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28 – 30 September 2018 | School of Design, Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Wikigraphists Bootcamp
(2018 India)

Status: Done
Participation Program Miscellaneous

General overview[edit]


The primary ambition of this project was inspired from the Graphic(s) Labs on English Wikipedia (link) and Wikimedia Commons (link). The goal was to equip Wikimedians from India (and neighbouring countries) with the skills required to create vector illustrations, mostly using open-source tools (such as Inkscape). Similar to different areas of work at the Graphics Lab (illustrations, maps, photography), the original idea was to have a three-day workshop for vector illustrations, maps, and photography. Later, following the suggestions from community members; that these skills are time-intensive and we would not be able to achieve the expected quality of training if all the three aspects had to be included. In the following discussions, it was decided to organize the program focusing only on vector illustrations. This step had been very crucial in making the project a productive and successful one.


Though the initial plan for this project was a much larger one, it has been scaled down as it was the first of its kind project and also owing to the constraint of limited funding. However, we have been successful in securing a free venue and support from the regional movement partner, CIS-A2K, which helped us to encourage more participation. The Access to Knowledge team had been quite supportive of the financial, logistical and programmatic needs of the project. At initial stages of planning, there was confusion around the deliverables, availability, and capacity of resource persons and also the skill set required for participants for scholarship decision. Following that, we had a community discussion of what could be dealt with and the output to expect.

Online sessions[edit]

To have enough time for practice, we initially thought about conducting online sessions before the main workshop. However, we were skeptical about the technicalities and logistics. Post discussions at Wikimania 2018 with User:Bodhisattwa, User:Satdeep Gill, and User:Shyamal, we were clear on the aspects of conducting the online sessions, as they can also be attended by other community members who were not able to take part in the main workshop. We also discussed various aspects such as the number of sessions, format, platform to be used, etc. The proposed initial topics for training were split into groups between each online session and the main workshop. For better understanding of the design principles, topics related to the design were added to the agenda. These included principles of design, Gestalt laws of grouping, and communication design. Link to the resource material may be referred from a later section of this report. A total of three online sessions were conducted—one dedicated to the theoretical concepts of design, and rest to Inkscape and related tools. The lists of users who had took part in the online sessions can be seen at Program/Online Sessions#Attendance.

Location Map of Rwanda in Gujarati (the first SVG file created as a part of this program)

After the first online session, the participants were given small tasks in the form of assignments. These included drawing illustrations on a paper using the design principles and also identifying some existing works that best follow the principles. These assignments were later discussed at the main workshop. All of these have been documented at Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/On-paper Illustrations#Online Session 1 Assigments. The second online session was conducted two weeks after the first one. Most of Inkscape basics such as shapes, paths, nodes, colour, Bezier curves, etc. were covered.

The session went well, and we again had small tasks assigned to practice the demonstrated features. This practice had been quite useful to engage the participants before the main workshop. The second online session was conducted almost one month after the first session. By the time, more than a hundred SVG files were created. Though many of them had errors, it was encouraging to witness active participation. The engagement of volunteers before the event was quite helpful to buy us a good amount of time for practice during the main workshop. It can firmly be said that the online sessions significantly contributed to the success of this project.

Main workshop[edit]

Satdeep Gill talking about Open Knowledge movement before the Panel Discussion on Day 2

After three successful online sessions, the majority of the participants were able to get a basic understanding of creating vector illustration using Inkscape. Pre-event work made things easy for the main workshop, and most of the time, we only revised the previous agenda, of course, with some new points. It also greatly helped to have more time for hands-on practice. The main workshop was spread over three days. Though it is a general practice to organize an informal ice-breaker session on Day 0, we were not able to do one this time. More than half of the participants arrived later in the evening, and we couldn't organize the Day 0 meet-up. However, the participants who already arrived came for a brief get-together.

Day 1
Mostly covered the topics that we missed from the previous online sessions and spent most of the time of practicing. A quick revision of some basic operations and concepts had been done. The important aspect of Day 1 was the panel discussion. As a part of the program, a panel discussion was organized on the topic "Design and Open Knowledge Movement." It included three panelists. The recording and notes from the discussion can be seen at Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Panel Discussion.
Group Photograph (Day 3)
A teaser video covering the whole main workshop
Day 2
We began with a session on "Information Design," followed by hands-on practice. During the practice session, the participants were divided into groups of two to three, and each group was asked to choose a set of data or information, and physically make some illustrations on paper depicting the info. The works of the participants from this session can be seen at Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/On-paper Illustrations#Information Design session Practice. In addition to these we discussed a few map-making tools; however, there wasn't enough time for practice. During practice, we identified issues of text rendering of SVGs on Wikimedia Commons and reported it on Phabricator. These can be referred from later sections.
Day 3
Most of the time was spent on clarifying doubts and practice. The interesting part was creating multilingual SVGs and testing their working on various Wikis and also rendering issues with scripts of Indian languages. We discussed the Graphics Lab on Wikimedia Commons, including what can the best way to take this forward. We concluded that it'd be best to join the existing graphics lab instead of creating new ones on regional Wikis, which may lead to a split of participation. We concluded with a group photograph and feedback from participants.
Hotel Tara Palace, Daryaganj (accommodation)
View of arrangements at WS4, School of Design, AUD

Venue and logistics[edit]

By mid-June 2018, we changed the venue to School of Design, Ambedkar University Delhi, from the initially planned collaboration with an NGO in Hyderabad. Two reasons for shifting the venue were; firstly we thought that it would be more relevant to host the event in a design school than just in any other normal site (hotel, convention hall, etc.). Secondly, the NGO which we sought for collaboration turned out to be unresponsive to our requests. This decision to shift has been helpful in various aspects later for the project. A2K team's expertise and one of three trainers (Saumyaanaidu) being alumni of the institution, greatly helped us to secure the venue as an in-kind support. We finalized the scholarship decisions by mid-July and conducted a site visit during mid-August to check in with the hotel where accommodation was arranged and the venue. We used the Bluejeans platform for online sessions, as we had more than twenty participants and also wanted to the record the sessions.

Dinner served at the hotel on Day 0

Since the accommodation and the venue were not the same places, we had to use cab services to get to the venue. As everyone couldn't go at once, we moved in groups, which created slight confusion and delay in starting the day. Approximately seven of the participants requested for laptops. CIS-A2K provided some laptops for use, and the rest used the iMac available on campus. As they are not familiar the Mac OS, some reported difficulties in understanding the interface. We resolved the issue to some extent by swapping them with those who were familiar with the Mac interface.

On Day 1, the catering service which we earlier had a deal with denied to serve to the venue's location though they served at the hotel. As an immediate action to provide lunch to the participants, it was ordered from an online portal, which brought in packaged food (in plastic). Many of the participants were unhappy with the excessive usage of plastic for food. For the following days, we walked to a nearby restaurant for lunch. This move helped us to reduce the usage of plastic and also move around to get some fresh air. We tried our best to provide good internet connectivity to the participants, but on the first day, there were issues with the connection including poor speed and connectivity issues. It was much better on the later days.


Did you meet your goals? Yes

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
15 participants[1] 25 participants
  • After the funding decision, it was decided to have around fifteen participants. However, since we should need the trainers and organizers irrespective of the participants' count, with additional support from CIS-A2K, we were able to accommodate a few more including participants from Sri Lanka.
  • No disparity has been observed between actual participants, facilitators/trainers, and organizers; everyone were considered to be participants, but some of them with additional responsibilities to fulfill.
No initial target 377 SVGs filed created[2][3]
  • There wasn't initial target that these many numbers of SVGs should be created. However, during the application process, it was mentioned as a requirement for each participant to create at least five SVG files. However, this point was not stressed much, as the time required to create an illustration or SVG depends on the complexity.
  • We tried best to make sure each of the participants created at least one file, and are successful.
    Some stats:
    • ~95% of the participants created at least one SVG image.[4]
    • ~86% of the participants created three or more SVG images.[4]
    • ~63% of the participants created five or more SVG image.[4]
    • ~32.09% of the SVG created are translations into Indian languages (bn, gu, hi, kn, ml, pa, ta, te) including three multilingual files.[5]
    • 132 distinct images (35.01%) are in use on various Wikimedia projects, with a total usage of 665 times.[6]
20% female participation 24% female participation
  • Six out of twenty-five participants were women, including one each from the trainers and the organizing team.
  • This needs to be improved by encouraging more female Wikimedians to apply and better promotion of the call for participation.

Next steps[edit]

Please share a brief update about the status projects, important discussions and/or capacity building that took place at the event.

Strategic Discussions[edit]

Were any significant issues your community discussed at the conference?
Activities during the conference
(28–30 September 2018)
2 months after the conference
(as of 30 November 2018)
6-8 months after the conference
(as of 30 April 2019)
  • We discussed how the skills learned can be used to serve the community's needs. It was decided that it would best to work with existing Graphics Labs on WCommons and English Wikipedia instead of creating new pages on regional Wikis, which may create a split in participation.
  • We also discussed follow-up this project, which include organizing mini-workshops locally and probably train on other similar tools like GIMP, Blender, etc.
  • The panel discussion helped in understanding the relation and communication gap between the field of design and open knowledge movement. We had a conversation with the faculty about organizing a Wikipedia (en) training program for a limited number of students currently studying under the School of Design. Blog post
  • Few of the participants signed up as Wikigraphists on Graphics Lab of WCommons and have been actively working requests.
  • Our talks about the training have effectively progressed, and we've come up with a plan spreading over 2–3 months to involve the Design School students with Wikimedia projects. During the coming months, we are hoping the main activity to happen. A2K team and the school are expecting a MoU to be signed after this activity, for term collaboration. Ananth subray, KCVelaga, and Saumyaanaidu, are actively working on this collaboration.
  • Though it thought of using the existing Graphics Lab, it is not very famous among the Indian communities. So a new Graphics Lab was set up as a part of the Indic Wikimedia Portal; Indic Wikimedia Portal/Graphics Lab. This can more reachable to the local communities. This will be promoted during the coming months.
  • A few participants are actively fulfilling requests on the Graphics Lab of Wikimedia Commons (for example, User:Sushant savla).
  • Materialising our plans to foster the partnership with Ambedkar University Delhi, we have conducted a three-day Wiki workshop for the students of School of Design, which hosted us during the Bootcamp in September last year. KCVelaga and Saumyaanaidu facilitated the workshop, and it was supported by CIS-A2K. The report can be seen at CIS-A2K/Events/Wiki-workshop at AU Delhi (Feb 2019)/Report. At the end of the workshop, we also did a short workshop on SVGs and Inkspace.

Capacity Development[edit]

Please list capacity building sessions or workshops.
Activities during the conference
(28–30 September 2018)
2 months after the conference
(as of 30 November 2018)
6-8 months after the conference
(as of 30 April 2019)
22 Wikimedians from 9 different Indian communities (bn, gu, hi, kn, ml, or, pa, ta, te), en and WCommons communities were trained on various tools and techniques to vector illustrations, largely focused on Inskcape. Participants are actively discussing various issues related SVGs on the Telegram group created for this project. No followup sessions have been planned as date, but if there the need exists an online session may be conducted. Report of the follow-up survey that had been done conducted 6-months after the event can be seen at Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Follow-up Survey (Aug 2019)

Projects or Working Groups[edit]

What are the most important projects that were started or improved during the conference?
Activities during the conference
(28–30 September 2018)
2 months after the conference
(as of 30 November 2018)
6-8 months after the conference
(as of 30 April 2019)
  • One of the participants (User:Info-farmer) who already had previous experience of using Inkscape, started creating an instructional learning page on Tamil Wikibooks for Inkscape and SVG images of keyboard shortcuts for the same.
  • A major follow-up campaign was organised in February/March 2019—the c:Commons:SVG Translation Campaign 2019 in India. It was a 38-day long campaign that was started on 21 Feb (International Mother Language Day) and continued until 31 March 2019. 194 users from 19 Indic languages participated in the campaign and translated more than 2,500 SVG files. Also, 11 onsite workshops/events on the basics of SVG and Inkscape were held across the country. Full report can be studied at c:Commons:SVG Translation Campaign 2019 in India/Report.


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What worked well at the event?[edit]

  • The online sessions were beneficial to make this project successful. One of the main reasons was it bought us much time for practice both before and during the main workshop. As there was almost two weeks gap between each online session, participants got enough time to practice things at a suitable pace by sitting at the comfort of their homes. This could not have been possible if we only started during the main workshop without any online sessions. A few Wikimedians who were not able to attend the main workshop also took part in these online sessions.
  • We used Bluejeans platform for online sessions, and all the sessions were recorded. There were shared with the participants within a few days after each session. These helped the participants who couldn't make it to the sessions and also as a reference to those who attended the session for a revision. The links to these recordings are available from the later sections and can be used to learn Inkscape by others as well.
  • As we had enough time, the participants got a decent amount of time to practice creating illustrations at the main workshop. Some of the participants reported that they were not able to follow well during the online sessions, but they were happy that this lag had been bridged during the main workshop.
  • The "Information Design" session followed by a group activity was effective in making the participants work in groups. It was also mentioned that "it went well" in several individual participation reports. This also helped to put some thought into using Inkscape for visualizing data in the form of graphs, charts, etc.
  • The panel discussion on "Design and Open Knowledge" provided new insights on understanding the existing relation between design and open access culture, also activities that can be done to improve this. Saumyaanaidu has written a blog on this topic. It can be read at https://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/saumyaa-naidu-design-and-the-open-knowledge-movement.
Venue and logistics
  • Having the event in Delhi helped to increase the participation slightly. A handful of initially selected scholarship recipients were staying nearby Delhi. This helped to reduce the costs and invite some more people from other parts of the country.
  • The School of Design, Ambedkar University, was chose to be the venue as it was more relevant to the theme of the event. This also helped to have a chance to collaborate with the school for further Wiki-related activities, on the lines of an education program for students pursuing design education. It also provided us with the opportunity to conduct the panel discussion on the topic of design and open knowledge movement.
  • Initially, there wasn't any plan to record the sessions. However, it later was decided to record so that it'll be a useful learning resource for those interested to learn about creating vector graphics; particularly using Inkscape. All the sessions, including the panel discussion, have been recorded and the links have been listed under a later section of this report.
  • The following Phabricator tickets related to SVG rendering issues have been filed:
Support & Safety
  • The Friendly Space Policy designed by Manavpreet Kaur was widely acclaimed, especially the attention to detail in the document. It worked well to understand various situations that can take place during an event.
  • Three participants, who were part of the Support and Safety (SuSA) team for this event were fairly new to this aspect, and it helped them to understand issues related SuSa during events and gain experience to handle them.
  • There were two informal concerns that were brought to attention and they have been successfully resolved.
  • The Lead of SuSa team along with the Project Lead had a call with CSteigenberger (WMF) after the event to discuss these concerns, the actions we took and if anything that could have been done better.
  • The report of Trust and Safety at the event has been published at Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Safety and Security Report.
  • Instead of feedback, all the participants were asked to submit their reports on Meta-Wiki, which helped us to understand how each participant felt about the whole project. They are listed at a later section on this report.

What did not work so well?[edit]

  • Some of the participants reported that the online sessions went way fast and they were not able to follow at the time of the session.
  • During the main workshop, we mostly spent on revising, practicing and clarifying doubts. Though we discussed some tools to create maps, other relevant aspects to vector illustrations, these were not specifically pursued.
  • There wasn't any introductory/ice-breaking/opening session on Day 0 (for the main workshop) which is a general practice in the majority of the events.
  • Though the Information Design and the following group activity went well, where we got many physical on-paper illustrations created, but only a very few participants used their Inkscape learning to create SVG Infographics.
  • A larger crowd was expected for the panel discussion, but only a few others apart from the workshop participants attended it. This could have been done better with more focus on the promotion of the session well before the date.
Venue and logistics
  • As the hotel and venue were not the same places (~3 km apart), all of us had to split into groups and use cab services to get to the venue from the hotel and vice-versa. This created a chaotic environment and also delay in starting the day. Initially it was planned to hire a bus for commutation, but eventually, the price quote received was too high for the budget, so the idea was dropped.
  • Different locations of hotel and venue also created a problem for the food on Day 1. The catering service which agreed to provide lunch for three days of the event denied service to the venue location with very short notice. So the food had to be ordered online, which used excessive plastic for packaging the food, which many of the participants were unhappy with. This also extremely delayed the lunch hour. From Day 2, we walked to a nearby restaurant for lunch, which was more feasible to do.
  • Some of the participants had Chromebooks that were granted as a part of Supporting Indian Language Wikipedias Program, which made them difficult use to the desktop version of Inkscape. They tried using it as a Chrome add-on application. It worked but was not very easy to work with. This was also one of the reasons why a few participants were not able to practice much before the main workshop. At the workshop, alternatives have been provided for users who requested laptops on prior hand.
Safety & Security
  • The Do's and Don'ts document was not ready until Day 2 of the event.
  • No attention was given to the Sustainability Initiative and Eco-friendliness of logistics used.
  • At the initial stages, since only 50% of the initially proposed amount was approved, there was confusion on the number of participants, city and related logistics. Several changes had been to the original plan to fit the approved budget.
  • We missed participation from some language communities. For example – mr, as, & sa.

What would you do differently next time?[edit]

  • The initial community assessment survey might have been done better. Probably include questions like what are specific kind of images that you would like to work on, your plan for follow-up and share the learning back with your community. There is scope for overall improvement.
  • We followed the general data entry form type of selection process for scholarships. Though we got good participants who were quite active, it could have been done even better. Especially for such skill-building workshops, the participants can be better assessed based on the pre-event work.
    • For this project, if it had to be done all over again, first the community would be notified about an online session. Post-that assign pre-event work to the people and then select participants based on the work done. Though this can be more time consuming and a bit chaotic, the details can be worked out to make it a smooth process.
  • More focus on the Sustainability Initiative and using Eco-friendly products for logistics such as water bottles, food packaging, etc.
  • Try to have the accommodation and the venue at the same place, or at least have them close enough to commute by a short walk.
  • Create one/two-page documents about few tricks, techniques, and some basics, and distribute it to the participants for a quick view or maybe even for later use. This had been planned initially (especially for the online sessions) but did not materialize due to lack of time and resources.

Financial documentation [edit]

This section describes the grant's use of funds

Budget table
Serial Item description Amount (in total) Amount
(avg. spent per person)[8]
1 Flight tickets for participants ₹156,056.00 ₹6,242.24 Including one visit by two people (before the main workshop)
2 Bus/rail tickets for participants ₹7,480.00 ₹299.20
3 Local cab/metro travel ₹9,785.33 $139.24 Including one visit by two people (before the main workshop)
Total ₹173,321.33 ₹6,932.85
1 Accommodation bill pre-event ₹19,278.00 ₹771.12 Site visit and for participants who arrived a day earlier
2 Accommodation bill
(main event days and post-event)
₹151,931.00 ₹6,077.24
  • Some of the participants stayed back due to non-availability of flights
  • This cost also partly includes
    • food ordered by room service
    • few airport pickups and drops provided by hotel
Total ₹171,209.00 ₹6,848.36
1 Food expenses before the main event days
i.e. upto 27 September 2018
₹14,186.10 ₹567.44 Including expenses during site visit in August 2018
2 Food expenses during the main event days
i.e. 28–30 September 2018
₹29,680.50 ₹1,187.22
3 Food expenses post-event the main event days
i.e. 1 October 2018
₹3,743.00 ₹149.72
Total ₹47,609.60 ₹1,904.38
1 Stationary for the main event ₹5,362.00
2 Swag material (stickers) ₹150.00
3 Fuel expenses incurred ₹200.00
4 ID Cards ₹2,100.00
5 Water Bottles for the events ₹2,340.00
6 Mice for participants to use ₹1,050.00
7 Compensation for logistics and technical assistants
(University staff)
₹5,000.00 Reimbursed the pay and local conveyance of the university staff at the venue for their support during the main workshop (which is a weekend)
8 Baggage fee paid for flight ₹1,500.00 Needed to transport extra baggage for stationery
Total ₹17,702.00
1 Reimbursements ₹49,447.92 ₹1,977.92
Grand Total ₹459,289.85 ₹18,371.59
Summary of funding

Total funding:

Source Amount (INR) Amount (USD)[9]
Grant Proposal ₹345,111.60 $5169.44
Budget extension ₹29,587.00 $443.18
Total (from WMF) ₹374,698.60 $5612.62
Funding by CIS-A2K ₹86,596.00 $1297.12
Total funding received (from all sources) ₹461,294.60 $6909.74

Total amount of WMF grant funds spent on this project:

Source Amount (INR) Amount (USD)[9]
Total expenditure ₹459,289.85 $6879.71
Reimbursement by CIS-A2K ₹86,596.00 $1297.12
Total WMF grant funds spent ₹459,289.85 – ₹86,596.00 = ₹372,693.85 $6879.71 – $1297.12 = $5582.09

Are there additional sources of revenue that funded any part of this project? List them here.

Yes, the regional movement partner CIS-A2K provided an additional support of ₹86,596.00 as detailed above.
Remaining funds

Are there any grant funds remaining?


Please list the total amount (specify currency) remaining here. (This is the amount you did not use, or the amount you still have after completing your grant.)

Total funding received from WMF (₹374,698.60) – Total WMF funds spent (₹372,693.85) = ₹2,004.15
In USD: $5612.62 – $5582.09 = $30.53[9]
Remaining funds have been used or will be used for other approved mission-aligned activities. This use has been requested in writing and approved by WMF.

Participants' Reports[edit]

  1. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Acagastya
  2. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Ananth subray
  3. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Atudu
  4. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Fredericknoronha
  5. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Gopala Krishna A
  6. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/info-farmer
  7. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Jayprakash12345
  8. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Jinoytommanjaly
  9. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/KCVelaga
  10. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Mahesh Iyer
  11. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Marajozkee
  12. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Manavpreet Kaur
  13. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/MKar
  14. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Rehman
  15. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Satdeep Gill
  16. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Satpal Dandiwal
  17. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Saumyaanaidu
  18. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Shyamal
  19. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Shypoetess
  20. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Stalinjeet Brar
  21. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Sumita Roy Dutta
  22. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Sushant Savla
  23. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Suyash.dwivedi
  24. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Wikilover90
  25. Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)/Participation/Indrajitdas

Slides and recordings[edit]

External link WCommons link Topic(s)
Visual Communication Basics
  • Elements of design and making a composition
    (Line, Shape, Space, Form, Colour, Texture)
  • Principles of design
    (Harmony, Balance, Hierarchy, Scale, Emphasis, Contrast, Movement)
  • Gestalt laws of grouping
    (Proximity, Similarity, Closure)
  • Using elements and principles of design for communication
    (Typography, Hierarchy of information)
  • Understanding rasters and vectors
Information Design
  • Categories of information design
  • Types of data
  • Identifying the purpose, choosing the format
  • Data-ink ratio
YouTube WB2018IN Day 2 V5
Basics of Inkscape
  • Introduction to vector graphics
  • Introduction to Inkscape interface
  • Basic operations
    (Selecting, moving, scaling, warping and rotating objects/paths, moving them up and down in the z-order (above or below other objects))
  • Object
    (rectangles and rounding rectangles)
  • Paths
    (converting objects to paths, path operations-group, combine, union, difference, intersection etc.)
  • Nodes
    (editing nodes, smoothing them, joining nodes, adding nodes)
  • Aligning objects
  • Simple tracing
    (manual, automatic, picking colours)
  • Text
    (editing, kerning, converting to paths-when and why, manual kerning, putting text on paths-curved text)
  • Other tricks
    (text shadows, text glow, clipping rasters)
Intermediate Inkscape
  • Demo of vectorising a raster image (based on WCommons)
  • Colours
    (selection, mixing, gradients)
  • Layers
  • Clones
  • Extensions
  • Filters
  • Transformations
YouTube WB2018IN Day 1 V2 SVG Infographics
YouTube WB2018IN Day 1 V4 Transformations (plugins)
YouTube WB2018IN Day 3 V1 Multilingual SVGs
YouTube WB2018IN Day 1 V1 Quick revision of basics
YouTube WB2018IN Day 1 PD Panel Discussion on Design and Open Knowledge Movement


The images showcased here are only a few of all. For all the files created as a of this project; please follow
Media related to Creations from WB2018IN at Wikimedia Commons, and its subcategories.



  1. Since only half of the proposed grant was approved, as per the grant agreement we were to accommodate half the proposed i.e. 28/2=14.
  2. upto two months after the main workshop i.e. till 30 November 2018
  3. https://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/glamorous/?mode=category&text=Creations%20from%20WB2018IN&depth=1
  4. a b c Calculated for the number of new learners i.e. out 22 (excluding three trainers; 25-3=22)
  5. 121 of 377
  6. https://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/glamorous.php?doit=1&category=Creations+from+WB2018IN&use_globalusage=1&ns0=1&depth=1
  7. Under development
  8. Total/25
  9. a b c Conversion rates as on date of the grant proposal approval i.e. 28 April 2018 (1 USD = 66.76 INR)
  10. a b c Unlisted video