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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 6,493,528 55,710,627 1,081,374,796 1,044 43,500,713 126,197 892,419
2 Urdu ur 170,607 976,103 4,911,005 11 144,737 267 11,976
3 Hindi hi 150,975 1,175,051 5,518,677 6 691,666 1,048 3,583
4 Tamil ta 146,073 459,563 3,415,192 30 203,666 273 8,044
5 Bengali bn 122,004 969,081 5,849,121 13 372,124 1,096 14,687
6 Telugu te 76,228 301,280 3,532,805 13 111,991 181 13,159
7 Malayalam ml 78,145 482,986 3,675,123 15 160,191 259 6,905
8 Marathi mr 84,009 279,873 2,103,303 10 142,792 183 19,141
9 Nepali ne 32,041 102,340 1,060,126 6 57,410 80 1,249
10 Punjabi pa 37,725 132,098 599,023 9 41,055 88 1,566
11 Gujarati gu 29,860 115,466 817,982 3 67,380 74 0
12 Kannada kn 28,115 128,688 1,093,032 3 74,281 107 2,580
13 Bishnupriya Manipuri bpy 25,084 62,800 886,235 3 23,194 25 47
14 Odia or 15,996 72,700 455,631 5 30,497 45 125
15 Maithili mai 13,711 38,832 228,594 5 11,392 29 115
16 Sindhi sd 15,174 56,056 238,827 4 15,327 33 140
17 Sanskrit sa 11,689 69,089 467,268 4 34,640 167 445
18 Bhojpuri bh 7,957 67,849 718,849 2 28,792 39 54
19 Assamese as 10,200 70,919 319,852 4 33,351 78 1,662
20 Santali sat 7,227 16,578 92,291 3 5,114 41 0
21 Goan Konkani gom 3,548 9,011 206,272 4 8,439 14 0
22 Divehi dv 3,013 11,092 127,511 3 23,016 20 932
23 Pali pi 2,545 4,648 100,979 2 6,499 7 0
24 Tulu tcy 1,584 8,316 98,392 2 4,762 15 1
25 Kashmiri ks 1,183 6,193 56,031 2 9,049 13 3

Wikisource[edit]

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Language Wiki Articles Total Edits Admins Users Active Users Images
1 English en 940,695 3,785,587 12,309,692 22 3,033,921 369 19,454
2 Gujarati gu 40,437 45,297 164,013 2 3,440 11 0
3 Malayalam ml 20,113 71,764 214,162 4 11,388 10 605
4 Bengali bn 19,976 738,651 1,677,621 4 15,950 26 8,504
5 Sanskrit sa 18,963 122,780 337,137 3 7,544 70 64
6 Telugu te 17,390 120,700 388,494 5 5,259 16 454
7 Tamil ta 18,254 438,585 1,414,480 3 11,165 134 42
8 Kannada kn 7,258 90,080 235,861 2 6,706 8 6
9 Marathi mr 2,877 67,849 142,753 2 4,379 20 15
10 Assamese as 2,476 57,861 154,493 2 2,872 22 11
11 Odia or 1,193 11,155 53,822 2 2,253 6 0
12 Punjabi pa 1,377 52,065 137,650 5 1,560 14 202
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 7,037,774 8,117,097 66,541,836 106 3,928,975 1,885 24
2 Tamil ta 403,149 415,374 1,969,075 7 19,254 47 243
3 Kannada kn 264,276 267,902 665,636 2 6,252 12 0
4 Hindi hi 183,540 205,479 474,165 1 14,285 23 6
5 Malayalam ml 130,991 138,641 547,639 5 8,368 9 4
6 Odia or 108,623 110,553 193,502 2 2,534 6 1
7 Gujarati te 106,424 122,371 965,783 3 5,413 7 931
8 Urdu ur 26,598 33,454 110,845 2 4,530 11 2
9 Punjabi pa 15,450 16,562 34,733 1 2,311 3 0
10 Bengali bn 34,945 46,629 125,981 3 8,246 30 4
11 Sanskrit sa 6,022 263,496 508,347 1 5,650 7 4
12 Gujarati sd 2,093 6,600 28,295 1 2,046 6 43
13 Marathi mr 2,716 5,610 22,592 1 3,292 6 3
14 Gujarati gu 672 6,231 27,911 2 2,885 8 0
15 Nepali ne 424 16,712 63,030 0 3,993 6 25
16 Assamese as 16 258 4,958 1 574 0 0
17 Pali pi 1 54 3,323 1 465 0 0
18 Bhojpuri bh 0 231 4,856 1 508 0 0

Stuff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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