Indic Wikisource Community Consultation 2018

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This page is for planning, and later documenting, a strategic community consultation about the future of Wikisource work in India, which will be held in Bangalore on Nov 24th and 25th 2018.



Indian community members have been active on Wikisource in many languages since the very beginning, as well as other Wikimedia projects. Some regional and language communities have grown and matured, and others have been struggling to engage contributors. In 2010, the Wikimedia Foundation adopted a strategy, following a significant movement-wide consultation and discussion, which identified India as the top strategic focus for the Foundation to "catalyse".

Although the strategy process benefited from the participation of a few Indian Wikimedians, the resultant "catalyst" strategy was not systematically discussed with the wider Indian community, as far as we know. The Foundation began executing that strategy, hiring the team that came to be known as India Programs, and later transitioning that team (with substantial changes in team personnel) into a partnership grant to the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in 2012.

However, impact in India has not been growing as much as had been envisioned during the 2009-2010 strategy process, and despite good will on the parts of WMF, Wikimedia India and CIS, it appears some individual contributors feel inadequately supported in terms relevant to them and in their preferred modes of engagement.

In summary, the current state of affairs in supporting the growth, health, and motivation of Wikisource volunteers in India leaves much to be desired. Recently, some specific developments in Google OCR, have led us at the CIS to decide we should attempt to facilitate, and hopefully rebuild, a shared vision for the future of Wikisource work in India. We intend to be open to any of a wide range of possible futures, with both formal and informal ways to create shared identity and purpose.

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The aim of the weekend meeting is to:

  1. Share views and preferences on the most effective ways to pursue our shared vision of creating and sharing free knowledge in India and in the Indian languages (including English) around the world thruogh Indic Wikisource Project.
  2. Attempt to come to agreement on a roadmap for a future where our resources are better utilized, our volunteers are better served, and progress on our mission is more steadily attained.

What this meeting is NOT[edit]

We recognize that many people have opinions and positions regarding past work and past decisions, some of them strongly held. Because the opportunity is precious and the time is limited, we are explicitly not interested in detailed analyses of the past, and specifically of past grievances or injustices, real or perceived. This is not to dismiss any possibility of discussing those topics, and to be sure, there is much to learn from past difficulties and conflict (and we believe much has been learned already; indeed this meeting certainly emerges out of such learning), but we would like you to keep this meeting focused on constructive dialogue about the future and how to get there from the present.

All of us at the Volunteer will remain open to discussing issues concerning the past via other channels (including teleconferencing or video chat, and including private communication if necessary). The intent is not to artificially silence all discussion of the past, but to use lessons from it for the future.


We have selected one potential active volunteer from each wikisource community.

How were those delegates selected?[edit]

Focusing on active contributors with (ideally) a longer track record, to maximize the amount of experience and context in the room while retaining the legitimacy that can only come from including active contributors. That said, we did also invite a handful of less (or no longer) active contributors, if we found they have crucial context we would otherwise miss.


Location will be decided as per practical reasons to do with community representation and ease of access. CIS-A2K will see to it that delegates from various communities and regions across India are funded and supported to travel to the location to participate.



Agenda and Schedule[edit]

We are expecting all delegates on Friday,Nov 23th evening. This would allow people to take early flights in the morning of the 24th and still make it on time. The venue is no more than an hour's travel from the airport. We have asked the hotel to ensure transport for everyone coming from the airport, please contact us if you need any other support.

Friday, Nov 23rd[edit]

6pm to 9pm
informal meetup of delegates.

Saturday, Nov 24th[edit]

7am to 9am
breakfast at hotel restaurant
9am to 12am
Session 1 --Introductions Wikisource
12pm to 1pm
lunch at hotel restaurant
1pm to 3.30pm
Session 2 --
3.30pm to 4pm
tea break
4pm to 6pm
Session 3 -- creating the future: vision and roadmap[s]
7pm onwards
dinner at hotel restaurant, free time

(feel free to suggest/organize some social activity!)

Sunday, Nov 25th[edit]

7am to 9am
breakfast at hotel restaurant
9am to 10.30am
Session 4 --
10.30am to 11am
tea break
11am to 12.30pm
Session 5 --
12.30pm to 1.30pm
lunch at hotel restaurant
1.30pm to 3.30pm
session 6 --
3.30pm to 4pm
tea break
4pm to 5pm
5pm onwards
free time
7pm onwards
dinner at hotel restaurant


Any feedback on this meeting is welcome on the talk page.