Project Tiger Editathon 2018

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Project Tiger Writing Contest

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 participating Indian language Wikipedia communities would compete for three months on a writing contest focused on content gaps. 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.

Rules

In a nutshell: Create or expand articles from the given list of topics. 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, 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.

Prizes

  • 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 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 the 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 the individual prizes.

How to Participate?

Communities participating in the contest are listed below. Please click your language name to start writing articles in your own language. 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 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 Writing 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 the talk page here to request support. You may also contact tito@cis-india.org for details.

You can find the list of edit-a-thons conducted already below for inspiration:

Statistics

Last updated: 18:27, 19 April 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.
Language Participants Articles Page views
(created since March 01, 2018)
Page views

(expanded since March 01, 2018

Stats page
Bengali 9 118 5854 Fountain link
English 2 3 2095 163727 Fountain link
Gujarati 9 42 Fountain link
Hindi 3 23 4148 Fountain link
Kannada 6 35 949 Fountain link
Malayalam 21 166 8589 2554 Fountain link
Odia 2 15 Fountain link
Punjabi 11 335 3086 512 Fountain link
Tamil 21 320 12206 33119 Fountain link
Telugu 5 64 Fountain link
Marathi 0 0 Fountain link
Total 89 1121 36927 199912

FAQ

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.

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 undeurstand and nurture the context in which locally relevant content is created in Indian language Wikipedias.

Useful links

NATIONAL TIGER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY/PROJECT TIGER

Background

The Government of India has taken a pioneering initiative for conserving its national animal, the tiger, by launching the ‘Project Tiger’ in 1973. From 9 tiger reserves since its formative years, the Project Tiger coverage has increased to 47 at present, spread out in 18 of our tiger range states. This amounts to around 2.08% of the geographical area of our country. The tiger reserves are constituted on a core/buffer strategy. The core areas have the legal status of a national park or a sanctuary, whereas the buffer or peripheral areas are a mix of forest and non-forest land, managed as a multiple use area. The Project Tiger aims to foster an exclusive tiger agenda in the core areas of tiger reserves, with an inclusive people oriented agenda in the buffer.

Project Tiger is an ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, providing central assistance to the tiger States for tiger conservation in designated tiger reserves.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is a statutory body of the Ministry, with an overarching supervisory / coordination role, performing functions as provided in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

The ADG (Project Tiger) and his officers also service the NTCA. The Regional Offices of the NTCA have been recently established at Bengaluru, Guwahati and Nagpur, each headed by an IGF and assisted by an AIG.

The allocation for Project Tiger during the XII Plan is Rs 1245 crore. The expenditure during 2012-13 and 2013-14 are Rs 163.87 crore and 169.48 crore respectively.

Current Activities:

Providing central assistance to States under the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger for 44 tiger reserves, for activities (recurring / non-recurring), as reflected in the Annual Plan of Operations of tiger reserves, based on their Tiger Conservation Plans is an important activity. This, interalia, includes protection, habitat amelioration, day to day monitoring, eco-development for local people in buffer areas, voluntary relocation of people from core/critical tiger habitats, and addressing human-wildlife conflicts, within the ambit of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and guidelines of Project Tiger / National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The NTCA / Project Tiger also conducts the country level assessment of the status of tiger, co-predators, prey and habitat once in four years, using the refined methodology, as approved by the Tiger Task Force.

Special thrust on tiger protection and antipoaching operations

The illegal demand for body parts and derivatives of tiger outside the country continues to be a serious threat to wild tigers. Therefore, protection is accorded topmost priority in Project Tiger / NTCA. The States are engaged in an ongoing manner through the NTCA Headquarters as well as Regional Offices, while issuing alerts, besides closely working with the CBI, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Police Departments. The following actions are taken in this context:

Alerting the States as and when required Transmitting backward / forward linkages of information relating to poachers Advising the States for combing forest floor to check snares / traps Performing supervisory field visits through the National Tiger Conservation Authority and its regional offices Providing assistance to States for antipoaching operations Using information technology for improved surveillance (e-Eye system) using thermal cameras launched in Corbett Launching tiger reserve level monitoring using camera trap to keep a photo ID database of individual tigers Preparing a national database of individual tiger photo captures to establish linkage with body parts seized or dead tigers Assisting States to refine protection oriented monitoring through monitoring system for tiger’s intensive protection and ecological status (M-STrIPES) Providing grant through NTCA for patrolling in tiger rich sensitive forest areas outside tiger reserves Assisting States to deploy local workforce in a big way for protection to complement the efforts of field staff [In all, approximately 24 lakh mandays are generated annually with 50% central assistance amounting to around Rs. 24 crores (excluding matching 50% share given by States) under Project Tiger. Many local tribes constitute such local workforce (besides non-tribals), eg. Baigas, Gonds in Madhya Pradesh, Gonds in Maharashtra, Chenchus in Andhra Pradesh, Sholigas in Karnataka, Gujjars in Uttarakhand and Irulas in Tamil Nadu to name a few. The deployment of such local tribals has been fostered / encouraged in the last two years]. Supporting States for raising, arming and deploying the Special Tiger Protection Force Managing dispersing tigers in human dominated landscapes

In several productive tiger landscapes, tigers move out from the core/critical tiger habitats/source areas. This is an innate behaviour owing to their social dynamics. Since the tiger landscapes have human settlements and varied land uses, there are frequent human-tiger/ wildlife interface issues. The NTCA / Project Tiger is actively engaging with the States to address such issues and a SOP has been put in place in this regard.

The important thrust areas for the Plan period are:

Stepped up protection/networking/surveillance Voluntary relocation of people from core/critical tiger habitat to provide inviolate space for tiger Strengthening of protection infrastructure and habitat management as per Tiger Conservation Plans of tiger reserves Use of information technology in wildlife crime prevention Addressing human-wildlife conflicts Addressing the issue of resource dependency of local people through sustainable livelihood options Capacity building of frontline personnel Developing a national repository of camera trap tiger photographs with IDs Active management for rescuing moving tigers from human dominated landscape Conducting the next round of country level assessment of tiger, co-predators, prey besides habitat status monitoring Conducting the next round of the independent management effectiveness evaluation Strengthening the regional offices of the NTCA Declaring and consolidating new tiger reserves Fostering awareness for eliciting local public support Fostering Research Due to concerted efforts under Project Tiger, at present India has the distinction of having the maximum number of tigers in the world (2226) as per 2014 assessment, when compared to the 13 tiger range countries. The 2014 country level tiger assessment has also shown a 30% increase of tigers in the country (from 1706 in 2010 to 2226 in 2014). 70% of the world's tigers exist in India. The tiger corridors for gene flow have been mapped in the GIS domain. The latest estimate has captured 1540 individual tigers which is around 70% of the total population estimate. Robust Spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR) models have been used to arrive at the current figure.