Wikipedians of Goa User Group

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Introduction: Affiliation is being sought for a Wikimedia User Group Goa. Located on the west coast, Goa is the smallest State in India (population 1.6 million, area 3700 sq km), with an unusual past. It was a Portuguese colony for four and half centuries. Even prior to Portuguese times, it has been a meeting centre for cultures, a trading port, and more. Hence it has a rich and interesting history. Among other things, it has a very rich archive, whose documents are connected with many parts of the world, including East Africa, West Asia, and Far East Asia, covering regions from Mozambique to Ormuz to Macau. Keeping this in mind, the proposed Wikimedia User Group Goa aims to be an open group, welcoming all languages and people of all cultures, infact anyone who could add to the content from and about Goa.


  • To build content related to Goa, in all possible languages and in as many diverse Wikipedias as possible.
  • To build the available pool of sharable text and also photos connected to Goa.
  • To encourage more people to contribute to the sharable pool of knowledge in Goa and beyond.
  • To conduct Wikipedia-related trainings, including online, for newbies especially in Goa.
  • To reach out to as many people interested in creating content on Goa, in all its diverse forms.
  • To hold occasional Wikipedia/Wikimedia and other related events in Goa.
  • To build a WhatsApp group (already launched) which shares ideas and info on this. See next para.
  • To help build and sustain the Konkani Wikipedia [1]


  • WhatsApp online group to share ideas, inspiration and build Goa-related content (to join contact +91-9822122436)
  • Two face-to-face meetings held in October and November 2018 in Panjim, Goa.
  • @The Discoverer and others have been able to activate Konkani Wiktionary (under incubation)
  • Video, voice and phone chats have been held among interested members.
  • Collaborations to build content related to Goa is underway and continuing.
  • Attempt to re-build networks of former Konkani Wikipedia volunteers.
  • Konkani Village Pump (Tinto): [2] has kept track of some issues.
  • This is still a nascent group very open to building ideas and initiatives.

New members[edit]

The WGUG (Wikipedians of Goa User Group) welcomes all interested in promoting Goa-related content on any of the Wikipedias (including, and especially, the Konkani Wikipedia). There will be no charges for membership. All members will need to follow the rules set in place by the community at any given point of time, for the smooth running of the community. Basically two firm rules (i) no off-topic posts and (ii) no rudeness in discussions or postings. To join the WGUG, leave a note for any of the persons mentioned alongside. Or contact us via WhatsApp (+91-9822122436), and we'll add you to the group which has been fairly active and helpful over recent months.


  • 2009: Konkani Wikipedia proposed. Launched in incubation.
  • 2012-13-14: Workshops and trainings held in Goa by Wikipedia, CIS, etc.
  • Class of 2013-14 (Goa Univ, Konkani) takes an active role in building Konkani Wikipedia.
  • 2015: goes live.
  • Around this time, the Konkani Vishwakosh (Encyclopedia) is donated to the Commons by the Goa University.
  • Training programmes held at Nirmala Institute of Education, a teacher training centre in Panjim.
  • Till recently: difficulties and challenges for a small group to build content.
  • 2018: WhatsApp network launched.
  • 2018: The Discoverer takes initiative to build the Konkani Wiktionary.
  • Since 2018: promotion of more Goa-related translations across languages, as a means to build Goa content.

Planned activities[edit]

  • WGUG is planning photo-walks in 2019 to boost Goa-related images on the Wikipedia.
  • WGUG is working to organise mini-trainings for language-based academies in Goa, to encourage sharing of content via the Wikipedias in varied languages.
  • WGUG holds occasional meetings at the Central Library, Panjim, or at other venues. Please see the Konkani Wikipedia 'Tinto' (village pump) for announcements.
  • Attempting to build traction enough to enable Konkani Wiktionary to grow out of incubation.
  • Currently (as of April 2019), this network coordinates its activities also through a WhatsApp groups, which helps for speedy communication. See details in next para.

Contact information[edit]

  • --Fredericknoronha (talk) 10:42, 27 April 2019 (UTC) (fredericknoronha2 at or +91-9822122436. We welcome you to our WhatsApp network via the earlier number. At the time of suggesting its formation, the WGUG has among its active members [@The Discoverer] (Administrator of the Konkani Wikipedia), Fr Luis Gomes (Administrator of the Konkani Wikipedia), Darshan Kandolkar and Isidore Dantes1 (active translator from Konkani to English, who has also released under the Creative Commons a English-Konkani dictionary he co-authored with the late Joel D'Souza). There are many others who have contributed to the Konkani Wikipedia, and Wikipedia posts in general on Goa, especially students of Goa University (Konkani Department) and Nirmala Institute of Education (a teachers' training college) between 2012 and date, the very determined network Hariette Vidyasagar and others. All are welcome and invited to be part of this venture, though certain criteria (in term of volunteering on the Wikipedia/Wikimedia, etc) might be set in place as criteria for membership and/or elections. Please add your names here. Or if you know someone who has been active earlier, and might be willing to rejoin and be active once again, kindly point them to this page.

Interested in participating[edit]

  • With other language groups having a common interest in Goa issues (Portuguese, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, etc).
  • In Wikipedia-related events in India especially.
  • Joining in edit-a-thons, contests, etc of relevance and interest to Goa.
  • In joining or building photo events related to Goa.
  • Working with WikiSource groups that might have digitised documents of shared interest (e.g. Portuguese).
  • Participating in multi-lingual South Asian Wikipedia events.

List of members and interested users[edit]

In alphabetical order

  • @Banduji
  • @Darshan kandolkar
  • @Fredericknoronha --Fredericknoronha (talk) 10:55, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
  • @Isidore Dantas1
  • @Konknni Mogi 24
  • @outofindia
  • @SerTanmay -- SerTanmay (talk) 14:59, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
  • @The Discoverer
  • @YourTara
  • @JadeMaveric -- JadeMaveric (talk) 18:15, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
  • @Iamvardhana --Iamvardhana (talk) 09:02, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Nikhil Kawale Nikhil.kawale (talk) 18:05, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

Affiliations Committee Resolutions[edit]

Wikimedia Movement Strategy: 2020 Community Conversations[edit]

Dear Wikimedians,

Greetings! Wishing you a very happy new year!

We have an update for the next steps of the Movement Strategy! We're preparing for a final round of community conversations with Wikimedia affiliates and online communities around a synthesized set of draft recommendations to start around late/mid January. In the meantime, recommendations’ writers and strategy team has been working on integrating community ideas and feedback into these recommendations. Thank you, for all of your contributions!

What's New?[edit]

The recommendations writers have been working to consolidate the 89 recommendations produced by the working groups. They met in Berlin a few weeks back for an in-person session to produce a synthesized recommendations document which will be shared for public comment around late/mid January. A number of common areas for change were reflected in the recommendations, and the writers assessed and clustered them around these areas. The goal was to outline the overall direction of the change and present one set that is clearly understood, implementable and demonstrates the reasoning behind each.

What's Next?[edit]

We will be reaching out to you to help engage your affiliate in discussing this new synthesized version. Your input in helping us refine and advance key ideas will be invaluable, and we are looking forward to engaging with you for a period of thirty days from late/mid January. Our final consultation round is to give communities a chance to "review and discuss" the draft recommendations, highlighting areas of support and concern as well as indicating how your community would be affected.

Please share ideas on how you would like to meet and discuss the final draft recommendations when they are released near Mid January whether through your strategy salons, joining us at global and regional events, joining online conversations, or sending in notes from affiliate discussions. We couldn't do this without you, and hope that you will enjoy seeing your input reflected in the next draft and final recommendations. This will be an opportunity for the movement to review and respond to the recommendations before they are finalized.

If possible, we'd love if you could feature a discussion of the draft recommendations at the next in-person meeting of your affiliate, ideally between the last week of January and the first week of February. If not, please let us know how we can help support you with online conversations and discussing how the draft recommendations fit with the ideas shared at your strategy salon (when applicable).

The input communities have shared so far has been carefully documented, analyzed, and folded into the synthesized draft recommendations. Communities will be able to see footnotes referencing community ideas. What they share again in January/February will be given the same care, seriousness, and transparency.

This final round of community feedback will be presented to the Board of Trustees alongside the final recommendations that will be shared at the Wikimedia Summit.

Warmly -- User:RSharma (WMF) 15:58, 4 January 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia 2030: Movement Strategy Community conversations are here![edit]

Dear Affiliate Representatives and community members,

The launch of our final round of community conversation is finally here! We are excited to have the opportunity to invite you to take part. 
The recommendations have been published! Please take time over the next five weeks to review and help us understand how your organization and community would be impacted.

What Does This Mean?

The core recommendations document has now been published on Meta in Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. This is the result of more than a year of dedicated work by our working groups, and we are pleased to share the evolution of their work for your final consideration. 
In addition to the recommendations text, you can read through key documents such as Principles, Process, and the Writer’s Reflections, which lend important context to this work and highlight the ways that the recommendations are conceptually interlinked.
We also have a brief Narrative of Change [5] which offers a summary introduction to the recommendations material. 

How Is My Input Reflected In This Work?

Community input played an important role in the drafting of these recommendations. The core recommendations document reflects this and cites community input throughout in footnotes. I also encourage you to take a look at our community input summaries. These texts show a further analysis of how all of the ideas you shared last year through online conversations, affiliate meetings, and strategy salons connect to recommendations. Many of the community notes and reports not footnoted in the core recommendations document are referenced here as evidence of the incredible convergence of ideas that have brought us this far.  

What Happens Now?

Affiliates, online communities, and other stakeholders have the next five weeks to discuss and share feedback on these recommendations. In particular, we’re hoping to better understand how you think they would impact our movement - what benefits and opportunities do you foresee for your affiliate, and why? What challenges or barriers would they pose for you? Your input at this stage is vital, and we’d like to warmly invite you to participate in this final discussion period.

We encourage volunteer discussion co-ordinators for facilitating these discussions in your local language community on-wiki, on social media, informal or formal meet ups, on-hangouts, IRC or the village pump of your project. Please collect a report from these channels or conversations and connect with me directly so that I can be sure your input is collected and used. Alternatively, you can also post the feedback on the meta talk pages of the respective recommendations.

After this five week period, the Core Team will publish a summary report of input from across affiliates, online communities, and other stakeholders for public review before the recommendations are finalized. You can view our updated timeline here as well as an updated FAQ section that addresses topics like the goal of this current period, the various components of the draft recommendations, and what’s next in more detail. 
Thank you again for taking the time to join us in community conversations, and we look forward to receiving your input. (Please help us by translating this message into your local language). Happy reading! RSharma (WMF) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:31, 20 January 2020 (UTC)