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Project Tiger Editathon 2018

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Project Tiger Writing Contest
Project Tiger
Project Tiger

In 2017 - 2018, the Wikimedia Foundation and Google working in close coordination with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN) and user groups are piloting a program encouraging Wikipedia communities to create locally relevant and high-quality content in Indian languages. This program will (a) support active and experienced Wikipedia editors through the donation of laptops and stipends for internet access and (b) sponsor a language-based contest that aims to address existing Wikipedia content gaps.

The Indian language Wikipedia communities that express interest in participating in the contest will come together and develop a writing contest focused on content gaps. Participating language communities would compete for three months. Besides individual prizes for top contributors, the winning community will be supported to get an exclusive capacity building training event to improve their skills for contributing to Wikipedia.


In a nutshell: Create or expand articles from the given list of topics. 9,000 bytes (for all Indian languages except English and Urdu, for which 3,000 bytes) and 300 words minimum, with sources, between March-May 2018.

  • The article should be from the list of topics given. If you want more topics from a particular category, please request on the talk page. We will try our best to add them.
  • The article should be edited between March 1, 2018, 0:00 and May 31, 2018, 23:59 (IST).
  • The article should be at least 9,000 bytes and at least 300 words in length. For English and Urdu, it should be at least 3000 bytes and at least 300 words in length. (exclude Infobox, template etc.)
  • The article must have decent references; doubtful or controversial statements in the article should be verifiable by the citation(s) listed in that article.
  • The article must not be purely machine translated and should be properly copyedited.
  • There must be no major issues with the article (no copyright violations, questions of notability, etc.)
  • The article should be informative.
  • Articles submitted by an organizer need to be checked by other organizers.
  • Judge(s) from each language Wikipedia will determine whether an article is accepted or not for their language Wikipedia's contest.


  • Each month three individual prizes will be awarded to each participating community based on their contribution for the month. The prizes will be worth 3,000 INR, 2000 INR, and 1,000 INR respectively.
  • At the end of the three-month-long contest, the community with the maximum number of articles expanded or created will win a community prize. This will be an exclusive 3-day capacity training event for the winning community. This training can include up to 40 users and will be organized by CIS-A2K and WMF.
  • Considering the disproportionate strength of the English Wikipedia community in India when compared to other Indian language Wikipedia communities, the English Wikipedia community will not be counted for the Community Capacity Development prize. However, English Wikipedians can compete for individual prizes.
  • Wikimedians all over the world are welcome to participate in this initiative and improve the topic list identified. However, only users residing in India will be eligible to receive individual prizes.

Participating communities

Communities participating in the contest can share their contest portal page below. If you are interested in coordinating this for your community, here is a sample contest portal. You can translate this and launch the contest. Please leave comments on the talk page if you need help or have questions. Or, contact organizers for your language community.

Onsite edit-a-thon

As part of the Project Tiger Writing Contest, we welcome communities and user groups to play an active role in outreach.

One way we see this happening is to conduct onsite edit-a-thons in various cities inviting the local communities to gather for a day or two and write articles for the Project Tiger contest. We hope that face-to-face onsite edit-a-thons might be a good way for the community members to meet and work on this contest. If you are planning to have an onsite edit-a-thon for Project Tiger, we would be glad to financial and programmatic support. We would be excited to learn more creative ways of encouraging participation in this contest.

Please create a new section on talk page here

You may also contact tito(_AT_)cis-india.org for details


Last updated: 09:51, 14 June 2018 (UTC) Note:

  • Only articles written by contestants with at least one point have been counted.
  • Page views data are not updated and accurate until all the entries are evaluated.
  • New page views indicate pageviews generated through newly created articles since March 01, 2018.
  • Expanded page views indicate pageviews generated through previously existing articles that were expanded since March 01, 2018.
  • Please ignore the "With marks", "Without marks" count in the fountain tool. These change based on the number of jury members, articles yet to be evaluated for quality.
  • Individual prizes and the community prize will be decided based on the number of points earned.
Language Participants Articles New Page views
Expanded Page views Con<test articles Stats page
Bengali 17 379 29,740 47,583 Petscan link Fountain link
English 7 20 2348 85296 Petscan link Fountain link
Gujarati 9 97 8809 4595 Petscan link Fountain link
Hindi 17 290 11819 Fountain link
Kannada 8 78 1296 Petscan link Fountain link
Malayalam 22 251 18753 6783 Petscan link Fountain link
Odia 7 87 Petscan link Fountain link
Punjabi 32 1320 10926 3973 Petscan link Fountain link
Tamil 56 1241 63617 90896 Petscan link Fountain link
Telugu 8 125 Fountain link
Marathi 8 30 Fountain link
Urdu 29 694 21606 10195 Petscan link Fountain link
Total 220 4466 1,65,774 2,32,816


1. What is the role of Wikimedia Foundation and Google in this project?

Google and the Wikimedia Foundation are interested in increasing the content available in Indian languages online and see each other as valuable partners in supporting this. Google is aiding this project by supporting the cost of the pilot program through a grant. They are also providing useful information on topics that the Indian language internet users are seeking.

2. What will be the role of CIS, Wikimedia India chapter, user groups and communities in this contest?

The respective language Wikipedia communities will coordinate this contest based on the model of Wikipedia Asian Month, Punjab edit-a-thon, Women’s history month.

CIS-A2K will facilitate the distribution of prizes and execution of the capacity training event for the winning community.

Wikimedia India chapter and user groups will play an active role in outreach engaging communities and individuals to participate in the contest.

The communities will coordinate among themselves to design and conduct the contest. They may also lead outreach events and edit-a-thons encouraging the communities to participate in the article writing contest.

3. Is participation in this contest mandatory/limited/conditional?

No. However, if you are interested in participating, we encourage you to take the lead and coordinate the contest for your community. You can start by creating a similar page on your Wikipedia. If you need help, leave a message on the talk page.

4. Can we create articles of our interest?

This program has a special focus to create articles that are most sought out by users online but not yet present in Indian language Wikipedias. By this focus, we hope to serve as many people with free knowledge. Therefore, we encourage you to choose topics of interest from the suggested list of articles. However, we will be thrilled to provide more topics if the community would like to have an internal focus in any selected category. For example, if a community wants to write more on health, politics or current affairs, we would try to get more topics from those categories.

5. Why is this called Project Tiger?

This project was inspired by and named after a project in India to save tigers. Similar to the ecosystem view taken by the Project Tiger, this pilot also aspires to understand and nurture the context in which locally relevant content is created in Indian language Wikipedias.

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