Odia Wikimedians User Group/Reports/Odia Wikipedia's 16th anniversary
The Odia Wikimedians User Group organized a two-day event during July 7-8 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India to celebrate Odia Wikipedia's 16th anniversary. The goal of the event was to reflect on the learning from successes and failures from major past activities, identify the current and future needs, and build a strategy for the next couple of years. 15 Wikimedians participated on the first day, and 18 participated on the second day of the event. When the larger portion of the financial support came from Wikimedia Foundation, the other part came from CIS-A2K. This segment of the report gives a brief account on the spending and outcome from the support.
Outcomes of the event
A recorded version of a Facebook Live session where Wikimedians participated and shared about the use of Odia Wikipedia as a aggregated source of authentic information in Odia. The live video reached out to about 17,000 people.
This teaser was created to promote the then upcoming Facebook Live chat with the wider Odia-language community with a focus to engage with the social media users.
Message from Jimmy Wales, co-founder, Wikipedia.
Message from Katherine Maher, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation.
Message from Ryan Merkley, CEO, Creative Commons.
When the detailed notes of the event (mostly in Odia) can be read here, below is a short excerpt of the discussions and impact of the event:
- About 20 Wikimedians participated in person in both days and participated in brainstorming about a strategy for next year, and a couple of years ahead based on the experiences from several outreach and other engagements. The discussion notes in Odia can be found here.
- The pre-event preparation also included creating a short tutorial on Wikipedia editing which will be published on Commons after editing and other post-production
- Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Foundation's Executive Director Catherine Maher, and Creative Commons' CEO Ryan Merkley were requested by the organizer ahead of time and they all sent recorded messages. These messages were showed to the participating Wikimedians to encourage them for their contribution to the movement, and will be used for various public engagements and potential partnership meetings to showcase the value that the User Group is imparting
- A Facebook Live session was conducted where Wikimedians participated and shared about the use of Odia Wikipedia as a aggregated source of authentic information in Odia. The live video reached out to about 17,000 people and a great amount of live Q&A happened during the session
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