Odia Wikimedians User Group/Annual Report/2017-18
WikiTungi monthly meetups
Odia Wikisource's 3rd anniversary
To help assess the Wikimedia movement's impact in the last 15 years, and reimagine its goals for 2030, a series of Strategy Salons were organized all over the world. Odia Wikimedians User Group brought together most active Wikimedians from the WikiTungi Bhubaneswar, and representatives from WikiTungi Puri, and Nalconagar along with some experts for a day-long brainstorming engagement on July 30, 2017. Three Wikimedian-coordinators moderated the sessions and three non-Wikimedian experts that have contributed largely on community engagement, media research, and publication joined as resource persons.
Making Wikimedia community a more inclusive place by bringing in more students, veterans especially educators, opening the influx of knowledge from other language Wikimedia community members are some of the areas most participant unanimously aspired to change.
- A - Direction: Improving the content quality by regular engagement with the community—the [Wikimedia] community have to empathize for the readers that are seeking important and factual information on Wikimedia projects.
- B - When new contributors always tend to be in a hurry to create more content, existing and experienced ones always have to redirect them to better the quality of their contribution.
- 1 - There are many local challenges related to technological infrastructure (Wikipedia editing app is buggy and crashes even more for many non-English Wikipedias), partnerships (Wikimedia communities and affiliates are yet to partner with the government departments that have resources but are creating more mess by adopting proprietary and outdated technology).
- 2 - Relicensing government websites so that the User Group can get (reliable) data directly both as source and citations
|Section||Priority||Summary Statement||Overall sentiment||Keyword or phrase|
|A||1||Need for app development for editing Wikimedia projects: Local technical challenges like problematic Wikipedia app needs to be fixed as a significant portion use mobile devices to edit. Neither the official Wikipedia app on Android nor the Desktop mode in phone is stable.||supportive||App editing challenge|
|B||2||Low quality Wikipedia content because there are only a handful of citable sources that exist on the Internet when it comes to regional topics. Partnership with mediahouses, publishers and other content producers is a top priority||concern||Grow citable resources of local relevance|
|A||2||Building educational resources for new contributors, welcoming back inactive old contributors, and diversifying the community by bringing veterans (people who have access to educational resources, computer, and are retired from jobs)||supportive||Stronger community support|
Collaboration with Odisha government
On September 2017, some members of Odia Wikimedia UG along with the staffs of CIS-A2K and the Wikimedia Foundation attended a meeting at Chief Minister's office, where the content relicensing project was discussed.
Software Freedom Day
Bhubaneswar heritage edit-a-thon
Detour photo donation
Thanks to the efforts of Odia Wikimedian Subas Chandra Rout, 847 medicine-related articles, second largest number next to English up to date (September 30, 2018), written under the scope of the WikiMed Project besides 39 other long articles. There are also 65 more articles listed for further improvement. Odia Wikipedia has been a pioneer among most South Asian languages in having significantly high number of extremely important articles on human health and medicine, and are arguably the largest compendium of such articles in Odia language ever published on the Internet. A large portion of these articles have been made available as a freely-downloadable downloadable app for offline access using Kiwix. Odia is one of the 90 most active languages that the Translation Task Force, a collaborative created for translation of medicine-related articles in multiple language Wikipedias, has been working on, and Subas Chandra Rout has been an active leader over years.
Project Women aims to create and improve articles related to women in Odia Wikipedia to reduce gender gap, started by Abha Pradhan. Till the moment total 167 articles are ther under this project. Out of which 127 articles and 40 articles have been created and improved respectively, under this project. 2 articles are of more than 1,00,000 bytes.
Abha Pradhan has created highest 111 articles.
- Abha Pradhan
- Sangram Keshari Senapati
- Sailesh Pattanaik
Supporting the neighboring communities
Some of the contributors of the Santali Wikipedia, which is currently in the Incubator, reached out to us seeking help in organizing a workshop. Three editors including two administrators worked with three active Santali Wikipedians from Odisha, and organized a workshop at the North Odisha University, Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Odisha. With support from CIS-A2K this workshop brought together nearly 30 new contributors. Though it was challenging—to teach all the new editors about the input tools, and basics of Wikipedia—all in one session, there was quite some productive engagement. The community that is currently spread across India, Bangladesh and Nepal are sharing resources with each other, to reach out to more people, and bring the project out of Incubator. Odia Wikimedians User Group was fortunate to contribute a little part in enabling this.
Project Tiger Edit-a-thon
Project Tiger Editathon 2018, a project to create locally relevant and high-quality content in Indian languages. The Wikimedia Foundation and Google working in close coordination with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN) and user groups collaborated for this project which supports the Indic wikimedians thorough donating Laptops and Internet access. In this process, five wikimedians from Odia, Anshuman Giri, Abha Pradhan, Chinmayee Mishra, Sangram Keshari Senapati, Subash Chandra Rout got the Laptop.
Then there was a edit-a-thon competition to write or to improve articles from a list given by Google. That competition started on 1st March 2018 and ended on 31st May 2018. In that edit-a-thon, the 1st prize was 3000 rupees, 2nd was 2000 rupees and 3rd was 1000 rupees per month. Aditha Mahar and Gyan Sahoo were the jury members to moderate the created articles. In this edit-a-thon, 84 articles created or modified by 6 active users and four editors got the prize money from the organizers.
Indian Independence day Edit-a-thon 2018
Indic Wikipedia communities organized an edit-a-thon for the Indian Independence day week from 10th August 2018 to 20th August 2018. But Odia Wikipedia community organized this edit-a-thon from 13th August to 20th August 2018.
In this edit-a-thon, total 10 editors had signed in, but 8 number of editors participated actively. In these 8 days of edit-a-thon, 30 new articles created and 12 articles had improved about the Indian freedom fighter and the topics related to the Independence movement.