AGM 2017 and Birthday Celebration of Bangla Wikipedia

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017 of Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) will held on January 27 at Dhaka. We will celebrate the 13th birthday of Wikipedia at the same day. We're cordially inviting all the members of Wikimedia Bangladesh to the events.

The agenda of the AGM is to share the activity and financial report of WMBD all through the year. And the roadmap for 2017 will be discussed too.

You are requested to register using the following link:

(P.S.: on the last field, you are requested to mention the word "member")

Event Details:

Place: BASIS Auditorium, BDBL Bhaban (5th floor - West)
12 Karwan Bazar, Dhaka - 1205 (See in Google Maps)


January 27, 2017 (Friday) | 10am to 12pm

Bengali Wikipedia Birthday Celebration:

January 27, 2017 (Friday) | 02pm to 05pm
Event page:

Thank you all for spreading knowledge for free being with Wikimedia Bangladesh

Winners and overview of Wiki loves monuments Bangladesh

Kantajew Temple, a late-medieval Hindu temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. Photo by Jubair1985, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

Bangladesh has taken part in the international Wiki loves monuments photography competition for the first time in 2016. However, the discussion about participating in the contest had started long before in the Bangladeshi Wikimedia Community. The photography competition went global in 2011. Since then Wikimedia Bangladesh — an independent organization that works to advance the Wikimedia movement — have been evaluating the possibilities to participate in this competition. The main challenges at that time had been the unavailability of appropriate list of the local monuments and lack of enthusiastic volunteers to do the ground works. Earlier in 2016, the issue was raised again in the board meeting of Wikimedia Bangladesh and the board decided to join the contest this year. Shortly after that meeting, the preparation for joining the competition started in full swing. First challenge was to compile and create a list of all the monuments and identify them by creating a unique ID number as most of the monuments in Bangladesh don't have government assigned unique identification number.

Since this is our first year in the competition, we decided to participate with the archaeological sites of Bangladesh only and wanted to expand the list in the upcoming years. So, as a first step, we created a list of 452 archaeological sites of Bangladesh that are enlisted by the Department of Archeology of Bangladesh Government and identified them by creating a unique ID number for each of the monuments following the ISO code. The main motivation behind participating with only the archeological sites was that, most of the archeological sites in Bangladesh don’t have photographs under free license and we wanted to create a database of freely licensed photographs of all the archaeological sites of Bangladesh in Wikimedia Commons; Wiki Loves Monuments offered an unique opportunity in this regard. We partnered with seven local photography clubs[note1] in order to get the words out among the photographic community in Bangladesh. The event also received good press coverage across the country, both in mainstream print and online media.

During the competition, a total of 204 Bangladeshi participants uploaded more than 7000+ freely licensed photographs of 250+ different archeological monuments and sites in Wikimedia Commons. Among all the participants, 10% of them were women, a participation rate which is more than that of any other previous Wikimedia related competition held in Bangladesh. Though it is still the early days, about 22% of all the photographs uploaded in the contest are now being used in Wikimedia projects. Out of the 7000+ photographs, the jury[note2] of the Wiki Loves Monuments Bangladesh Contest have selected the 10 winning photographs.

All the 10 winning photographs are stunning, extraordinary and, of course, released by their authors under free license. The global winners will be announced later in this year and we have to wait to see whether any of these 10 winning photographs from Bangladesh makes it to the top list of the global winners list. To view the winners of other participating countries please visit: Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 winners. Here are the top 10 photographs that will represent Bangladesh as the finalists of the international contest, as decided by our jury:

    1. Ancient ruins of guard rooms at Mahasthangarh, a city from 3rd century BC. Photo by Najmul Huda, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Inside view of Darasbari Mosque, a historic mosque that was built in 1479 AD. Photo by Foysal.aman, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Dhania Chalk Mosque in Chapai Nawabganj District of Bangladesh. Photo by Porag61, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Inside view of Hatikumrul Navaratna Temple, Sirajganj, Bangladesh. Photo by Kazi Rashed Abdallah, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Hawa Khana, Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Photo by Maun Sarwar, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Balcony of Palace no. 1 of Baliati Zamindar. Photo by Topumym, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Shah Niamatullah Mosque, an ancient mosques built in 16th century in memory of saint Shah Niamatullah Wali. Photo by RRezaul, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Inside view of Pancha Ratna Shiva Temple. Photo by Khalidrahman, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

      Kantajew Temple Terracotta, Dinajpur. Photo by Shuvajit BD, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0..

Nahid Sultan,
Secretary, Wikimedia Bangladesh and
Organizer, Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 in Bangladesh


[note1]: Our seven local promoting partners were: Amateur Photography Group, Travelers of Bangladesh, Grasshoppers Photographers Community, Through The Lens:Bangladesh, Rajshahi photography society, Jahangirnagar University Photographic Society & Shahjalal University Photographers Association.

[note2]: The jury of Bangladeshi competition consisted of 6 experienced photographers both from in and outside the community. They were: Monirul Alam, Akkas Mahmud, W.carter, Slaunger, King of Hearts and Colin.


শুরু হচ্ছে ‘উইকিপিডিয়া এশীয় মাস’ নামে নিবন্ধ লেখার প্রতিযোগিতা

নভেম্বরের ১ তারিখ থেকে বাংলা উইকিপিডিয়াসহ এশিয়ার প্রায় ৫০টি ভাষার উইকিপিডিয়ায় একসাথে শুরু হচ্ছে ‘উইকিপিডিয়া এশীয় মাস’ নামে একটি নিবন্ধ লেখার প্রতিযোগিতা। প্রতিযোগিতাটি পুরু নভেম্বর মাস জুড়ে অনুষ্ঠিত হবে। মুক্ত বিশ্বকোষ উইকিপিডিয়ায় এশিয়া সম্পর্কিত তথ্য সমৃদ্ধ করাই এই প্রতিযোগিতার উদ্দেশ্য। উইকিপিডিয়া এশীয় সম্প্রদায়ের মধ্যে বন্ধুত্বের স্মারক হিসেবে প্রত্যেক অংশগ্রহণকারী, যারা অন্ততঃ চারটি নিবন্ধ তৈরী করবেন, তাঁরা অন্য অংশগ্রহণকারী দেশ থেকে একটি উইকিপিডিয়া পোস্টকার্ড উপহার হিসেবে পাবেন। এছাড়াও প্রত্যেক উইকিপিডিয়া থেকে যিনি সবচেয়ে বেশি নিবন্ধ তৈরী করবেন, তাঁকে উইকিপিডিয়া এশীয় দূত উপাধিতে সম্মানিত করা হবে।

২০১৫ সালে প্রথম শুরু হওয়া বার্ষিক এ প্রতিযোগিতাটি এবার দ্বিতীয়বারের মত অনুষ্ঠিত হচ্ছে। আয়োজকসূত্রে জানা যায়, ২০১৫ এর প্রতিযোগিতায় ৪০টিরও বেশি উইকিপিডিয়া থেকে ১০০০ ব্যবহারকারী অংশ গ্রহণ করে এবং তারা মোট ৬০০০ এশিয়া সম্পর্কিত নিবন্ধ উইকিপিডিয়াতে যুক্ত করেন। গত বছরের প্রতিযোগিতায় ১৩টি উইকিমিডিয়া স্থানীয় সম্প্রদায়ের মাধ্যমে মোট ৪৪টি দেশে পোস্টকার্ড প্রেরণ করা হয়েছিল। ২০১৫ সালে বাংলা উইকিপিডিয়ায় সবচেয়ে বেশি নিবন্ধ লেখে ‘উইকিপিডিয়া এশীয় দূত’ উপাধিতে ভূষিত হয়েছিলেন, সুব্রত রায়।

উল্লেখ্য, এ বছরের প্রতিযোগিতায় অন্যান্য স্থানীয় চ্যাপ্টারের সাথে উইকিমিডিয়া বাংলাদেশও সাংগঠনিক সহয়তা দিয়ে সাহায্য করছে। বাংলা উইকিপিডিয়ায় প্রতিযোগিতা অংশগ্রহণ ও এ সম্পর্কে বিস্তারিত পাওয়া যাবে লিংকে।

নাহিদ সুলতান
সেক্রেটারি, উইকিমিডিয়া বাংলাদেশ


উইকি লাভস মনুমেন্টস: শুরু হচ্ছে বিশ্বের সবচেয়ে বড় ছবি প্রতিযোগিতা


সপ্তমবারেরমত অনুষ্ঠিত হতে যাচ্ছে মুক্ত বিশ্বকোষ উইকিপিডিয়া আয়োজিত সংস্কৃতি ও ঐতিহ্য নিয়ে ছবি তোলার প্রতিযোগিতা ‘উইকি লাভস মনুমেন্টস (ডব্লিউএলএম) ‘। ডব্লিউএলএম একটি আন্তর্জাতিক আলোকচিত্র প্রতিযোগিতা যা প্রতি বছর সেপ্টেম্বর মাসে বিশ্বব্যাপী অনুষ্ঠিত হয়ে থাকে। প্রতিযোগিতায় অংশগ্রহণকারী দেশগুলো স্ব-স্ব স্থাপনার ছবি নিয়ে অংশগ্রহণ করে।

প্রথমবারেরমত বাংলাদেশও এবারের প্রতিযোগিতায় দেশের প্রত্নতাত্ত্বিক স্থাপনা গুলো নিয়ে অংশগ্রহণ করছে। এই প্রতিযোগিতায় বাংলাদেশের যেকেউ অংশ নিতে পারবেন। বাংলাদেশের প্রত্নতাত্ত্বিক স্থাপনার তালিকা থেকে যেকোন সময় তোলা যেকোন স্থাপনার ছবি যত খুশি আপলোড করা যাবে পুরু সেপ্টেম্বর মাসজুড়ে। বাংলাদেশে প্রতিযোগিতাটি আয়োজন করছে উইকিমিডিয়া বাংলাদেশ ও এতে সহযোগিতা করছে সাতটি ফটোগ্রাফি ক্লাব। প্রতিযোগিতাটি সেপ্টেম্বর ১ থেকে শুরু হয়ে সেপ্টেম্বর ৩০ পর্যন্ত চলবে।

প্রতিযোগিতা শেষে অংশগ্রহণকারী প্রতিটি দেশ থেকে প্রাপ্ত ১০টি করে ছবি থেকে আন্তর্জাতিক বিজয়ী ঘোষণা করা হবে। প্রথম পুরস্কার হিসেবে রয়েছে ২০১৭ সালে কানাডায় অনুষ্ঠিত হতে যাওয়া উইকিপিডিয়ার মূল সম্মেলন ‘উইকিম্যানিয়ায়’ যোগদানের সুযোগ। এছাড়া স্থানীয় পর্যায়েও সতন্ত্রভাবে পুরস্কার প্রদান করা হবে।

প্রতিযোগিতায় বাংলাদেশ থেকে অংশগ্রহণের জন্য COM:WLMBD2016 লিংকে গিয়ে ছবি আপলোড করতে হবে।

উল্লেখ্য, ২০১০ সালে  শুরু হওয়া এই প্রতিযোগিতায় এখন পর্যন্ত বিভিন্ন দেশের স্থাপনার ১৪ লক্ষ ৬৯ হাজার ছবি যুক্ত হয়েছে। এছাড়া ২০১১ সালে এটি বিশ্বের সবচেয়ে বড় ছবি প্রতিযোগিতা হিসেবে গিনেজ বুকে স্থান করে নেয়।

Wikipedia’s 15th birthday inspires Bangla translators

Together with the global communities, Wikimedia Bangladesh also organized a series of programs to mark Wikipeda's 15th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebration, couple of events were organized that were hugely successful and appreciated by the local community. Good article contest, Good article edit-a-thon day and Wikipedia workshops for University students were notables events among them. Finally, a gala event was held on 15th January 2016 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in Dhaka to celebrate the special day.

On January 15th, 2016, Free encyclopedia — Wikipedia — completed its 15 years journey. To celebrate this special day, a good article writing competition was organized in Bangla Wikipedia by Wikimedia Bangladesh. Bangla Wikipedia has a total article count of 42,000+. Among these, only a handful of articles have been reviewed as good articles. In an attempt to enhance the content quality in the Bangla Wikipedia, the competition was organized which aimed at increasing the number of good articles. The competition continued from 1st of November 2015 to 10th of January 2016. The events received press coverage from around the country, including newspapers like Prothom Alo and The Daily Star.

In this contest, Bangla Wikipedians have fully translated about 600 good articles from English Wikipedia. A total of 550 Bengali speaking registered users from Bangladesh, India, Italy and South Korea participated in this two months long competition and 130 of them were awarded Wikipedia Badge, wristband, USB flash drive and T-shirts by Wikimedia Bangladesh. A reviewer panel comprising 35 experienced and regular users evaluated the translated articles. Among all the participants of the competition, 86% were new in Wikipedia and contributed for the first time, 14% were frequent editors and 12% were female editors. This contest has increased the number of good quality articles in Bangla Wikipedia and, at the same time, engaged a huge number of new users in Wikipedia through this contest. S.M. Monir created the highest number of articles and was awarded the first prize, a bicycle, and a certificate in the 15th year celebration program.

Good article edit-a-thon day was another event of this series of programs. Five edit-a-thons were organized in three different cities, which are - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong division. The aim of the edita-thons was to increase the number of good articles in Bangla Wikipedia. As a result of these edita-thons, the number of good articles are increased from 14 to 60. Besides those events, Wikipedia Workshop were held in three different Universities of Bangladesh. On an average, about 50 students attended in each workshop. The main goal of the workshops was to create awareness about Wikimedia projects. Another goal was to introduce Wikipedia (especially Bangla Wikipedia) to the audience and show the attendees how to edit the articles and contribute photographs to Wikimedia Commons.
The series programs ended on 15th January 2016 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in Dhaka through the celebration of Wikipedia's birthday. Noted filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki was present at the program as a special guest.

* Event details in Bangla Wikipedia

* See Photos on Wikimedia Commons

Nahid Sultan, Secretary,
Wikimedia Bangladesh

Bengali Wikipedia: the largest Bengali content website on the Internet

Greetings! With about 250 million native and about 300 million total speakers worldwide, Bangla is the seventh most spoken language in the world by total number of native speakers and the eleventh most spoken language by total number of speakers. It is the only language in the world which is achieved by a language movement; people sacrificed their lives for the right to read, write, and speak the language Bangla. Building an encyclopedia in this language was unavoidable.

Bangla Wikipedia started its journey in January 2004. Back then, the people of Bangladesh had a little interest in Wikipedia. A few students and scholars used the English Wikipedia, but it was not accountable. Besides that, there were various difficulties contributing in Bangla. One of the pioneer of the Bangla Wikipedia, Dr. Ragib Hasan, said that “the biggest challenge was writing something on internet in Bangla. The Bangla Unicode was not supported on most operating systems, only few websites on the internet supported Bangla Unicode, and users had difficulties configuring it. Moreover, the idea of writing something with Bangla Unicode was new. … in the beginning, the idea of a Wikipedia in Bangla was not actually workable.”

The whole scenario has been changed in 2006. During that time, the Bangla blogging world was growing slowly, and many people became accustomed to Bangla computing—thanks in part to a free and open-source Bangla typing tool, Avro. On March 25, 2006, a Wiki team was created by the Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) to popularize Wikipedia through out the country. The aim was to represent the country to the world through Wikipedia and build a complete encyclopedia in Bangla. At that time, Bangla Wikipedia had only 500 articles. But the ‘BdOSN wiki team’ was not alone. They managed to spread the word through some newspapers and start a Bangla Wiki mailing list. Soon, many Bangla-peaking people from home and abroad joined them in this dynamic project. As a result, by theend of the October, Bangla Wikipedia got to 10,000 articles. Among the South Asian language Wikipedias, Bangla Wikipedia reached that milestone first, and many of these articles were illustrated with photos from the demonstrator of Bengali Language Movement Dr. Rafiqul Islam, who donated all his historical photographs taken during the language movement to Wikimedia Commons.

The community now began increasing the quality of their articles. Between 2009 and 2010, Bangla speakers from West Bengal, India also started to contribute to Bangla Wikipedia. In the meantime, the Wikimedia Foundation started their operations and in October 2011 a ‘local chapter was approved in Bangladesh by the Foundation to promote educational content in Bangla.

Now, Bangla Wikipedia has more than 38,000 articles on various topics with over 500 active editors per month. People from around the country now regularly arrange workshops and meet-up with active Wikipedians.

On February 26, 2015, Jimmy Wales—the founder of Wikipedia—visited Bangladesh for a celebration programme that was organized to mark the tenth year of Bangla Wikipedia, a great motivation for Bangla Wikipedia community. In his keynote, Jimmy said that according to the article depth, Bangla Wikipedia is rated quite well. It may also be noted that Bangla Wikipedians from Kolkata, India arranged a similar event, and both of the events were attended by Wikipedians from both sides.


Written by,

Nahid Sultan and Nurunnaby Chowdhury (Hasive)

Administrators, Bengali Wikipedia


* Originally published on Wikimedia Blog on November 10, 2015.


Wikimedia Bangladesh and Grameenphone arranged a Wikipedia Contributor Day in Dhaka

On Sunday and Monday, 16/17 February 2014, Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) and Grameenphone (a Telenor concern) jointly arranged a two-day long event titled ‘Wikipedia Contributor Day’ with i-Genius students.

Grameenphone/Telenor is a Wikipedia Zero partner. We organized two days of workshops on Bengali Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Grameenphone chose the participants from last year’s i-Genius students, which are selected from all over the country through a year-long program conducted by Grameenphone and the daily newspaper Prothom Alo. Usually one i-Genius is selected from every district of Bangladesh.

The goal of the workshops were to introduce Wikipedia (especially Bengali Wikipedia), and show the attendees how to edit the articles and contribute photographs to Wikimedia Commons. Most participants were new to Wikipedia, but at the same time we found several of them were already contributing to Wikipedia. It was very inspiring for us.

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