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Marathi language department of Goa University has taken initiative to document the culture of Goa on Marathi Wikipedia and Commons. As this was the first exposure to Wikimedia projects, two day extensive training workshop was planned. In the same event, three hour session in library as part of 1lib1ref session was also conducted. CIS-A2K has started collaboration with the language department from this event.


The following objectives are broadly covered in the sessions -

  • Awareness about digital knowledge in Marathi, Open knowledge resources and Wikimedia projects
  • To explain the History of Wiki Movement, Pillars of Wikipedia
  • To train the participants in basic editing skills in Wikipedia
  • To explore the ways to find reliable & verifiable references
  • To present - Article structure, manual of style, categorisation
  • To explain - Copyright, Commons guidelines, Uploading images
  • To discuss follow-up plan and integration with academic activities
  • Adding reliable references as part of 1lib1ref session in library

Event details[edit]

  • Date : 31 January & 1 February 2019
  • Time : 10am to 6pm
  • Venue : Goa University campus

Participants (Usernames)[edit]

  1. Bhavana Sopte
  2. विनय मडगांवकर, शिवोली
  4. Geeta yerlekar
  5. स्नेहल नाईक
  6. Ajit gawas
  7. प्रियांका प्रकाश नाईक
  8. तृप्ती अनिल बोंद्रे
  9. Sonal s mote
  10. Sanchaya G Dessai
  11. Manjusha Gauns Dessai
  12. Bhakti naik madgaonkar
  13. Ranjita mhamal
  14. विभम
  15. Nikita Aeer
  16. Sonali tavadkar
  17. Nirmala Gadkari
  18. Divya keni
  19. Varsha kumbhar
  20. प्रतिक्षा पुनाजी गावडे
  21. प्रतीक्षा उदय वझरेकर
  22. Nikhita Gaonkar
  23. अपूर्वा सांबरेकर
  24. Pratiksha naik
  25. Sweta pawar
  26. Supriya Korkhankar
  27. Sneha Mhamal
  28. वैशाली नाईक
  29. Neha Gaude
  30. Anjali ashvekar
  31. Vishwaja kambli
  32. Sukhada gawas
  33. Umida Gavathankar
  34. Pallavi Deykar
  35. Karuna K Mirabagkar
  36. तेजा तुळशीदास परब


Schedule on 31 January[edit]

Time Details
10 to 10.30am Inauguration
10.30 to 11.15am Open knowledge resources, Introduction to Wikimedia projects
11.15 to 11.30am Tea break
11.30 to 1.30pm Account creation, basic editing in sandbox, small edits in existing articles
1.30 to 2pm Lunch
2 to 4pm Article structure, links & references, Creating new article, categorisation
4 to 4.15pm Tea break
4.15 to 5.30pm Copyright issues, Commons upload, adding images to Wikipedia articles, Follow-up plan, Feedback

Schedule on 1 February[edit]

Time Details
10 to 10.30am Recap of first day
10.30 to 11.15am Working on village articles in sandboxes
11.15 to 11.30am Tea break
11.30 to 1.30pm Commons upload practice session
1.30 to 2pm Lunch
2 to 3pm Reliable references, Citation tool
3 to 6pm 1lib1ref session in Library


Marathi department and other language faculty planned this workshop well in advance. The practice of Marathi typing in Unicode was carried out through preparing articles as Word document. The students selected the articles on history of Goa, writers & artists of Goa, Tourism in Goa and villages in Goa. Total 37 editors actively participated in the workshop. They learnt basic editing skills, adding references and uploading on Commons. They worked first in sandboxes on their new articles. The content addition is in progress. The verified content would be moved to main namespace under the guidance of experienced editors.
The concept of 1lib1ref campaign was shared with Chief Librarian of Goa University. The response was very positive. As a result, in the last two sessions of the workshop on 1 February, the participants added references to the articles. The session was conducted in the library. The library staff and faculty facilitated the process.


The editors are preparing the articles in sandboxes and offline also. It is proposed to conduct another iteration to verify and publish this content in main namespace. The students are also taking the images of issues related to Goan culture. The exclusive session on Commons is also proposed. The librarian has suggested to make separate rack of reference books related to Goa culture & heritage for utility. This idea will be explored in the next 1lib1ref iteration in May-June 2019.


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