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TWLCon (2019 India)

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Title TWLCon (2019 India)
Dates 5–6 January 2019 (4 Jan is Day 0)
In association with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune
Website of GIPE | Map Location
Etherpad https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/TWLCon_19IN
Status Done
Report Grants:Project/Rapid/KCVelaga/TWLCon India - 2019/Report


The Wikipedia Library helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia. Among several other programs, it also helps knowledge professionals share their collections with the public. It closely works with databases, publishers, libraries and other key communities who support the mission of Wikimedia movement. TWLCon (2019 India) was a conference to increase awareness about TWL to Wikimedians in India and discuss strategising its activities in India. It also included discussions around library outreach and collaborating with librarians in India.
The basic function of TWL has been to support editors by bridging the barrier to access to access paywalled sources. However, over years, it has expanded its scope and facilitated several other programs relevant to the fundamental concept. Though they work well with western countries, many of the programs are not very popular among emerging communities like India. Various differences in culture, working of professionals (librarians, academicians etc.), local conditions etc. may not completely receive TWL's material and receive. This conference has been primarily designed to understand the needs and document the insights from experienced Wikimedians about libraries/sources (references) in India. In addition to that, experts from relevant professions will be invited to listen and understand their opinion of working with Wikimedia.
The program will largely have two parts, as mentioned below:
  • Part 1: TWL outreach to Wikimedians
    • About, various programs (how can they be worked out in India), relevant tools such as Citation Hunt
  • Part 2: Open discussion with external personnel; librarians, archivists, academicians etc.
    • Introduction to Wiki and TWL, their experience, areas where Wiki and these can collaborate for mutual benefit




The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Eligibility and guidelines[edit]

Basic Preferred
  • Active Wikimedians[1] contributing to any Indian language Wikimedia projects (including English) are eligible to apply.
  • The user must have 1500+ global edits before 31 October 2018, excluding the edits made on Meta-Wiki.
  • Have worked with or interested in TWL and its programs, or in-general working with libraries/librarians (partnerships, outreach, GLAM etc.) in India.
  • Experience working with TWL or any of its programs such #1Lib1Ref, Reference desks etc.
  • Experience working with libraries/librarians in India.
  • Experience working on bibliographic citations in various contexts, especially for Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  • Experience contributing to quality content to Wikipedia (such as good articles, featured articles/lists etc.)

Does it sound complicated, not at all! We are help to you; reach out to organisers and just apply at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsKfP0YrpLWAkE2vDV6miisq27rRAzbHYjPESl4H4dNauKmw/viewform?usp=sf_link.
We are always eager hear from newbies.

The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Guidelines for participation[edit]

  • Participants are expected to arrive at the venue by the evening of Day 0, and stay until the schedule of Day 2 is complete. Partial participation not allowed.
  • After selection, the participants are expected to complete the pre-work (attend online sessions, if any, as necessary) assigned to them before they attend the event.
  • It is strongly recommended to bring your laptops, if not, kindly inform earlier.
  • Participants are not allowed to bring friends or relatives to the event, unless it is absolutely necessary (only with prior information and approval).
  • All the participants are expected to abide by the wmf:Friendly space policy and the wmf:Code of conduct policy of WMF. Any violation may be reported to User:KCVelaga or anonymously reported through this form. All reports will be carefully investigated and necessary actions will be taken.

List of participants[edit]

S.No Name Community S.No Name Community
1 User:Abhinav619 Hindi 10 User:QueerEcofeminist Marathi
2 User:Fredericknoronha Konkani 11 User:Saileshpat Odia
3 User:Gazal world Gujarati 12[2] User:Shypoetess Hindi
4 User:Gopala Krishna A Kannada 13[2] User:सुबोध कुलकर्णी Marathi
5 User:Info-farmer Tamil 14 User:Sumita Roy Dutta Bengali
6[3] User:KCVelaga English 15 User:Thamizhpparithi Maari Tamil
7[2] User:Manavpreet Kaur Punjabi 16 User:Wikilover90 Punjabi
8 User:Marajozkee Bengali 17 User:AVasanth (WMF) In staff capacity
9 User:Pavan santhosh.s Telugu 18 User:SGill (WMF)

Invited experts[edit]

S.No Name Expertise/Position
1 Col. Ashwin Baindur (retd.) Veteran Wikipedian and an environmental activist. Previously served as a curator for a military museum.
2 Dr. Madhav Gadgil Padma Bhushan Recipient, Government Of India,Renowned ecologist and the founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences
3 Dr. Nanaji Shewale Librarian, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics
4 Pradeep Rawat Founder & Director, Rawat's Nature Academy
5 Dr. Shreenand Bapat Registrar and Curator In-charge, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
6 Dr. Sunita Bharve Senior Technical Officer (Librarian), National Chemical Laboratory


Timings Topic(s)/Session Person(s) Notes
Day 0 (4 Jan 2019)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Day 0 gathering
  • Introductions
  • Briefing about the program
  • Go around GIPE library
Day 1 (5 Jan 2019)
9:00 am to 10:30 am Inaugural session (Welcome)
Invited Talk 1
Importance of citations and future of references
Prof. Madhav Gadgil
Invited Talk 2
Experience of building a library and making the community to use it
Pradeep Rawat
10:30 am to 11:00 am Introduction to TWL
  • Access to sources
  • Local branches
  • Source sharing
  • Visiting Scholars and Library Interns
  • Reference desks
  • #1lib1ref
User:AVasanth (WMF)
11:05 am to 11:30 pm Q & A Session + discussion
11:30 pm to 11:45 pm <--Tea break-->
11:45 pm to 12:30 pm Invited Talk 3
  • Present and future trends of library technologies
  • Integration of Wikimedia projects
  • Interaction between Wikimedia community and librarian community
Dr. Sunita Barve
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Wikimedia and Libraries in India
  • for TWL’s programs
  • Outside TWL; GLAM etc.
Group activity
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm <--Lunch-->
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Previous session to be continued
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm <--Tea break-->
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Visit to BORI rare books scanning centre
Learning best practices about scanning and metadata
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Invited Talk 4
  • Experience of digitizing rare books
  • How Wikimedians can make the best of this resource
Dr. Shreenand Bapat
6:00 pm <--Break for the day-->
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Visit BORI manuscript section (Optional)
Day 2 (6 Jan 2019)
9:00 am to 9:45 am Introduction to WikiCite User:SGill (WMF)
User:Pavan santhosh.s
9:45 am to 10:30 am Invited Talk 5
  • GIPE Dig Lib
  • How we can make the best use of it
  • Possible collaborations
  • Interactions between Librarians and Wikimedians
Dr. Nanaji Shewale
10:30: am to 10:45 am <--Tea break-->
10:45: am to 11:45 am Tools User:AVasanth (WMF)
User:SGill (WMF)
11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Book purchase program

  • Case studies (Arabic & Punjabi)
  • Should we do it? Yes or no (with reason)
  • If yes, how
User:AVasanth (WMF)
User:SGill (WMF)
12:15 pm to 12:45 pm Knowledge Balance in Indian Wikipedias and role of libraries User:Lahariyaniyathi
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Follow-up discussion and individual projects ideation Group activity
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm <--Lunch-->
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Open Session (Unconference)
  • Library metadata
  • Buddy system
  • In-depth discussion about TWL
  • Initiating Librarians-Wikipedians network
  • ... anything else
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Closing and feedback


  1. At least 100 edits between 1 August – 31 October 2018 on all Wikimedia projects combined. This excludes edits made on Meta-Wiki.
  2. a b c Co-organiser
  3. Lead Organiser (Send email for any information.)
  4. Minor changes may be made to the program owing to time constraints. Often discussion continue out of the specified time, so timings of the sessions may be adjusted instantaneously to fit the schedule.