri
  6. Sidhant Das
  7. Ashutosh Kar
  8. aprabhala
  9. srujana


  1. Michael MichaelTalk
  2. Tinu Cherian
  3. Ranjan


  1. Arunram (talk) (unable to make it, though helping with organizing and content)

Announcements/Event Notices[edit]

Please list external links announcing the meet-up here.

Post-meetup summary/Blogs/News[edit]

The 32nd Bangalore Wikimedia Meetup was organized on 2011April10 at 3 PM in CIS, Bangalore. This meetup was headed by Subhashish Panigrahi and attended by 7 Wikipedians. The speakers of this meetup were Arjun Rao C, Achal Prabhala and Anirudh Bhati.

1st Talk: Arjun Rao C/ Experience in Berlin Wikimedia Conference, 2010

Arjun Rao talked about his participation in the Wikimedia conference held in Berlin. He discussed about the new plans and ventures for Wikimedia projects which will be the current focus for the chapters of several countries. He also briefed the audience about the plans for the proposed projects under Wikimedia India such as: Knowledge kiosks in public libraries, Academies, Projects for improvements in Indic language tools, Indic Wiki CD/DVD, improve participation of women in Wiki communities, Wikimania for Indian Wikipedians, etc. Arjun showed pictures of speakers from several countries who he befriended and shared ideal structures of the the Wiki projects in those all countries.

2nd Talk: Achal Prabhala/ “Open Citation” & its perpectives

Achal introduced the audience about his ongoing project on “Oral Citation”, its purpose, authenticity, possible issues and their solutions. He explained the problems Malayalam Wikipedians faced when they have created well constructed articles on several games played in villages, but there was no proper citations as none ever tried to make literature based documentations for them. Even he also stated the similar experiences he has with the “Sapheri” speaking South African tribe where many traditional games were never put under the modern documented rules and regulations but they are great resources for the anthropologists. Many such important heritage related articles could be cited using oral citation which is easier to create, transform, share and cite. He also explained how credibility and authenticity were created by interviewing the people about the dance form/game/any such intended aspect. Most of the verbal conversation could be translated and added to the audio file itself and later can be translated to any other language. The source and copyright info can also be explained in the audio file itself which would make this a very simplistic approach, but potentially more accessible. Audio files would be more self explanatory, easy to share in the form of podcasts and an elaborated audience could be targeted.

3rd Talk: Anirudh Bhati/ “Outreach Campaign in North-East”

Wikimedia India member Anirudh Bhati has organized has visited to NREST (North-Eastern Regional Institute), Arunanchal Pradesh in the festive season of “Mopin”, a regional festival and “Srishti 2011”, NREST's institutional function. Anirudh along with Wikipedian Nikhil Sheth introduced Wikipedia and other WMF projects to almost 110 students and lecturers in CREST. They demonstrated them “Editing in Wikipedia” and students themselves created articles based on the demonstration over there. Surya Vaigunth, a final year student and a computer enthusiast personally took initiative to teach to masses and bring out a set of persistent contributors. Though most of them were interested to see the opportunities of Indic Wikipedias, majority of the critical mass was more interested for English article speculated more about Arunanchal Pradesh and even uploading more picture than content development. He also has demonstrated how to use Indic Wikipedias and editing them. Srikanth added a note to uploading pictures and geotagging them using external maps which would be useful for online searches. As a part of the outreach program Anirudh also explained about the Offline package developed by taking selected Wikipedia articles for school students as a part of SOS Children's Village where Ashwin helped for creating list of important articles. 2 major software programs OpenZIM and Kiwix are used for compilation and running of the offline package respectively where the total package (2.75 GB) could be burnt in a DVD. The team also had a video chat with Portugese Wikipedian Beria Lima who had a talk about “Mirandese language and Gender Gap”, Mirandese, being one of the dying languages needs collaborative efforts and Wikipedia could be one solution to protect it. She also discussed abput the low contribution of women because of several reasons like Lack of Confidence, Lack of detailed knowledge, Male oriented social set up , etc. Even she also connected thr same problem in the Indian context.

Nikhil introduced Wikipedia to Kendriya Vidyalaya students. Saibal Chatterjee, visiting prof and Chief- Coordinator of Srishti 2011 also supported the event.

It was fun-filled and successful event with less audience but fruitful with new ideas shared.


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