Grants:IdeaLab/Women, Wiki and Wonders: Jadavpur University Campaign

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Women, Wiki and Wonders: Jadavpur University Campaign
We want to engage university students in groups consists of wikipedians and non-wikipedians. The groups will take up various issues related to the rights, job opportunities for women. Experts on women and gender studies from various universities and other institutes will work as advisors and share their knowledge and skills for a sustainable growth of this movement.All the papers, ideas and field data generated will be uploaded to Wikipedia.
amount4400 USD Approx.
contact emailatanu.jnu(_AT_)
idea creator
project manager
community organizer
Dr. Bir
created on10:14, Sunday, March 29, 2015 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

This project aims to inculcate Wikipedia Inspire campaign which aims to provide a platform for reducing gender gaps and promote female users to contribute more in various wiki projects. We believe university-level students can certainly contribute to this movement and make this endeavor a success. To be specific we are trying to solve -

  1. Provide the knowledge of Wikipedia as an independent platform to discuss women specific issues
  2. To create an awareness through open-source knowledge creation
  3. Enhance the wikiprojects through indigenous knowledge documentation.

What is your solution?[edit]

Our goals are clear and specific.

  1. Three University level workshops to document the issues pertaining to education, culture, socio-economic aspects of women.
  2. Generating information such as jobs, skill developments targeting the female population and constant update of the wiki pages articles that contain such information. The articles will be monitored by feamle wiki editors and administrators.
  3. Putting legal rights and providing free content as legal aid. For this we collaborate with legal cells and lawyers and upload those in commons.
  4. Promote wikipedia for women, this can be done 1) by uploading the materials related to women activists, freedom fighters, film makers, successful personalitie and 2) by conducting a series of editathons for researchers to work in the gender equality domain.

Project goals[edit]

The duration of the project[edit]

10 months. Month wise planning listed below:

  • May 2015 = one workshop at Jadavpur university, editathons specific to female participants and issues on gender issues, violations and rights. one photography contest specific for female students and a session for uploading them in commons.
  • June 2015 = preparation of materials, uploading videos and teaching materials
  • July 2015 = Follow up meetings with new wikipedia users
  • August 2015 = Second workshop in University of Kolkata. Editathon, creation of materials with special focus to create featured articles on legal education, women activists, film makers and theatre personalities. An extempore on contemporary topics on women and gender, specific current affairs.
  • September 2015 = Compilations of the materials and uploading in wikipedia and commons. Voice data will help in speech corpora.
  • Oct 2015 = follow up with new wikipedians
  • January 2016 = Third workshop in either Rajiv Gandhi University at Arunachal or Sikkim University, Sikkim. This workshop will be emphasizing on indigenous knowledge documentaion through speech data recording, folk narratives, songs, ethno-cultural aspects.
  • Feb 2016 = All data will be uploaded by the newly joined female wikipedians of the earlier two workshops on Wikipedia. images, Audio and Video data will be uploaded via commons.

Aimed at improving one or more of Wikimedia's existing websites[edit]

Yes, this project aims to gather large data for wikipedia, and wiki commons.

Content-creation is not directly funded[edit]

Right, so this project adopts a field-based approach to fulfill the working conditions. University based workshops certainly increase the seriousness of the approach. Our third workshop is excursion based which again we argue generate more interests and participation.

Any code or other materials (e.g., training material, program checklists, pamphlets, etc.) must be published[edit]

The project completely adheres to the rules and regulations and CC.

Projects that can be completed without assistance or review from WMF engineering[edit]

Yes the project will be accomplished by local volunteers and wikimedians. No hardcore engineering is required.

Reporting requirements to receive a grant[edit]

The grantee will be responsible to send reports as per the requirement. People involved in the project directly or indirectly have been named under project team.

Get involved[edit]


  • Advisor As a college teacher and also an active user of Wiki I can advise the organiser how to make a bridge between student community and the online knowledge world. Specially I can help them to contact with the appropriate institutions those will take the most important role in the said project. Dr. Bir (talk) 19:42, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Community organizer As an active community member I want to be a part of this organizing committee and will help with my very best. TechnoAyan (talk) 20:23, 29 March 2015 (UTC)


  • This is a very good Idea. We have to sincerely work on this ideas. TechnoAyan (talk) 20:22, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • The idea is very interesting and we will give our best to make it better than ever. Xenonese (Xenonese)
  • Yes I do 09:46, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Idea is good. best wishes Barnalic (talk) 09:50, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Great idea. Moreover, through this, many more will be able to contribute for Wikipedia. It will be really good to consider some of the women related issues. Pushpita piku 1995 (talk) 18:10, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Great idea. Moreover, through this, many more will be able to contribute for Wikipedia. It will be really good to consider some of the women related issues. Pushpita piku 1995 (talk) 18:10, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Because it is about gender and wiki. Riataray (talk) 12:34, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
  • A very good idea. --ANKAN GHOSH DASTIDER (talk) 08:38, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

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Project plan[edit]


  • Two university level workshops aiming at gender-specific issues.
  • Training volunteers and creating new users in Wikipedia.
  • Field based workshop at third location
  • joining hands with new people.
  • Promoting female population to be able to use wiki projects more


Item Qty Total Details
Expert remuneration (5 persons in each) 15 750$
Workshops(800$ each) 2 1600$ food 300$ (60x5$), refreshments including water 180$ (60x3$), publicity 100$, recordings 80$, Invitation 40$, Gifts & Tshirts 100$
Workshop(Out station) 1 1100$ food 300$ (60x5$), refreshments including water 180$ (60x3$), publicity 100$, recordings 80$, Invitation 40$, Gifts & Tshirts 100$, travel and accommodation 300 $
Material 3 500$ workshop proceedings, brochures, important articles in hard copies need to be distributed among the participants for promotion, promotional material such as wiki handbook
Contingency 3 450$ Stationary such as files, pens, note pads, office assistant charges, print and photocopy charges
Total - 4400$
  • We would like to provide 50 USD for each resource person for conducting workshops and training the participants as honorarium which may partially reimburse travel costs and accommodation.
  • We would also like to publish materials both in soft and hard copies. The soft copies will be made available on Wikipedia and commons. The printing cost is estimated about 500USD and rest 450 USD is required for buying stationaries etc.

Community engagement[edit]

  • In the first two workshops university level students and faculties will be involved. There will be subsequent follow ups.
  • Third workshop will directly involve local people and work as bridge between existing wiki users and non-wiki users.


The project aims to build up a system by which the idea can sustain. The best thing is we are aiming at creating new friends who will contribute to Wikipedia consistently. We will create email lists and group pages by which we stay connected. The objective is to empower people rather than directives so that even after workshops people continue to think and write about their issues.

Measures of success[edit]

From our earlier workshops we have experienced that college and university students take part in wiki-programmes. Since a number of students research on field, this practical workshops will encourage research and generate more research topics in the field of gender gaps and gender equality. Even if students of a couple of universities turn up at least 6000 students will be benefitted directly or in indirect manner by this programme.

Project team[edit]

  • Atanu Saha, I am teaching as an assistant professor at School of Languages and Linguistics of Jadavpur University and a regular user in meta wiki and wikipedia in Bangla and English.
  • Tanmay Bir, teaches Bengali language and Literature in Sarsuna College kolkata and will work as an advisor.
  • kalyan Sarkar, Mr. kalyan Sarkar actively works for Bangla wikipedia.
  • Ayan Chaudhury, Contributor, Wikimedia
  • Biswarup Ganguly
  • Rangan Datta
  • Sumantro Mukherjee
  • Sandhya Sutodia
  • Hasnara khatun
  • Barnali Chanda
  • Ankita Das
  • Sneha Agarwala

Atanuami (talk) 11:16, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

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