Wiki(1.0), what’s going on? (Part17)



WikiToLearn1.0 is moving its first steps, let’s find out how is it going!

Here we go! It is almost two weeks now since we released WikiToLearn1.0!

Since the release, we got a lot of feedback and support! We could accomplish this not only through our own promotion, but also, inter alia/amongst others, with the help of:

  1. Dot-Kde announcement;
  2.  An interview with Radio Popolare (Italian radio station);
  3.  baltolkien ‘s post on KDE-Blogs;
  4.  a presentation at Imperial College London;
  5.  Wikimedia CH, KDE and many contributors of ours shared the announcement post on their socials

We are very happy, that we could welcome new contributors and we hope our community will keep on growing, both in contribution and content.

Now, something special for you in this episode! We have decided to do an interview with Srijan Agarwal: he is a member of our community in Amrita University, Amritapuri, India, where he’s doing great promoting WikiToLearn! To spread the word about our community, he is organizing events (MediaWikiToLearn hack/edit-a-thon) and talks on WikiToLearn. We wanted to appreciate his efforts and therefore , we decided to put him into WikiToLearn’s  spotlight and  interviewed him.

Q: When (and how) did you become a member of the WikiToLearn community?
Ans: So, it all started after I made my first technical contribution to Mediawiki in early 2016. I was looking for a project to contribute to in Google Summer of Code that same year, and one of my mentors at Free Software club in our campus : FOSS@Amrita, Harish Navnit, asked me to check WikiToLearn. And there starts my journey with WikiToLearn. I applied for a project : Offline Extension for WikiEditor, and it got accepted. My GSoC mentors, Gianluca Rigoletti and Irene Cortinovis, were really helpful and guided me throughout the summer of 2016.

Q: You are part of the community for a while now. What do you like most?
A: I really like the motive behind the WikiToLearn project.. WikiToLearn focuses on a worldwide problem with students, that can be solved by sharing knowledge. Being a student myself, I’ve experienced and know the problems faced by students and I really like how WikiToLearn is helping solve these problems.

Q: You are doing a great work to talk about WikiToLearn in your country, can you tell us something more about it?
A: Sure. What I feel is that, Indian education system lacks creativity, collaborative thinking and a technology infrastructure. WikiToLearn is a platform, which certainly is the answer to these problems. Therefore, I’m promoting WikiToLearn in India in as many ways as I can. I have been giving talks on WikiToLearn at universities and conferences, eventually helping students and professors with contributing to WikiToLearn. I’m now working on making the next event a success, i.e, WikiToLearn India Conference, 2017.

Q: Are you happy with your WikiToLearn-experience so far?
A: Yes of course. WikiToLearn is like a second family for me. It has taught me that love for knowledge and learning can overcome all kinds of barriers, even geographical and cultural ones. Working with such amazing developers around the world has taught me so very much. I have grown so much technically and socially with my association with WikiToLearn. Overall, my experience has been startling.

Q: Why should other people join WikiToLearn?
A: Are you a student and want to have personalised textbooks for your courses? Are you a professor and want to make your teaching methodologies better?  Are you a programmer, and want to contribute to open source software? WikiToLearn is the right place for you, then. Join WikiToLearn and grow along with volunteers and academics around the world.

If you are more curious on who are our top contributors these two weeks after the release, want to know more about our statistics you should know that with the 1.0 release, Reports-WikiToLearn came out too. Here you can find these two weeks report!

Thats it for this episode,

Bye all! 🙂



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