Talk:Lilavati's Daughters Edit-a-thon

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  • Start a project page on Meta for all activities scheduled around the edit-a-thon. For example, any offline events, meetups, translation drives of articles that are already up. Make different sections for different languages.


Lilavati's Daughters is available online at:

Individual PDFs are also available for each of the 50 essays. Here is one: -- Rohini (talk) 18:09, 10 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]


Different possibilities -

  • Do one a month
  • Do all together in one or two months

Prad2609 (talk) 17:14, 10 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

We can probably organize a meetup (Mumbai/Bangalore?) in which Rohini (or anybody else who is interested) leads the event, and those of us like me who can't join on-site edit remotely. --Netha Hussain (talk) 01:35, 11 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
I guess you do not have to centralize this? Allow people to decide where they want to do it from? Online or offline, and we can probably provide space/resources for both. 17:15, 11 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

-- Sorry, that unsigned edit was mine. Prad2609 (talk) 17:50, 11 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I agree. Let's not centralise it. Let's keep it as open as possible and try to get as many women [from previous Women's academies/workshops as well as existing editors] to edit it over a period of time. ----Rsrikanth05 (talk) 18:57, 13 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Glad that this is gaining momentum. Will try to also involve Wikimedians in Indian languages to do their bit. Will also inform Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy (currently University of Hyderabad) about this. He will be thrilled to see that we took this up, as he was one of the instrumental persons for the publication of Lilavati's Daughters. He in fact asked if CISA2K could get this into Indian language Wikipedias, during our meeting. --Visdaviva (talk) 10:24, 14 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Agreed that we don't not need to centralise this. Communities may organise an offline component to the edit-a-thon locally, if they so wish. As for the timing, I suggest the entire months of October and November, which will take care of the translations as well, once the articles are no longer stubs. Also, the longer time frame means fewer edit conflicts and more content creation. I have personally found it is especially difficult to collect reliable and usable secondary sources for citations on content related to women and Indians, and more so Indian women. We would need more time to find refs and also peripheral content such as photos and manuscripts. -- Rohini (talk) 08:19, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]


  • Do an edit-a-thon in the English and Indic language (at least in the language of the state from where the scientist came)
  • Visit places where the scientist worked - visit the scientist if she is alive. -- Prad2609 (talk) 17:14, 10 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • Might sound far fetched, but recently, several Asian Wikimedia Chapters agreed to do a project where each country translates an article about another country into it's own language, perhaps we could get this article translated into other Asian languages as well? ----Rsrikanth05 (talk) 19:00, 13 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Let's keep this in mind. If the edit-a-thon overlaps the event, I don't see why we can't collaborate. Prad2609 (talk) 03:12, 14 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • Let's create a list of all the Women Scientists mentioned in the book and ensure that they will be automatically struck off as and when an article gets created on EN WP. Also a matrix that shows in which all Indian languages the articles are being created? --Visdaviva (talk) 10:30, 14 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Prad2609, it's not a specific event per se, but a continuous cycle of translations. Visdaviva, why enwp? We can start with wikidata, and proceed with Individual articles first. ----Rsrikanth05 (talk) 10:46, 14 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Prad2609, Rohini, this is what I was talking about: Wikimedia Asia Project/Cultural Content Exchange. ----Rsrikanth05 (talk) 05:59, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
I second Pradeep's idea of starting with Wikidata. @ Srikanth, let's put up a page for this event the way we had done for Internal Women's History Month and international language translation to one of the tasks. -- Rohini (talk) 08:12, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
For the record (which already shows) it was User:Rsrikanth05 who suggested the use of wikidata and not me. I have linked to the en:wp page. Perhaps wikidata pages can be created and linked here? Prad2609 (talk) 17:35, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • If people use the book (Lilavati's Daughters' as the sole secondary source, the articles are likely to be deleted. We need more than one reliable and secondary source. I suggest we ask people to decided which article(s) they are going to work on and start looking for sources. Also, only a few women profiled in the book are no more. People could visit the women profiled, take a photo for the biography, and interview them about the kind of work by/ about them that could be used to write the articles. These women may also be able to give old photographs of themselves (somebody receiving an award or something like that.) -- Rohini (talk) 08:11, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • Asking people to choose which of the 50 articles they are going to work on will reduce chances of edit conflicts and different people adding the same content from the article. -- Rohini (talk) 08:24, 19 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Speedy deletion[edit]

I created a page for Sulabha K Kulkarni . This page is recommented for speedy deletion for not satisfying notability criteria. Who are the notable women scientists in Lilavati's daughters? Resmivava (talk) 05:15, 27 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

w:User:CactusWriter has rightfully declined deletion of the article. Thanks w:User:CactusWriter!
Resmivava it is better to not create a new stub article. If you need more time, you can try working on the article in your sandbox and then move it to article namespace. In the meanwhile you can indicate in the project page that you are working on the article against the Scientist's name. Try creating Your sandbox here. It would be nice if you can also write about yourself here. Cheers :) --Visdaviva (talk) 09:58, 27 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Interviewing the Scientist[edit]

Following User:Rohini's suggestion I approached Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy (one of the authors of Lilavati's Daughters, a Scientist and currently the VC of University of Hyderabad) for help in reaching out to the scientists to interview them about their work and to collect old photographs to go into the articles. He has agreed to help in giving the details and also in spreading the word about this project. For reasons of privacy it will not be possible to publish their contact details here. For those interested in interviewing the scientists please contact me over e-mail <>. --Visdaviva (talk) 04:49, 1 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Are any of them based in Bombay? -- Rohini (talk) 12:30, 22 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

2014 Indian women scientists editathon[edit]

IndiaBioScience is organizing a series of edit-a-thons in the middle of October 11th to 14th as part of Ada Lovelace day celebrations. Anyone interested is welcome, please contact Shyamal (talk) 07:30, 1 October 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Please see en:Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Ada_Lovelace_Edit-a-thon_2014 Shyamal (talk) 16:34, 7 October 2014 (UTC)[reply]