Mandar Kulkarni and other Pune Wikipedians write:
On behalf of Pune Community and Pune chapter, we celebrated the 11th Anniversary of Wikipedia and the 1st Anniversary of India Chapter at Jnyan Prabodhini, Pune. We started the session with the introduction by Chapter Marathi SIG (Special Interest Group) followed by Chapter briefing by EC Member Sudhanwa Jogalekar. Pune SIG lead Mandar Kulkarni shared a presentation of Marathi Wikipedia which included the history and the journey of Marathi Wikipedia. The presentation also explained the common mistakes made by users during editing. The details statistics of no. of pages, no. of users, no. of articles since last 6 years and where we stand now was explained in details.
Being Makar Sankranti, as per the Indian tradition we gave Til Gul (sweets made of sesame & jaggery) to all the participants including the refreshments. (Please note that for next many decades, Makar Sankranti is going to be on 15th January only and we will have same opportunity to celebrate the Wikipedia Anniversary on the day of Makar Sakranti.)
The next session was handled by senior editors of Wikipedia by coaching the members in actual wiki academy in the lab. All the new users created their login accounts and started editing in the articles. This was very interesting as many members were new to this would and finding some challenges in tying in Marathi. Some of the members created new articles and also linked them to English Wikipedia. Overall, it was a great learning experience for all of us.
In the coming months, we have planned number of wiki academies in English and in Marathi at various places all over Pune.
We are also proposing to have one interesting session during our monthly meet on every 2nd Saturday.
If you’re interested in the activities of the Wikipedia Pune group, search for WikiPuneri on the internet