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Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka (officially abbreviated as UG-LK) is a non-profit community with an aim of unifying, empowering, and growing the Wikimedian community in Sri Lanka. The initial objectives of this community includes increasing awareness of Wikimedia and its projects, introducing more people to the editing environment, and scaling-up the coverage on Sri Lankan history, geography, and other key topics. Future plans include holding edit-a-thons and collaborating with the local government to digitize and upload historic documents, photographs, and other information.

Wikimedia-logo.svg Wikipedia Projects[edit]

Language Wikimedia Project Articles Files Pages Users Active users Admins Edits
English English Wikipedia 5,551,681 852,618 43,979,619 32,683,574 122,499 1,240 929,968,572
Sinhala Sinhala Wikipedia 14,357 4,495 66,339 33,384 56 2 424,568
Tamil Tamil Wikipedia 114,755 7,598 328,446 126,429 367 35 2,556,060

Filing cabinet icon.svg Present working committee[edit]

Language communities
  English Sinhala Tamil
President Rehman (open) Mayooranathan
Vice President Azeez (open) Sivakosaran
Secretary (open) (open) (open)
Treasurer (open) (open) (open)

List of members[edit]

Although not mandatory, you are also strongly encouraged to subscribe to the Wikimedia-LK mailing list to stay up-to-date with community discussions.

Please add your name at the bottom of the table. Other than to maintain a friendly and collaborative environment, there are no special requirements or commitments to join. Any active Wikimedian, including editors currently living outside Sri Lanka are welcomed to be a part of Wikimedia Sri Lanka. Editors who are globally inactive for over 6 months, may be removed from this list.

Username Main
Languages Location
Rehman (talk contribs  email) Rehman en-N, si-3, ta-1 Colombo, Sri Lanka Renewable energy, Limnology, Physical geography, Wikimedia policies
Azeez (talk contribs  email) Azeez en-N, si-2, ta-0 Colombo, Sri Lanka Cosmology, Theology, Graphics design (maps, charts)
Atcovi (talk contribs  email) Atcovi en-N, ta-0, si-0 US Wikimedia policies, School:History, Islam
Blackknight12 (talk contribs  email) Blackknight12 en-N, si-3 History, Politics
dan_arndt (talk contribs  email) dan_arndt en-N Perth, Western Australia History, Physical geography, Architecture
L Manju (talk contribs  email) L Manju si-N Archaeology (Sri Lanka)
மதனாஹரன் (talk contribs  email) மதனாஹரன் ta-N, si-1, en-3 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tamil, Chemistry, Cinema, Mathematics, IT
Shriheeran (talk contribs  email) Shriheeran ta-N, si-1, en-3 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tamil, Chemistry, Cinema, Mathematics, IT
Shrikarsan (talk contribs  email) Shrikarsan ta-N, si-1, en-4 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tech, Tamil, Physics, IT, Mathematics
Maathavan (talk contribs  email) Maathavan ta-N, si-1, en-3 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tamil, Chemistry, Cinema, Mathematics, IT, Geography
சஞ்சீவி சிவகுமார் (talk contribs  email) Sancheevi Sivakumar ta-N, si-1, en-3 Ampara, Sri Lanka Tamil, Science, Environment, Mathematics
Sivakosaran (talk contribs  email) Sivakosaran ta-N, si-2, en-4 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tamil, Sports, Countries, History
පසිඳු කාවින්ද (talk contribs  email) Pasindu Kavinda en-N, si-N, ta-1 Colombo, Sri Lanka Technology
UMDP (talk contribs  email) UMDP en-N ,si-N Western Province, Sri Lanka Infrastructure, Politics
Sandaru (talk contribs  email) Sandaru si-N, en-5 Gampaha, Sri Lanka Sinhala, Wikidata
Price Zero (talk contribs  email) Price Zero si, en, es-1 Kandy, Sri Lanka Cosmology, Football
Randeepa (talk · contribs) Randeepa si, en, es-1 Colombo, Sri Lanka Military, Politics
Pradeeban (talk · contribs) Pradeeban ta-N, en-5, si-3, pt-1 Lisboa, Portugal Tamil, Science, Environment, Hinduism, IT
Nancy (talk · contribs) Nancy en Dondra, Sri Lanka Topography, Geography, Psychogeography, Architecture and random quirky things :)
Abishe (talk · contribs) Abishe en Colombo,Sri Lanka Economics,Cricket
Yasasuru (talk · contribs) Yasasuru Si-N, en Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Anatomy, History, Cinema, Television, Chemistry, Buddhism
Mayooranathan (talk contribs  email) Mayooranathan ta-N, si-1, en-3 Jaffna, Sri Lanka Tamil, History, Heritage, Architecture
CoolGin (talk contribs  email) CoolGin si-N, en-3 Kandy, Sri Lanka Cities, Architecture, Politics, Technology
Kanags (talk contribs  email) Kanags ta-N, en-3 Australia History, Politics, Geography, Tamil Cinema, Cricket
NaminiGunasen (talk contribs  email) Namini en Colombo, Sri Lanka History, Politics, Geography, Heritage, Architecture
Zaaruk (talk contribs  email) Zaaruk en Kandy, Sri Lanka History,Geography, Heritage
Ifham Nawas (talk contribs  email) Ifham Nawas ta-N, si-2, en-4 Colombo, Sri Lanka Tamil,Countries,Scholars
Price Zero (talk contribs  email) Price Zero en-N, si-2 Kandy, Sri Lanka Astrophysics, Football, History
Jesuschristonacamel (talk contribs  email) Jesuschristonacamel en-N, si-4, ta-0 Colombo, Sri Lanka History, Politics, Molecular biology, Infrastructure
දසුන් (talk · contribs) Dhasun si-N Kandy, Sri Lanka Spacecraft
Anish Mariathasan (talk contribs  email) Anish Mariathasan UK Global warming, Politics, Molecular biology, Table tennis, IT
Ceylonlion (talk contribs  email) Ceylonlion en Gampaha, Sri Lanka Cinema
Nipun Chamikara Weerasiri (talk contribs  email) Nipun Chamikara Weerasiri en Kuwait City, Kuwait Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Information Technology, Astrophysics
Pradeepmaduranga (talk · contribs) ප්‍රදීප් මධුරංග si Galle, Sri Lanka IT, Translate
Carptrash (talk · contribs) carptrash en Arizona, USA History, Architectural history, Sculpture


Global Voices Summit 2017[edit]

UG-LK was invited to conduct two sessions during the annual Global Voices Summit held on 2nd December and 3rd December 2017, at Trace Expert City, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A large number of GV participants from 68+ countries attended the conference. Wikimedians from Colombo and Jaffna conducted two sessions during this conference.

The first 1hr session Creating and sharing Free Knowledge through Wikipedia Tamil was conducted by User:Mayooranathan and User:Sivakosaran, while the second 1.5hr session Getting Started: Editing Wikipedia in Your Language was conducted together with User:Rehman and User:Azeez.

A total of at least 6 Wikimedians attended the summit, including 4 UG-LK members, User:Barrioflores from Global Voices (who helped us secure our session slots in the first place), and User:Psubhashish from India. Printed Wikimedia tshirts were distributed to the four UG-LK members, while the balance were given to User:Sivakosaran, for distribution to members in Jaffna as Jaffna is approximately 400KM away. Wikimedia accessories were handed over to members and session participants. Two banners were also printed and utilized during the sessions.

User:Azeez handled the designing of tshirts and banners, including maintaining a uniform theme during the Wikimedia sessions (i.e. general colour theme, usergroup wallpaper, etc).

Below are some photographs from the sessions. The full collection can be found here.

Photowalks covering tallest structures in Colombo[edit]

Obtaining of new/updated photos of the tallest structures in Colombo, for uploading on Commons. The photowalk was conducted over a span of two days (March 9th and March 12st) by User:Rehman and User:Azeez, with the intention of being a sample photowalk for the UGLK community, and hopefully to encourage for more members to organize and/or participate in offline events.

Day 2 of 2[edit]

Day 1 of 2[edit]

Usergroup assets[edit]

WMF-funded photographic equipment is available for use by members of usergroup who are established at one or more Wikimedia projects. The equipment (consisting of a Nikon P900 and various accessories) can be used by members of the usergroup to add or improve topics across the Wikimedia projects. Please click here for more information.

Future plans[edit]

  • Notify existing local editors, and hold first meetup and edit-a-thon to get the group together
  • Introduce professionals from the Department of Archives, National Museums, and more...
  • Introduce the Wikipedias to undergrads/university students at places like National Youth Service Centre

Reports and Resolutions[edit]

See also[edit]

English Wikipedia[edit]


Other projects[edit]

Social media[edit]

Workshops/ Training Programmes Conducted in Sri Lanka[edit]