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  • Types of request: We support these types of event: community event or activities; individual support (enabling participation); technical support; swag request; outreach support.
  • Community discussion: You are encouraged to first discuss the request within your community (on your respective Indic Wikimedia project) and discuss before placing a request here. Please share a link of such a discussion.
  • Timing: Please try to make a request 3-4 weeks before the event (eg. if your event is on 25 December, please make your request before at least 4 December). Otherwise we may not support the initiative. We try our best to attend request ASAP. Once your support is confirmed please give us up to 10-15 working days to extend support.
  • Bills and receipts: Please ensure to submit the original copies of the bills to CIS-A2K along with a statement of account, within 15 days of completing the event/activity. In addition, after the completion of the event, please submit an expenditure account details (see an example)
  • Lessons and reports: Sharing lessons and experiences from your community events and activities are useful for all of us. Once your proposed activity is done, please take time to document them (preferably on wiki) and share a link at the . CIS-A2K will also be glad to publish them as a blog-post under your name and circulate them in our newsletter to the wider Wikimedia community.
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Request for funding Photo contest


We are planning to organise a photo contest for Telugu Wikipedians for next three months. Here is village pump notification and here is project page.

The following would be expenses or the organising of the program:

  1. Internet charges - Rs. 3600
  2. Prizes - Rs. 7200

A total of Rs. 10,800/-

In addition, we will require 20 T-shirts, 20 Pens and 20 Mugs for consolation prizes for the three months. The above are approximate costs. Please fund the project. --Bhaskaranaidu (talk) 09:18, 19 May 2016 (UTC)


  • Hello thanks for let us know about this planned event. I'll forward this request to our team, and will keep you informed. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:00, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Request For Funding of In-depth Meet-up of Bengali Wikipedia editor community in Kolkata

The Bengali Wikipedians have decided to go ahead and hold an important Meet-up in the run up to the WCI 2016 at Kolkata tentatively between the 5th & 12th of June. This is going to be the biggest Meet-up with the primarily Kolkata based wikipedians after more than six months. This Meetup is a very crucial meetup in the sense that this Meetup will discuss and plan on the strategies concerning Bengali Wikipedia in the immediate future. Through this Meetup; the community expects to set context to the monthly bnwiki meetups as well that is being planned at the moment by active editors and contributos to improve Wikimedia Projects in Bengali. Furthermore, the community will also discuss ways that can help to better the movement offline & online such as emulating similar kinds of hackathons & editathons that has been pulled off successfully by our Bengali speaking neighbour. Almost all of the active community members have reached consensus regarding this meetup.

  • Funding support of Rs. 10,200
proposed detailed budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Travel INR1,700 Travel reimbursement for Bengali Wikimedian by Rail
Food INR3,000 Including Snacks
Accessories INR2,000 Projectors, Mike, Poster, Notepad, Pens...
Venue INR2,500 Might not be needed
Miscellaneous INR1,000 Internet charge and any other unplanned expenditures
Total INR10,200 approximate total expenditure


-- Mouryan (talk) 11:02, 22 May 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this plan. We have a few questions:

  1. We have read your agenda items. Please tell us a few topics you plan to discuss during the meet-up?
  2. Is there any (tentative) follow-up plan(s)?
  3. You have mentioned INR 1,700 as travel expenditure by train. Could you tell us how many people will travel and from which place?
  4. As you are calling it an "in-depth Meet-up of Bengali Wikipedia", are you inviting Bangladeshi Bengali Wikipedians too, to join remotely (Skype etc.)? -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:09, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
  1. This meetup is unique in the fact that the community is going to discuss on both technical and non-technical matters that are of concern to the community. The meetup as observed above will also talk in great detail of the future action-plans and programs of the West Bengal based Bengali Wikipedia community apart from all the general talks and discussions. Issues such as Google OCR problem in Bengali Wikipedia that has still not been sorted out even after a previous(predominantly issues-based meetup, the last year) will also be addressed.
  2. Yes, this meetup will have similar kinds of review meetups which will follow both in the near and distant future.
    As a matter of fact, the community by-and-large, is currently deliberating with the idea of having monthly meetups for Bengali Wikipedia which all the active contributors do believe will eventually serve good purpose. Discussions related to this will also be taking place.
  3. The INR 1,700 is the travel expenditure of one person by train from Chennai to Howrah, India.
  4. Concerned and necessary Bangladeshi Wikipedians shall be given all the required post-meetup briefing and summaries, which will include all the important aspects of this meetup.
    However, as of now there is NO intention of either inviting or involving the Bangladeshi wikipedians to the meetup and its proceedings itself; by Skype, Hangouts, GTalk! or by any other electronic or non-electronic means.

PS: This meetup, as far as I can personally note is going to be of high relevance to the community. -- Mouryan (talk) 14:02, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

  • Hello Mouryan, thanks a lot for your detailed reply. CIS-A2K has decided to support this event, but please note these points and/or clarify these things before we officially approve it:
  1. Please submit original bills and reports after the event.
  2. Venue and internet are generally considered in-kind support (during your meetup in Kolkata in October, these were arranged by the Kolkata community. Kannada and a few other communities are conducting monthly meetups in this way). Also you have shown INR 1000.00 as possible internet bill. a) Are you going to conduct an edit-a-thon that day? b) is it possible that someone of you will bring their internet dongle?
  3. Have you finalized a date yet, is it 5th or 12th?

-- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:44, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

First and foremost I am on behalf of the entire community thankful for CIS's support and to you personally for being so prompt in getting back to me. Below are the points that will help in your considerations
  1. Yes we will try to be as prompt as possible in furnishing all the detailed bills- which are under no circumstances expected to exceed the stated amount- of the expenditure incurred during the meetup soon after its conclusion.
  2. I am sorry; as I hadn't been part of the earlier meetup I wasn't really aware about this aspect and hence I had previously provided the given amount. However I had a discussion with a fellow community member and the internet will be internally arranged.
  3. The date of the meet-up is expected to be on the 11th of June. The exact date without fail will be conveyed within two (business) days from today. Actually, we are trying very hard at this moment to get a suitable venue ready at free of cost to save on the expenditures. Apologies for the delay and confusion -- Mouryan (talk) 14:11, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks. Please let us know once date and venue are finalized. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:42, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
The venue and the date of the Meetup has both been finalised. It has been decided that the community is all set to meet on 11th of June, Saturday at the premises of St John's Church, Kolkata- a venue that has been carefully chosen.

Also, one very important declaration from my side is that there is a slight revision in the expenditures. We will not be in need of the earlier stated amount(of INR 10,200). Instead the community will only be in requirement of a total of INR 5000(ie. 49.02% of the previously stated amount); the break-up of which I'm presenting below:

Revised Budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Travel INR1,700 Travel reimbursement for Bengali Wikimedian by Rail
Food INR3,000 Including Snacks
Miscellaneous INR300 Any kinds of accessories, pen & papers and/or any other unplanned expenditures
Total INR5000 Total expenditure

It would also be extremely helpful if an initial lump sum amount is transferred to me(primary organizer, on behalf of the entire community) beforehand. Sorry for all the delays from our end. -- Mouryan (talk) 18:44, 26 May 2016 (UTC)

    • Thanks for your reply. I'll forward these information to A2K team, and will keep you informed. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 19:02, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol confirmed.svg Hello, this request is approved and CIS-A2K is going to support this event. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:30, 30 May 2016 (UTC)
The community is overwhelmed and is thankful for the support Face-smile.svg -- Mouryan (talk) 11:01, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Tools for effective outreach programs

About me:
I am active on Marathi Wikipedia for the last 7 months.I registered on 27th October 2015 and done 800+ edits in Marathi WP. Uploaded 30+ images on Commons. Few edits in En WP. I spend @15 hrs per week on WP.
I am conducting training programs for people active in social movements and local environmental issues. I have developed process to create Village article based on Census data and then adding environmental reality by local community. I have trained 500+ persons at various places in Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. I have facilitated 150+ persons to become WP member, out of which @10 are active editors now.
I have planned to publish articles on environmental issues and affected villages of Western Ghats spread over 5 states with the participation of local active citizens. Images related to these issues will be uploaded simultaneously on Commons.
To achieve the above mentioned objective effectively and efficiently, I require following tools -

  1. 6" Tablet - 2 no.s
  2. Camera - 1 no.
  3. Internet dongle - 1 no.

--सुबोध कुलकर्णी (talk) 12:58, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this. I'll forward this to A2K team and will keep you updated. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:50, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Requesting for a Laptop

I have been editing Kannada Wikipedia since 18 months and I am a active contributor for sister Wiki Projects also. This year I would like to conduct wiki Photo walk at coastal Karnataka, Outreach activities and edit-a-thons in and around Mangaluru. Here by I request CIS-A2K team to provide a Laptop to support my work. --Gopala Krishna A (talk) 18:05, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this request. I'll forward it to a2K team. Regards -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:38, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
    • Thank you @Tito Dutta Gopala Krishna A (talk) 09:51, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
      • Hello, we won't be able to support this, you may ask it here. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:11, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

SWAG material required for Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB)Team

On behalf of WLB project team,I Ananya Mondal an active user of Bengali Wikipedia for the last 11 months, request before the concerned authority CIS-A2K team for provided us SWAG materials (T-shirts 5in no.) for the purpose of our extensive outdoor butterfly shooting and documenting activities at different butterfly infested area of West Bengal,India( .We, the members of WLB team are on a project about the life circle, behavioural activities, habitat, host plants etc of the butterflies available in West Bengal, India. Our project targets in broad spectrum of outreach activities, knowledge sharing and interest growing among people about butterfly as well as of Wikipedia, contributing quality images regarding butterflies in Wikipedia commons ( and also to generate related articles in Bengali Wikipedia. We’d like to have those T-shirts for our core team members who travel near and far for shooting butterfly most frequently. At the same the T.shirts shall also serve as a motivational factor for our team members who shall be infused with better energy and motivation in course of their work.--Ananya Mondal (talk)18:07, 3 July 2016 (UTC).

Request to honour leading woman Wikipedian from Hindi Wikipedia as endorsed by the community


I was part of CIS A2K between 2013-14. During this period, the project, "Lilavati's Daughters" was started on a number of Wikis, including Hindi. Inline with this trend, I created the project page on Hindi Wikipedia.

As probably many of you are aware, Hindi Wikipedia extended the scope of this project by including this project as part of the larger project called "Hind ki Betiyan" (Daughters of India/ Women Achievers of India). Here is the detailed description of the work done in this direction. One user who worked really hard in this direction is hi:User:Mala chaubey.

Acknowledging her immense contribution, the Hindi community has passed the Felicitation Resolution (see hi:विकिपीडिया:चौपाल#अभिनंदन प्रस्ताव) lauding her immense contributions and asking CIS A2K to send at least one copy of the book "Lilavati's Daughters". I request CIS to kindly honour this community resolution. In the event of non-availability of this book, CIS may send a copy of the autobiography of any leading woman achiever to hi:User:Mala chaubey.

Umpteen thanks in advance. --Muzammil (talk) 19:02, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

  • I am forwarding this request to CIS-A2K team. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 23:47, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Has there been any progress on this small request from the Hindi Wikipedia community? --Muzammil (talk) 18:55, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Please check an email we have sent. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 11:16, 12 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for the email. I've contacted the lady and I hope to revert to you ASAP.--Muzammil (talk) 15:31, 12 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Mala ji sent a mail with all details to Tito, Rahim and me. Thanks, Rahim, for the quick acknowledgement mail. --Muzammil (talk) 08:23, 13 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks. We are working on it. Rahmanuddin will contact the editor. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:52, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Photo walk In Mangaluru

As we (myself and Vinay) mentioned in our presentation at TTT-2016 we would like to conduct a one day photo walk followed by online edit-a-thon for one week in and around Mangaluru.


  1. . Mangaladevi Temple.
  2. . Milagres Church.
  3. . Mary Hill (Holy hill).
  4. . Adyar falls.
  5. . Ramakrishna matt.
  6. . Mosque at old port (Zeenath Masjid).
  7. . Tannirbavi beach.
  8. . Sammilan Shetty Butterfly park.
  9. . Pilikula.
  10. . Sultan Batteri


  1. Local convince for others and travel expenses and stay for a person from Christ University is around Rs 6000/-
  2. Food expenses for everyone is around Rs 4000/-

For this event we need 8 T-shirts and stickers. --Gopala Krishna A (talk) 04:34, 16 August 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this initiative. I have two questions: a) have you created any event page, b) have you discussed this on Village pump? -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:14, 16 August 2016 (UTC)


Yes. we are done with that work. Event page is here. Village Pump announcement link is here. --Gopala Krishna A (talk) 07:35, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for updating. I am forwarding this request to A2K team, and will keep you updated. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:17, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Please provide a detailed budget breakup. Please also let us know what are your expected outcomes from this event? Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:08, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
  • We mainly spent money for cab to travel around Mangaluru and breakfast, lunch and snacks for six members. Its less than Rs 5000. We expect about 10-15 articles in And mainly St.Aloysius chapel photos in commons. And we spoke to Bengali, Telugu and Punjabi Wikipedians to create or expand articles about Mangaluru. Gopala Krishna A (talk) 03:46, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Request for statistical data on WEP in Christ University, Bangalore


I was part of the first phase of WEP in Christ University, Bangalore as Programme Officer of CIS A2K. Post my exit, I was still in touch with the university students work as can seen in this Commons Deletion Request or more recently the Hindi Wikipedia discussion over the students work in 2016.

I am currently working on writing a paper on all the phases of WEP in Christ University, Bangalore, and hence I quest CIS A2K to kindly share statistical information from 2014 till date (student participation, article creations, etc, language-wise - Hindi, Kannada,Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu).

I request an urgent update on this - either on a Wiki page or through an email with the desired classified information.

Best, --Muzammil (talk) 18:23, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for requesting this. I am forwarding this to A2K team, and will keep you informed. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:50, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Please find Christ University education program report here. You may also contact User:Ananth subray if you need details (I'll send his email id to you in an email). -- Tito Dutta (talk) 13:29, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Grant request for Malayalam Wikimedia Outreach program - Study camp in Kottiyoor 2016

Malayalam Wikimedia community has planned to conduct an outreach program/ study camp as part of the popularization of the Wikimedia projects among general public and students. The community incorporate with the schools near by the venue to provide an educative arena to the capable students to promote Wikipedia in an effective way from the school level. The event going to happen on 17th and 18th of September at Kottiyoor, one of the Wild Life Sanctuary of Kerala, located in the serene hills of Western Ghats. It gonna be a two days, one night program, along with an edit-a-thon about the bio diversity of Kottiyoor/ Western Ghats, Tribal life and culture etc.

The details of the program can be seen at the event page created within Malayalam Wikipedia.

We request the assistance from the A2K by way of all possible means. The detailed estimate and budget for the program is shown as following.

  • Revised the budget request as per the conversation with CIS.
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Food ~20,000 2 X 2 Meals, 2 break fast, 2 Evening Teas and Snacks.- per head * 70 Individuals .
Accommodation ~15,000 Hotel room for the volunteers from outside the city. Avg 25 Individuals 1.
Internet ~3,000 Broadband, WiFi, Dongle data recharge, etc1.
Travel/ Miscellaneous ~10,000 TA for the guests and Wikipedia resources from out of the city and other unexpected expenses, against voucher. around 25 Individuals
Total ~48,000 INR Approximate expenses with buffer.

1 : Approximate cost. Should be tallied while producing original bills.

On behalf of Malayalam wiki community -- Karikkan (talk) 22:12, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

Community support

  1. Support Support --Vinayaraj (talk) 01:40, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  2. കട്ട Support Support --Akhilan (talk) 02:49, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  3. Support Support tony 04:11, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  4. Support Support Lalsinbox (talk) 05:13, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  5. Support Support fuadaj --Fuadaj (talk) 05:20, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  6. Rajeshodayanchal (talk) 06:14, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  7. Support SupportSreejithkoiloth (talk) 11:46, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  8. Support Support--Vijayakumarblathur (talk) 16:46, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  9. Support Support--Ranjithsiji (talk) 01:47, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
  10. Support Support--Sugeesh (talk) 20:36, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
  11. Support Support--SijiR (talk) 03:20, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
  12. Support Support Jee 04:07, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
  13. Support Support --User:Erfanebrahimsait 09:01, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
  14. Support Support--Jameela P. (talk) 17:17, 17 September 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this initiative. We generally ask to submit a request at least 3-4 weeks ago. It is difficult to work on such a request in a short period. However, I'll forward it to team, and inform you as soon as possible. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 18:05, 7 September 2016 (UTC)

  • The request is under review. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:28, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
  • As we informed you earlier that it is very difficult for us to work on such a request in a short notice. We are facing administrative and other difficulties such as pending reports from your community (note: other than report submission, it includes report verification etc.) In such situation we don't think that we would be able to finish the review and other works in a couple of works.
    You may consider to reschedule the event. Note: rescheduling does not ensure funding from CIS, but the time is needed for a thorough review process of this request and other previous reports. You may also try other major grant structure such as Rapid Grant. Thank you. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
  • The expenditure details have been YesY submitted. Please submit the event report. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:13, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia workshop at B K Shah Medical Institute

Wikipedia Education program has been going on at BK Shah Medical Institute since 2015. The second round of this program is ongoing. As a part of this program, MBBS students write primarily otorhinolaryngology related articles on Wikipedia. Currently this program is being run without any formal Wikipedia training for the students from expert Wikimedians. Therefore, it is being difficult for them to learn about the writing style on Wikipedia. This budget request is for funding the travel of Dr. Diptanshu Das, a Wikimedian doctor with experience in contributing to medical articles on Wikipedia (also a member of Editorial board of Wikiversity:WikiJournal of Medicine), to the institute to conduct a Wikipedia workshop for the participants of the education program.

Budget request
Item Expense
Round trip (CCU-BDQ) 14,000 INR (subject to change based on fluctuations in airline fares)
Accommodation, food, incidentals in Vadodara (1 night) 2500 INR (approx)
Total 16, 500 INR

The venue would be B K Shah Medical Institute. The necessary facilities for the workshop would be provided by the institute. The date of the program will be chosen according to Dr. Diptanshu Das's convenience and in consideration of minimal airfare. The workshop should provide basic guidelines as in this along with guidelines pertaining to WP:MEDMOS using presentations like this or this, and handon workshop for the medical students at the institute.

In addition, it is desirable if Dr. Diptanshu Das could be provided with Wikipedia stickers (50) and buttons (50) so that he could distribute them during the workshop. --Netha Hussain (talk) 19:30, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this plan. Let's start with a few questions: a) when are you planning to conduct this workshop? b) the link of BK Shah Medical Institute above is not working. Could you provide the link of the event page? c) how many students will attend the workshop? d) have you discussed with community members or village pump or mailing lists? -- Tito Dutta (talk) 18:12, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
a) The workshop will be conducted on 28 October if all goes fine. However, the participants and the presenter are flexible about the dates. b) I have fixed the link to the project page. c) 100 students who are now a part of the education program. The alumni students from the 2015 program will also be invited, so the total number will be between 100-200. The head of the department of otorhinolaryngology at B K Shah Institute has confirmed that the lecture hall and wifi will be arranged by him. d) It was discussed during my talk in WikiConference 2016. The YouTube link for the session is here. Dr. Diptanshu.D kindly agreed to host this session after listening to my talk during WikiConference 2016. --Netha Hussain (talk) 19:46, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for providing these details. I am forwarding this request to A2K team. We'll keep you informed. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:28, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for letting us know about this initiative. I am sorry to inform that CIS-A2K team would not be able to support this initiative. You can apply at Grants:TPS and/or Rapid. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 04:47, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Funding request to cover chhatar puja

We are planning with some wikipedians to cover a famous puja in bhawanipatna,Odisha that is chhatarpuja. The festival is being celebrated during the Mahastami of Durga puja festival. This is a big festival in bhawanipatna,the center of kalahandi.

As per the budget plan we need:

  • Funding support of Rs. 12,000
proposed detailed budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Travel INR3,000 Travel expenses
Accomodation INR4,500 Accomodation expenses for 8th 9th, 10th and 11th october
Food INR3,000 Including Snacks
Miscellaneous INR1,500 For Unplanned exp.
Total INR12,000 approximate total expenditure

Dibyadarsi Nayak (Talkpage|Contribs) 00:23, 28 September 2016 (UTC)



  • We generally ask to inform us about an initiative at least 3-4 weeks before an event. We need this time to review a request, follow-up with questions, and process it. The event seems to start on 8 October, and we don't think we have enough time to complete the process, still please let us know:
  1. We are planning with some wikipedians to cover a famous puja in bhawanipatna,Odisha that is chhatarpuj -- Please explain what do you mean by "cover" a famous puja? Are you going to take photos or write articles? Have you checked that if such photos exist on Commons already?
  2. "Travel: INR 3,000, Accommodation: INR 4,500, INR: 3,000" -- how many editors are participating? Please provide more details about travel and accommodation.
  3. The VP discussion link you provided did not take to a specific section, please recheck the URL.

Thank you. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 04:57, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

  • CIS-A2K would not be able to support this initiative, as we mentioned earlier here we had too little time to follow-up and process. Please inform us about a request at least 3 weeks prior to an event. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:20, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Requesting Sponsorship for OpenCon 2016 Ranchi

We the Open Access India community are organising Opencon 2016 Ranchi, a satellite event of the global OpenCon 2016 event at Ranchi on 12th Nov 2016 in partnership with Dept. of Zoology, Ranchi University. Though we are hopeful to get some kind of support for the working lunch and tea, we are short of funds to give away, swags, printed flyers, scribing notes, pens, certificates, printing banners etc. In this regard, we are approaching you with a request to support the event with some Rs. 12000/- for swags including the stationary and printed materials. The budget (INR) split is as follows:

Swags for 50 attendees  : 3000; Notes & Pens for 50 attendees : 1000; Flyers on What is Open Access : 5000; Certificates for 50 attendees : 2000; Flex Banner  : 500; Posters  : 500;

Total  : 12000 --Gutam2000 (talk) 09:48, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this request. This seems to be a good initiative. However, please note that we ask to inform us about a request at least 3-4 weeks ago.
    Once the event is completed, please send us report of the event, and also revised budget. We'll inform you whether we'll be able to support it after that. Note, if we support the event, we'll need original bills and receipts. Please let me know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:18, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for all the support. The event went very well and it is beyond the expectations. The registered participants were 65 and few others also joined. We hope to conduct many such more programmes as many had expressed to attend such events and also participate in the community initiatives. The detail report is under preparation and should be able to send in a day or so via email. The revised budget in actuals we had spent apart from food and power-backup is as follows:

Banner: 600, Certificates and flyers: 3120, Stationary: 613, Swags: 2700. Total: 7033. The report and the bills would be submitted in a day. --Gutam2000 (talk) 09:14, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your reply. We would like to event reports, and other details before we can reach a decision. Also note if we support this event, we would require original copies of bills. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:07, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

The report was sent via email today (5/12/2016). The bills would be posted tomorrow. Thank you. --Gutam2000 (talk) 16:22, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

  • We have not received the original bills yet. Once we receive the bill, we 'll get in touch with you for the next step. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:04, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia Workshop at School for Excellence, Dewas (Madhya Pradesh)

Sanskrit and Hindi wikipedians are planning to conduct a workshop for Senior Secondary School students with Sanskrit and Hindi as there 1st or 2nd language. The venue for the event is School for Excellence, Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh for 2 days 19th and 20th of December 2016. The expected number of students to participate is around 30. The event is to popularize wikimedia projects among student community and to bring them into wikipedia writing and editing. The event will be spearheaded by senior wikipedians on Hindi and Sanskrit wikis. The event will be followed by an edit-a-thon on the second day.

Event deatils

Proposed dates - 19th & 20th Decenber 2016 Venue - School for Excellence, Dewas (Madhya Pradesh)

Program leads

1. Mr. Suyash Dwivedi, Co-founder and CEO, Total Project Solutions (Bhopal) and an active contributor to Hindi Wikipedia is invited to conduct a session during the two day workshop.

2. Mr. Nehal Dave, Samskrit Anuvadak and Mahaprabandhak at Samskrita Bharati, Gujarat and an active contributor and admin of Sanskrit Wikipedia is invited to conduct a session during the two day workshop.

We have a got a good support from the School for Excellence management and also got a team of dedicated and collaborative volunteers.

Requests to CIS

1. To fund the expenditure of the event. 2. To provide participation certificates to all. 3. To fund travel expenses.

Serial Number Type of Expense Amount
1 Printing and stationary 3,000 /-
2 Projector Rent 2,000 /-
3 Food and Refreshments 3,000 /-
4 Miscelleneous 1,000 /-
5 Travel Expenses 8,000 /-


--Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 16:37, 30 November 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this event. We need some more details. Please share with us a) event page, b) community discussion (Village pump, mailing list) links. You have shown INR 8000 as travel expense, please provide the travel details. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 10:37, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank You for the reply !
  1. Below is the link to community discussion page of Sanskrit Wikipedia. This is the link to community discussion page.
  2. INR 8000/- includes travel expense of both the wikipedians coming from outstation and also their accomodation for two days.--Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 10:31, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
  3. We have two Hindi Wikipedians coming from Bhopal. Taxi Fare from Bhopal to Dewas is INR 2500. Around INR 5000 for their accomodation for 1 night and 2 days. This way it sums up to INR 8000. Also Nehal Ji will not be coming to the event, I myself will be there for Sanskrit Wikipedia.--Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 14:14, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
  4. this is the event page. Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 15:08, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
  • YesY This request is approved by CIS-A2K, although, please note these things: a) we won't be able to provide to money to rent a projector, this is generally considered as an "in-kind" support, b) miscellaneous expenses -- will be paid only if it is spent and bills are submitted, c) you need to submit all original bills, and submit report of the event. Please let us know if you have any question. All the best and good wishes from CIS-A2K. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:33, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
Community is thankful to CIS. We want to know that the approved amount will be provided as reimbursements or some initial grant will be provided ?--Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 07:04, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  • We are in touch with on this. Ananth Subray and me will be taking care and process this. Please contact us if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:03, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
Thank You ! The event was conducted properly and as planned. I will be uploading the details on the event page. --Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 15:27, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Siddharthdhodapkar Great. Nice to learn that. Please prepare event report and send original bills and expenditure details to CIS-A2K. Let us know if you have any question. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:36, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
I have sent the original bills, by the means of post. Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 06:51, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
    • User:Siddharthdhodapkar, we have received original bills and working on it. Please also include your event reports too. Let us know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 04:45, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
This is the event report, as updated on event page.Siddharthdhodapkar (talk) 12:27, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Requesting reimbursements of amount spent on Wikiwomen's Editathon at Mangaluru

We organised two days Wikiwomen's Editathon on 26th and 27th of November 2016 at Ramakrishna P.U. College, Mangaluru. There were 15 participants. The event was planned in a hurry and hence there was no time to put up the request for funding before the event. Ramakrishna P.U. College sponsered the venue and the lab. We spent only for food. We have already spent money for food. I am requesting for reimbursement of the amount which we have spent for those two days on food and certificates. The amount breakup is -

  1. Food (₹100 x 15 x 2) = ₹3000
  2. Certificates (₹15 x 15) = ₹225
  3. Total = ₹3225.

The event page is

--Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 16:00, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this. Please let us know what were the outputs of this event. You may show us the a) event page, b) report page (including media coverage, if any). Thank you. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:32, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
The report is updated in the event page itself. --Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 14:22, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Approved Approved Please send all the original bills to CIS-A2K office, once we receive the bills, we'll start processing the payment. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:06, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for approving my request. I will send the original bills through post. --Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 16:10, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

ML Wikipedia/WikiSangamotsavam 2016-Mini Wikisangamotsavam

Project Goal

  1. WikiSangamotsavam is an annual interactive meeting of nascent wikipedia editors with experienced wikipedians of Malayalam Wikipedia
  2. Socialize with community members
    20 editors already registered. A total 150 editors and new comers are expected to participate in three days seminars, classes and interactive sessions. Participation from Tulu Wikipedia community is also expected
  3. Empower new editors
    So far around 50 newcomers attended various preparatory meetings of MiniSangamothsavam. They shall be trained further with hands on training, and interactive during
  4. Increase skills for existing editors
    During the preparatory meetings some of the existing editors in the community, asked for classes for advanced wiki editing such as map creation, template creation, module creation, editing through mobile apps etc.. It is planned to included sessions on these topics in the event
  5. Add or improve content
    More contents on Kasaragod district shall be added to Malayalam and Tulu Wikipedia

Project Plan


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
    This meeting have following purposes
    Increase number active contributors in Malayalam Wikipedia Community
    Create space for direct interaction of community participants
    Do the ground work for increasing number of articles in Malayalam Wikipedia by March 2017
    Increase quality and quantity of Malayalam Wikipedia contents on Kasaragod District of Kerala, South India where event takes place.
    Increase social awareness on Wikipedia
  2. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
    Through the previous Wikisnagamotsavams, strength and coherence of Malayalam Wikipedia has been increased.
    Community has been empowered with more active participants
    Quality and Quantity of Malayalam Wikipedia contents Increasing
    Malayalam Wikipedia getting more outreach within the state and societ
    The principle of freedom of Knowledge and social awareness on it Increased
  3. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
    Our planning for the event started with a project page in Malayalam Wikipedia it Wikisangamothsavam-2016
    By using social media and mailing lists we are inviting participants.
    We already have a series of preparatory meetings held at Kasargod district of Kerala.
    We are using regional and national newspapers to publish news about the event to attract more newcomers.
  4. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
    There are three content creation programs going on in connection with this event, which are listed below. These programs will be continue with greater participation even after the event and we can ensure continuous participation of the users.
    Science 2016
    My Village
    Onam loves Wikimedia
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
    Wiki Sangmaotsavam is a famous annual meetup of Malayalam Wiki Community which regularly conducted since 2011. This year we had initially planned it as a bigger annual meetup of the community, with the participation from other neighborhood language communities as well.We have scheduled the program and moved ahead with its organizational activities and related outreach programs.
    But, due to some unexpected hurdles, we could not move further with a bigger program and place the request for project grant in time. To prevent the discouraging signal to the newcomers to the Malayalam Wikipedia community, who were mobilized recently through outreach programs of the planned event and already registered participants, we have planned to convert this as a Mini Event with a modest budget for time being.


Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

  1. Number of total participants 150
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event 20
  3. Number of speakers: 10


The financial support expected for this event from from CIS-A2K program for following activities,

Event facilities and management
Code No. Item Quantity INR US$ Rate Notes
EFM 13 Projector 1 1500 22 1500.00
EFM 9 PA system 1 2000 30 2000.00
EFM 17 Standby Generator 1 2000 30 2000.00
EFM 3 TA and Honorarium for invited guests 10 10000 149 1000.00
EFM 9 TA for guest from other Wikipedia Community 10 25000 374 2500.00
EFM 11 Wiki T-Shirts 150 45000 673 300.00
EFM 12 WikiHandbook 400 24000 359 60.00
EFM 14 Wiki School Bags 100 30000 448 300.00
EFM 7 Boards 1 1000 15 1000.00
EFM 8 Arch 1 5000 75 5000.00
EFM 10 Internet 1 3000 45 3000.00
EFM 6 Registration 145 435 7 3.00
EFM 1 Print-outs & Photocopies 100 1000 15 10.00
EFM 2 Badges Type 1 (Committee) 10 200 3 20.00
EFM 3 Badges Type 2 (Guest) 12 360 5 30.00
EFM 4 Badges Type 3 (Volunteer) 25 500 7 20.00
EFM 5 Badges Type 4 (Participant) 145 1450 22 10.00
EFM 15 Labour 3 1500 22 500.00
EFM 16 Venue Decorations 1 1000 15 1000.00
Total 154945 2316


  1. Support Support -- Rajeshodayanchal (talk) 08:16, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  2. Support Support -- Karikkan (talk) 08:19, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  3. Support Support --Ranjithsiji (talk) 08:45, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  4. Support Support -- Shaji (talk) 09:48, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  5. Support Support -- Ovmanjusha (talk) 14:05, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  6. Support Support -- Shagil (talk) 12:48, 6 December 2016 (UTC)
  7. Support Support - Sreejithkoiloth (talk) 11:49, 7 December 2016 (UTC)


  • Thanks a lot for letting us know about this plan. Unfortunately CIS-A2K would not be able to support this request, as a) the report and documentation of the earlier grants given to your community are not fully complete yet, b) the amount you are anticipating is a higher than our other general supports, and we don't think we would be able to process it after previous reporting task completion, and full review and discussion of this one in a short period.
    Please note you can approach Wikimedia Grants:Start (or Grants:Start/Groups&Organizations). Please let us know if you have any question. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 03:06, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Odia Wikisource : Digitisation of rare books

I plan to digitise some 100-200 rare old books in Oriya- by travelling to numerous historic libraries and universities of my state, in association with them and from old publishers. These books contain mostly ancient literature (8th c.-20th c.) but are now in a state of destruction due to the lack of an audience and hence, need to be preserved. My aim is to collect these and then scan them, OCR them for preservation in the Odia Wikisource project.


  • To collect rare old books published anywhere between (1850-2000) and Digitise them
  • To add rare books that are unavailable elsewhere to Wikimedia projects, especially Wikisource
  • To partner with historic libraries, museums and universities in order to digitise relevant books from their libraries
  • To add audio-visual resources to Commons regarding the subject


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

I will make numerous trips to most historic libraries and universities in the state, and also old publishers. I will search for relevant books from both sources and get them scanned and then add the valuable resource into Wikisource. I have also looked into personal libraries of some friends who are willing to help.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

I have posted the idea in the community here- link.

I have already proposed the idea to a few members who are enthusiastic to help me out in many ways- some of them even are willing to give me access to their personal libraries. What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

At the end of the project, anywhere between 50-100 books would have been preserved and digitised. This is important because currently, printed books of centuries-old manuscripts are being destroyed due to utter neglect and disinterest. Hopefully, timely digitisation will revive those.

Many of these books are no longer of any value, so the publishers are willing to give them at nominal prices. So, one can certainly hope for >100 books.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

  1. Number of articles created or improved (if applicable) : 50
  2. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable) : 100
  3. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable) : 50


What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

The Odia Wikipedia Community has a scanner specially built for this purpose. The community is willing to help me out by allowing me to use it.

No, I will not be receiving any donations from any other source.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

Purpose Expenditure
Travel 5000
For procuring old books (50-150) 12000
Total INR 17000


  • Support Support Currenly the most enthusiastic contributor of Odia community. Good Luck. --Jnanaranjan sahu (talk) 20:32, 6 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support -- Bikasho (talk) 16:37, 6 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support --good thinking Prateek. --Pmsarangi (talk) 09:47, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

--Shrijagannatha (talk) 04:45, 6 December 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this plan. I am forwarding it to A2K and will keep you informed. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 10:41, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Meanwhile, I've contacted the oldest and largest library of the state (with ~74000 titles), the Kanika Library at Cuttack for this project. They seem to be interested. In the first phase, we'll also be getting lots of rare books from 5 collectors who are willing to help us for free. I'll be going to Cuttack and Puri from Bhubaneswar in order to collect and scan the books from the various publishers, collectors and libraries. This project is definitely going to have >100 books. I underestimated that.
And yes, I see I have forgotten to mention that I plan to undertake the whole project from March 2017 to August 2017. (6 months) --Shrijagannatha (talk) 05:43, 11 December 2016 (UTC)

  • @Titodutta: I will be in Bhubaneswar on the 26th and 27th of December 2016. I have some collectors and libraries in and around Bhubaneswar that are wiling to help us out. I believe that almost half of the work can be completed during this time. I'll be doing this together with Sailesh. If the team is positive with this plan, I'd like to request for about 10k in advance for travelling to Puri and Cuttack and getting some rare books. --Shrijagannatha (talk) 16:43, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Hello, A2K feels that this idea is immensely important and will extend programatic support (digitization sprint, availability of community advocate, utilization of infrastructure, sharing of contacts). Purchasing books is not a viable idea (custodian of the book, maintenance etc. problems may arise), you may try to partner with some library or organization (the way Marathi Wikipedians have digitized books for their project), you can also borrow books for sometime. Odia Wikipedians have done impressive works, and have earned goodwill. Please explore the content donation option (we may help here if you need.) We will reimburse travel and miscellaneous expense once bills and report are submitted. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:44, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
  • @Titodutta: Tito, the books I am talking of are ancient writings of the Odia language. These have not been reprinted since ages and hence, these works are dying. Due to the lack of reprints and unavailability of these copies, the only way to get these books is to buy the remaining copies from the scatterd publishers who are otherwise not willing to give them for free. Also, they charge meagre amounts for these priceless books, only because they do not want to give these away for free. My plan was to go out and explore those books from such scattered publishers' old stock and collectors. So, the plan is to partially collaborate with collectors and libraries as far as possible and partially to procure old, rare copies that will never be reprinted, and if not saved, will be lost forever. That, is the actual, although sad state of affairs.
Also, this will further the Odia community's relation with actual publishers which may be useful in the long run. This will also create a physical library for Wikipedians simultaneously. --Shrijagannatha (talk) 05:01, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Content donation is out of question, for these are works written 500-600 years ago. --Shrijagannatha (talk) 04:50, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
  • @Titodutta: Kindly take a look at the last two comments. - Shrijagannatha (talk) 01:19, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello User:Shrijagannatha, thanks for the reply and follow-up. We also thank you for the telephonic conversation which explained the project in greater detail. As mentioned earlier CIS-A2K would be glad to support this activity. We request you to create an exclusive Meta page for the project and regularly update it.
    As per your explanation these books are out of print and only a few copies are available. Procuring these books is not only an important task, but also a time-sensitive one. We would encourage you to collaborate with another experienced Wikimedian to procure, catalog, and safely preserve these books and (h/h)is suggestions in executing this project.
    A2K would be willing to reimburse expenses on submission of report and original bills. Timeline and work-plan must be discussed with and approved by the Odia community. Based on these suggestions, this request is Approved Approved. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:45, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Request from Urdu Wikipedia=


This is perhaps the first ever community request from Urdu Wikipedia.

As an offshoot of interactions with Urdu and Ukranian Wikipedians in Wikimmania 2016, we started Urdu-Ukrainian Community Collaboration Project in October 2016. 10 Ukranian Wikipedians worked on 50 articles related to Urdu language and literature (20 as per agreed list and 30 out of personal enthusiasm). On the other hand, 4 Urdu Wikipedians worked on 21 articles, while one Urdu Wikipedian provided technical support in dealing with infoboxes, making the number of participating Urdu Wikipedians to 5.

Measure of mutual appreciation

It was decided in the beginning of this exercise, that Wikimedia Ukraine will send calendars / country souvenirs to all Urdu Wikipedians and Urdu Wikipedians will send books in English on South Asian countries (including India) to Ukraine Wikipedians through the support of a body which encourages Wikimedia programmes in India, i.e. Access to Knowledge Programme of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore.

What is needed now from CIS A2K?

Urdu Wikipedians request the Centre for Internet and Society to send the following to Wikimedia Ukraine (on one single office address):

  1. Five (5) books in English giving information about India/ South Asia to each of the top five Ukrainian participants.
  2. Letter(s) of appreciation may also be sent acknowledging the efforts of the each of the top five Ukrainian participants.

Community Endorsement

Umpteen thanks in advance. --Muzammil (talk) 12:10, 9 December 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for letting us know about this request. I am forwarding it to A2K team for discussion. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:15, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for forwarding this request to A2K team for discussion. Hope a decision is taken soon. Wikimedia Ukraine members have asked for the books/ letters of appreciation to be sent on a single mailing address which is their office address. Correspondingly, they have asked for a single mailing address where they could dispatch their items to be distributed among Urdu Wikipedians later. --Muzammil (talk) 17:54, 10 December 2016 (UTC)
  • A2K feels that this is an interesting idea, however we have two questions, a) do you want us (CIS-A2K) to process and courier these books or would you do it yourselves?, b) could you please mention the names of the books and approximate price? Thanks and good wishes. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 14:01, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
Dear Tito, thank you for asking these relevant questions: a) It will be better if CIS A2K processes and couriers these books. b) If you ask me to cite the example one of the kind of books we are looking for, I will cite the example of A Strange Kind of Paradise: India through Foreign Eyes by Sam Miller. The basic idea is to give a good introduction of either India, South Asia or simply an introduction to the Urdu language. CIS can arrange for five different books or copies of one single book title.In the example I have given, the cost is Rs. 354/- but this can vary, if CIS chooses a different title. Please keep me informed about the despatch when it takes place. Thank you very much!Thank you very much!--Muzammil (talk) 15:20, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your quick reply. I'll check these things. We would require some information from you such as a) address of recipients, b) any certification to be included in it, c) book titles etc. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 15:23, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
a) There is one common address for our Ukraine friends: Wikimedia Ukraine, Office 516, 14/1 Mechnykova Street, Kyiv, 01133, Ukraine
b) It will be a good gesture if CIS sends certificates as well - this could simply be letters addressed to the participants on CIS-A2K letterhead or separate certificates - whichever is convenient.
c) I have given one example above with a note. Other possible examples I find from Sahitya Academy publications list are English translations of Urdu works as follows:
  1. Krishan Chander: Selected Short Stories Rs 80/- (ISBN 81-260-2177-2)
  2. Rajinder Singh Bedi: Selected Short Stories Rs 80/- (ISBN 81-260-1996-4)
  3. Short Stories from Pakistan by Intizar Hussain and Asif Farrukhi Rs 150/-- (ISBN 81-260-1598-5)
  4. The Sound of Falling Leaves by Qurratulain Hyder Rs 75/- (ISBN 81-7201-662-X)
Best, --Muzammil (talk) 15:55, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol confirmed.svg Approved: This request has been approved by the CIS-A2K team. I'll get in touch with you on Monday. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 13:42, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Request For Funding of Mini MWT & TTT Workshop for Bengali Wikipedians in Kolkata

A plan to hold a mini-version of the Train-the-Trainer Program and the MediaWiki Training program (viz. Mini MWT & TTT) is been made primarily for the benefit of Bengali Wikipedians from India based in and out of Kolkata. It will be held as a part of the monthly Bengali Wikipedia community Meetups. I had been a part of the 2016 edition of TTT program and as a result, got the unique opportunity to learn many Wiki-related practices some of which I now intend to bring forward and share with my community. Therefore I have for this event taken the lead to be the primary coordinator. This workshop will certainly be a vital one where participants will be given detailed sessions on introduction to editing Wikipedia, new tools in Wikipedia and various on-going projects in Bengali and English Wikipedias. The participating editors may also pose queries on certain aspects in which they require training and clarifications. This workshop will very well act as a forum for exchange of ideas among the participating wikipedians where they may indulge in discussing ways to improve editing techniques and share better editing practices. Apart from this, important discussions about the progress of current projects and strategising future activities in the region will be taking place as well. Also, at this juncture I'd like to say that during the planning of this Workshop; few nascent Bengali Wikipedians from West Bengal were got in touch with and they expressed their explicit desire to be a part of this Workshop should it be held. Even the old and existing editors are hoping to pick up on the many new advancements in the Wikimedia projects. It is hence evident that the community here is highly interested and is longingly looking forward towards the realisation of this event. To get the best out of this event and to do justice to its title; this workshop is going to be a two-day program. The dates being January 7, 2017 and January 8, 2017. Alongside the above mentioned agendas, every other relevant points deemed appropriate by the participating editors shall be touched upon. Almost all of the active community members have reached consensus regarding this Workshop.

  • Funding support of Rs. 12,000
proposed detailed budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Travel and lodging INR6000 Travel reimbursement for two wikimedians not based in Kolkata. Lodging for one.
Food & Water bottles INR5,500 Including Snacks
Venue N.A Assistance with Venue needed from CIS
Miscellaneous INR500 Any unplanned expenditures
Total INR12,000 approximate total expenditure


Should you (CIS) agree to support this event; I'd like to propose that you consider sending any person as a resource-person from your end who can offer his/her assistance as well towards fulfilling the goal of this Training Workshop. Thank You! -- Mouryan (talk) 16:31, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this plan. Thanks for creating the Facebook event page, but a) can you create an on-Wiki event page too (on Bengali Wikipedia, if it is a multi-lingual event preferably on Meta), b) we would like to read your replies to the questions asked by User:Jayantanth on Bengali village pump, as those will provide better insights. Thanks and regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 19:53, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
    • User:Mouryan, we are waiting for your reply. Once you respond we can go ahead with this request. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:03, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
All the questions and queries raised by fellow community members have been duly addressed. Would request you to kindly check.

Also, an important agenda related to Bengali Wikisource anniversary (in the upcoming New Year) has been added to this Workshop. I'm only mentioning this point to highlight the nature of importance of this Workshop. Thank you very much once again -- Mouryan (talk) 06:58, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks Mourya for answering these questions. Face-smile.svg Thanks for working hard for this. Here are a couple of questions (in addition or follow-up to what User:Jayantanth has asked on Bn Wiki Village pump:)
  • a) could you provide the links to the Wikipedia/meta event page, which we requested above? It is not possible to get an idea of the program schedule, participants list (and assessing their Wiki contrib etc from a Facebook event page. So, please create a Wiki (Bengali and/or Meta) event page and add details, also ask participants to sign up there.
  • b) (from Bengali Wikipedia VP) "ভেন্যু প্রসঙ্গে সিআইএস (যাঁদের নিকটে এই কর্মশালা সম্বন্ধিত দরকারি ফান্ডিং চাওয়া হয়েছে)-এর কাছে সাহায্য চাওয়া হয়েছে।" -- we need further details what type of support you need for finding venue. Do you want CIS to find a venue for you? Is it only conference hall? or accommodation is included as well?
  • c) "পশ্চিমবঙ্গ থেকে যারা কাজ করছেন, তাদের মধ্যে কারা বা কয়জন জানিয়েছেন, যে তারা উইকিপিডিয়ায় নতুন টুলস ব্যবহার করতে জানেন না?" -- it is completely upto you how would like to go ahead. However as you have asked for our suggestion and support, we propose this: after creating the on-Wiki event page, and getting an idea of the possible participants, please do a "need assessment". Please let us know if need help here to prepare questions.
  • d) "যাঁরা উইকিপিডিয়া সম্পাদনার উপর ব্যাখ্যান করবেন তাঁরা ট্রেনার হিসাবে পরিচিতি পাবেন।" -- That sounds good, however it is not specific. Hopefully it will be much more clear once the event page is created and a (proposed) schedule is added. Earlier you requested a TTT resource person from CIS, (generally such a resource person attends mini-TTT), this is unsure still, we can confirm only after the event and program schedule is finalized.
  • e) "অন্য প্রকল্প গুলি কি বাদ থাকবে?" -- as you have mentioned about Bengali Wikisource, it looks like it will be a part of the event, is not it?
    Please let us know if you need help in any step of this event. We would try to provide our suggestions and help. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 03:31, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for your follow-up on this. I will now try to answer the raised questions.

a> An event page on META is created. The link for the same can be found here. Apart from this; a detailed event-page on the local Wikipedia (bnwiki) is under construction. The event page going to be comprehensive; complete with programme-schedule and participating editors' list. It shall be updated here at the earliest.

b> Thank you for addressing this here. I think I was inefficient in stating my request properly; earlier. Hence I will try to reiterate myself. It is expected that as of now, two editors will be in need of accommodation. These two editors are based out of Kolkata (ie. the city which is chosen for this Event). Also, a request with respect to the venue was placed. On my humble individual capacity; I did some research and came up with this place; that offers a conference room and a place to stay- which is what we are precisely looking for. I openly state the incapability at this moment on our part to find a venue for this very important training session and hence the request for the Venue.

c> Many have indeed expressed their desire to be a part of this. An event page with further details is right on its way!

d> Once again from my personal understanding, I'd like to reiterate my request for a resource person (someone from your end). For an event like Mini Train-the-Trainer; I can opine (on my humble individual behalf) that the presence of instructors like Mr. Tanveer or Yourself (Mr. Tito Dutta)- who were there while I was an attendee in this year's TTT- is very essential for the ultimate success of what I intend for my community to achieve.

e> Without having to stray from the primary agenda of this event; various other facets all concerning Bengali Wikipedia will be discussed among participating Bengali Wikipedians. A brief talk of introduction on the West Bengal Wikimedians user-group is also on the cards from contributors; primarily involved in its creation.

I request for the funding of this Event as I, on the community's behalf believe this to be a necessary one. Contributors working in various Wikimedia Projects have endorsed this proposal of mine and have shown their good support. Any more Follow-up questions regarding this Event is Welcome. Thank You once again. -- Mouryan (talk) 14:41, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Thank you for your detailed reply and for creating the Meta event page. We are glad to see that Train-the-Trainer and MediaWiki Training ar being extendedand conducted in West Bengal. We would surely like to share our experience, and suggestions. About venue of the event, it might be slightly difficult for us to arrange a venue (with accommodation). We'll check and let you know. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:26, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
Alright! Earnest thanks for your response. -- Mouryan (talk) 07:18, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Revised Budget (with Venue + Accommodation) INR 14,500
proposed detailed budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Travel and lodging INR6000 Travel reimbursement for two wikimedians not based in Kolkata. Lodging for two.
Food & Water bottles INR5,500 Including Snacks
Venue and cost incurred to Print few Certificates and distribute low-priced badges. INR2,500 Includes two/three rooms in twin-sharing basis for participating out-station contributors.
Miscellaneous INR500 Any unplanned expenditures
Total INR14,500 approximate total expenditure
  • Approved Approved This has been approved by CIS-A2K. We are trying to find a venue for you, we'll inform you if we manage to get one. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 13:17, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
The community is overwhelmed and is thankful for the support Face-smile.svg -- Mouryan (talk) 18:36, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Representation of Hindi Wikipedia at the Fourth International Hindi Conference

The Fourth International Hindi Conference (January 6-8, 2017 at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh) aims to create a bridge between the pedagogical experts of the Hindi language in India and and the pedagogical experts and instructors in the USA and the rest of the world, including the South Asian diaspora (Canada, England, Mauritius, Fiji, etc.), where Hindi is taught. The conference is drawing participants from India, USA, Russia, Denmark, Germany and Italy. The event is organized by Hindi Sangam Foundation, which is dedicated to promotion of Hindi language in USA and beyond.

Event website
चतुर्थ अंतर्राष्ट्रीय हिन्दी सम्मेलन
Proposed Activity
Presentation on Hindi Wikipedia during the conference
Proposed Presenter
Syed Muzammiluddin
Objectives sought to be achieved
  1. create more awareness on this Hindi Wikipedia as online encyclopedia among the Hindi academics in India and abroad.
  2. result in more publicity of Hindi Wikipedia as part of published conference reports and media coverage.
  3. draw more contributors / volunteers on Hindi Wikipedia not just from India but also abroad.
  4. more importantly, serve the major conference objectives of Hindi literacy, literature development and language proficiency expansion across the world - something which Hindi Wikipedia does, as I mentioned in one of my writeups.
Budgetary requirement (estimate)
Particulars Amount (Rs)
1 Conference Registration 2,500
2 Bus / Train Travel 3,000
3 Local Commuting 1,000
4 Estimated Expenditure in connection with two nights stay 4,000
Total 10,500
Community endorsements
Hindi Wikipedia village pump endorsements

I request an early decision on this request as time is limited. --Muzammil (talk) 16:45, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

  • CIS-A2K would not be able to provide the conference registration fees, about #2, #3, #4 we would support those in form of reimbursement after submission of original bills, and expenditure details. You are also encouraged to share your learning and experiences with community members. Based on the observations above, Approved Approved this request is approved by CIS-A2K. All the best. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:32, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Request For Funding/SWAG for Bengali Wikisource 10th anniversary 6 month long Proofreading Contest.

The Bengali Wikisourcers have decided to organize a 7-month long online proofreading contest for its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest will start on 1st January 2017 and end on 31 July 2017.

As per discussion, the community will declare the names of ten winners in August, 2017 and CIS is requested to send the prizes directly to them. The prize will be Gift Vouchers (Amazon or same alike) and SWAGs like Wikisource T-shirt, Badge, Memento, etc. Wikimedia Bangladesh has agreed to send SWAGs only to the winners residing in Bangladesh. CIS is requested to send Gift Vouchers to all winners i.e. Wikisourcers residing in India, Bangladesh and other countries and SWAGs to winners from India and other foreign countries, except Bangladesh. The community will decide about the design of the T-shirt later and send it to CIS.

The Gift voucher may be distributed as follows

  • 1st Prize ( 100$ ) worth Gift voucher
  • 2nd Prize ( 70$ ) worth Gift voucher
  • 3rd Prize ( 50$ ) worth Gift voucher
  • 4th to 10th ( 10$ X 7 = 70$ ) worth Consolation Gift voucher

So total gift voucher amount will be 290$ = Rs 19675.05.

Necessary links
  • Thanks for letting us know about this plan. This looks interesting. Could you please fix "Necessary links" #1, #2 above for reference? Thank you. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 20:00, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for fixing the links. a) please let us know if there is any minimum contribution threshold. Theoretically if 12-13 people participate, and the 10th participants (by ranking) make very little or only a few edits, would he be eligible to get prize? b) Bn Wikisource posts suggests: "তার সঙ্গে টি-শার্ট, ট্রলি ব্যাগ, ভাল সান-গ্লাস ইত্যাদি থাকতে পারে", you have written "and SWAGs like Wikisource T-shirt, Badge, Memento, etc" -- could you make it a little more specific? 10 gift vouchers, 10 Tshirts (or change the number, logo design to be sent by Bengali community), please use this format. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 03:52, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks @Titodutta: for quick response. Regarding your question - a) Edit count will not be the judging criteria to announce winners of the project. Number of pages proofread and validated by the user along with the quality of the proofread pages will be the main criteria to determine winners. And as the contest will happen for 7 months, we are expecting to engage a lot more participants than just 12-13 participants. The main aim of this contest is to increase interest about Bengali Wikisource among Wikimedians and non-Wikimedians and convert themselves into active or very active contributors. So, it is unlikely to have the 10th winner to have very few edit counts, still, if it happens, then he/she will be sent the prize as per the judging criteria. b) Regarding prizes, what you have quoted was not the decision, but discussion of the options only. What we have decided is 10 gift vouchers, 10 T-shirts, 10 Wikisource Badges and 10 Mementos. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 07:07, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your reply. I have forwarded this to our team, and will let you know about our feedback and decision. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:21, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you User:Jayantanth and User:Bodhisattwa for providing additional information. CIS-A2K feels that it is a very important project and may add a lot of useful content to Bengali Wikisource. CIS-A2K would like to get involved in and support this project. We suggest that after the event is started on 1 January, you and we do progress assessment at the end of March. We understand that for a 7-months long project like this, it is very difficult to estimate outputs in the beginning. we hope the proposed assessment in the month of March will help here. Following this, your request is Approved Approved. Thanks for planning this wonderful event. Also note, if you need some other support in planning, promoting or conducting this event, CIS-A2K would try to work with you there as well. Please let us know if you have any question(s). Regards and all the best. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 11:29, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks @Titodutta: for approving the request. We will provide an assessment report at the end of March. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 12:48, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Interim Short Report on June 19, 2017
  • Global Metrics
    • Number of active editors involved - 30
    • Number of new registered users - 44
    • Number of individuals involved - 53
    • Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia article pages - Not applicable to Wikisource
    • Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects - Not applicable to Wikisource
    • Number of bytes added to and/or deleted from Wikimedia projects - Not important for Wikisource
  • Other metrics
    • Number of books selected for contest - 54
    • Total number of NS:Page for contest - 4807 -- Bodhisattwa (talk)
  • Thanks for the report. :) It would be great if you provide these reports:
  1. Number of pages proofread, and number of pages validated;
  2. Top ten editors' contributions per number of pages proofread and validated; (this is really important, as you are looking for top 10 prizes)
  3. Number of books published. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 11:35, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
Regards -- Tito Dutta (talk) 11:35, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
@Titodutta:, We don't have the suitable tool to generate these statistics for Wikisource right now. Although we are looking for the tool, but help regarding building such tools from your side is highly appreciated. We will give the full report once the competition is finished. Thanks. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 16:09, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Request for travel support to give talk at 4CCon

I have proposed to give a talk on Creating an active Tulu Wikipedia community at the 4CCon. The conference will be held at Chennai during Jan 27-28, 2017. I am requesting sponsorship for travel and accommodation.

Proposed activity

Presenting about my experiences in creating and nurturing an active editor community of Tulu Wikimedians.

Useful links

  • Conference website.
  • Abstract of my talk is here.
  • My blog on the topic is here.

Goal and expected impact

  • Interaction with the communities working in the areas of Indian language computing, open-source, localisation, open knowledge, which will help in further strengthening the existing networks.
  • Participating in birds of feather meetings which will help in knowledge exchange
  • Explore possible collaboration in possible areas of Wikimedia projects.


Total funding needed = ₹ 18,900

Breakup of budget (amounts are in INR):

Detail Rate Quantity Amount
Registration 2000 1 2000
Travel Bengaluru-Chennai 900 2 1800
Local travel at Bengaluru 300 2 600
Accommodation at Chennai 4000 3 12000
Local travel at Chennai 300 4 1200
Food 325 4 1300
Total 18,900

Please approve and inform me.--Pavanaja (talk) 12:20, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Pavanaja sir, thanks for letting us know about this initiative, we'll discuss this, and will let you know if we have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:41, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello Pavanaja sir, CIS-A2K would not be able to provide the registration fees, about the other items CIS-A2K would support those in form of reimbursement after submission of original bills, and expenditure details. Please also share your learning and experiences with community members. Based on these observations, Approved Approved this request is approved by CIS-A2K. All the best. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:32, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for approving my request. I will definitely write a blog to share my experience with the community as I have done earlier with FUEL-GILT conference participation.--Pavanaja (talk) 11:37, 13 January 2017 (UTC)


Creating an active Tulu Wikipedia community

The conference went on well. In the Wikipedia track, Ravishankar, Dhanalakshmi and myself did the presentations. I gave the presentation about the experience of creating an active Tulu Wikipedia community. Most of the content of the presentation is already present in my blog. The slide deck of the presentation is available in Commons. Tweeted about the presentation here. After the talk some participants interacted with me and appreciated the efforts. Some participants were eager to start Wikipedia program at their institutes. Interesting request came from some participants from Pondichery -they wanted me to talk few sentences in Tulu. They wanted to hear how the language is spoken and how much close it is to Tamil since both are Dravidian languages.

I have sent the bills to CIS by courier today.--Pavanaja (talk) 16:18, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Request for Funding of One Day Wiki workshop for Malayalam Wikipedia at Kozhikkode

We are conducting a one day wikipedia training workshop on 11th January 2017 at Kozhikkode, Kerala, India. This event is with a part of a 5-day event conducted by environment magazine called keraleeyam, the magazine is mainly focusing on environmental issues. Malayala Wikipedia Community with Madav Gadgil's Support, already conducted two workshops at Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram in Same Theme. This is the continuation event of that series. They allotted us one day for wikiworkshop. The main target of the event is to create new wikipedians who can update the content, photographs about environment,peoples environmental struggles, biodiversity of westernghats etc. We already made some arrangements to advance the fund for the requirement of this workshop. If you can grant the amount as a bill refund then that will be helpful.

Event Details

  • Date - 11th January 2017
  • Expected People - 40 to 75

Programme Leads

Proposed Activity

A full day training about wikipedia and wikimedia commons. (How to create an article, wiki syntax training, How to upload pictures, how to add pictures to articles etc.)


Malayalam Wikipedia Event Page


Creating new wiki users who can add content about environment in kerala, environmental struggles in kerala, pictures of biodiversity of western ghats.


Total funding needed = ₹ 12,250

Proposed Budget
Item Details Nos Cost (in INR) Description
Auditorium 1 2500 Rent for the auditorium (One Day)
Internet 500*4 Dongles 2000 Idea Internet Wifi Dongle to use for hands on training
Projector 1 1500 Rent for Projector and Screen
Print-outs & Photocopies 50 500 Wiki Quick Reference Card Print Out - 4 Sheets for each person
Local Transport & TA 750 * 3 Persons 2250 Transport for 3 Persons
Food and Water 2500 Lunch and Snacks for Participants
Banners 2 1000 A banner of Stage and Another on entrance
Grand Total 12250

--Ranjithsiji (talk) 06:05, 10 January 2017 (UTC)


  1. Support Support -- Lalsinbox (talk) 07:15, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  2. Support Support --Manojk (talk) 07:24, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  3. Support Support Netha Hussain (talk) 07:38, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  4. Support Support Balasankarc (talk) 07:46, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  5. Support SupportIrvin calicut (talk) 08:55, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  6. Support Support--Vijayakumarblathur (talk) 10:18, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  7. Support Support--Sidheeq (talk) 10:23, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  8. Support Support Dr Fuad --Fuadaj (talk) 13:52, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
  9. Support Support Jaisuvyas (talk) 04:05, 11 January 2017 (UTC)


  • Hello, thanks for letting us know about this. We ask to inform us about an event at least 3 weeks in advance. Please note: we won't be able to support these things: a) auditorium, b) internet, c) projector (these are generally considered as in-kind support), and d) banner (we encourage you to re-use banners, please try to use already created banners).
    Please provide us some details about the travels (who will travel, places, mode). Approved Approved We can support travel, food, printout and photocopies as reimbursement only after we get expenditure details, including original bills, and event report. Following this it has been approved. Let us know if you have questions. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:10, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Thumbs upYesterday Program Was Ended good. 30+ Participants. We will folloup the things ASAP.--Manojk (talk) 07:39, 12 January 2017 (UTC)


Wikipedia editors workshop was conducted on 11th January 2017 at shikshak sadan, Kozhikode. Thirty five people participated in the full day workshop. Ten new users registered to Wikipedia during the workshop.

Most of them are Media/Journalism students. Neethu Das, who studying about Plachimada strike, Nabeel, who wrote about book about quarries in western ghats and environmentalists like Shafeeque Thamarassery, Santhosh Kumar, Jamsheena Mullappat have participated in the programme.

The Wikipedia team visited the regional office of Zoological survey of India Kozhikode after the workshop. The team visited a museum there.

All the details are be updated in the event page.

Expenses on this project were on the below mentioned sections -

1. Travelling of editors, 2. tea and Lunch during the workshop

I will be mailing the detailed expenses breakup and all original bills where applicable to CIS A2K shortly.

Request for funding the workshop and competition awards of Wikipedia Takes Kolkata VI

With the sixth season of Wikipedia Takes Kolkata we have made some plans to make it more useful. While the earlier events fetched impressive number of contributions, those were mainly done by a handful of contributors. After researching we found, for many, one of the main reasons was the inability of crossing the initial hurdle of understanding the upload process of Wikimedia Commons. So, this time we have planned a short workshop to teach the basics of file handling in Commons along with other things e.g. creating a Wikimedia account etc.

Also to encourage upload of relevant images (and videos) we have planned to organise a competition. While there will be 3 winners for the best three relevant images, there will also be an award for uploading most number of relevant files which can be used in various articles. We plan to award certificates and goodies with Wikipedia logo which will also help them mentally to connect with the project more.

We have seen before that after covering so many places, sometimes the uploader gets confused about the monuments/structures and tags it wrongly. To avoid this we have planned to distribute a printed material with a short description and an image of the places we will cover along with a route map. These can be used later by the participants to write descriptions and tags of the files they upload.

We are expecting a turnaround of 20 people this time including the organisers.


Please find below the estimated budget breakup.

Detailed proposed budget
Item Cost (in INR) Description
Certificates for the winners NA 4 certificates are requested for the 3 best photos and one maximum relevant upload.
Wikipedia Tshirts NA 4 Tshirts for winners + 4 consolation gifts. Also we would request to break up the number of Tshirts to sizes M,L and XL (4+2+2) so that we could distribute it according to size.
Mugs with Wiki Takes Kolkata VI printed INR800 4 mugs
Venue for workshop INR2500 We are in process of talking with venues close to the walk area
Food INR4500 Breakfast and lunch for participants
Printing material INR200 Printing of description material
Miscellaneous (Recce, conveyance etc.) INR300 Unplanned expenditure
Total INR8,300 approximate total expenditure


  1. Event page on English Wikipedia
  2. Event page on Bengali Wikipedia
  3. Bengali Wikipedia Village Pump

Would request CIS to consider the above proposal. Thank you! --Sumitsurai (talk) 07:52, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks User:Sumitsurai, for letting us know about this initiative. A few questions and comments
  1. Thanks for linking the village pump post, however we could not find any discussion there.
  2. You have linked English and Bengali event page. There too we could not find a participants' list (usernames only). These help to understand community involvement.
  3. Venue is generally considered an in-kind support, and CIS-A2K expects that the organizers arrange it themselves.
  4. "Certificates for the winners" -- However CIS-A2K sometimes help communities to prepare certificates, CIS-A2K thinks that a community should prepare their certificate so that questions and topics like certificate design, content, signatory can be handled directly by them.
  5. We understand that it might be difficult now to state specific output, but could you tell us about the expected result, such as how many photos are you expecting? are you going to use these images on different Wikimedia project? How?
  6. Is there any follow-up plan?

Please let us know if you want us to further explain any of these questions or if you need any other help. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:48, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

    • Thanks User:Titodutta for the reply. Please find below my replies to the queries your posted.

1. The village pump post was made a bit late considering the date of the event. The supports have started to come in and we are hopeful that more volunteers from the community would join shortly.

2. The participants have started to add names now. Most activity is on the English Wikipedia Event page.

3. If CIS knows of any venue which we can get, we would request them to help us get that. We are also trying to get a venue at minimum.

4. Thank you for letting us know of this. We are checking here what can be done.

5. This time we are planning the below points -

  • Increase the number of relevant uploads i.e. images of destinations that we are planning to visit.
  • Atleast two videos to establish the destination and its ambiance/surroundings.
  • We are inviting people to the walk whom we think can be potential future contributors to Wikipedia. We will encourage them and teach them the basics in the workshop.
  • We are in process of creating a list of articles which will need the images we will be uploading. We are also planning to create new / enrich existing Wikipedia articles. We are also talking with local libraries so that we can get reference materials for the articles.

6. We plan to invite the new Wikipedians to future monthly meet and get them involved. Also we are planing a more advanced workshop for them once they get started with the initial edits and uploads.

Please do let me know if anything is not clear or need further explanation. Thank you --Sumitsurai (talk) 09:28, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks for providing these details. CIS-A2K feels that it is an interesting project and behalf of the team we congratulate you for conducting the fourth iteration of the event. Please note these points:
  1. Very recently CIS-A2K provided venue another West Bengal Wikimedia event, CIS-A2K can not help with venue at this moment.
  2. We can provide these supports a) Tshirts for winners, we are hesitant about giving Tshirts as consolation prize b) food, c) miscellaneous amount if spent.
  3. We can not provide these supports: a) venue, b) mugs.

The requested amounts will be given to the community in form of reimbursements. CIS-A2K requests you to prepare report and expenditure details, please also submit all the original bills.
Let us know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:06, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

    • Thank you first of all for approving this project. However I would request CIS-A2K to consider sending atleast some amount in advance, which would help us organise the event successfully. We would be providing detailed report and expenditure details along with original bills where applicable. Also, about the mug, we included this as we thought it would be a good prize along with the t-shirts to raise interest among the participants. As it would not be possible for CIS-A2K to provide these, we planned to acquire it from some sponsor. We are in initial talks with few. But before finalising thought of discussing it here. The sponsors want us to print a logo of them as sponsor alongside the Wikipedia Takes Kolkata VI text in the mugs. Also in the event pages their logo needs to be added under prize sponsor. If there is no problem with these we can move forward with them. Need your input for the same. --Sumitsurai (talk) 10:47, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello Sumitsurai, we do not have any problem if other sponsors/organizations help in this event. It is absolutely okay for us as well, if you want to give credit/attribution to them in the event page. About advanced payment, it is slightly difficult for us, we'll check and get back to you soon. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 03:46, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
    • Thanks Tito Dutta for the clarification. Looking forward to your reply about the advance payment. --Sumitsurai (talk) 09:54, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
    • The photowalk along with the workshop has been completed successfully. Thanks to CIS-A2K and User:Titodutta. I would submit the detailed report shortly. Also will update the event pages with details. We are also planning further follow up programs for the new Wikipedians. --Sumitsurai (talk) 05:24, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
    • Thanks for letting us know. Please update the report and the event page, and please send all the original bills along with an expenditure details to

Tanveer Hasan and Tito Dutta
The Centre for Internet and Society No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross,
Domlur 2nd Stage
Bangalore 560 071

Phone: +91 80 40926283

Let us know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:00, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

    • Have updated the event page on English Wikipedia. Will be submitting a report with detailed expense breakup here by tonight. Also will mail the original bills tomorrow. --Sumitsurai (talk) 09:02, 9 February 2017 (UTC)


We have successfully completed the walk and the workshop. Nine new users registered to Wikipedia during the workshop. The photo uploading is also going well. We have already crossed 400 relevant photo uploads (600+ total images uploaded till now) and more is being added every day. 5 photos have already been assessed as Quality Image. One article has already been created in Bengali Wikipedia. We are gathering resources for more. All the details will be updated in the event page.

Post walk workshop was also a success where we explained photo upload and categorization to new Wikipedians and they have already started uploading and categorizing images in Commons.

Expenses on this project were on the below mentioned sections -

1. Miscellaneous - Recce for getting permission for photo shoots prior to the walk, conveyance etc. 2. Breakfast and tea during walk. 3. Lunch during workshop

I will be mailing the detailed expenses breakup and all original bills where applicable to CIS A2K shortly. --Sumitsurai (talk) 08:28, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

हिन्दी और गुजराती विकिपीडिया कार्यशाला 19/02/2017

नमः सर्वेभ्यः! हिन्दी और गुजराती में नूतन सम्पादकों को सम्मिलत करने और उनको विकिपीडिया का प्रारम्भिक ज्ञान प्रदान करने हेतु 19/2/2017 को कार्यशाला का आयोजन कर्णावती (अ'बाद) में AMA में करने का आयोजन किया है।

उद्देश – ये कार्यशाला में आमन्त्रित अधिकतर जन शिक्षक, प्राध्यापक या अन्तर्जाल पर सक्रिय हैं। उनको विकिपीडिया के विषय में बता कर सम्पादक के रूप में जोडना।

लाभ – इस कार्यशाला से एक शृङ्खला का आरंभ होगा, जो विकिपीडिया में सम्पादकों को जोड़ेगा। नूतन सम्पादक आने से और उनको प्रशिक्षित करने से अच्छे लेख और सकारात्मक सम्पादन की सम्भावना बढ़ जायेगी। हिन्दी और गुजराती विकिपीडिया समुदाय का भी विस्तार होगा।

पाठन व्यवस्था – विकिपीडिया में प्रेवश, सम्पादन, लेख आरंभ कैसे करना इत्यादि विषयों के साथ पंचशील और मूलभूत विकिनियमों को पढाया जायेगा। हिन्दी और गुजराती के लिये पि.पि.टि पूर्व से ही सज्ज है, तो उसके आधार पर क्रमशः सत्रशः विकिपीडिया ज्ञान दिया जायेगा।

सङ्ख्या – वैसे तो आमन्त्रण 40 लोगो को दिया है। परन्तु अब तक 33 लोगो ने आने की पुष्टि की है। 1/2/17 से गूगल फोर्म बना कर पञ्जीकरण करवाने का आरम्भ करेंगे, जिससे सङ्ख्या स्पष्ट हो जायेगी।


विवरण प्रति इकाई मूल्य # इकाई संख्या योग (भारतीय रूपये?)
पानी की कूपी 15 70 1050
मध्याह्न भोजन 100 38 3800
अल्पाहार (दो बार) 25 38 950
फलक (बेनर) 300 2 600
विकिपीडियन्स् का यात्रा व्यय 1200 4* 1200
सम्पूर्ण योग 7600
  • एक विकिपीडियन् अमरेली से आयेंगे जो कर्णावती से 211 कि.मी. दूर है। उनका व्यय ही 400 जितना होगा। बाकी स्थान इत्यादि पर व्यवस्था सम्बन्धित यात्रा व्यय।

सामान्य स्पष्टता

१)     वारंवारिता – यह कार्यशाला आरम्भ है। इसके पश्चात् प्रतिमाह विकिपीडियन्स् के द्वारा गोष्ठी होगी और ये प्रयास होगा कि इस कार्यशाला में उपस्थित कितने सदस्य आगे इस कार्य में दुबारा जुड़ेंगे। इस कार्यशाला में उपस्थित सभी के क्रमांक और वि-पत्र संकेत सुरक्षित किये जायेंगे। जिससे क्रमशः उन सब को पुनः कार्यशाला में आने के लिये प्रेरित किया जा सके और विकिपीडिया में उनको सम्पादन के लिये भी मार्गदर्शन दिया जा सके।

२)     कार्यशाला के अनन्तर – सम्पर्क के अतिरिक्त अन्य कार्यशाला करने का भी निश्चय है। प्रतिमाह विकिपीडियन्स् की गोष्ठी में विकिपीडिया कार्यशाला के लिये एक स्थान और दिनाङ्क निश्चित किये जायेंगे। एवं प्रतिमाह या माह में दो बार भी विकिपीडिया के नवागन्तुको को प्रेरित करना, सम्पादनस्पर्धा, चित्रस्पर्धा और कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया जायेगा।

३) Nehal Dave, Sanjay Behani, आर्यावर्त और सौरभजी विकिपीडियन्स हैं।

इसका विवरण हिन्दी विकिपीडिया पर यहाँ और गुजराती विकिपीडिया पर यहाँ प्रस्थापित किया गया है। NehalDaveND (talk) 11:47, 29 January 2017 (UTC)


  1. Support Support निरंतरता हेतु अत्यंत आवश्यक Swapnil.Karambelkar (talk) 12:14, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  2. Support Support --Muzammil (talk) 12:30, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  3. Support Support--आर्यावर्त (talk) 12:33, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  4. Support Support --Ashish BhatnagarPlume pen w.giftalk 20:26, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  5. Support Support --Jayprakash12345 (talk) 20:33, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  6. Support Support -- Suyash Dwivedi (talk) 08:21, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
  7. Support Support --Anamdas (talk) 18:55, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
  8. Support Support --अजीत कुमार तिवारी (talk) 03:18, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
  9. Support Support ----KartikMistry (talk) 07:21, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
  10. Support Support--Sushant savla (talk) 16:58, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
  11. Support Support--Satish Patel 18:12, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
  12. Support Support--Nizil Shah (talk) 07:10, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  13. Support Support--Gazal world (talk) 12:53, 9 February 2017 (UTC)




Thanks for letting us know about this initiative. I'll forward it to the CIS-A2K team, and will keep you informed. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:03, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks for letting us know about this initiative. Venue is generally considered as in-kind support, so CIS-A2K won't be able to provide this particular support. A2K would be willing to reimburse expenses such as food, travel, water on submission of event report and original bills. Please let us know if you have any question(s). Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:33, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  • @Titodutta: उचित है। स्थान ही महत्त्वपूर्ण था। अच्छी नेट और संगणक की सुविधा की इच्छा थी। परन्तु यदि ये इस में सम्मिलित नहीं हो सकता तो अन्य सदस्यों से बात करके देखता हूँ कि, स्वयं के खर्चे पर करना है या अनुदान लेना है। आपके प्रत्युत्तर के लिये धन्यवाद। अस्तु। NehalDaveND (talk) 11:30, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Nehal, thanks for your reply. As I told in my earlier reply that venue is considered as an "in-kind support", so we request you to check if it possible for your to find free venue. However, if you can not manage to get one at all, please let us know. Best, --06:38, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • @Titodutta: स्थान नीकाल दिया। NehalDaveND (talk) 05:36, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Following the discussion, and observations above, this request is Approved Approved. Please keep all the original bills with you, and after the event, please prepare an event report. Let us know if you have any question. All the best. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 11:18, 15 February 2017 (UTC)


नमस्ते इस कार्यशाला का विवरण यहाँ प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूँ। कार्यशाला के दिन जो सम्पादन हुए उसका विवरण निम्न प्रकार से है।

  • सत्र का आयोजन इस प्रकार था

कार्यशाला के तीन सत्र होंगे : पंजीकरण : प्रातः 9.30 बजे पहला सत्र : प्रातः 10 से 11 बजे तक • विकिपीडिया का महत्त्व – संजय बेंगानी - 10 • विकिपीडिया का परिचय (विकिमीडिया, हिन्दी-गुजराती-संस्कृत विकिपिडीया) – योगेश कवीश्वर - 15 • पांच स्तम्भ – अनिकेतभाई भट्ट - 15 • विकिपीडिया अनुकूल लेखन पद्धति और क्या करें क्या नहीं? – नेहल दवे - 20 चाय अवकाश : 11 से 11.15 तक दूसरा सत्र : 11.15 से 1.15 बजे तक • विकिपीडिया अनुरूप अभिविन्यास (सेटिंग) - अनिकेतजी 10, योगेशजी 10 • विकिपीडिया के अनुरूप लेख कैसे बनायें? नेहल दवे - 20 • लेखन कार्य और कंटन कार्य (प्रयोगपृष्ठ) भोजनावकाश : 1.15 से 1.45 बजे तक तीसरा सत्र : 1.45 से 3.45 तक • यथादृश्य सम्पादिका - नेहल दवे • श्रेणी, फलक, चौपाल, सहायता - नेहल दवे अल्पाहार अवकाश : 3.45 से 4 बजे तक (चाय)

  • उपस्थिति संख्या 30 का अनुमान था परन्तु 18 लोग उपस्थित रह पाये थे। वहाँ सब व्यवस्था करने पर भी नेट के कारण अधिकतर सम्पादन हो नहीं पाए। परन्तु बाद में उन सम्बादनों को करवाने में व्यक्तिगत रूप से सहायता की गई। वहाँ जो उपस्थित थे उन में से 4 लोग अभी हिन्दी विकिपीडिया पर सक्रिय हैं, जिनमें अनिलजी, ब्रीजेशजी, सम्राटजी और दीपकभाटिया जी है। इन में भी अभी अधिक सक्रिय ब्रजीेशजी हैं। आगे इन लोगो के साथ एक और कार्यशाला करने का विचार है, जिस में अन्य लोग भी जोड़े जा सकते हैं। धनव्यय का विवरण मेल द्वारा भेजा है और सम्पादन का विवरण भी यहाँ है। नेट के कारण जो सम्पादन उसी दिन होने थे वो नहीं हो पाए परन्तु पैसे देने पर भी नेट बंध हो गया और बार बार बुलाने पर भी रविवार होने के कारण कोई व्यक्ति उपस्थित नहीं हुआ। ये इस कार्यशाला में सब से बड़ी समस्या थी। ऐसा आगे न हो इसका ध्यान रक्खा जाएगा। अस्तु। NehalDaveND (talk) 07:59, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

Reimbursement claim for representing Hindi Wikipedia at the Fourth International Hindi Conference


Some time back I had approached here with a request for CIS-A2K support to attend the Fourth International Hindi Conference at Vizag. I prepared a brief event report which can be seen here. A link to this report is also shared on the Hindi Wikipedia Village pump in the section where the community endorsed the representation.

Also my name as a speaker can be seen in the Conference agenda (9:00 am-10:30 am : PARALLEL SESSION 2, SUNDAY, JANUARY 08, 2017) here on the conference website.

The following is the list of actual expenses incurred under the approved heads:

Particulars Amount (Rs)
Bus / Train Travel 2635
Local Commuting 801
Expenditure in connection with stay 2500
Total 5936

I request the approval of this claim. Thanks in advance. --Muzammil (talk) 18:58, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello Muzammil, please send all original bills to

Tanveer Hasan and Tito Dutta
The Centre for Internet and Society No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross,
Domlur 2nd Stage
Bangalore 560 071

Phone: +91 80 40926283

If have presentation/reports please share the links as well. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:20, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

'Open Access - The Road to Freedom' Conference by CSIR-IICB

Society for Information Science, India is organizing an event SIS-2017 featuring Conference on Open Access:The Road to Freedom scheduled to be held at IICS, Kolkata between 7th and 8th April. I have registered for the event and would be presenting a talk and paper on WikiJournal and the abstract of the same can be found here. I have already paid the conference fees. I would be glad if CIS could reimburse me for the same. No travel or accommodation costs needed.

  • Total amount requested: INR1,000 [Conference fees]DiptanshuTalk 06:01, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello, thanks for letting us know about this request. CIS-A2K generally does not support conference registration fees, but as you are not asking for accommodation and other support, CIS-A2K would support this as one-time exception. We encourage you share your paper under the free licenses, and share your learning and report with other Wikimedians and TTT 2017 participants. Based on these observations, this request is Approved Approved -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:16, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Open Data Camp Bangalore - 2017 - Apr 22-23

I am interested in attending Open Data Camp Bangalore - 2017 - Apr 22-23 which has the theme of Public Health. I am an active participant in WikiProject Medicine and also an editorial board member of WikiJournal of Medicine. I wish to attend the event and would like to convey the role that Wikipedia as well as WikiJournal of Medicine can play. I would request for travel grant for the same.


Please find below the estimated budget breakup.

Detailed proposed budget

Item Cost (in INR) Description
Economy Airfare INR7,500 Up and down from Kolkata
Registration INR200 Link
Accommodation INR2,500 2 nights in budget hotel
Total INR10,200 Approximate total expenditure

Claim as per actuals which may vary slightly. It would perhaps be more economic if CIS can arrange for low cost stay and I am open to the same. CIS can also choose book the tickets directly. DiptanshuTalk 06:41, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks fr letting us know about this request. We discussed some of these topics during this year's TTT where you were a participant as well. We suggest you to apply for Grants:TPS which provides support for such event. Please let us know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:20, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Request for Funding of two Days Wiki Workshop and Editathon at Mangalore

We are conducting two days Tulu wikipedia training workshop and Tulu, Kannada and Konkani Multilingual Editathon on 11th and 12th March 2017 at Sri Ramakrishna Pre-University College Mangalore, Karnataka, India. This event is part of Science Editathon and Women Month Editathons in collaboration with Karavali_Wikimedians. During these days we collaborate with Wikiwomen Mangaluru while they also conduct two days Editathon. The main target of the event is to create new wikipedians who can update the content, add photographs about Science and women achievers to Kannada, Tulu and Konkani Wikipedia via Commons. We request you to grant the amount then it will be helpful. The community want to distribute T-shirts to new members by CIS-A2K. Please send about 15 T-shirts if available.

Event Details

  • Date - 11th & 12th March 2017, full day
  • Expected People - 25

Programme Leads

Proposed Activity

Two day training about Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons. (How to create an article, wiki syntax training, How to upload pictures, how to add pictures to articles etc.)


  1. Multilingual_Editathon_at_Sri_Ramakrishna_Pre-University_College Karavali Wikimedians
  2. Tulu Wikipedia
  3. Kannada Wikipedia


To create new wikipedians who can update the content, photographs about Science and women achievers.


Total funding needed = ₹.30,250

Proposed Budget
Item Details Nos Cost (in INR) Description
Lab 1500*2 3,000 Rent for the 25 computers lab (two Days)
Internet 1 2,000 Landline BSNL
Projector 1 1,500 Rent for Projector and Screen
Accommodation 1 4,500 For 1 Person 2 days accommodation
Transport 1000 * 2 2,000 Resource person transport
Local Transport & Food 750 * 2 1,500 Local Travel & Food 1 resource person for 2 days
Food and Snacks 25 15,000 Lunch and Snacks for Participants per head ₹.300 per day
Banners 2 750 A banner of Stage and Another on entrance
Grand Total ₹.30,250

--Vishwanatha Badikana (talk) 17:34, 22 February 2017 (UTC)


  1. --Pavanaja (talk) 04:56, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
  2. --Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 17:01, 2 March 2017 (UTC)


  • Thanks for letting us know about this event. Following your conversations with Tanveer, A2K team is discussing this and we'll let you know about our decision soon. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:17, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  • This looks like an interesting event. CIS-A2K would love to support it. Please note that CIS-A2K considers the following things as in-kind support a) venue, b) internet, and c) projector, hence CIS-A2K would not be able to provide these, for other items CIS-A2K would provide support in form of reimbursement after we receive report and expenditure details. All the best for your event, and please let us know if you have any question. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 07:20, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  • This request was approved. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:12, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Support for 100 women wiki days campaign

Campaign goal

To improve women related content and address gender gap in Wikipedia.

Campaign plan
  • Challenging Wikipedians to take up a variant of 100wikidays i.e., 100womenwikidays. In which participants has to write at least 1 article about women related aspects for 100 days in a row.
  • Using a whats app group, meta page and 100wikidays Facebook page, I am following up and encouraging participants to successfully complete the challenge.
  • Providing more and more resources and lists in order to support the multi lingual campaign.
  • Contacting persons and organizations who are interested in Wikipedia or gender bridging or both in order to get more support.
  • Reaching out Wikipedians and non-Wikipedians to sign up more 100womenwikidays, especially online.
  • More than 300 articles about women related aspects in Indian Wikipedias will be created.
  • Minimum 20 Wikipedians signing in the challenge.
  • Increasing awareness about gender gap bridging initiatives in Indian Wikipedias.
  • Design support-Needed logo and posters.
  • Promotion support-Promoting this initiative in social media, media and websites interested in gender issues.
  • Partnership support-Connecting the initiative to gender gap bridging projects going on in Wikipedias like Women in Red, 100 BBC Women etc.,
Event page

100womenwikidays --Meena gayathri.s (talk) 13:49, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello User:Meena gayathri.s, thanks for letting us know about this initiative. This looks really interesting. According to our understanding this is a part of the main 100wikidays challenge, and not a completely new one. Please let us know if we are incorrect. The request is Approved Approved. I'll inform our graphic designer about your logo and poster requirements. Our CIS-A2K program officer of communication User:ManasaRao will help to promote this event, and our intern User:Elisachang will work with you to bridge gender gap.
    We encourage you to discuss/inform mailing lists and village pumps such as Wikimedia India mailing list, Bridging Gender Gap mailing list etc. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 12:56, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

भाभा परमाणु अनुसंधान केंद्र ,आयोजित राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी: विज्ञान एवं पुरातत्व में प्रतिनिधित्व

मित्रो, अत्यंत हर्ष के साथ सूचित कर रहा हूँ की भाभा परमाणु अनुसंधान केंद्र द्वारा आयोजित राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी- विज्ञान एवं पुरातत्व (कार्यक्रम की लिंक) में मुझे हिन्दी विकिपीडिया पर व्याख्यान देने हेतु दिनांक 18 मार्च 2017 को आमंत्रित किया गया है। चूकि इससे पूर्व भी इसी प्रकार की राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी ( में व्याख्यान देने का अवसर मिला था जिसके कई सकारात्मक परिणाम मिले थे जिनमे मीडिया कवरेज तथा भाभा परमाणु अनुसंधान केन्द्र( द्वारा प्रकाशित हिंदी विज्ञान साहित्य परिषद् की वैज्ञानिक पत्रिका वैज्ञानिक को क्रिएटिव कॉमन्स /विकिबुक्स में डालने हेतु विस्तृत चर्चा (लगभग पूर्ण सहमति), भी शामिल थे । इस संगोष्ठी में जाने पर हमारा एक कदम और आगे बढ़ना होगा।

चूकी इस बार कार्यक्रम संचनालय,संस्कृति एवं पुरातत्व, रायपुर, छत्तीसगढ़ के साथ मिल कर हो रहा है जिनके उद्देश्यों से (कृपया निम्न लिंक देखें) हिन्दी विकिपीडिया ही नहीं वरन कॉमन्स के हेतु भी लाभकारी होगा । आप सभी के बहुमूल्य सुझाओं की आवश्यकता है जिस से इस कार्यक्रम में प्रभावी उपस्थिति दर्ज कर सकें।इस हेतु हिंदी विकिपीडिया के चौपाल पर भी सूचना दी जा चुकी है। कृपया यहाँ अवलोकन करें . इस कार्य हेतु यात्रा एवं ठहरने की व्यवस्था हेतु मै प्रतिपूर्ति (reimbursement) के अपेक्षा रखता हूँ ।यदि कोई प्रश्न हो तो मै उत्तर देने हेतु सहर्ष प्रस्तुत हूँ । -- Suyash Dwivedi (talk) 10:05, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
Budgetary requirement (estimate)
Particulars Amount (Rs)
1 Two way Travel 11,250 ~6000
2 Estimated Expenditure in connection with one nights stay 2,000
3 Local Commuting 1,000
Total 14,250 9,000
  • Hello, thanks for letting us know about this initiative. CIS-A2K would not be able to support air travel for the event. Please let us know if it is possible for you to take an AC sleeper/semi sleeper bus or an 3AC train. We are also eager to know how do think your participation will benefit the community (increasing reach etc.)? Please let us know if you have any question. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:31, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

ːThanks, I have tried for the trains but unfortunately there is no availability,I want to reach there on time in working day, so that I can have meeting with govt officials for there future support in various Wikimedia Projects like WLM ,Wikisource and GLAM types of projects. Bhabha Atomic Research Center is one of the most prestigious institute of India, this is our second interaction with them and we hope it will open new door for Wikipedia to associate and work together for not only in Hind but others Indic languages too .Can I get reamers for One way Air fare (so that I can reach on time) and for returns I can came back by Train (2AC available in RAC)̠ ːCommunity will be benefited in following way

  • create more awareness on Hindi and other Indic Wikipedia as online encyclopedia.
  • explore new possibility for future joint with BARC.
  • explore new possibility with DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE AND ARCHAEOLOGY (Govt of Chhattisgarh) like WLM ,Commons Wikisource.
  • motivating more contributors / volunteers on Hindi Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

I request you to inform me ASAP -- Suyash Dwivedi (talk) 12:09, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Still waiting -- Suyash Dwivedi (talk) 12:49, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello, thanks for your the detailed response. The request is Approved Approved After the event, please submit event report and expendture details. Please let us know if you have question(s). Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 20:18, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Seeking assistance in defining query - Technical

I had attended the program Train the Trainer Program this year (organised by CIS-A2K and have found it to be helpful. I would request for an additional support. I have observed that there are a number of articles having a long list of references. Splitting the references into multiple columns improves the page layout. I feel that such pages can be identified easily and thereafter can be intervened upon using semi-automated tools like AWB. Since my interests are usually limited to WP:MED, I would like to limit myself to [[Category:All WikiProject Medicine articles]]. Could you help you define a logic wherein I could identify the articles belonging to [[Category:All WikiProject Medicine articles]] which have 11 or more references (having more than 10 </ref> or <ref*>)? Once this is done and the list is generated, AWB can be used to replace {{reflist}} with {{reflist|30em}} thus splitting the number of columns in case the number of references is more than 10. The same logic could be used to identify pages having less than 10 references and yet having {{reflist|*}}. Seeking technical support in this regard. DiptanshuTalk 18:08, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Hello Diptanshu D., thanks for submitting this request on this request page. I am personally unsure how to do it, but I'll forward it to our team. I'll let you know once we get an answer. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:44, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
All I need is a logic to identify pages bearing x number of instances of some text in the body. DiptanshuTalk 07:53, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello, our community advocate User:Ananth subray tried to work on this, the result is not perfect, but you can see these two queries.
We'll send you two attachments on an email also. Please let us know if you have any question. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:33, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
That really helps. Thanks Ananth subray and the team at CIS for your cooperation. DiptanshuTalk 09:41, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Request for scanner : WikiProject Pothi

The Temple library Gyana Mandira at Koraput, Odisha houses about 20,000 books and more than 500 palm leaf manuscripts. After discussions of one month with the committee at the library, I have obtained permission from the officials for digitisation of the palm leaf manuscripts. These would be added to the Odia Wikisource as soon as they are scanned. Hence, for this project under the WikiProject Pothi, I would request the scanner with the Odia Wikipedia community (presently at Bhubaneswar) to be sent to Koraput for a duration of about one month so that the digitisation process can begin. Here is the corresponding section at the Community Portal of the Odia Wikipedia. - Prateek Pattanaik (talk) 18:16, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello, thanks for letting us know about this plan. I'll discuss this with team, and also with CIS-A2K's Odia language Community Advocate, and then get back to you. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 08:30, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Hi, the scanner is with another Wikimedia from Odia community now, we are trying to get in touch with them, to get an understanding of their works' timeline. After receiving a response from them, we'll get in touch with you. Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:49, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Request for Funding of two Days Wiki Editathon at Mangalore

We are conducting two days Kannada Tulu wikipedia Editathon on 24th and 25th June 2017 at Sri Ramakrishna Pre-University College Mangalore, Karnataka, India. This event is part of Kannada Science Article Editathon, Tulu text book articles Editathon and Women Month Editathons in collaboration with Karavali_Wikimedians. During these days we collaborate with Wikiwomen Mangaluru while they also conduct two days Editathon. The main target of the event is to create new wikipedians who can update the content, add photographs about Science and women achievers to Kannada, Tulu Wikipedia via Commons. We request you to grant the amount then it will be helpful. The community want to distribute T-shirts to new members by CIS-A2K. Please send about 15 XL Size T-shirts if available.

Event Details

  • Date - 24th & 25th June 2017, full day
  • Expected People - 25

Programme Leads

Proposed Activity

Two day Kannada-Tulu Editathon, training about Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons. (How to create an article, wiki syntax training, How to upload pictures, how to add pictures to articles etc.)


  1. Karavali Wikimedians
  2. Tulu Wikipedia
  3. Kannada Wikipedia


To create new wikipedians who can update the content, photographs about Science, Culture and women achievers.


Total funding needed = ₹.31,000

Proposed Budget
Item Details Nos Cost (in INR) Description
Accommodation 2 9,000 For 2 Person 2 days accommodation
Transport 1000 * 4 4,000 Resource person transport
Local Transport & Food 750 * 4 3,000 Local Travel & Food 1 resource person for 2 days
Food and Snacks 25 15,000 Lunch and Snacks for Participants per head ₹.300 per day
Grand Total ₹.31,000

--Vishwanatha Badikana (talk) 17:27, 5 June 2017 (UTC)



  • Thanks for letting us know about this request. This looks interesting. We have a couple of questions: a) the participants you are expecting, are they new to Wikipedia, please provide some details. b) do you have any planning of follow-up activity? c) you have mentioned CIS-A2K as program lead. Please let us know other than the things mentioned above, how else CIS-A2K can provide support to your community? Thanks and regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:31, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
    • a) Some veterans and some new are expected.
    • b) Yes. There will be follow-up activities. In fact this activity itself is a follow-up activity for those who attended for the first time in previous event.
    • c) Nothing else. This support itself is what I meant.--Vishwanatha Badikana (talk) 16:33, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
      • Hello, we want to ask you a couple of questions: a) Please provide us more information about the travels, b) who are the resource persons? and a comment: c) the accommodation charge seems to be high, please see if you can find a less expensive option. Thanks. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 06:43, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
My response: a)The resource persons names are present in the respective event pages. b)Two persons for two days costs about Rs.9,000 which means that is about Rs.2,250 per day per person. c)I seen CIS workplan. As per the CIS’s work plan of July 2016 – June 2017 (, CIS-A2K to spend Rs. 11,24,147 for Kannada. How much has been spent and what is the amount remaining. This is the last month of CIS plan year. All the remaining money for Kannada must be spent before end of this month.--Vishwanatha Badikana (talk) 10:31, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello,
    Thanks for your response towards our questions. We will discuss the request submitted based on your responses and inform you of the decision.
    It is a positive sign that you have local resource persons for the event. CIS-A2K encourages sustainability of a community and hopes that the upcoming events would be conducted and organised completely by local Wikimedians.
    While the total allocated amount for the Kannada Workplan is INR 11,24,147, this included staff salaries as well. The bulk of the amount that was remaining after the discontinuation of services of Kannada Community Advocate has been moved to Volunteer Support, General Service and Support to the Movement and Events and Meet-Up line item of the overall CIS-A2K budget to collaborate and support activities of pan Indian Indic Wikimedia projects. We would be more than happy to discuss, support and co-organise any events that would benefit Kannada, Tulu and Konkani communities before the end of June under the Volunteer support line item. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 09:06, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Hello, CIS-A2K team has discussed this proposed initiative, and we feel that this is an interesting one. Thanks for planning the event. It is a WMF best practice, suggested to us, that Merchandise is given to veteran editors as a recognition of their contribution. CIS-A2K can provide 5 T-shirts. For budget items, CIS-A2K would be happy to reimburse the amount, upon submission of original bills, expenditure details, and event report. Following these observations, the request is Approved Approved. We wish you all the best, and hope this will be successful. Thanks and regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 05:48, 16 June 2017 (UTC)