This plan details the proposed activities for the upcoming grant year upon consultations with the community. Based on experience and lessons learnt, CIS-A2K has charted this plan with the support of the Telugu Wikimedia community. In addition to improving quality, content, and expanding the editor base, this work plan identifies two priorities:
Formulating an exit strategy by sustaining programmatic activities(such as grooming community leadership) and
CIS-A2K conducts both annual and monthly needs assessment in collaboration with the community. CIS-A2K conducts needs assessment during its outreach activities, community meet-ups and IRC discussions. The needs articulated through these channels inform the design of our outreach activities and skill building initiatives.
Community is consulted actively for all programs both at the level of design and at the level of implementation. Feedback provided by the community regarding the activity is documented for future references. We have taken community members permission to include their comments:
Nature of Activity
Reach out to wider Telugu community
Social media and media publicity
* Reach out to more people using social media channels
Send mass emails to Telugu people
Try to get some celebrities on board and generate publicity around it
Featuring Telugu Wikipedia as op-eds and cover stories in Telugu newspapers and magazines
Create interesting campaigns for the general public to upload photos on Commons.
Telugu Wikipedia, Telugu Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons
Featuring Telugu Wikipedia in various print media and magazines
Enabling the creation of a social media strategy for Telugu Wikipedia which will be run by volunteers supported by Program person
Creating video resources and booklets
* Create video resources which explain how to contribute to Wikipedia and Wikisource
Record snippets explaining why that is useful to Wikimedia projects
Publish booklets that help how to learn about basics of Wikipedia and distribute them
In a telephonic survey conducted in India, 25% of the participants said they have never heard about Wikipedia. Telugu Wikimedia community members, like te:User:Chaduvari and User:Bhaskaranaidu, suggested that reaching out to more Telugu people would eventually lead to more participation in projects.
Social media strategy: Supporting and helping community members devise a project/portal for social media strategy for Telugu Wikimedia projects. An on-wiki portal dedicated to strategize and implement social media activities of Telugu Wikipedia's official pages will function as the central place for all social media activities related to Telugu Wikimedia projects.
Op-eds and features in print and digital media: On 5 November 2006, Telugu Wikipedia was featured in the Sunday magazine of the most widely circulated Telugu Daily - Eenadu. This is considered a major milestone in the development of Telugu Wikipedia by community members. In the days following the publication, the highest number of new users were registered and they started editing on Telugu Wikipedia. So, pushing to get op-eds and features in Sunday magazines, magazines, and dailies will raise awareness about Telugu Wikipedia.
Support from celebrities and legends: Fandom plays a key role in Telugu culture. Taking support from celebrities and legendary figures in Telugu entertainment and social life will improve reach.
Reaching out using electronic media: Programs conducted on electronic media also play a key role in influencing Telugu households. Reaching out via electronic media helps raise awareness about Wikipedia.
Social media strategy:
Creating a social media strategy portal with community collaboration and channelising the community's activities according to the strategy and guidelines agreed upon in community discussion.
Conducting online training sessions for community leaders who are trying to make their social media presence felt to learn how to utilise social media as a platform to spread awareness about the movement.
Following up and supporting new Wikipedians emerging out of social media reach.
Op-eds and features in print media and digital media:
List out various features and special pages in newspapers and magazines in which positive stories about Wikipedia will fit into
Create positive stories around occasions, Wikipedians and other aspects of the movement which also cater to the interests of the readers
Send out to columns, op-eds and other features which we identify as fitting into our strategy
Support from celebrities and legends:
Taking support from branding organisations which currently curate branding of celebrities to get them on board
Creating videos that express celebrities' support to Telugu Wikipedia and urge people to contribute
Reaching out using electronic media:
Promoting Telugu Wikipedia on electronic media programs were viewers are given tips and suggestions on different topics of interest; tips on getting started on Telugu Wikipedia could be a part of these programs
Getting the success stories of existing Wikipedians to be feature on programs that deal with inspiring stories in electronic media
Social media portal for facilitating discussions about strategy of social media and also help Wikipedians to request posts that they would like to see and curate the social media channels
Post 700 Share-a-facts on Telugu Wikipedia Facebook page and feature at least 30 active Wikipedians on social media campaigns
Publishing at least 12 feature articles about Telugu Wikipedia in media
Reach at least 300 individuals, cultivate 20 new editors out of social media
Get at least 50 photos onto Wikimedia Commons that will be featured on Telugu Wikipedia
If a large number of Telugu people got to know that there is something called Telugu Wikipedia and they can edit it. Tap digital media, print media and electroninc media to reach out more Telugu people which inturn result in more active editors in Telugu Wikipedia
Know how videos or screen capture videos are videos that demonstrate the utilization of tools or how to work with a certain feature. Know Why videos, on the other hand, are very small interviews of various Wikipedians to address the rationale behind using the Wikipedia tool or feature
Creation of Know-how and Know-Why videos and other resources that help Wikimedians.
Create video resources which explain how to do something on Wikipedia and Wikisource
Record snippets explaining why doing something on Wikipedia or Wikisource is useful to Wikimedia projects
Publish and distribute booklets that help learn the basics of Wikipedia
Create 25+ Know How and Know Why videos about Telugu Wikipedia and Wikisource
Printing booklets and utilising them in meetups and workshops
Publicising these videos using Television (Mana TV), YouTube channels and social media.
Grooming Community leaders
As part of the exit strategy, an intense training session will be conducted to groom community leaders. Transition of institutional contacts to community leaders and developing rapport with institutional partners will also take place during different activities
Conducting a "Train The Trainer" session for community leaders of Telugu Wikipedia in order to groom leadership skills
Involving identified community leaders in discussions with institutional partners
To groom 7 Wikipedians in handling planning, execution and reporting of events that helps expand existing community leadership
Training existing and budding Wikipedians
Customized training to community members - advanced Wikipedia and Wikisource training for active users and basic technical training for emerging Wikipedians
Conducting advanced Wikipedia and Wikisource user sessions for existing active users to help them learn about the advanced aspects of Wikipedia editing
Conducting technical session to help emerging Wikipedians
Conduct online training sessions for individual community members according to their specific requirements
To strengthen 15 existing Wikipedians and 20 emerging Wikipedians in advanced aspects and technical aspects
Energizing Wikipedia Meetups
Among the long standing city based Wikipedia meetups in India, the Hyderabad monthly meetup is one of the oldest ones. This gathering has great potential to make the meetup more productive in a programmatic context.
To energize community meetups conducted in Hyderabad by boosting learning, activity and community bonding. This activity will help in engaging existing Wikipedians and retaining of new Wikipedians from the city.
Increasing group learning where editors from the meetup will explain a tool or editing technique to other editors
Activities will be followed up with exercises where the participants can learn by doing what was taught
Regular one-on-one capacity building activities
Supporting local outreach
10 new Wikipedians will be groomed into becoming active contributors to Telugu Wikimedia projects
100 existing articles will be improved in terms of quality
100 new photos will be added to Wikimedia Commons
To bridge Telugu Wikipedians' technical needs with the help of community leadership and Indian Wikimedians who are technically sound
Facilitating periodic calls/IRC between Telugu Wikipedians and technically well-versed Indian Wikipedians in collaboration with Media Wiki Club, India
Groups and organizations with interested amateurs and experts who share a common interest in a specific subject or activity(especially in knowledge sharing and gathering fields) are known as "Communities of Interest". We have tried to reach out to a small group of expert geologists and amateur film studies writers. Reaching out to these communities of interest will help turn passionate knowledge gatherers into Wikimedians while also getting their content onto Wikipedia projects.
Identifying various communities of interest, especially those working in the digital space
Create a plan in which some of their interests and activities integrate into contributions to Wikimedia projects
Conduct specifically targetted workshops and online sessions for the communities of interest
Groom the communities of interest with advanced training sessions
Improve quality of 150 existing articles and create 100 new articles
30 new Wikipedians and grooming 8 of them into active Wikipedians
During last year's work plan, CIS-A2K's Telugu Wikipedia activities were mainly conducted in Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijayawada and Rajahmundry. This year, we aim to expand to other parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by conducting outreach and tapping into the potential in these cities and towns.
Conducting a series of workshops in Telangana area to various groups.
Conducting workshops in areas that have less representation, like Nellore, Ongole, Tirupathi, et al
Conducting workshops to improve participation of women
Enlisting nearly 150 new Wikipedians from different areas
50 new women Wikipedians will be enlisted to Telugu Wikipedia
To support the community by providing resources which help in engaging existing community members and improving content and quality.
Creating a digital and physical resource center for the use of Telugu Wikipedians.
Sharing resources requested by Wikipedians in order to support their activities
Improve quality of 60 existing articles and create 200 new articles
At least 10 existing and new Wikipedians will be supported with resources
Relicensing into CC-BY-SA and digitizations
To get photos that are useful to Wikimedia projects and books that have literary and reference value into CC-BY-SA licenses. To conduct image-a-thons and digit-a-thons to use these photos in Telugu Wikipedia and digitise books in Telugu Wikisource.
To convince authors who whose works have considerable literary and reference value to license their works into CC-BY-SA
To get in touch with authors and identify potential works to get re-licensed; collaborate with existing Wikipedians who are already in the literary field.
To get government institutions and departments to re-license their photo gallery to CC-BY-SA licenses.
Conducting image-a-thons and digit-a-thons to use these photos in Telugu Wikipedia pages and digitise books in Wikisource.
Re-licensing 20 works that have either reference value or literary value
Getting at least 800 images to be released into CC-BY-SA and uploaded to Commons
Improving 200 pages by adding new photos
Quality improvement efforts
Improving village stub articles: Improving village articles is an important concern on Telugu Wikipedia. Currently, a project is working to improve Telugu Wikipedia articles from information produced out of the Indian census data. Involving more contributors in this project by conducting edit-a-thons to increase and improve the quality of articles related to villages.
Cleaning up machine translated articles project: To improve the quality of machine translated articles created during Google translation project. Google translated articles are considered to be one of the major quality problems for Telugu Wikipedia. User:Arjunaraoc created a page to track the issues related to these articles and conducted a small sample survey in which only 1 out of 7 was found to be of acceptable quality and 3 out of 7 needed several changes to improve their quality. CIS-A2K recently helped prioritize these articles and improve them. CIS-A2K will continue announcing and coordinating these iterations every month.
Improving movie stub articles: Many Telugu movie articles are stubs on Telugu Wikipedia. This is an important quality concern for Telugu Wikipedia. The aim is to improve these articles into start class.
Improving village stub articles:
Conducting edit-a-thons for improving stub articles on villages in which information about these villages which is developed using census data.
Cleaning up machine translated articles project
Conducting monthly iterations of the Google translated articles prioritization exercise.
Conducting training sessions on Wikipedia translation tool for Wikipedians interested in this project.
Improving Movie stub articles
Collaborating with amateurs working in film studies and film criticism.
Conducting edit-a-thons in which amateur film critics and existing community members interested in movies will contribute to improving Telugu movie stub articles of a particular theme.
Resources that will be useful for improving movie stubs will be provided to interested Wikipedians.
Improving 1000 articles.
Getting 5 new active Wikipedians on board.
Wikipedia Education Program
The Wikipedia Education Program in Telugu has been successful in getting more content onto Wikimedia projects, especially on Telugu Wikisource. As per lessons learnt from working with institutions and suggestions from community members, we will be focusing on content, Telugu Wikisource and improving collaboration between institutions and community members for this grant year. In the current grant year(2016-17), activities in educational institutions were successful due to the incorporation of the Wikimedians' suggestions (on village pump announcements and discussions). We aim to continue their active involvement in planning events, execution and evaluation of the activities.
To organise Telugu Wikisource workshops for students in WEP
Conducting Wikisource sprints that help digitization of books in Telugu Wikisource
Facilitating events that are led by the community in colleges that work with WEP
Improving participation of active Wikipedians in WEP events in order to make the program more sustainable and fruitful
100 student Wikimedians will create accounts; will learn about digitization aspects and work on Telugu Wikisource