The Graphic Lab helps to improve all graphical content used by Wikimedia projects stored on the Wikimedia Commons. Wikigraphists are users who are able to create/edit vector illustrations and process images for better quality and do other graphics work for the benefit of the community. Since all these require specific skills, knowledge of complicated tools such as Inkscape, Illustrator, LightRoom etc. we only have a few Wikigraphists on-Wiki.
To reduce this capacity gap, two major projects were taken up to build a community of Wikigraphists in India. These are the Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India) and the SVG Translation Campaign 2019, both of which were successful in achieving their objectives. The former one was a dedicated training for around 20 Indic Wikimedians from 11 different language communities. They were trained on vector graphics and using Inkscape to create/edit vector illustrations. The latter project is a national level translation campaign, in which 194 users from 19 Indic languages came together for a 38-day long campaign, and created about 2,600 SVG files (translations).
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- Participants will be able to try something similar in their communities.
- Participants will gain knowledge about conducting various forms of outreach activities to build the capacity of WCommons community.
- Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (KCVelaga): kcvelagagmail.com
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
- SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Vector illustrations are advantageous than rasters in several aspects. Building the capacity of Wikimedians in this area helps to ensure the communities needs in this area be fulfilled. Also when freely licensed images are not available, vector illustrations are the best replacement.
The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: a small classroom
- Audience: anyone who is interested in capacity building, and wants to try something new
- Recording: Yes, recording possible.
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