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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. 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.

Becoming a member[edit]

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

Donations[edit]

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 channels[edit]

Official Contacts[edit]

  • Wikimedia India Portal
  • Email: chapter at wikimedia.in
  • Press : press at wikimedia.in
  • Membership : membership at wikimedia.in

WikimediaIndia-l[edit]

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/noticeboards[edit]

List of Mailing Lists specific to India

IRC[edit]

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

Social Media[edit]

People[edit]

Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee (Board) :

  • Jayanta Nath, President: jayanta at wikimedia.in
  • RadhaKrishna Arvapally : secretary: radhakrishna.arvapally@gmail.com
  • Viswa Prabha, Treasurer : viswaprabha at wikimedia.in
  • Karthik Nadar,Board Member : karthikndr at wikimedia.in
  • Nikita Belavate,Board Member : nikita.sb at wikimedia.in
  • Dr. B. Ekbal, Board Member
  • Nikhil Kawale, Board Member


Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-exec at lists.wikimedia.org

History and Timeline[edit]

  • 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 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 has been completed vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District Certificate No: SOR/BLU/DR/1137/10-11 dt 03 Jan 2011 ( announce page).
  • 30-July-2011 Kicked off events with a seminar on Copy rights and Open Licensing at Bangalore
  • 12-Sep-2011 Kicked off outreach events with a Wiki Academy for Department of Public libraries, Government of Karnataka.
  • 24-September-2011 First AGM and Chapter Elections conducted successfully.
  • 18-November-2011 Wikimedia India Chapter co-hosted first WikiConference India with Mumbai Wikipedia Community.

Wikipedia[edit]

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 4,613,185 33,902,774 737,112,213 1,392 22,655,126 129,212 839,195
Hindi हिन्दी hi 115,068 476,635 2,689,375 8 134,938 360 2,964
Tamil தமிழ் ta 63,459 189,964 1,811,419 37 69,903 248 11,085
Telugu తెలుగు te 59,123 154,985 1,294,721 17 39,609 177 9,455
Marathi मराठी mr 40,611 151,142 1,321,047 10 46,891 141 13,491
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 36,909 249,868 2,109,259 19 61,714 257 4,456
Bengali বাংলা bn 32,327 353,348 1,772,809 12 69,155 377 2,712
Bishnupriya Manipuri ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী bpy 25,138 57,625 803,631 1 13,287 15 212
Urdu اردو ur 53,155 232,406 4,031,021 12 34,658 143 4,039
Nepali नेपाली ne 26,047 64,117 427,452 14 18,511 118 340
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 25,557 51,723 373,925 3 21,089 63 289
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 16,394 54,585 454,119 5 21,911 143 3,252
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 10,211 29,426 285,486 5 12,060 43 478
Divehi ދިވެހިބަސް dv 3,665 10,661 122,877 1 12,658 18 1,119
Pali पाऴि pi 2,806 4,301 101,015 0 3,041 6 1
Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 14,368 43,499 209,188 3 8,568 43 800
Odia ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 8,430 38,705 194,569 4 7,664 64 147
Assamese অসমীয়া as 2,839 33,462 139,682 4 9,544 38 1,269
Sindhi سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध sd 386 4,101 28,695 1 4,360 12 21
Kashmiri कश्मीरी / كشميري ks 228 2,182 27,417 1 4,104 6 1

Indo-Aryan languages (416,095 – 1.2%)[edit]

Hindi
  
27.65%
Marathi
  
9.76%
Bishnupriya Manipuri
  
6.04%
Bengali
  
7.77%
Western Panjabi
  
7.94%
Gujarati
  
6.14%
Nepali
  
6.26%
Urdu
  
12.77%
Other
  
15.67%

--hi--115068--Hindi (हिन्दी)--115,068 --mr--40611--Marathi (मराठी)--40,611 --bpy--25138--Bishnupuriya Manipuri (বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী)--25,138 --bn--32327--Bengali (বাংলা)--32,327 --pnb--33057--Western Punjabi (پنجابی)--33,057 --gu--25557--Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)--25,557 --ne--26047--Nepali (नेपाली)--26,047 --ur--53155--Urdu (اردو)--53,155 --hif--6491--Fiji Hindi (Fiji Hindi)--6,491 --sa--10211--Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)--10,211 --si--11352--Sinhala (සිංහල)--11,352 --dv--3665--Divehi (ދިވެހިބަސް)--3,665 --pa--14368--Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)--14,368 --pi--2806--Pali (पालि)--2,806 --bh--3799--भोजपुरी (भोजपुरी)--3,799 --or--8430--Oriya (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)--8,430 --as--2839--Assamese (অসমীয়া)--2,839 --rmy--560--Romani (Romani)--560 --sd--386--Sindhi (سنڌي)--386 --ks--228--Kashmiri (कॉशुर / کٲشُر)--228

Dravidian languages (175,885 – 0.5%)[edit]

Telugu
  
33.61%
Tamil
  
36.08%
Malayalam
  
20.98%
Kannada
  
9.32%

--te--59123--Telugu (తెలుగు)--59,123 --ta--63459--Tamil (தமிழ்)--63,459 --ml--36909--Malayalam (മലയാളം)--36,909 --kn--16394--Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)--16,394


Wikisource[edit]

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 4,613,185 33,902,774 737,112,213 1,392 22,655,126 129,212 839,195
Marathi मराठी mr 40,611 151,142 1,321,047 10 46,891 141 13,491
Tamil தமிழ் ta 63,459 189,964 1,811,419 37 69,903 248 11,085
Telugu తెలుగు te 59,123 154,985 1,294,721 17 39,609 177 9,455
Bengali বাংলা bn 32,327 353,348 1,772,809 12 69,155 377 2,712
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 25,557 51,723 373,925 3 21,089 63 289
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 36,909 249,868 2,109,259 19 61,714 257 4,456
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 16,394 54,585 454,119 5 21,911 143 3,252
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 10,211 29,426 285,486 5 12,060 43 478

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