Meet an AdaCamper: Netha Hussain

Applications to AdaCamp DC are still open! We’re excited to introduce some of our accepted AdaCampers, to give you a sense of who you’ll meet if you come along.

Photograph of Netha Hussain

Netha Hussain, self-portrait. Creative Commons BY-SA.

Tell us a little about your home community and/or your work.

I have been working with Wikimedia projects as a volunteer since May 2010. Presently, I am active in English and Malayalam (a regional language spoken by people of Kerala, India) Wikipedias and Wikimedia Commons. I am interested in medicine, gender issues and translation. On Wikipedia, I create and edits articles related to medicine, surgery, pharmacology, pathology and other pre and para medical subjects. I am a member of WikiProject Feminism and Welcoming committee. I am involved in translating articles from English Wikiprojects to Malayalam Wikiprojects. I am an Online ambassador in English Wikipedia and I am involved in helping new editors to edit English Wikipedia.

What is (one of) your key open techology/culture communities or projects? What do you enjoy about it?

Wikipedia Malayalam. What I enjoy the most about it is the learning process involved in writing/editing articles for Wikipedia.

How has being a woman in your community changed during your involvement in it?

In 2010, when I started editing Malayalam Wikipedia, I was the only woman active contributor. I took initiative in bringing a few dropped out women editors back to editing Wikipedia. I improved articles on women’s biographies and women’s health. I took part in outreach programs for women. I was the only representative from India to take part in WikiWomenCamp, the conference for women Wikimedians held at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Outside of your involvement with open technology/culture, what are you interested in and working on?

I am a medical student. I am actively involved in patient care activities of my college where students provide assistance to patients seeking financial and social help. I am interested in quizzing and literary activities.

Are you planning to propose any sessions at AdaCamp? What will they be?

I would like to propose a session on ‘Wikipedia and Women’ at Ada Camp. I would be talking in detail about the changes women brought about in Wikipedia and also about gender gap issues faced by women in Wikipedia.

The Ada Initiative thanks our AdaCamp DC sponsors for making the event possible.

Thank you to our Gold level sponsor the Wikimedia Foundation.

Thank you to our Silver level sponsors: the Linux Foundation, Intel, Facebook, Red Hat, Collabora and Yammer.