Telugu Village articles project aimed to shoot two birds at a shot. One: Fixing a larger quality concern of community and Two: Expanding community.
In 2006, after a consensus in Telugu Wikipedia Village pump, community members started creating one line articles about Villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Telugu speaking states in India. 10-15 member sized active community continued to contribute improvement of these articles, years together. The community expressed their concern about these stubs for 10 years.
Yarra Rama Rao presenting about the improvement of Telangana Village articles in a conference to Telugu Wikimedians
Based on the idea of Indian environmentalist Prof. Madhav Gadgil, Telugu Wikipedia community and CIS-A2K came together to start a project to improve 20 thousand plus stub articles with content. Idea is to improve content about education, healthcare, infrastructure and other important aspects based on Indian government census data in a semi-automated way in a 3rd party platform and Wikipedians will manually check the content and update on-wiki. This quality improvement project also helped the community to improve participation. In the search of finding a right volunteer for this project, organizers could find a Wikipedian who became an integral part of the community after improving 13 thousand plus articles. Yarra Ramarao, a retired government revenue employee dedicating his entire time on a quest to improve thousands of articles.
The organisers of the community growth space believe that the space will address the following Sustainable Development Goals:
11 Sustainable communities
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
The organisers of the space and the community have identified a number of topics they wish to address in this space. Please explain how your proposal its into these topic areas.
- Recruitment, activation and retention
- Learning from outside our movement
As a reminder, the proposed topics are listed at 2019:Community Growth
This session will address the topics of the Growth space in the following manner:
Session is focused on presenting a case study that explains how integrating community growth into quality improvement results better retention.I also wanted to get ideas and points of view from wikimaniacs that can be discussed and integrated into further growth of this project.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
Participants will get insights about project development that successfully tied Quality improvement, Online outreach, and Newbie retention. They will also look into quality issues of their own wikimedia projects and could be
able to bring newbies those who can solve this issue as a double edged swords that solves both the quality and retention issues at once.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- I wanted to start session with a lightening talk (10 minutes), followed by a remote presentation from a Wikipedian who worked along with me in this project (10 minutes) and followed by 5-10 minutes handson session.
The session will work best with these conditions:
Projector, chairs, tables, and chart papers
Content wikimedians who also work towards offline activities are perfect audience for this program. But, anyone who knows about Wikimedia communities and project a little are also welcome, as they can experiment further and learn.
Single video camera is enough. But, there will be 10 minutes recorded presentation that needed to be projected.
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The organisers of the community growth space wish to provide any necessary support to presenters and participants that they may need and also wish to have an active role in shaping the content of the space to maximise the benefit of all attendees. Please let us know if you would appreciate any help, and if you consent to constructive suggestions from the organiser team that would allow the largest amount of people to share and benefit from each other's contributions.
- I would be interested in receiving help in shaping my submission: YES.
- In particular, I would need the following type of help or advice:
- I consent to the organisers of the space contacting me to discuss alternative ways to present my knowledge (for example, merging two proposals into a common presentation, a panel debate instead of a lightning talk, etc.), or ways to modify and improve my proposal (for example by ensuring a gender diversity on panels) : YES
- If my proposal is not selected for a presentation, I would be interested in presenting my proposal in the form of a poster in the Community Growth space: NO
- I consent to my proposal being proposed to organisers of other spaces if it would be a good cross-over topic or if it fits better into the other space's scope: YES