CherianTinu Abraham | 2 Jul 08:46 2015
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[Controversy / Press] : Wikipedia entries on Nehru family edited from NIC IP

There is a current controversy in which Wikipedia entries related to Jawaharlal Nehru and family, edits from an IP address related to Government.

Some coverage:-

CNN-IBN - Nehru, his forefathers' Wikipedia pages mischievously altered using a government IP address: Congress http://www.ibnlive.com/news/politics/nehru-his-forefathers-wikipedia-pages-mischievously-altered-using-a-government-ip-address-congress-1014125.html?utm_source=IBN%20News

Times of India : Wiki entries on Nehru family edited from NIC IP?

The Economic Times : Jawaharlal Nehru Wikipedia page: Congress demands 'full enquiry', PM Modi's apology

India Today : Congress attacks government over doctored Wikipedia entries

Scroll : Think the Nehru Wikipedia edit is bad? See what else government workers have been changing

First Post: 'Nehru's grandfather was Muslim': Wikipedia pages changed from govt IP address, Congress demands apology

First Post : Nehru Wikipedia page row: Congress demands full enquiry, wants PM Modi to apologise
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/nehru-wikipedia-page-row-congress-demands-full-enquiry-wants-pm-modi-apologise-2322206.html

Indian Express : Government agency tried to change Nehru’s profile on Wikipedia, claims Congress
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jawaharlal-nehrus-wikipedia-pages-altered-from-govts-ip-address-congress/

Hindustan Times: Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/nehru-s-wikipedia-page-edited-from-a-govt-ip-address/article1-1364721.aspx

NDTV : Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia Page 'Edited' by Government Department: Congress

IBT-India : 'Jawaharlal Nehru was Muslim', Says Wikipedia Page Edit Tracked to Govt IP Address
http://www.ibtimes.co.in/jawaharlal-nehru-was-muslim-says-wikipedia-page-edit-tracked-govt-ip-address-637693

The Hindu : Nehru's Wikipedia pages altered from GoI IP address: Congress
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/jawaharlal-nehrus-wikipedia-pages-altered-from-goi-ip-address-congress/article7374528.ece

New Indian Express : Congress Attacks Centre over Changes in Wikipedia Page on Jawaharlal Nehru
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Congress-Attacks-Centre-over-Changes-in-Wikipedia-Page-on-Jawaharlal-Nehru/2015/07/02/article2897768.ece

Zee news :Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address; Congress seeks PM Modi's reply
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/jawaharlal-nehrus-wikipedia-page-edited-from-govt-ip-address-congress-seeks-pm-modis-reply_1622948.html

DNA: Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page vandalised, Congress alleges it was done from government IP
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-jawaharlal-nehru-s-wikipedia-page-vandalised-congress-alleges-it-was-done-from-government-ip-2100641

Mid-day : Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address, alleges Congress

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Arun Ganesh | 26 Apr 08:51 2015
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Nepal earthquake mapping

Calling Bengaluru wiki volunteers to help map earthquake hit areas for rescue workers on the ground.

There will be a mapathon at the Mapbox office in Indiranagar today from 1-4PM with instructions on how anyone can contribute. Do join in and spread the word.

Details: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/India/Events/Bangalore_HOT_Nepal_Earthquake_Mapathon_1

We have already uploaded high res streetmaps of Kathmandu and Patan to commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Street_maps_of_Nepal

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Vishnu | 1 Apr 22:10 2015
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CIS-A2K draft work plans July 2015 to June 2016

Dear Wikimedians,

We are happy to share with you the draft work plans for the period July 2015 to June 2016 [1]. We have more or less followed the same work plan templates from last year. Some of these plans have been done in consultation with the community members. We look forward to receiving your feedback and inputs on the talk pages. This time we have included an endorsement section at the end of every program plan for the community members to endorse, should they wish to do so.

Based on these plans we have also put up the next round of FDC proposal here[2].

We intend to revise these draft work plans based on your and FDC feedback in July, 2015, subject to grant support from FDC.

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Work_plan_July_2015_-_June_2016
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 24 Mar 11:47 2015

[Announcement] Vacancy for Programme Director (Access to Knowledge)

Dear all,

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the post of Programme Director for its Access to Knowledge (A2K) Programme. The position will be based in its Bangalore office. The Programme Director will manage CIS’s Access to Knowledge programme (CIS-A2K) which is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, to support the growth of Wikipedia and its sister projects and to advance access to free and open knowledge in India. The Programme Director will partner with the large Wikimedia community in India to focus on Indic and English languages and will manage a team of four staff members.

Position summary:
As a Programme Director your responsibility will be supporting the growth of Indic language Wikimedia communities and projects. You will be expected to design community collaborations and partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors, tackle technical challenges and explore innovative approaches to building the projects, e.g. donations of state encyclopedias, education partnerships, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) institution partnerships. Your responsibility also includes supporting India-focused initiatives to improve the quality of India-relevant content on English Wikimedia projects such as, outreach activities, GLAM institutional partnerships, India-relevant thematic contribution campaigns, etc. You shall be responsible for generating and documenting lessons from programme activities in the Indian context and similar programmes in other countries. Providing ad-hoc support to the Wikipedia community on all aspects of Indian languages as may be deemed necessary, and supporting expanded access to free and open knowledge across India by developing technology-based solutions will be a priority for this position.

Helping the Indian Wikimedia community share experiences and narrate its story to the wider Indian and global Wikimedia communities through conventional and social media, generating and documenting lessons from programme activities that can inform the work of Indian communities and similar programmes in other countries, managing the team and grant resources effectively, serving as a spokesperson for the CIS-A2K programme , and sustaining collaborative relationship with the Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN), and other free and open knowledge communities and movements in India such as free/open source software, Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Indic-language computing, etc. are the other job responsibilities.

For more details see this link [1]. To apply, please send your resume with a covering letter to Sunil Abraham (sunil-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org) or Pranesh Prakash (pranesh-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org) with three references. The last date for the receipt of applications is April 15, 2015.

1. http://editors.cis-india.org/jobs/vacancy-for-programme-director

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Arun Ganesh | 7 Mar 09:50 2015
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Making Kannada Maps this Sunday

If anyone interested in creating localized maps for Wikipedia, please come over for the openstreetmap community meetup this Sunday in Indiranagar. We will do some locality mapping and experiment with rendering Kannada maps. No prior experience required.


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Parul | 4 Mar 14:54 2015
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Women's History Month 2015 : Bangalore Edit-a-thon on March 7

Hi All,

 

We, at Wikimedia India community are happy to announce an edit-a-thon on Women’s History Month on 7th March and celebrate International Women’s Day with fellow Wikipedians. 


This will be a day-long event (10 am to 4 pm) which will consist of encouraging new women editors to learn editing and also creating/expanding some new articles in order to increase women specific content on Wikipedia. Apart from creating articles, you could also help us by identifying/correcting or expanding existing ones.

 

Here is a little more information for your reference:

  1.          Event Page
  2.          Facebook Page

We would love for those of you in Bangalore on March 7th to join us and help make this event a success. Feel free to join remotely or help us in adding/choosing articles to improve or write. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Chinmayi or me.


Thanks!

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Vishnu | 1 Mar 04:41 2015
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CIS-A2K Quarterly Reports (Announcement)

Dear Wikimedians,

We are happy to share with you the quarterly reports of CIS-A2K for the period July to December 2014. These reports give a comprehensive overview of all the activities undertaken by CIS-A2K under the current FDC Grant.

We welcome your suggestions and feedback on the Talk page of the report.

July-September 2014:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Progress_report_form/Q1

October-December 2014:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Progress_report_form/Q2

Apologies for the delayed submission of the first quarterly report.

Best,
Vishnu
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Rahmanuddin | 25 Feb 20:58 2015

CIS-A2K Newsletter January 2015

Dear all,

Below is the details of the activities by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge program (CIS-A2K).

Telugu Wikimedia Hackathon 2014

Telugu Wikimedia (including their projects Telugu Wikipedia, Telugu Wikisource etc.) is one of the largest and most powerful Indian language Wikimedia projects, and it is growing and expanding everyday[1]. In the last half of 2014, Telugu Wikimedia community members contacted CIS-A2K team with a request to organize a MediaWiki tutorial workshop for them. Following their request, on 28 December 2014, CIS-A2K team organized a MediaWiki hackathon event for Telugu Wikimedia community members to enhance their skills and understanding of technical matters related to MediaWiki usage. The theme of the workshop was “Mediawiki, its extensions and tools to work around” and it aimed at allowing Wikipedians to use MediaWiki tools more effectively.

Op-ed

  1. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ପାଇଁ ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ (Subhashish Panigrahi; The Samaja, January 31, 2015).

Blog Entry

  1. Telugu Wikimedia Hackathon 2014 (Rahmanuddin Shaik; January 31, 2015).

Media Coverage

  1. Works of Veerasalingam Pantulu on web (Hans India; January 1, 2015).
  2. Centre should partner local communities in 'Digital India': Expert (IANS and mirrored in Zee News; January 9, 2015).
  3. Musician donates Gwalior Gharana songs to free e-library (Times of India; January 20, 2015).

Participation in Event

  1. Citizen Media Summit 2015 (Organized by Global Voices; January 24 – 25, 2015).

Announcement

  1. 2015 Opensource.com Community Awards Every year, Opensource.com awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories about open source. Subhashish Panigrahi from the CIS-A2K team won the award under the category ‘People's Choice Awards’.

References

  1. Telugu Wikipedia Stats tables

The Access to Knowledge Team

  1. Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of the Wikimedia movement in India. The A2K team consists of five members, all of them being based in Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi, Rahmanuddin Shaik and Tanveer. We also have one Advisor, Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana working with us.
    Archives of our newsletters can be accessed here. Wikipedians from various communities can request for outreach programmes, technical bugs, logistics-merchandise and media, public relations and communications here.

About CIS

The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organisation that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open standards, etc), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.

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Request for collaboration

We invite researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians, both organisationally and as individuals, to collaboratively engage with Internet and society and improve our understanding of this new field. To discuss research collaborations, write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at sunil-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org or Nishant Shah, Director – Research, at nishant-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org. To discuss collaborations on Indic language Wikipedia, write to T. Vishnu Vardhan, Programme Director, A2K, at vishnu-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org.


This bulletin is also available on Meta-wiki at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Reports/Newsletter/January_2015

Thank you all for your kind support and collaboration!

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Rahmanuddin | 25 Feb 20:51 2015

CIS-A2K Newsletter December 2014

Dear all,

Apologies for the delay of December 2014 newsletter.

Below is the details of the activities by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge program (CIS-A2K).

Wiki Winter camp at ALC

Students of physics, statistics and Telugu departments of Andhra Loyola College spent 5 days of their Christmas vacation of 2014 to edit and enrich Telugu Wikipedia and Wikisource. They worked on their respective subject areas and came up with more than 100 new articles on Telugu Wikipedia and about 300 pages of Veeresalingam's works were typed on Telugu Wikisource.

Blog entries

  1. Odia Wikisource campus project at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (Subhashish Panigrahi; December 3, 2014).
  2. Several Publications Now Available Under Creative Commons License (Subhashish Panigrahi; December 28, 2014).
  3. Odia Wikisource Workshop at New Delhi (Subhashish Panigrahi;December 30, 2014). The event was organized by CIS in collaboration with "The Intellects" on December 14.

Event co-organized

  1. Odia Wikisource Sabha (Co-organized by CIS-A2K and Odia Wikimedia Community; November 28, 2014).Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the event.

News and media coverage

  1. Odia Wikipedia (Dhatri; December 1, 2014).
  2. Odia Wikipedia (Odiapua; December 1, 2014).
  3. Access to Rare Books Made Easy (Diana Sahu; Indian Express; December 5, 2014).
  4. Tulu Wikipedia gets some push (Hindu Businessline; December 13, 2014).
  5. Tulu Wikipedia (Kannada Prabha; December 14, 2014).
  6. Tulu Wikipedia (Vijaya Karnataka; December 15, 2014).
  7. Tulu Wikipedia (VijayaVani; December 27, 2014).
  8. Works of Veerasalingam Pantulu on web (Hans India; December 31, 2014).
  9. Wiki Winter Camp - Coverage in Sakshi(Sakshi; December 31, 2014).
  10. Wiki Winter Camp - Coverage in Eenadu (Eenadu; December 31, 2014).

Participation in event

  1. ICT for Development (Organized by hrist University; December 3, 2014). Dr. U.B. Pavanaja was a speaker at this event.
  2. Swatantra 2014: Fifth International Free Software Conference, Kerala (Organized by ICFOSS, Govt. of Kerala; Hotel Hycinth by Sparsa, Trivandrum; December 18–20, 2014). T. Vishnu Vardhan chaired a session on Wikimedia and Access to Knowledge in India and Rahimanuddin Shaik co-presented on Making DLI Accessible.

Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia movement in India. The A2K team consists of six members, four based in Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and Rahmanuddin Shaikh. One team member Nitika Tandon has left from the organisation -- We wish Nitika all the best for her career. We also have one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana working with us. Archives of our newsletters can be accessed at http://cis-india.org/about/newsletters. Wikipedians from various communities can request for outreach programs, technical bugs, logistics-merchandise and media, public relations and communications at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Requests

About CIS:
Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open standards, etc.), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.Follow us elsewhere

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CISA2K
CIS group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cis.india
Visit us at: https://cis-india.org

Request for Collaboration:
We invite researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians, both organisationally and as individuals, to collaboratively engage with Internet and society and improve our understanding of this new field. To discuss the research collaborations, write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at sunil-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org or Nishant Shah, Director – Research, at nishant-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org. To discuss collaborations on Indic language wikipedia, write to T. Vishnu Vardhan, Programme Director, A2K, at vishnu-6fyxoIzWvTrmlfbFstSyVad0Vyc/hVmg@public.gmane.org is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust founded by Anurag Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin for its core funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also grateful to its other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International, UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC for funding its various projects.

This bulletin is also available on Meta-wiki at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Reports/Newsletter/December_2014

Thank you all for your kind support and collaboration!

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Vishnu | 25 Feb 19:47 2015
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Wikipedia Train the Trainer Program

Dear Wikimedians,

The Wikipedia TTT-2015, a four day residential training workshop to groom leadership skills among the Indian Wikimedia volunteer community, will begin tomorrow. This is curated and run by CIS-A2K with the help of Wikimedia volunteers.

About 30 Wikimedians from across 12 Indian languages and from various part of the country will be taking part in this workshop in Bangalore. This time we also have some Wikimedians from Nepal joining the program.

This is the second such event held in India, the first one was in 2013.

For more details see the event page here [1].

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program/2015
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Vishnu | 14 Jan 14:29 2015
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Train-the-Trainer Programme - 2015 (Announcement)

Dear Wikimedians,

As most of you are aware, CIS-A2K conducted the first Wikipedia Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programme[1] in 2013 with an aim to support and groom leadership skills in the community members. We are extremely thankful to all the senior Wikimedians who acted as Resource Persons for the 2013 event. Achal, Arjuna, Hari, Shymal, Tinu and Viswa thank you once again! Without your help we could not have conducted it so successfully.

This email is to let you all know that we have scheduled to conduct the second iteration of this program at the end of February 2015. We are inviting applications from interested Indian Wikimedians. Please see this page on Meta for more details [2].

Some important dates:
January 27, 2015 - Last date for registration.
January 30, 2015 - Confirmation of selected participants
February 26 to March 1, 2015 - TTT-2015 workshop

We are working on the schedule and other details. You are welcome to leave your suggestions and inputs here [3]. Please write to us at tanveer-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org and vishnu-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org if you have any further queries.

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program/2015
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program/2015

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