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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)
  • 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 5,159,422 39,415,650 830,969,449 1,308 28,315,903 128,687 858,794
Hindi हिन्दी hi 103,779 575,748 3,190,288 6 224,962 417 2,638
Tamil தமிழ் ta 86,142 252,186 2,144,848 37 99,004 244 8,875
Telugu తెలుగు te 66,251 204,828 1,868,063 17 54,052 142 10,357
Marathi मराठी mr 43,523 177,300 1,438,318 10 65,429 128 20,376
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 42,990 294,811 2,391,375 18 81,694 252 4,902
Bengali বাংলা bn 42,425 452,723 2,171,175 17 115,744 600 3,485
Bishnupriya Manipuri ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী bpy 25,062 57,562 805,322 1 15,459 17 165
Urdu اردو ur 104,555 513,988 5,032,988 15 53,514 180 4,445
Nepali नेपाली ne 28,320 76,278 549,418 10 27,395 124 395
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,327 63,861 424,112 4 29,471 50 268
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 20,457 70,313 611,136 5 32,314 111 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,965 43,395 390,324 6 16,829 42 510
Divehi ދިވެހިބަސް dv 2,968 11,171 125,621 1 15,146 12 1,050
Pali पाऴि pi 2,516 4,328 101,723 0 3,669 10 0
Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 22,076 72,937 328,171 4 14,542 170 1,135
Odia ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 10,613 49,667 242,713 4 11,467 70 150
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,040 36,407 159,710 3 13,940 46 1,353
Sindhi سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध sd 5,168 15,227 61,076 3 5,720 27 43
Kashmiri कश्मीरी / كشميري ks 265 2,493 31,308 1 5,021 8 0
Bhojpuri भोजपुरी bh 6,526 26,088 306,280 2 8,483 18 29
Maithili मैथिली mai 2,666 10,121 64,447 2 1,946 26 21
Goan Konkani गोवा कोंकणी gom 2,375 6,541 124,350 3 1,364 32 0

Indo-Aryan languages (505,190 – 1.3%)[edit]

Hindi
  
20.54%
Marathi
  
8.62%
Bishnupriya Manipuri
  
4.96%
Bengali
  
8.4%
Western Panjabi
  
8.27%
Gujarati
  
5.21%
Nepali
  
5.61%
Urdu
  
20.7%
Other
  
17.69%

--hi--103779--Hindi (हिन्दी)--103,779 --mr--43523--Marathi (मराठी)--43,523 --bpy--25062--Bishnupriya (বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী)--25,062 --bn--42425--Bengali (বাংলা)--42,425 --pnb--41756--Western Punjabi (پنجابی)--41,756 --gu--26327--Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)--26,327 --ne--28320--Nepali (नेपाली)--28,320 --ur--104555--Urdu (اردو)--104,555 --hif--7874--Fiji Hindi (Fiji Hindi)--7,874 --sa--9965--Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्)--9,965 --si--11808--Sinhala (සිංහල)--11,808 --dv--2968--Divehi (ދިވެހިބަސް)--2,968 --pa--22076--Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ)--22,076 --pi--2516--Pali (पालि)--2,516 --bh--6526--भोजपुरी (भोजपुरी)--6,526 --or--10613--Oriya (ଓଡ଼ିଆ)--10,613 --as--4040--Assamese (অসমীয়া)--4,040 --rmy--583--Romani (Romani)--583 --sd--5168--Sindhi (سنڌي)--5,168 --ks--265--Kashmiri (कॉशुर / کٲشُر)--265

Dravidian languages (215,840 – 0.5%)[edit]

Telugu
  
30.69%
Tamil
  
39.91%
Malayalam
  
19.92%
Kannada
  
9.48%

--te--66251--Telugu (తెలుగు)--66,251 --ta--86142--Tamil (தமிழ்)--86,142 --ml--42990--Malayalam (മലയാളം)--42,990 --kn--20457--Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)--20,457


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Language Language (local) Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
English English en 5,159,422 39,415,650 830,969,449 1,308 28,315,903 128,687 858,794
Marathi मराठी mr 43,523 177,300 1,438,318 10 65,429 128 20,376
Tamil தமிழ் ta 86,142 252,186 2,144,848 37 99,004 244 8,875
Telugu తెలుగు te 66,251 204,828 1,868,063 17 54,052 142 10,357
Bengali বাংলা bn 42,425 452,723 2,171,175 17 115,744 600 3,485
Gujarati ગુજરાતી gu 26,327 63,861 424,112 4 29,471 50 268
Malayalam മലയാളം ml 42,990 294,811 2,391,375 18 81,694 252 4,902
Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ kn 20,457 70,313 611,136 5 32,314 111 3,230
Sanskrit संस्कृतम् sa 9,965 43,395 390,324 6 16,829 42 510
Assamese অসমীয়া as 4,040 36,407 159,710 3 13,940 46 1,353

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