Grants:PEG/WM IN/Kolkata Book Fair 2012

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This was a submission to the Project and Event Grants Program from an group, organization, or individual in 2013-14, but was withdrawn by that group, organization, or individual before a funding decision was delivered.
Legal name of chapter or nonchapter group

Wikimedia India

Grant contact name

Jayanta Nath

Grant contact username or email


Grant contact title (position)

Community lead,Member Wikimedia India, SIG Bengali

Project lead name

Jayanta Nath

Project lead username or email


Project lead title (position), if any

Community lead,Member Wikimedia India, SIG Bengali

Full project name

International Kolkata Book Fair 2012 Stall

Amount requested (USD assumed if no other currency stated)

3,509 USD

Provisional target start date

1 Sep 2011

Provisional completion date

31 March 2012

Budget breakdown[edit]

Item Amount in INR Amount in $
Stall Booking @ 9sqm INR60,000 $1168.69
Stall Decoration INR25,000 $486.89
Furniture Rent INR5,000 $97.39
Plasma TV 44 with stand and DVD Player INR15,000 $292.17
Laptop Rent INR5,000 $97.39
Sound System INR10,000 $194.72
Transportation INR5,000 $97.39
Food @ INR1000 per day INR12,000 $233.66
Bengali FAQ @10000 Nos. INR20,000 $389.41
Bengali Promotion leaflet INR2,000 $38.94
English Wikipedia leaflet INR2,000 $38.94
Hire Staff/bearer @INR500 for 12 days INR 6,000 $116.79
Banner INR2,000 $38.94
Other incidentals INR10,000 $194.72
Total INR 180,000 $3,503.67

Assumption is that $1 = INR 51.37 [1]

Project scope[edit]

  • We will attend and participate in the Kolkata Book Fair 2012 ( The 'Kolkata Book Fair' is one of the most prestigious and active cultural event in India for last thirty five years. It is the world's largest non-trade book fair, Asia's largest book fair and the most attended book fair in the world. The estimated number of people attending this book fair is around 1,500,000 people.
  • This would be a major outreach program that would boost the growth of Wikimedia projects in English, Bengali, Odia and Assamese. (Bengali, Odia and Assamese is spoken by 23mn, 3mn and 1mn people respectively.)
  • The plan is to conduct a combination of basic introductory outreach for visitors to the stall and to encourage them to attend basic editing workshops which will be conducted at predetermined hours at the stall.
  • It is planned to conduct a series of such workshops in Bengali and English.
  • A team of 15 community members are being mobilised to participate in this event.
  • Wikimedia India Chapter has promised resources in terms of brochures and FAQ booklets and T-shirts.
  • Wikimedia India Programs team has promised resources in terms of people as well as organisational support as may be required by the community.
  • Wikipedia participation at 'Kolkata Book Fair 2012' for outreach Wikipedia/Wikimedia movement in India specially for Bengali Wikipedia.
  • Outreach and expand Wikipedia/Wikimedia movement at East Indian ( Bengali,Oriya, Assamese, Bishnupriya Manipuri major four language from Eastern India )
  • Wikimedia India Chapter Membership

Project goal[edit]

  • Reach out to more people to increase their understanding of how Wikimedia projects work, and enable them to pass this knowledge on to others.
  • Improving and building upon contributions to Wikimedia projects in English and eastern Indian languages - Bengali, Odia and Assamese.
  • Increasing the visibility, reach and access to Wikimedia projects in India with a definite focus on eastern Indian languages - Bengali, Odia and Assamese.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

  • Swag
    • T-shirts (50)
    • Stickers (100)
    • buttons (100)
  • It will be great if some of the Wikimedia officials can attend these Fair.
  • Local Volunteer support from different cities and towns.
  • We will need to work together with local volunteers in getting the venues and other facilities from Government institutions, colleges, NGOs and companies, who will support our cause. Any support from the foundation for contacting such people or organisations are highly welcome.
  • Possibly printed copies of promotional materials like commons:File:Bengali wikipedia FAQ book.pdf or other Wikimedia goodies for distribution.

Other benefits[edit]

We believe this project covers several points of the Wikimedia strategic plan. One of 2011 key goals of the foundation is to bootstrap community programs in key geographies like India. The project hopefully help in increasing people awareness of Wikipedia , to get more people contributing to the various Wikiprojects and boosting up the development of Indic language Wikipedias & India related content to English Wikipedia.

  • A strong, diverse and engaged community.
  • Growth in editorship and readership within Eastern India.

Measures of success[edit]

We will consider this project a success if the funds are used for this purpose. We will be able to report on:

  • Footfall at the Kolkata Book Fair Wikimedia stall
  • Estimate of materials distributed
  • Any distinct follow-up initiatives with the attendees as a direct result of the book fair stall
  • New contributors to the Indic language & English Wikipedias (unmeasurable)
  • There are, of course, things that cannot be tangibly measured, such as the impact of the larger participation of East Indian community ( Bengali,Oriya, Assamese, Bishnupriya Manipuri major four language from Eastern India)in the dissemination of the free culture and access to knowledge via Wikipedia/Wikimedia.

Team members (optional)[edit]

  1. Jayanta Nath
  2. Biswarup Ganguly
  3. Kalyan Sarkar
  4. Indranil Das Gupta
  5. Shoubhik Bose
  6. User:Sucheta Ghoshal
  7. Pinaki Das
  8. Sujay Chatterjee
  9. Medha Ganguly
  10. Rimi B Chatterjee
  11. Debashis Sikdar
  12. Soma Sen Gupta
  13. Deboshree Duttaroy
  14. Kalyan K R Das
  15. Krishnendu das