Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wikipedia Meetup

Wikipedia is a vital, free-knowledge project used by millions of people all over the world, including in India. This ubiquitous resource includes millions of articles and covers myriad topics about India and its culture.
Although Wikipedia is an indispensable resource for millions, little is known about how this online encyclopedia is written and who it is written by.

This Sunday, October 31 at 6:30pm, anyone who is interested in learning more about this global public resource is invited to “Meet the Movement:” a talk with Jimmy Wales and members of the Wikimedia community in India. This talk is an opportunity to learn more about how Wikipedia works and why
participation from the people of India is integral to Wikimedia’s global free-knowledge movement.

Jimmy Wales, the iconic leader, who founded Wikipedia in 2001, will give a public talk about the history of Wikipedia and what the free knowledge movement means to India. For instance, 94 percent of page views from India are for the English Wikipedia, rather than Indic languages. What does that mean about the importance of Wikipedia in India and the needs of Indian users? After his talk, Wales will be joined by members of Wikimedia India, as well as Wikimedia Foundation Board member, Bishakha Datta, for a 30
minute open question and answer session with the audience.

Date: Sunday October 31
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Sophia Bhabha Hall, Sophia College campus, Bhulabhai Desai
Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai 400026

This talk is open to the public on a first-come-first-seated basis.

For more information, please visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Mumbai/Mumbai3