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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 citizens (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 regularity 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) :

  • Yohann Varun Thomas  : President (yohannvt@wikimedia.in )
  • Jayanta Nath : Secretary (jayanta@wikimedia.in)
  • Sanket Oswal  : Treasurer (sanket_oswal@wikimedia.in)
  • Abhinav Srivastava  : Member (abhinav.srivastava@wikimedia.in)
  • Priyanka Tiwari  : Member (priyanka.tiwari@wikimedia.in)
  • Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju  : Member (ekbalb@wikimedia.in )
  • Nikhil Kawale  : Member (nikhil.kawale@wikimedia.in)
Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-exec@lists.wikimedia.org

Wikimedia India Staff :

  • Ravishankar Ayyakkannu : Program Director (ravidreams@wikimedia.in)

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.

Wikipedia[edit]

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 5,298,370 40,879,035 861,988,773 1,272 29,675,462 127,642 850,334
Hindi हिन्दी hi 113,770 622,205 3,325,778 5 249,717 1,024 2,766
Tamil தமிழ் ta 89,483 264,720 2,229,378 37 105,447 234 8,052
Telugu తెలుగు te 66,111 210,315 2,015,318 16 58,283 198 10,633
Marathi मराठी mr 45,017 183,872 1,467,667 10 69,578 105 20,376
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 46,683 312,120 2,476,060 19 87,279 299 5,042
Bengali বাংলা bn 45,737 476,671 2,502,790 17 129,457 679 3,837
Bishnupriya Manipuri ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী bpy 25,067 57,514 805,977 1 15,985 16 56
Urdu اردو ur 110,407 593,502 5,326,228 13 59,345 196 4,508
Nepali नेपाली ne 29,097 79,760 585,058 10 29,987 138 546
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,686 67,381 445,117 4 31,880 53 186
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 21,620 75,097 667,231 4 35,384 587 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 10,195 46,521 404,184 6 18,289 88 435
Divehi ދިވެހިބަސް dv 2,972 10,933 126,379 1 15,797 12 985
Pali पाऴि pi 2,518 4,339 101,891 0 3,844 2 0
Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 23,946 81,274 357,767 8 16,342 164 1,260
Odia ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 11,507 52,407 259,975 4 12,605 52 124
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,368 37,178 163,610 3 15,089 34 1,374
Sindhi سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध sd 8,106 20,739 85,655 2 6,287 21 0
Kashmiri कश्मीरी / كشميري ks 268 2,510 31,402 1 5,258 9 0
Bhojpuri भोजपुरी bh 7,896 34,815 379,303 2 9,402 24 22
Maithili मैथिली mai 5,943 16,122 94,598 2 2,723 28 30
Goan Konkani गोवा कोंकणी gom 2,678 6,767 149,175 2 1,743 9 0
Tulu ತುಳು ಭಾಷೆ tcy 700 1,633 17,291 1 687 23 0

Wikisource[edit]

Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 5,298,370 40,879,035 861,988,773 1,272 29,675,462 127,642 850,334
Marathi मराठी mr 45,017 183,872 1,467,667 10 69,578 105 20,376
Tamil தமிழ் ta 89,483 264,720 2,229,378 37 105,447 234 8,052
Telugu తెలుగు te 66,111 210,315 2,015,318 16 58,283 198 10,633
Bengali বাংলা bn 45,737 476,671 2,502,790 17 129,457 679 3,837
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,686 67,381 445,117 4 31,880 53 186
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 46,683 312,120 2,476,060 19 87,279 299 5,042
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 21,620 75,097 667,231 4 35,384 587 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 10,195 46,521 404,184 6 18,289 88 435
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,368 37,178 163,610 3 15,089 34 1,374

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