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The First 'WikiConference India' to be held in Mumbai

More than 600 people from across the country who regularly write and edit Wikipedia entries will come together for the first 'WikiConference India', to be held on the Mumbai University campus at Fort. The three-day event will commence on November 18.

The conference, which is set to become an annual affair, is aimed at providing a common platform for all Indian Wikimedians to discuss challenges and exchange tipsand other information related to the Wiki project. "We are also looking at encouraging more users to contribute in their mothertongue so that we can build and improve 22 Indic-language projects, including the Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati Wikipedias," said Hisham Mundol, consultant and head, India Programs Division, Wikimedia . "Of the 1 lakh people who contribute, only around 3,000 are Indian. We want to encourage more people to write articles about the country," he adds.

Co-founder of Wikipedia and chairman emeritus of the Wikimedia foundation Jimmy Wales will kick-start the event with a keynote address. This will be followed by users presenting on Wiki-related topics, including a visually impaired user's experience of using the service and a talk that encourages women to contribute more, considering that only 13% of Wikipedians are women.

"This will be the first time users from different parts of the country, contributing to different language Wikis, will be able to discuss tips and problems they face while writing and editing articles," says Pranav Curumsey, chairperson, organizing committee, WikiConference India.

Source:TNN, Nov 10, 2011