Wikimedia India

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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 6,777,337 59,908,204 1,197,168,348 870 46,881,623 126,693 913,279
2 Urdu ur 201,136 1,072,025 5,969,165 7 174,835 292 14,156
3 Hindi hi 160,329 1,300,719 6,041,838 7 799,755 1,262 4,224
4 Tamil ta 162,411 512,218 3,870,036 35 229,002 310 8,197
5 Bengali bn 146,694 1,221,183 7,181,663 14 445,522 1,203 17,788
6 Telugu te 90,498 342,680 4,051,926 12 126,467 227 14,439
7 Malayalam ml 85,235 519,716 3,930,052 15 178,055 246 7,207
8 Marathi mr 94,805 307,775 2,365,528 10 160,390 182 11,712
9 Nepali ne 32,808 109,844 1,191,039 7 65,923 130 1,302
10 Punjabi pa 51,852 168,632 728,165 10 48,665 116 1,808
11 Gujarati gu 30,341 126,907 859,422 3 76,950 72 0
12 Kannada kn 31,125 138,452 1,201,733 4 85,387 281 2,340
13 Bishnupriya Manipuri bpy 25,086 63,369 893,725 3 25,371 20 42
14 Odia or 17,622 78,170 515,676 6 35,397 80 185
15 Maithili mai 14,099 42,406 259,495 5 13,916 42 120
16 Sindhi sd 15,492 58,042 248,225 4 18,146 40 149
17 Sanskrit sa 12,119 75,221 484,027 3 39,386 91 445
18 Bhojpuri bh 8,647 75,808 766,176 2 34,591 49 54
19 Assamese as 12,634 91,173 403,933 6 40,117 109 1,848
20 Santali sat 10,389 22,586 136,091 3 7,608 42 0
21 Goan Konkani gom 3,593 9,466 212,280 4 10,156 17 0
22 Divehi dv 3,053 11,602 131,857 3 25,226 20 932
23 Pali pi 2,549 4,660 102,141 1 7,400 10 1
24 Tulu tcy 1,995 11,002 119,019 3 5,897 23 12
25 Kashmiri ks 4,633 13,605 84,910 2 10,939 25 12

Wikisource[edit]

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Language Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
1 English en 1,028,497 4,227,200 13,832,613 22 3,111,085 422 16,290
2 Gujarati gu 60,831 66,447 207,156 2 3,946 9 0
3 Malayalam ml 20,474 72,921 218,556 4 12,187 15 605
4 Bengali bn 32,008 738,130 1,803,582 4 18,745 26 7,070
5 Sanskrit sa 19,507 160,380 400,406 2 8,801 21 64
6 Telugu te 18,864 140,661 427,685 4 5,947 16 543
7 Tamil ta 22,745 466,065 1,537,268 4 14,025 39 42
8 Kannada kn 7,353 91,359 244,127 3 7,409 9 6
9 Marathi mr 4,472 98,690 203,591 2 5,188 29 15
10 Assamese as 3,123 66,523 182,768 1 3,508 16 78
11 Odia or 1,289 11,564 56,146 1 2,554 6 0
12 Punjabi pa 1,516 57,862 160,979 6 1,959 15 204
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 7,917,842 9,310,790 77,776,469 82 4,151,086 2,382 21
2 Tamil ta 408,183 420,854 1,994,741 7 22,888 31 239
3 Kannada kn 264,404 268,409 674,458 2 7,206 19 0
4 Hindi hi 184,200 206,807 480,967 1 17,277 42 6
5 Malayalam ml 131,275 139,037 554,861 4 9,424 13 4
6 Odia or 108,635 110,833 228,277 2 2,862 7 1
7 Telugu te 106,533 122,520 967,378 2 6,172 15 931
8 Urdu ur 26,629 33,576 111,728 1 5,189 10 2
9 Punjabi pa 15,450 16,594 34,955 1 2,593 5 0
10 Bengali bn 50,746 74,371 203,895 3 10,308 21 8
11 Sanskrit sa 6,025 263,432 509,018 1 6,551 9 4
12 Gujarati sd 2,176 7,048 29,017 1 2,263 7 39
13 Marathi mr 2,703 6,153 29,186 2 3,600 7 3
14 Gujarati gu 654 6,369 28,945 1 3,149 7 0
15 Nepali ne 432 16,735 63,597 1 4,619 8 23
16 Assamese as 16 257 4,958 1 577 1 0
17 Pali pi 1 53 3,323 1 468 1 0
18 Bhojpuri bh 0 230 4,856 1 511 1 0

Stuff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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