August 2011 Meetup 08/29/2011

Heavy rains lashed the city and we were expecting very less people in the meetup at SICSR. Despite the torrential rain, ten of our brave WikiPuneri enthusiasts managed to join the meetup on time. We had two new young faces joining our meetup, both pursuing their higher studies in Sinhagad College.

The meetup commenced a little late than the scheduled time of 6:00 PM. Ashwin Baindur enlightened us with some facts about the Oral Citations Project. The Oral Citations Project is a strategic research project initiated byAchal Prabhala of Bangalore community and funded by the Wikimedia Foundation to help overcome a lack of published material in emerging languages on Wikipedia. A video presentation of the same was also seen (View Video Here). In the discussion, the relevance of such citation methods to recording of rural heritage was brought out. A point emerged that Wikipedia would need to partially compromise on the principle of "No Original Research" in innovative ways with due consensus.

In the final moments of the meetup, Mandar Kulkarni orated about Wiki Conference India which is to be held in Mumbai in November 2011. He educated us about the different ways in which we can participate in the conference and be a part of it. With this, we ended the meetup by about 8:00 PM.

Rishabh Tatiraju