CIS-A2K/Reports/Newsletter/April 2016

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CIS-A2K Newsletter, April 2016
Odia-language Women’s History Month edit-a-thons

Last month, the second Women’s History Month edit-a-thon began on Odia-language Wikimedia sites. With a theme of Women I am inspired by, the event aimed to improve articles on these notable individuals. Twenty articles were created and ten were improved, thanks to the dozens of participants—seven of which were women who went on to found an informal group for female editors on the Odia Wikipedia.

Among the participants, eight were brand-new. We reached out to Rajalaxmi Mishra to talk about their experience. Rajalaxmi is an MCA student who began editing the Odia Wikipedia after a Utkal University workshop. Annie Besant, an article she has been working on since the edit-a-thon (in part thanks to Content Translation), is now among the top ten longest articles on the site, and she has also put in time editing Sudha Chandran.

. . . Read more on Wikimedia Blog

Program reports
Outreach, education programme and community engagement programme reports:

A day-long edit-a-thon was organised at Christ University Bangalore on March 12, 2016 to celebrate the Women’s Day and grow the women-related articles on Kannada Wikipedia.
The Kannada-language Wikipedia, arguably the largest online encyclopedia in Kannada language, celebrated its 13th anniversary on February 14, 2016 in Mangalore.
A four-hour-long workshop was organised at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha on February 25, 2016 for the students of Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and Master in Arts, Department of Odia-language.

Articles, opinion pieces, analysis pieces:

  1. Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome, GlobalVoices, 27 April 2016
  2. Shaik, Rahmanuddin. Stats for March 2016, 8 May 2016[1]

Upcoming events
Events organised and/or supported by us:

During May 28-29 in Pune, a two-day long train-the-trainer programme and a Mediawiki training are being organised for the contributors of the Marathi-language Wikimedia projects like Marathi Wikipedia and Marathi Wikisource.

During May 28-29 in Bangalore, a two-day long advanced training is being organised for the programme and project leaders of the Kannada-language Wikimedia projects like Kannada Wikipedia and Kannada Wikisource.

The Odia Wikimedia community is organizing the 14th birth anniversary of Odia Wikipedia on April 5 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The community and CIS-A2K are collaboratively planning to organise a series of training programmes to learn more about advanced editing on specific areas where they are facing problem with.

Media coverage

In this month we have organised or participated in this event:

Train-a-Wikipedian sessions

This month the following Train-a-Wikipedian session were conducted:
  1. 19 April
  2. 22 April
  3. 28 April
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