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The Wikimedia India Chapter (Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is an independent and not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes and educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc.

Wikimedia India was formally approved by the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation after the recommendation of the Chapters Committee in June 2010 and India became the 29th country to host a Wikimedia Chapter. The Wikimedia Chapter was formally registered as a Non-profit Society vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District on 03 Jan 2011. Wikimedia India is an approved chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation for Wikimedians living in, or connected to India.

This chapter helps coordinate various Indian language Wikipedias & other Wikimedia projects and spread the word in India. The chapter's latest updates can be accessed from its official portal Wiki, wiki.wikimedia.in.

It is an autonomous entity that does not have any editorial control over content on Wikipedia and its related projects. The Chapter does not have access to the servers hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation in the USA.

Becoming a member[edit]

Membership is open to Indian nationals (aged 18 years and above) and Institutions registered in India.

  • Fees: The annual membership fee (as on Mar 2012) is Rs 100/- for Individuals and Rs 1000/- for Institutions.
  • Membership Term: The membership term runs from the date of approval of said membership and ends on 31st March of the same financial year. Membership applications are accepted throughout the year. There are no multi year or life membership options.
  • Payment mode: The membership fee can be paid either by DD/Cheque/NEFT/Internet banking transfer (for SBI account holders) to Chapter Bank account. Please do not deposit cash/outstation cheques into Chapter SBI Bank account, at SBI branches as Bank levies Rs 25 as inter branch fee (as of Aug 2011). Please transfer the amount through NEFT as the charges are lower. Cash is not accepted for membership fee as of now.
  • Membership form: The membership application form can be downloaded from available: Individual, Institutional
  • Form submission: The duly completed membership application along with payment instrument/or details of payment needs to be sent to Chapter office: Wikimedia Chapter, No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071.
  • Application processing: The Chapter membership committee will endeavour to process all applications within four weeks.
  • WMC reserves the right to reject membership applications, with reason. In such cases, if payment is already made, the same will be refunded without any interest for the intervening period otherwise, the payment instrument (Cheque/DD) will be returned. However, the Rules and Regulations of the Wikimedia Chapter provide for appeal in such cases in Article IV-1. “In cases where the Executive Committee does not approve the application for membership of a person, said person may appeal to the General Body at the next Annual General Meeting.”
More Information can be found here

Donations[edit]

Wikimedia India Chapter ( Reg Name : Wikimedia Chapter) is a not-for-profit organisation which gratefully receives your donations, no matter how large or small. Please note that donations to Wikimedia Chapter are not non-tax deductible in India, as of now. We are currently working on 12A and 80G tax exemption applications.

We appeal to the community, members, philanthropic individuals and organizations to support us at Wikimedia India through donations. As a newly registered entity, we depend on the generous contributions of people like you to support the activities and projects of our volunteers throughout the country. If you wish to donate for a specific purpose or project aligned with the objectives of the Chapter, we would be happy to discuss this with you at the email address provided below.

Donations can be made via Cheque, Demand Draft, NEFT and Internet banking and the completed donation form should be emailed to chapter@wikimedia.in.

A direct deposit, NEFT and Internet banking can be made to our bank account.

If you are making a contribution by DD/cheque please make them payable to "Wikimedia Chapter" , payable in Bangalore and send them to:

Wikimedia Chapter
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross
Dommaluru 2nd Stage
Bangalore - 560071

Once the payment is processed, we will send you a receipt.

As of now, due to regulatory body restrictions, we can accept donations only from India or Indian citizens.

More information can be found here

Communication channels[edit]

Official Contacts[edit]

WikimediaIndia-l[edit]

There is a mailing list at WikimediaIndia-l for discussion of this chapter, and of the Indian language Wikimedia projects in general.

Other mailing lists/groups/noticeboards[edit]

List of Mailing Lists specific to India

IRC[edit]

To join the discussion on IRC, join us in #wikimedia-in

Social Media[edit]


People[edit]

Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee (Board) :

  • Rahul Deshmukh  : President (rahuldeshmukh101@wikimedia.in)
  • Yohann Varun Thomas  : Secretary (yohannvt(_AT_)wikimedia.in )
  • Sanket Oswal  : Treasurer (sanket_oswal(_AT_)wikimedia.in)
  • Santosh Shingare  : Member (cherishsantosh@wikimedia.in)
  • Viswanathan Prabhakaran  : Member (viswaprabha@wikimedia.in)
Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-exec(_AT_)lists.wikimedia.org

History and Timeline[edit]

  • 30-Sep-2004: An IRC meeting on September 30, 2004 at 15:30 IST. For a summary of the discussion, please see 2004 IRC meeting.
  • Nov-2007: The discussions have been re-initiated in November 2007, and several people have responded enthusiastically on the WikimediaIndia-l mailing list (please see the November 2007 archive). A draft of proposed bylaws is available here.
  • Dec-2008: Sue Gardner and Jimmy visited India in Dec 2008.
  • Jul-2009: Discussions started again after the 2009 July Bangalore Meetup.
  • 8-Mar-2010: Memorandum of Association proposed. Now, we have reached a state where we can take this forward formally and fast. A brief background of the history can be found here.
  • 6-Apr-2010: A final version of the MoA and by-laws was submitted to the Wikimedia Chapters Committee on 6 April 2010, after undergoing various revisions based on feedback from individual members of the Chapters Committee, Wikipedians in India and elsewhere, and the advice of an Indian tax expert who is helping with registration. This is the announcement of final submission.
  • June, 2010 Wikimedia India became the 29th chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation by a resolution of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.
  • 3-January-2011 Registration of the organisation in India was completed via Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District Certificate No: SOR/BLU/DR/1137/10-11 dt 03 Jan 2011 ( announce page).
  • 30-July-2011 Events were kicked off with a seminar on Copyright and Open Licensing at Bangalore.
  • 12-Sep-2011 Outreach events were kicked off with a Wiki Academy for Department of Public libraries, Government of Karnataka.
  • 24-September-2011 The first AGM and Chapter Elections were conducted successfully.
  • 18-November-2011 Wikimedia India Chapter co-hosted the first WikiConference India with the Mumbai Wikipedia Community.
  • 14-September-2019 Derecognition of Wikimedia India [1]

Wikimedia Projects[edit]

Wikipedia[edit]

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Language Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
1 English en 6,806,605 60,343,827 1,212,110,344 862 47,188,136 123,564 915,210
2 Urdu ur 204,609 1,086,248 6,144,542 8 177,626 255 14,181
3 Hindi hi 161,199 1,311,353 6,082,235 7 807,735 915 4,382
4 Tamil ta 164,702 518,575 3,909,621 32 231,376 278 8,203
5 Bengali bn 150,633 1,234,682 7,304,156 14 452,373 1,041 18,165
6 Telugu te 93,687 349,108 4,126,292 12 127,720 175 14,516
7 Malayalam ml 85,446 521,736 3,984,977 14 179,518 236 7,223
8 Marathi mr 95,754 310,997 2,399,889 10 161,828 276 11,424
9 Nepali ne 33,026 110,806 1,202,933 7 66,718 105 1,302
10 Punjabi pa 54,142 174,184 746,656 10 49,378 114 1,838
11 Gujarati gu 30,389 127,783 862,533 3 77,661 68 0
12 Kannada kn 31,672 139,524 1,215,455 4 86,295 234 2,391
13 Bishnupriya Manipuri bpy 25,086 63,370 893,810 3 25,618 17 41
14 Odia or 17,887 79,172 528,405 6 36,234 50 185
15 Maithili mai 14,103 42,654 260,790 5 14,131 35 120
16 Sindhi sd 16,523 59,381 264,682 4 18,407 36 149
17 Sanskrit sa 12,165 75,698 485,047 3 39,790 77 445
18 Bhojpuri bh 8,659 76,321 767,343 2 35,042 34 54
19 Assamese as 13,271 93,391 416,419 6 40,687 90 1,872
20 Santali sat 10,972 23,379 143,113 3 7,812 35 0
21 Goan Konkani gom 3,593 9,473 212,343 3 10,281 13 0
22 Divehi dv 3,050 11,609 132,035 3 25,425 22 932
23 Pali pi 2,554 4,661 102,233 1 7,476 9 1
24 Tulu tcy 2,155 11,495 123,782 3 6,104 50 12
25 Kashmiri ks 4,813 13,957 87,226 1 11,113 30 13

Wikisource[edit]

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Language Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
1 English en 1,036,139 4,277,152 14,005,614 23 3,120,041 443 16,343
2 Gujarati gu 62,166 67,827 209,318 2 3,981 13 0
3 Malayalam ml 20,476 72,942 218,612 3 12,248 9 605
4 Bengali bn 32,531 734,563 1,808,649 4 18,964 37 6,478
5 Sanskrit sa 19,509 160,644 401,571 2 8,909 18 64
6 Telugu te 19,125 142,885 432,692 4 5,998 16 545
7 Tamil ta 23,425 467,703 1,544,150 4 14,193 42 42
8 Kannada kn 7,355 91,369 244,260 2 7,464 11 6
9 Marathi mr 4,542 100,017 205,510 2 5,256 20 15
10 Assamese as 3,127 67,377 185,236 1 3,558 20 78
11 Odia or 1,241 11,572 56,534 1 2,578 8 0
12 Punjabi pa 1,585 57,926 164,175 6 2,009 35 204
Page namespace Main namespace
Language All pages Without text Not proofread Problematic Proofread Validated All pages With scans Without scans %
as 5828 100 2965 21 2742 1487 1470 167 1303 11.36
bn 710062 6898 684886 572 17706 7548 7558 7528 16 99.79
gu 15046 317 1040 9 13680 11316 6137 1913 4224 31.17
kn 50292 571 45862 45 4072 1811 21064 131 20933 0.62
ml 47090 2051 12559 132 32348 690 6420 729 5691 11.36
mr 23441 11 22341 35 1054 34 1581 29 1552 1.83
or 7205 60 3070 3 4072 3029 659 99 555 15.14
pa 24317 293 13973 44 10007 1442 152 34 118 22.37
sa 54090 158 47918 22 5991 3805 20858 480 20378 2.30
ta 403711 95 381157 67 22392 10592 6252 2001 4251 32.01
te 51458 1193 15170 69 35026 25552 13242 4089 9153 30.88

Statistics as on 03 May, 2019.

Wiktionary[edit]

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Language Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
1 English en 7,984,649 9,404,498 78,704,370 82 4,170,955 2,253 4
2 Tamil ta 408,256 420,935 1,995,442 7 23,135 40 239
3 Kannada kn 264,412 268,429 674,763 2 7,290 18 0
4 Hindi hi 184,179 206,671 481,289 2 17,577 27 6
5 Malayalam ml 131,282 139,049 555,004 3 9,536 15 4
6 Odia or 108,635 110,843 228,300 2 2,895 5 1
7 Telugu te 106,549 122,534 967,493 2 6,244 10 931
8 Urdu ur 26,641 33,589 111,776 1 5,234 8 2
9 Punjabi pa 15,450 16,594 34,969 1 2,622 8 0
10 Bengali bn 85,170 113,473 243,521 3 10,531 29 8
11 Sanskrit sa 6,025 263,433 509,112 1 6,630 5 4
12 Gujarati sd 2,185 7,139 29,140 1 2,284 7 39
13 Marathi mr 2,703 6,154 29,201 1 3,629 5 3
14 Gujarati gu 659 6,392 29,004 1 3,180 9 0
15 Nepali ne 433 16,738 63,614 1 4,655 9 23
16 Assamese as 16 257 4,958 1 578 0 0
17 Pali pi 1 53 3,323 1 469 0 0
18 Bhojpuri bh 0 230 4,856 1 512 0 0

Stuff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Derecognition of Wikimedia India". Wikipedia Signpost. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2019-10-22.