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Yuvi Panda
The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
Mediawiki patches.

The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
- half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.

People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
did have quite a few demos!

Demos
=====

Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
order in which they were presented:

1. Wikiquotes via SMS
By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik

What it does:
Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

Status:
Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
out! Has limited data right now, however.

---

2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: Vivek

What it does:
Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.

Status:
It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)

---

3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
By: Shrinivasan T

What it does:
It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.

Status:
Code and the dataset live on github:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list

---

4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt

What it does:
Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
process much more streamlined and faster.

Status:
Code available at:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
properly upload to commons

---

5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]

What he did:
Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
multiple columns for faster scanning
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
use, so yay!

(He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
issues with the laptop he was using.

---

6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
By: Ashwanth

What it does:
Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
query information in a natural way.

Status:
The code is available at
https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
specific cool tool.

---

7. Photo upload to commons by Email
By: Ganesh

What it does:
Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
limitations.

Status:
He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
interested in   setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
further with a specific goal in mind.

---

8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
By: Feroze

What it does:
There is a project called qvido
(http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.

Status:
There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
take this forward.

---

9. Patches to AssessmentBar
By: gsathya

What it does:
AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
data.

Status:
There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
that I need to merge :)

---

10. Parsing Movie data into a database
By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya

What it does:
It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
database for programmatic easy access later.

Status:
I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
:) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
(I can dream :D)

---

11. Random Good WP India article tool
By: Shakti and Sharath

What it does:
It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them

Status:
It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
deemed 'good'. The source code is available
(https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
work on

---

12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
By: Bharath

What it does:
The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
the process.

Status:
Code is available at
http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
(and awesome!) candidate!

---

13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
(Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: SrikanthLogic

What it does:
Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
to make a proper patch!

Status:
It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
Should be merged in soon. Yay!

Honorable Mentions
===================
1. WikiPronouncer
By: Russel Nickson

What it was supposed to do:
Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
the go.

Status:
Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
this finished.

---

2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
By: PranavRC

What it was supposed to do:
It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
by interwiki links).

Status:
The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
up and show us the pretty graphs :)

So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
call this one a success, no? :)

Next Steps
==========
Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:

1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
be feasible.
2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?


Thanks due (in random order)
============================

1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
(@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
Thanks!
3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
possible!
4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
involved in that logistical process too!)

Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
me know as well!

Thanks!

-
Yuvi Panda T
http://yuvi.in

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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Arjuna Rao Chavala-2
Hi



On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
Mediawiki patches.

Great to know that  so much happened on just one  day.
Congratulations to all the participants and organizers for having such a productive event.

Best wishes
Arjuna

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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Gerard Meijssen-3
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Hoi,
Awesome !
Thanks,
      Gerard

On 27 March 2012 10:17, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
Mediawiki patches.

The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
- half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.

People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
did have quite a few demos!

Demos
=====

Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
order in which they were presented:

1. Wikiquotes via SMS
By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik

What it does:
Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

Status:
Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
out! Has limited data right now, however.

---

2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: Vivek

What it does:
Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.

Status:
It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)

---

3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
By: Shrinivasan T

What it does:
It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.

Status:
Code and the dataset live on github:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list

---

4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt

What it does:
Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
process much more streamlined and faster.

Status:
Code available at:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
properly upload to commons

---

5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]

What he did:
Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
multiple columns for faster scanning
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
use, so yay!

(He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
issues with the laptop he was using.

---

6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
By: Ashwanth

What it does:
Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
query information in a natural way.

Status:
The code is available at
https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
specific cool tool.

---

7. Photo upload to commons by Email
By: Ganesh

What it does:
Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
limitations.

Status:
He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
interested in   setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
further with a specific goal in mind.

---

8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
By: Feroze

What it does:
There is a project called qvido
(http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.

Status:
There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
take this forward.

---

9. Patches to AssessmentBar
By: gsathya

What it does:
AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
data.

Status:
There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
that I need to merge :)

---

10. Parsing Movie data into a database
By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya

What it does:
It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
database for programmatic easy access later.

Status:
I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
:) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
(I can dream :D)

---

11. Random Good WP India article tool
By: Shakti and Sharath

What it does:
It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them

Status:
It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
deemed 'good'. The source code is available
(https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
work on

---

12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
By: Bharath

What it does:
The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
the process.

Status:
Code is available at
http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
(and awesome!) candidate!

---

13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
(Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: SrikanthLogic

What it does:
Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
to make a proper patch!

Status:
It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
Should be merged in soon. Yay!

Honorable Mentions
===================
1. WikiPronouncer
By: Russel Nickson

What it was supposed to do:
Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
the go.

Status:
Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
this finished.

---

2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
By: PranavRC

What it was supposed to do:
It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
by interwiki links).

Status:
The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
up and show us the pretty graphs :)

So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
call this one a success, no? :)

Next Steps
==========
Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:

1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
be feasible.
2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?


Thanks due (in random order)
============================

1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
(@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
Thanks!
3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
possible!
4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
involved in that logistical process too!)

Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
me know as well!

Thanks!

-
Yuvi Panda T
http://yuvi.in

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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Srikanth Lakshmanan
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On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 13:47, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

+1, it was indeed super awesome!
 
1. Wikiquotes via SMS
By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik

Status:
Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to <a href="tel:9243342000" value="+919243342000" target="_blank">9243342000 to test it
out! Has limited data right now, however.

They continue to work on making it more simpler, rich by giving an api which can tweet etc. They also need help with manually entering quotes, if you are interested, please ping me off list. (TxtWeb is an awesome platform and lot of people do use it, a fine example being dyk-plugin I wrote at Mumbai hackathon and never said a word outside this mailing list is getting 30 hits a day, even today!)
 
13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
(Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: SrikanthLogic

This was an "easy" patch sitting in openhatch for sometime now. 
 
Status:
It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
Should be merged in soon. Yay!

I should be commit to gerrit soon, still reading through workflow.
 
Next Steps
==========
Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:

More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?

+1, these also make more people aware that they can hack on Wikimedia stuff!
 
Thanks due (in random order)
============================

1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
(@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.

Big thanks to Balaji / Thoughtworks who have always been supportive to us(The first Wikimeetup in Chennai happened in Nov 2010 @ old thoughtworks office) Venue was just perfect.
 
3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
it was executed in a nice way. 

It just happened with @tecoholic asking me "WHY NO HACKATHON IN CHENNAI" after not being able to attend Mumbai / Pune ones and Sumana asking me why don't do I help doing one.
 
Yuvipanda missed to thank himself,for being patient to all my prodding over a month, adding a bunch of ideas and for being awesome helping everyone at hackathon and in the process chose not to work on his AssessmentBar hack.But this made sure a many others completed their hacks :) (Sorry AshLin, you will get AssessmentBar very soon!)

Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) 

+1 and I do hope lot of them continue to hack for Wikimedia :)

Some pictures here. (Urge to sign in more languages like any other India hackathon made people use Greek, base64, Morse Code && Yuvi managed to spell his name right this time! :))

http://www.flickr.com/yuvi (more will be uploaded shortly and moved to commons)

--
Regards
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Konarak Ratnakar
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Hi guys,
Congratulations on the success of the Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon. 
I have two requests.
1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?
2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?
Regards,
Konarak Ratnakar | kondi

PS: Yuvi Panda that mail I accidently sent you was supposed to be sent on this list.

> From: [hidden email]

> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:47:29 +0530
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.
>
> TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
> tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
> awesome and super productive!
>
> The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
> Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
> happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
> Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.
>
> The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
> getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
> soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
> hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
> people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.
>
> People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
> and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
> usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
> Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
> concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
> did have quite a few demos!
>
> Demos
> =====
>
> Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
> order in which they were presented:
>
> 1. Wikiquotes via SMS
> By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik
>
> What it does:
> Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
> back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
> as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.
>
> Status:
> Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
> out! Has limited data right now, however.
>
> ---
>
> 2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: Vivek
>
> What it does:
> Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
> as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
> single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
> attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.
>
> Status:
> It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
> figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
> Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)
>
> ---
>
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
>
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
>
> Status:
> Code and the dataset live on github:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list
>
> ---
>
> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
>
> What it does:
> Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
> and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
> process much more streamlined and faster.
>
> Status:
> Code available at:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
> Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
> words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons
>
> ---
>
> 5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
> By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]
>
> What he did:
> Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
> used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
> one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
> multiple columns for faster scanning
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
> checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
> use, so yay!
>
> (He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
> issues with the laptop he was using.
>
> ---
>
> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> By: Ashwanth
>
> What it does:
> Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
> search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
> searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
> accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
> query information in a natural way.
>
> Status:
> The code is available at
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
> would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
> the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
> specific cool tool.
>
> ---
>
> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> By: Ganesh
>
> What it does:
> Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
> address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
> be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
> outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
> phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
> limitations.
>
> Status:
> He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
> technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
> interested in setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
> hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
> able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
> further with a specific goal in mind.
>
> ---
>
> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
> By: Feroze
>
> What it does:
> There is a project called qvido
> (http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
> 'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
> heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
> time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
> build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
> demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
> the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.
>
> Status:
> There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
> code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
> offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
> take this forward.
>
> ---
>
> 9. Patches to AssessmentBar
> By: gsathya
>
> What it does:
> AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
> assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
> announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
> backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
> projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
> contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
> core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
> data.
>
> Status:
> There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
> that I need to merge :)
>
> ---
>
> 10. Parsing Movie data into a database
> By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya
>
> What it does:
> It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
> it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
> because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
> in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
> to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
> database for programmatic easy access later.
>
> Status:
> I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
> believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
> :) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
> that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
> help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
> movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
> this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
> sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
> (I can dream :D)
>
> ---
>
> 11. Random Good WP India article tool
> By: Shakti and Sharath
>
> What it does:
> It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
> time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
> who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
> but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
> Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
> any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
> mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
> day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them
>
> Status:
> It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
> that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
> deemed 'good'. The source code is available
> (https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
> do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
> find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
> work on
>
> ---
>
> 12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
> By: Bharath
>
> What it does:
> The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
> via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
> right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
> you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
> find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
> started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
> several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
> get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
> the process.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at
> http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!
>
> ---
>
> 13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
> (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: SrikanthLogic
>
> What it does:
> Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
> wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
> core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
> He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
> to make a proper patch!
>
> Status:
> It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
> Should be merged in soon. Yay!
>
> Honorable Mentions
> ===================
> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
> commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
> the go.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
> ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
> completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
> complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.
>
> ---
>
> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)
>
> So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
> call this one a success, no? :)
>
> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.
> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?
>
>
> Thanks due (in random order)
> ============================
>
> 1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
> Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
> nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
> considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
> (@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
> been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
> 2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
> Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
> He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
> Thanks!
> 3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
> it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
> made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
> started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
> picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
> in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
> Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
> possible!
> 4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
> been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
> lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
> there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
> Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
> 5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
> involved in that logistical process too!)
>
> Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
> dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
> Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
> touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
> number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
> that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
> contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
> and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
> standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
> me know as well!
>
> Thanks!
>
> -
> Yuvi Panda T
> http://yuvi.in
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Bala Jeyaraman
Congratulations yuvi, srikanth and others involved. The amount of productive work done is simply awesome.

A feature request for future hackathons:

An online tool/gadget/extension for conversion of .wav/.mp3 to ,ogg files is required. This could be made part of the commons upload wizard itself (where people click an extra option while uploading a .mp3/.wav file and it gets saved as a .ogg file).


-
Bala


On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Konarak Ratnakar <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi guys,
Congratulations on the success of the Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon. 
I have two requests.
1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?
2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?
Regards,
Konarak Ratnakar | kondi

PS: Yuvi Panda that mail I accidently sent you was supposed to be sent on this list.

> From: [hidden email]
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:47:29 +0530
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

>
> The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

>
> TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
> tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
> awesome and super productive!
>
> The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
> Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
> happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
> Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.
>
> The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
> getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
> soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
> hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
> people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.
>
> People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
> and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
> usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
> Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
> concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
> did have quite a few demos!
>
> Demos
> =====
>
> Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
> order in which they were presented:

>
> 1. Wikiquotes via SMS
> By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik
>
> What it does:
> Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
> back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
> as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

>
> Status:
> Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
> out! Has limited data right now, however.
>
> ---
>
> 2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: Vivek
>
> What it does:
> Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
> as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
> single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
> attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.
>
> Status:
> It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
> figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
> Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)
>
> ---
>
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
>
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
>
> Status:
> Code and the dataset live on github:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list
>
> ---
>
> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
>
> What it does:
> Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
> and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
> process much more streamlined and faster.
>
> Status:
> Code available at:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
> Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
> words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons
>
> ---
>
> 5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
> By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]
>
> What he did:
> Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
> used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
> one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
> multiple columns for faster scanning
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
> checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
> use, so yay!
>
> (He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
> issues with the laptop he was using.
>
> ---
>
> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> By: Ashwanth
>
> What it does:
> Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
> search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
> searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
> accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
> query information in a natural way.
>
> Status:
> The code is available at
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
> would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
> the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
> specific cool tool.
>
> ---
>
> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> By: Ganesh
>
> What it does:
> Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
> address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
> be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
> outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
> phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
> limitations.
>
> Status:
> He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
> technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
> interested in setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
> hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
> able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
> further with a specific goal in mind.
>
> ---
>
> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
> By: Feroze
>
> What it does:
> There is a project called qvido
> (http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
> 'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
> heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
> time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
> build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
> demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
> the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.
>
> Status:
> There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
> code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
> offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
> take this forward.
>
> ---
>
> 9. Patches to AssessmentBar
> By: gsathya
>
> What it does:
> AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
> assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
> announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
> backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
> projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
> contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
> core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
> data.
>
> Status:
> There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
> that I need to merge :)
>
> ---
>
> 10. Parsing Movie data into a database
> By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya
>
> What it does:
> It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
> it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
> because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
> in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
> to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
> database for programmatic easy access later.
>
> Status:
> I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
> believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
> :) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
> that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
> help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
> movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
> this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
> sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
> (I can dream :D)
>
> ---
>
> 11. Random Good WP India article tool
> By: Shakti and Sharath
>
> What it does:
> It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
> time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
> who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
> but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
> Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
> any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
> mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
> day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them
>
> Status:
> It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
> that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
> deemed 'good'. The source code is available
> (https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
> do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
> find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
> work on
>
> ---
>
> 12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
> By: Bharath
>
> What it does:
> The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
> via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
> right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
> you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
> find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
> started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
> several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
> get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
> the process.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at
> http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!
>
> ---

>
> 13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
> (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: SrikanthLogic
>
> What it does:
> Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
> wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
> core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
> He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
> to make a proper patch!

>
> Status:
> It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
> Should be merged in soon. Yay!
>
> Honorable Mentions
> ===================
> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
> commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
> the go.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
> ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
> completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
> complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.
>
> ---
>
> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)
>
> So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
> call this one a success, no? :)

>
> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.
> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers

> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?
>
>
> Thanks due (in random order)
> ============================
>
> 1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
> Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
> nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
> considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
> (@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
> been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
> 2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
> Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
> He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
> Thanks!

> 3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
> it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
> made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
> started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
> picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
> in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
> Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
> possible!
> 4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
> been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
> lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
> there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
> Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
> 5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
> involved in that logistical process too!)

>
> Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
> dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
> Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
> touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
> number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
> that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
> contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
> and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
> standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
> me know as well!
>
> Thanks!
>
> -
> Yuvi Panda T
> http://yuvi.in
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

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> 1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or
> english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?

Here it is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd4KNbNX4_Y


> 2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on
> voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?

https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary/blob/master/README

Thanks for your interest.

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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Gerard Meijssen-3
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Hoi,
I have done some blogging about the Chennai hackathon. Really good news is that one of the tools, the "Random Good WP India article tool" is now available on line at srik.me/WPIndia . 
Thanks,
      Gerard


PS there is more to tell :)


On 27 March 2012 10:17, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
awesome and super productive!

The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
Mediawiki patches.

The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
- half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.

People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
did have quite a few demos!

Demos
=====

Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
order in which they were presented:

1. Wikiquotes via SMS
By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik

What it does:
Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

Status:
Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
out! Has limited data right now, however.

---

2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: Vivek

What it does:
Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.

Status:
It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)

---

3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
By: Shrinivasan T

What it does:
It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.

Status:
Code and the dataset live on github:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list

---

4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt

What it does:
Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
process much more streamlined and faster.

Status:
Code available at:
https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
properly upload to commons

---

5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]

What he did:
Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
multiple columns for faster scanning
(http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
use, so yay!

(He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
issues with the laptop he was using.

---

6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
By: Ashwanth

What it does:
Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
query information in a natural way.

Status:
The code is available at
https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
specific cool tool.

---

7. Photo upload to commons by Email
By: Ganesh

What it does:
Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
limitations.

Status:
He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
interested in   setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
further with a specific goal in mind.

---

8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
By: Feroze

What it does:
There is a project called qvido
(http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.

Status:
There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
take this forward.

---

9. Patches to AssessmentBar
By: gsathya

What it does:
AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
data.

Status:
There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
that I need to merge :)

---

10. Parsing Movie data into a database
By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya

What it does:
It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
database for programmatic easy access later.

Status:
I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
:) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
(I can dream :D)

---

11. Random Good WP India article tool
By: Shakti and Sharath

What it does:
It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them

Status:
It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
deemed 'good'. The source code is available
(https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
work on

---

12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
By: Bharath

What it does:
The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
the process.

Status:
Code is available at
http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
(and awesome!) candidate!

---

13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
(Mediawiki Core Patch)
By: SrikanthLogic

What it does:
Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
to make a proper patch!

Status:
It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
Should be merged in soon. Yay!

Honorable Mentions
===================
1. WikiPronouncer
By: Russel Nickson

What it was supposed to do:
Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
the go.

Status:
Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
this finished.

---

2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
By: PranavRC

What it was supposed to do:
It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
by interwiki links).

Status:
The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
up and show us the pretty graphs :)

So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
call this one a success, no? :)

Next Steps
==========
Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:

1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
be feasible.
2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?


Thanks due (in random order)
============================

1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
(@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
Thanks!
3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
possible!
4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
involved in that logistical process too!)

Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
me know as well!

Thanks!

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On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 3:27 PM, Gerard Meijssen <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hoi,
I have done some blogging about the Chennai hackathon. Really good news is that one of the tools, the "Random Good WP India article tool" is now available on line at srik.me/WPIndia

OMG!  I love this.  The first article that turned up when I clicked on the link was:

 

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Ashwin Baindur
Hey, it turned up the following articles for me:


Not Good articles at all.

Sincerely, Ashwin


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Hoi,
I have done some blogging about the Chennai hackathon. Really good news is that one of the tools, the "Random Good WP India article tool" is now available on line at srik.me/WPIndia

OMG!  I love this.  The first article that turned up when I clicked on the link was:

 


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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

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On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 16:22, Ashwin Baindur <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hey, it turned up the following articles for me:


Not Good articles at all.

From the original mail.

It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every time you go there. Its "Good" as in good for reading, not necessarily GA
 
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Ashwin Baindur
he he he, you fooled us!

Ashwin

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On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 16:22, Ashwin Baindur <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hey, it turned up the following articles for me:


Not Good articles at all.

From the original mail.

It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every time you go there. Its "Good" as in good for reading, not necessarily GA
 
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

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Hey bala!

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Bala Jeyaraman <[hidden email]> wrote:
 
An online tool/gadget/extension for conversion of .wav/.mp3 to ,ogg files is required. This could be made part of the commons upload wizard itself (where people click an extra option while uploading a .mp3/.wav file and it gets saved as a .ogg file).


Building such a server (that does conversion) is a relatively simple technical process, and something I'm willing to start undertaking. What kind of UploadWizard integration are you looking for? 
 

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Konarak Ratnakar <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi guys,
Congratulations on the success of the Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon. 
I have two requests.
1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?
2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?
Regards,
Konarak Ratnakar | kondi

PS: Yuvi Panda that mail I accidently sent you was supposed to be sent on this list.

> From: [hidden email]
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:47:29 +0530
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

>
> The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

>
> TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
> tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
> awesome and super productive!
>
> The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
> Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
> happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
> Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.
>
> The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
> getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
> soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
> hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
> people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.
>
> People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
> and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
> usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
> Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
> concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
> did have quite a few demos!
>
> Demos
> =====
>
> Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
> order in which they were presented:

>
> 1. Wikiquotes via SMS
> By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik
>
> What it does:
> Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
> back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
> as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

>
> Status:
> Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
> out! Has limited data right now, however.
>
> ---
>
> 2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: Vivek
>
> What it does:
> Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
> as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
> single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
> attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.
>
> Status:
> It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
> figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
> Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)
>
> ---
>
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
>
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
>
> Status:
> Code and the dataset live on github:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list
>
> ---
>
> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
>
> What it does:
> Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
> and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
> process much more streamlined and faster.
>
> Status:
> Code available at:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
> Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
> words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons
>
> ---
>
> 5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
> By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]
>
> What he did:
> Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
> used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
> one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
> multiple columns for faster scanning
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
> checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
> use, so yay!
>
> (He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
> issues with the laptop he was using.
>
> ---
>
> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> By: Ashwanth
>
> What it does:
> Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
> search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
> searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
> accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
> query information in a natural way.
>
> Status:
> The code is available at
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
> would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
> the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
> specific cool tool.
>
> ---
>
> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> By: Ganesh
>
> What it does:
> Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
> address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
> be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
> outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
> phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
> limitations.
>
> Status:
> He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
> technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
> interested in setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
> hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
> able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
> further with a specific goal in mind.
>
> ---
>
> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
> By: Feroze
>
> What it does:
> There is a project called qvido
> (http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
> 'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
> heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
> time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
> build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
> demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
> the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.
>
> Status:
> There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
> code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
> offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
> take this forward.
>
> ---
>
> 9. Patches to AssessmentBar
> By: gsathya
>
> What it does:
> AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
> assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
> announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
> backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
> projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
> contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
> core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
> data.
>
> Status:
> There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
> that I need to merge :)
>
> ---
>
> 10. Parsing Movie data into a database
> By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya
>
> What it does:
> It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
> it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
> because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
> in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
> to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
> database for programmatic easy access later.
>
> Status:
> I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
> believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
> :) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
> that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
> help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
> movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
> this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
> sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
> (I can dream :D)
>
> ---
>
> 11. Random Good WP India article tool
> By: Shakti and Sharath
>
> What it does:
> It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
> time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
> who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
> but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
> Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
> any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
> mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
> day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them
>
> Status:
> It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
> that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
> deemed 'good'. The source code is available
> (https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
> do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
> find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
> work on
>
> ---
>
> 12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
> By: Bharath
>
> What it does:
> The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
> via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
> right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
> you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
> find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
> started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
> several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
> get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
> the process.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at
> http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!
>
> ---

>
> 13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
> (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: SrikanthLogic
>
> What it does:
> Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
> wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
> core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
> He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
> to make a proper patch!

>
> Status:
> It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
> Should be merged in soon. Yay!
>
> Honorable Mentions
> ===================
> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
> commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
> the go.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
> ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
> completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
> complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.
>
> ---
>
> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)
>
> So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
> call this one a success, no? :)

>
> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.
> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers

> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?
>
>
> Thanks due (in random order)
> ============================
>
> 1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
> Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
> nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
> considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
> (@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
> been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
> 2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
> Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
> He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
> Thanks!

> 3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
> it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
> made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
> started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
> picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
> in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
> Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
> possible!
> 4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
> been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
> lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
> there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
> Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
> 5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
> involved in that logistical process too!)

>
> Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
> dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
> Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
> touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
> number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
> that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
> contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
> and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
> standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
> me know as well!
>
> Thanks!
>
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> http://yuvi.in
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Yuvi, 
Is it possible for the upload wizard to automatically 'detect' the filetype based on the extension and offer to convert it into the required filetype?
This would be great for audio and video.


On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 5:20 AM, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hey bala!

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Bala Jeyaraman <[hidden email]> wrote:
 
An online tool/gadget/extension for conversion of .wav/.mp3 to ,ogg files is required. This could be made part of the commons upload wizard itself (where people click an extra option while uploading a .mp3/.wav file and it gets saved as a .ogg file).


Building such a server (that does conversion) is a relatively simple technical process, and something I'm willing to start undertaking. What kind of UploadWizard integration are you looking for? 
 

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Konarak Ratnakar <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi guys,
Congratulations on the success of the Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon. 
I have two requests.
1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?
2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?
Regards,
Konarak Ratnakar | kondi

PS: Yuvi Panda that mail I accidently sent you was supposed to be sent on this list.

> From: [hidden email]
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:47:29 +0530
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

>
> The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

>
> TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
> tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
> awesome and super productive!
>
> The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
> Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
> happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
> Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.
>
> The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
> getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
> soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
> hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
> people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.
>
> People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
> and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
> usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
> Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
> concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
> did have quite a few demos!
>
> Demos
> =====
>
> Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
> order in which they were presented:

>
> 1. Wikiquotes via SMS
> By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik
>
> What it does:
> Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
> back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
> as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

>
> Status:
> Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
> out! Has limited data right now, however.
>
> ---
>
> 2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: Vivek
>
> What it does:
> Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
> as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
> single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
> attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.
>
> Status:
> It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
> figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
> Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)
>
> ---
>
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
>
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
>
> Status:
> Code and the dataset live on github:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list
>
> ---
>
> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
>
> What it does:
> Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
> and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
> process much more streamlined and faster.
>
> Status:
> Code available at:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
> Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
> words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons
>
> ---
>
> 5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
> By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]
>
> What he did:
> Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
> used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
> one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
> multiple columns for faster scanning
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
> checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
> use, so yay!
>
> (He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
> issues with the laptop he was using.
>
> ---
>
> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> By: Ashwanth
>
> What it does:
> Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
> search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
> searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
> accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
> query information in a natural way.
>
> Status:
> The code is available at
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
> would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
> the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
> specific cool tool.
>
> ---
>
> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> By: Ganesh
>
> What it does:
> Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
> address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
> be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
> outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
> phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
> limitations.
>
> Status:
> He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
> technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
> interested in setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
> hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
> able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
> further with a specific goal in mind.
>
> ---
>
> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
> By: Feroze
>
> What it does:
> There is a project called qvido
> (http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
> 'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
> heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
> time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
> build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
> demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
> the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.
>
> Status:
> There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
> code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
> offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
> take this forward.
>
> ---
>
> 9. Patches to AssessmentBar
> By: gsathya
>
> What it does:
> AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
> assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
> announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
> backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
> projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
> contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
> core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
> data.
>
> Status:
> There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
> that I need to merge :)
>
> ---
>
> 10. Parsing Movie data into a database
> By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya
>
> What it does:
> It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
> it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
> because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
> in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
> to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
> database for programmatic easy access later.
>
> Status:
> I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
> believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
> :) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
> that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
> help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
> movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
> this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
> sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
> (I can dream :D)
>
> ---
>
> 11. Random Good WP India article tool
> By: Shakti and Sharath
>
> What it does:
> It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
> time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
> who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
> but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
> Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
> any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
> mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
> day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them
>
> Status:
> It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
> that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
> deemed 'good'. The source code is available
> (https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
> do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
> find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
> work on
>
> ---
>
> 12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
> By: Bharath
>
> What it does:
> The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
> via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
> right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
> you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
> find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
> started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
> several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
> get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
> the process.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at
> http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!
>
> ---

>
> 13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
> (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: SrikanthLogic
>
> What it does:
> Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
> wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
> core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
> He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
> to make a proper patch!

>
> Status:
> It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
> Should be merged in soon. Yay!
>
> Honorable Mentions
> ===================
> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
> commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
> the go.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
> ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
> completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
> complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.
>
> ---
>
> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)
>
> So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
> call this one a success, no? :)

>
> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.
> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers

> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?
>
>
> Thanks due (in random order)
> ============================
>
> 1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
> Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
> nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
> considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
> (@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
> been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
> 2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
> Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
> He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
> Thanks!

> 3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
> it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
> made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
> started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
> picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
> in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
> Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
> possible!
> 4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
> been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
> lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
> there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
> Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
> 5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
> involved in that logistical process too!)

>
> Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
> dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
> Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
> touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
> number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
> that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
> contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
> and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
> standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
> me know as well!
>
> Thanks!
>
> -
> Yuvi Panda T
> http://yuvi.in
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Re: Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

Yuvi Panda


On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <[hidden email]> wrote:
Yuvi, 
Is it possible for the upload wizard to automatically 'detect' the filetype based on the extension and offer to convert it into the required filetype?
This would be great for audio and video.

It is technically possible and something that WMF is looking at (IIRC). However, the troubles are mostly legal in nature - MP3 and H264 (major audio and video formats) are patented and have a lot of restrictions involved in them. Navigating through those is quite a mess, and I'm not sure if they can even be navigated at all (considering the 'free everything' philosophy).

What we *can* do is have a third party tool that converts audio/video from any source into a 'free' source that commons will accept. This also has legal issues, however. But they will be towards the third party providing the tool, rather than towards Wikipedia itself. 

This is primarily a legal problem, rather than a technical problem. I'm not particularly sure how to handle this.

 

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 5:20 AM, Yuvi Panda <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hey bala!

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM, Bala Jeyaraman <[hidden email]> wrote:
 
An online tool/gadget/extension for conversion of .wav/.mp3 to ,ogg files is required. This could be made part of the commons upload wizard itself (where people click an extra option while uploading a .mp3/.wav file and it gets saved as a .ogg file).


Building such a server (that does conversion) is a relatively simple technical process, and something I'm willing to start undertaking. What kind of UploadWizard integration are you looking for? 
 

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Konarak Ratnakar <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi guys,
Congratulations on the success of the Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon. 
I have two requests.
1. Can Shrinivasan (or anyone else) provide us with english subtitles or english audio of the video that you uploaded on Youtube?
2. Can Shrinivasan update the Readme file on voice-recorder-for-tawictionary / repo?
Regards,
Konarak Ratnakar | kondi

PS: Yuvi Panda that mail I accidently sent you was supposed to be sent on this list.

> From: [hidden email]
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:47:29 +0530
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report

>
> The Chennai Unofficial Wikimedia Hackathon Report
>
> Apologies for the delayed email. Work ate me.

>
> TL;DR: 13 completed hacks, including 2 core mediawiki patches, 3
> tawiki userscript updates and 2 new deployed tools. It was super
> awesome and super productive!
>
> The 'Unofficial' Chennai Wikimedia
> Hackathon(http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012)
> happened on Saturday, March 17 2012 at the Thoughtworks office in
> Chennai. It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.
>
> The event started with us sailing past security reasonably easily, and
> getting setup with internet without a glitch. People trickled in and
> soon enough we had 21 people in there. Since this was a pure
> hackathon, there were no explicit tutorials or presentations. As
> people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.
>
> People started hacking, and just before lunch we made people come up
> and tell us what they were working on. We then broke for lunch and
> usual socialization happened over McDonalds burgers and Saravana
> Bhavan dosas. Hacking started soon after, and people were
> concentrating on getting their hacks done before the demo time. And we
> did have quite a few demos!
>
> Demos
> =====
>
> Here's a short description of each of the demos, written purely in the
> order in which they were presented:

>
> 1. Wikiquotes via SMS
> By: @MadhuVishy and @YesKarthik
>
> What it does:
> Send a person name to a particular number, and you'll keep getting
> back quotes from that person. Works in similar semi-automated fashion
> as the DYKBot. Built on AppEngine + Python.

>
> Status:
> Deployed live! Send SMS '@wikiquote Gandhi' to 9243342000 to test it
> out! Has limited data right now, however.
>
> ---
>
> 2. API to Rotate Images (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: Vivek
>
> What it does:
> Adds an API method that can arbitrarily rotate images. Think of this
> as first step towards being able to rotate any image in commons with a
> single button instantly, without having to wait for a bot. Patch was
> attached to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/33186.
>
> Status:
> It was reviewed on that day itself (Thanks Reedy!). Vivek is now
> figuring out how to modify his patch so that it would be accepted into
> Mediawiki core. Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)
>
> ---
>
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
>
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
>
> Status:
> Code and the dataset live on github:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/tamil-wikipedia-word-list
>
> ---
>
> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
>
> What it does:
> Simple python program that gives you a word, asks you to pronounce it
> and then uploads it to commons for being used in Wiktionary. Makes the
> process much more streamlined and faster.
>
> Status:
> Code available at:
> https://github.com/tshrinivasan/voice-recorder-for-tawictionary.
> Preliminary testing with his friends shows that easy to record 500
> words in half an hour. Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons
>
> ---
>
> 5. Translation of Gadgets/UserScripts to tawiki
> By: SuryaPrakash [[:ta:பயனர்:Surya_Prakash.S.A.]]
>
> What he did:
> Surya spent the day translating two gadgets into Tamil, so they can be
> used on tawiki. First is the 'Prove It' Reference addition tool
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-ProveIt.js). The second
> one was the 'Speed Reader' extension that formats content into
> multiple columns for faster scanning
> (http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Gadget-TwoColumn.js). Last I
> checked, these are available for anyone with only tamil knowledge to
> use, so yay!
>
> (He also tried to localize Twinkle for Tamil, couldn't because of
> issues with the laptop he was using.
>
> ---
>
> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> By: Ashwanth
>
> What it does:
> Built a tool that combined DBPedia and Wikipedia to allow you to
> search in a semantic way. We almost descended into madness with people
> searching for movies with Kamal and movies with Rajni (both provided
> accurate results, btw). Amazing search tool that made it super easy to
> query information in a natural way.
>
> Status:
> The code is available at
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search. Definitely
> would be awesome to see this deployed somewhere, so would be great if
> the community could come up with specific ideas on how to make this a
> specific cool tool.
>
> ---
>
> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> By: Ganesh
>
> What it does:
> Started with building a tool that will let you email a particular
> address with pictures + metadata in the body of the page, and it will
> be uploaded to commons. This was for the benefit of people with older
> outdated phones *cough*Logic*cough* who would like to use their
> phone's camera to contribute to commons, but can not due to technical
> limitations.
>
> Status:
> He wasn't able to get that to work during the hackathon - too many
> technical issues cropped up. However, he's *very* definitely
> interested in setting it up, and has made progress towards it. I
> hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?) should be
> able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could be developed
> further with a specific goal in mind.
>
> ---
>
> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader
> By: Feroze
>
> What it does:
> There is a project called qvido
> (http://projects.qi-hardware.com/index.php/p/qvido/) which was a
> 'lightweight' offline Wiki reader (compared to Kiwix, which is
> heavier). It has been abandoned for a while, however. Feroze took the
> time to revive the project, figure out how to build it (and wrote
> build instructions!) and also fixed a bug so that it can be used to
> demo showing offline Wiki navigation. He was able to demo it showing
> the Odiya Wikipedia dump offline, with working link navigation.
>
> Status:
> There exists a git repo (https://github.com/feroze/qvido) with the
> code + the build instructions. I hope that people interested in
> offline projects check this out and see if it can be made useful, and
> take this forward.
>
> ---
>
> 9. Patches to AssessmentBar
> By: gsathya
>
> What it does:
> AssessmentBar is a small widget/tool I'm building to make WP India
> assessments easier (at the request of User:AshLin. Stay tuned for an
> announcement in the next few days). Sathya spent time making the
> backend for it more scalable, so the same server can support multiple
> projects and concurrent users in a better way. Before that he was
> contemplating setting up a hidden Tor node for Wikipedia (he's a Tor
> core contributor) and then playing with data visualizations with WP
> data.
>
> Status:
> There is a pull request (https://github.com/yuvipanda/MadamHut/pull/2)
> that I need to merge :)
>
> ---
>
> 10. Parsing Movie data into a database
> By: Arunmozhi (Tecoholic) and Lavanya
>
> What it does:
> It scrapes the infoboxes of all movies from whatever category you give
> it and stores this into a database. This is harder than it sounds
> because parsing wikitext is similar to beating yourself up repeatedly
> in the head with a large trout. They managed to figure out a nice way
> to extract information from all Indian movie pages, and put it in a
> database for programmatic easy access later.
>
> Status:
> I've asked them to put the code up publicly somewhere, and since I
> believe Tecoholic is in this mailing list, he'll reply with the link
> :) These kinds of data scraping can be used to build very nice tools
> that show off how much information Wikipedia has, and perhaps also
> help people contribute back by editing information for their favorite
> movies. I hope the community comes up with a nice idea to utilize
> this, and takes this project forward to its ultimate destiny: A super
> sexy IMDB type site for Indian Movies with data sourced from Wikipedia
> (I can dream :D)
>
> ---
>
> 11. Random Good WP India article tool
> By: Shakti and Sharath
>
> What it does:
> It is a simple tool that shows you one B, A, GA or FA article every
> time you go there. The idea is to provide a usable service for people
> who want to accumulate lots of knowledge by randomly reading stuff,
> but only want good stuff (so stubs, etc are filtered out (unlike
> Special:Random)). I'll also note that neither of them had worked with
> any web service before the hackathon, nor with JSON, nor with the
> mediawiki API, yet were able to build and deploy this tool within the
> day. /me gives a virtual imaginary barnstar to either of them
>
> Status:
> It is currently deployed at http://srik.me/WPIndia. Everytime you hit
> that link, you'll get an article about India that the community has
> deemed 'good'. The source code is available
> (https://github.com/saki92/category-based-search). They are eager to
> do more hacks such as these, and I'm hoping that the community will
> find enough technical cool things for these enthusiastic volunteers to
> work on
>
> ---
>
> 12. Fix bugs on tawiki ShortURL gadget
> By: Bharath
>
> What it does:
> The short url service used in tawiki (tawp.in) is shown in the wiki
> via a gadget. It is not the most user friendly gadget - you need to
> right click and select copy. Bharath looked for a solution by which
> you could click it and it would copy to the clipboard, but did not
> find any that would work without flash. Hence he abandoned that and
> started figuring out easier ways of making that happen. He also fixed
> several bugs in the implementation of the gadget, and I expect it to
> get deployed soonish. Thanks to SrikanthLogic for helping him through
> the process.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at
> http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%8D:Bharathkaush/shorturl.js.
> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!
>
> ---

>
> 13. Add 'My Uploads' to top bar along with My Contributions, etc
> (Mediawiki Core Patch)
> By: SrikanthLogic
>
> What it does:
> Not satisfied with being the organizer of the hackathon, Srikanth
> wanted to flex his programming muscles and spent time fixing a bug in
> core mediawiki (https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30915).
> He spent a while digging around the proper way to do this, and managed
> to make a proper patch!

>
> Status:
> It has been committed in gerrit (currently unable to find a link).
> Should be merged in soon. Yay!
>
> Honorable Mentions
> ===================
> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> Exactly like Shrini's tool to record word pronunciations and upload to
> commons, but written for Android so people could add prononciations on
> the go.
>
> Status:
> Code is available at https://github.com/russelnickson/pronouncer. He
> ran into technical issues with Android setup (it stops working
> completely if you look at it the wrong way), and was unable to
> complete this. I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.
>
> ---
>
> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)
>
> So, in all, 13 demos were produced (+ 2 near misses). I think we can
> call this one a success, no? :)

>
> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.
> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?
> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers

> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?
>
>
> Thanks due (in random order)
> ============================
>
> 1. Thoughtworks/BalajiDamodaran: He graciously hosted us at
> Thoughtworks. The biggest challenge for any hackathon is to find a
> nice place which understands what hackathons are, and provides what is
> considered the lifeblood of a hackathon - working WiFi. Balaji
> (@openbala) was incredibly awesome, and this entire thing would've not
> been possible at all without him and ThoughtWorks.
> 2. Dorai Thodla: He helped popularize the hackathon among the Chennai
> Geeks crowd, and acted as a sounding board at various important times.
> He also connected us with @openbala and enabled us to get the venue.
> Thanks!

> 3. Srikanth Lakshmanan: The hackathon was his idea, and he made sure
> it was executed in a nice way. He was the official 'organizer', and
> made sure that all logistics were taken care of. Once the event
> started, he was very helpful in helping people technically and in
> picking up ideas, while also hacking on his own patch. This event was,
> in essence, organized and run by him. He took an overnight trip from
> Hyderabad straight out of office just for this. Thanks for making this
> possible!
> 4. Shrini (aka the relentless forwarder): This event wouldn't have
> been as much a success without him either. Evangelism across multiple
> lists, adding a lot of ideas that could be done, helping the people
> there out technically at all times and writing two really good hacks -
> Thank you! I'm glad we get to keep you :)
> 5. Subhashish Panighrahi: For sending us stickers :D (And who all is
> involved in that logistical process too!)

>
> Most of all, this event was a success because of the quality and
> dedication of the people who turned up, giving up their Saturdays.
> Hope everyone who turned up had a nice time :) I am personally in
> touch with most of them, and I also have their email address, phone
> number *and* permission to contact them again. If anyone here thinks
> that they liked one of the hacks and want to take it further, please
> contact me (User:Yuvipanda on Mediawiki.org or [hidden email])
> and I'll get you people in touch. If there is a more accepted,
> standard way of handling this type of private information, please let
> me know as well!
>
> Thanks!
>
> -
> Yuvi Panda T
> http://yuvi.in
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Yuvi, much thanks to you, to Srikanthlogic, and to the others who made
this event possible.  It sounds like a great success.  Sorry for the
late reply.

> It was a one day, 8 hour event focusing on getting people
> together to hack on stuff related to all Wikimedia projects - not just
> Mediawiki patches.

Fantastic idea.  And one-day events are a totally reasonable length, and
easier for first-time event-runners to run.

> As people came in, we asked them what technologies/fields they are
> familiar with, and picked out an idea for them to work on from the
> Ideas List (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012/Ideas).
> This took care of the biggest problem with hackathons with new people
> - half the day spent on figuring out what to work on, and when found,
> it is completely outside the domain of expertise of the people hacking
> on the idea. Talking together with them fast to pick an idea within 5
> minutes that they can complete in the day fixed this problem and made
> sure people can concentrate on coding for the rest of the day.

That's a really great tactic and one that I hope to copy for future
outreach events.  Can you add it (and any other tricks up your sleeve)
to
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Volunteer_coordination_and_outreach/Event_planning
?

> Demos
> =====

I strongly appreciate your consolidated list of names and links -- thanks.

> Vivek is also applying to work with Mediawiki for
> GSoC, so we will hopefully get a long term contributor :)

And of course anyone is welcome to work with us outside of GSoC as well.
 (obligatory reminder)

I forwarded the "all unique words in Tamil Wikipedia" project link to
the researchers on wiki-research-l.

> 4. Program to help record pronunciations for words in tawikt
> Is currently blocked on figuring out a way to
> properly upload to commons

You should consider consulting Maarten Dammers and Ryan Kaldari on that
as they are seasoned experts on the social and technical intricacies of
Commons mass upload.

> 6. Structured database search over Wikipedia
> https://github.com/ashwanthkumar/structured-wiki-search.

You could tell Ashwanth to get in touch with those "Swipe" folks from
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21625-new-search-tool-to-unlock-wikipedia.html
.

> 7. Photo upload to commons by Email
> I hope someone from the community (perhaps people doing WLM?)
> should be able to get in touch with him to see if this tool could
> be developed further with a specific goal in mind.

Yes, talk to Maarten and to the Wiki Loves Monuments people.

> 8. Lightweight offline Wiki reader

I presume you've already told offline-l?  :-)

> He's still fixing things on the script. If the community needs people
> to come fix up their user scripts/gadgets, Bharath would be a willing
> (and awesome!) candidate!

That sounds terrific! Please do ask him to contact me.

> 1. WikiPronouncer
> By: Russel Nickson

> I think this would still be a very useful tool, and
> hope someone from the community steps up to work with Russel and get
> this finished.

Talking with Yuvi to ask him about getting developers who know Android
involved.  (mobile-l.)

> 2. Wiktionary cross lingual statistics
> By: PranavRC
>
> What it was supposed to do:
> It was a statistical tool that generated statistics about how many
> words overlap between all indic languages in Wiktionary (as measured
> by interwiki links).
>
> Status:
> The code has been written (I've requested the author to put it up
> publicly, will update list when it is). It, however, requires a lot of
> time to be run. So validation by the community that such stats would
> be useful would, IMO, definitely give Pranav the impetus to finish it
> up and show us the pretty graphs :)

Ask wiki-research-l and point them to Pranav's code?  If you aren't on
that list, give me an email to forward and I will. Or ask Dario to do so.

> Next Steps
> ==========
> Where do we go from here? Random thoughts:
>
> 1. Geek retention - this is reasonably easy. If we keep feeding
> hackers interesting problems that affect a lot of people, they'll keep
> helping us out. Is it possible to have some sort of a 'tools required'
> or 'hacks required' or 'gadgets required' page/queue someplace where
> we can always direct hackers looking for interesting problems to? IMO
> Wikipedia is full of interesting technical problems, so this *should*
> be feasible.

We have https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Annoying_large_bugs as a start
but it's not quite right, as it's pretty MediaWiki-centric.  And every
community has its own wishlist and isn't likely to come off-wiki to add
to yet another one, so probably the best thing to do is to simply
compile links to more those wishlists at the bottom of
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Annoying_large_bugs#See_also .

> 2. Follow ups - this time, I am able to do this personally (small
> enough group). Clearly this will not scale. Do we have ideas/methods
> for following up with these people so that they stay with us?

If you could answer this question definitively, you could instantly
achieve a stable career as a religious or political leader.  :-)  Over
and over we see that there is simply no substitute for personal followup
and delegating right-sized tasks.  Our best investment is in that
personal followup and in building infrastructure for ourselves (contact
lists, databases, boilerplate emails).

> 3. More of these? This was pretty much a 'zero cost' event - stickers
> were the only 'cost'. A lot of places around the country would love to
> have their space used for a hackathon of sorts. Should we do more of
> these kind of 'Unofficial' hackathons?

Yes, but only if we can prepare for them as well as you did.

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