So, the first ever MediaWiki Workshop
in Kolkata took place on January 5, 2013 at Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur.
We had a Google form that people filled up with a few simple questions — and picked out 15 from the 58 that signed up. This was important since I was the only one conducting it — and I wanted to keep it to a manageable number. It started at 10:00 a.m. in the evening and was supposed to go on till 2:00 p.m.
The workshop started around 10:30 a.m. I started with a brief introduction to Wikipedia, Wikimedia, MediaWiki, Free Software and OpenSource, as I personally like people to know why the would like to contribute to FOSS. And the fact that they would actually be contributing, its not always just about knowing a technology and doing a project.
I introduced them to IRC (#mediawiki) and introduced them to the concept of Internet Relay Chat. It was a 3 and a half hour long session, and I am glad the enthusiam remained till the end.
- It ended up being a very basic introduction to MediaWiki. They did learn about the tech behind Wikipedia, and the ways to help out.
- I told them about the mailing lists to join to stay connected and also shared with them idea of forming a MediaWiki Group Kolkata. Most of them seemed interested to be a part of the community.
- I will make sure that they get informed about all the opportunities, that they could use to keep contributing to MediaWiki.
- We keep having remote sessions for those who are interested. They will be informed about those, and can join those if they want to!
- A MediaWiki Group Kolkata could be formed soon.
I would like to thank Mozilla Kolkata Community for organizing MozTI@BESU, also my session would not be so meaningful without the constant support from Quim Gil, Yuvaraj Pandihan T and Harsh Kothari of MediaWiki community.
Here’s to sharing knowledge! 🙂