Pavanaja U B | 16 Apr 13:08 2014

Mysore University Encyclopaedia under CC-BY-SA

namaste,

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-release of first 6 volumes of Kannada Encyclopaedia published by Mysore University under Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA 3.0.

 

CIS-A2K has been following up with the Mysore University since months requesting them to re-release the encyclopaedia under CC. Being convinced of the importance of preserving the rich culture and heritage of Kannada, Mysore University has approved the conversion into Unicode and re-release of the encyclopaedia under CC to make it freely available to Kannadigas all over the world.

 

This is a great achievement for CIS-A2K programme and Wikimedia India  community. We are extremely thankful to Prof. K. S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University for realising the importance of growing free and open knowledge in Kannada. Thanks are also due to the Mysore University faculty and officials, specifically Prof. S. Ravi (Director, PMEB), Prof C. Basavaraju (Ex Registrar), Prof. N. M. Talawar (Director, Institute of Kannada Studies), Prof Hati Krishne Gowda (then Chief Editor of Mysore University Encyclopaedia project) and others.

 

CIS-A2K will be converting the encyclopaedia into Unicode and uploading it on Kannada Wikisource; that will feed into articles on Kannada Wikipedia.   

 

 

Thanks and regards,

Pavanaja

U.B. Pavanaja, MSc, PhD

Programme Officer – Indian languages,

Access to Knowledge program

The Centre for Internet & Society

 

 

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Subhashish Panigrahi | 4 Apr 14:41 2014

14 books re-released under CC license during Odisha Day 2014

Dear Wikimedians,

CIS-A2K is glad to share with you the news about the re-release of the 
below listed 14 books (13 Odia and 1 English) under CC-BY-SA 3.0 license 
during the Odisha Day 2014 [1] celebration in Bhubaneswar. This has been 
done in collaboration with the Odia Wikipedia community, Manik Biswanath 
Smrutinyasa and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). As some of 
you may know KISS is one our institutional partners.

1) 11 Odia books by noted writer and academic Dr. Jagannath Mohanty (we 
partnered Manik Biswanath Smrutinyasa Trust, founded by Dr. Mohanty for 
the re-release)
2) 2 scholarly books on Odia language by Odia language scholar Subrat 
Prusty from Institute of Odia Studies and Research.
3) Classical Odia (in English) co-authored by noted linguist Padmashree 
Debiprasanna Pattanayak and Subrat Prusty.

We have also managed to get significant media coverage for this event, 
which has got 14 print and web media mentions. [2]  We will continue to 
bring much more Odia content under free license as per our next year's 
Odia Wikipedia work plan [3] and will try to use it to make the Odia 
Wikisource live [4].

1. https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:OD14
2. http://goo.gl/s8gvLl
3. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015/Odia
4. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015/Odia_Wikisource_as_OER

Best,
Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
http://cis-india.org
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Vishnu | 31 Mar 19:00 2014
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CIS-A2K Work Plan for July 14-June 15

Dear Wikimedians,

I am glad to share with you the detailed work plan of CIS-A2K for the period July 2014-July 2015 [1] . This work plan consists of 21 plans across 6 verticals.

These are:
* 7 Language Area Plans
* 3 Community Strengthening Initiatives
* 8 Stand-alone Wikimedia Projects
* Creating Movement Resources
* Publicity, Research and Documentation
* General Support and Service to the Movement

The work plan includes details of aims, objectives, programme activities and expected outcomes. Most of the language area plans were put together in active consultation with the respective Wikimedia language communities. Various inputs and ideas contributed, opportunities provided, and challenges thrown at the CIS-A2K program during the last year by the Wikimedia communities in India, our institutional partners, Executive Committee (EC) of Wikimedia India Chapter (WMIN) and the Wikimedia Foundation's Grantmaking Team have significantly informed our work plans.

Each plan has an independent budget and is closely mapped on to the implementation plan. An attempt is made to correlate why we are spending a certain amount on a certain activity. Thus all these budgets are very optimally planned and the overall budget is an assimilation. CIS-A2K believes that this will give mission level transparency to our work and provide a clearer structure of accountability to the movement and the community.

Please do share your feedback and inputs on the respective plan discussion pages. We would be glad to correct ourselves if you could point out to any major omissions and errors in plans. We will be approaching the FDC requesting support for this work plan [2].

Thanks,
Vishnu
(Program Director, CIS-A2K)
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form



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Srikanth Ramakrishnan | 17 Mar 14:36 2014
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Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Women Scientists edit-a-thon: March 15-16

Excellent work.
Just pointing out that there were several articles which were edited outside the two Edit-a-thons. These articles are not being counted by the script.



On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM, A. Mani <a.mani.cms-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM, Parul <sri.parul-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
>
>
> India has a lot of successful women scientists who have made a mark in their
> respective fields. However, it is unfortunate that these women still do not
> have an existence on Wikipedia. Read this blog post to  know a little more.
>
>
>
> We are organizing a Women Scientists edit-a-thon tomorrow and day after.
> Join us by editing as many articles as possible during these the two days.
> Apart from creating articles, you could also help us by correcting or
> expanding existing ones. Adding names to the existing list of scientists
> would go a long way too.



What criteria (relative academic accomplishments) is being used for
qualifying as a "women scientist"?
Some days ago, I saw some entries for fresh people with a couple of
publications (it was part of an earlier round of editing).
One cannot really go by the few awards (politicized) and such.

If that is the criteria, then I know at least 95 women who would fit
in. If I set the cut off point at 5 years in research, then the number
would be 60 - 72+ (I am not sure ).

If the criteria is 100pp of publication in refereed international
journals or 10 years in research or some high impact work (requires
peer review), then the number would be much less.

ps. I don't want an article on myself as I have enough publicity :)


Best

A. Mani



A. Mani
[Last_Name. First_Name Format]
CU, ASL, AMS, ISRS, CLC, CMS
HomePage: http://www.logicamani.in
Blog: http://logicamani.blogspot.in/

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Parul | 14 Mar 18:29 2014
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Women Scientists edit-a-thon: March 15-16

Dear all,

 

India has a lot of successful women scientists who have made a mark in their respective fields. However, it is unfortunate that these women still do not have an existence on Wikipedia. Read this blog post to  know a little more. 

 

We are organizing a Women Scientists edit-a-thon tomorrow and day after. Join us by editing as many articles as possible during these the two days. Apart from creating articles, you could also help us by correcting or expanding existing ones. Adding names to the existing list of scientists would go a long way too.


Find more details about the event here. Please add your name as a participant and feel free to start editing over a cup of coffee :-)


There is an opt in we would like you to fill up so that we can understand editor behavior better. Please fill up this form if you are participating in the edit-a-thon.



In case you have questions, do write to Netha, Parul or Jeph!



Thanks! 

Parul

 

http://in.linkedin.com/in/parulthakur

http://happinessandfood.wordpress.com/

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Parul | 8 Mar 12:10 2014
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Women's Day edit-a-thons: March

Dear all,


We are celebrating International Women’s Day by organising edit a thons on the 8th & 9th of March, today and tomorrow. We are focusing on Women Parliamentarians in India this time around.


Join us by editing as many articles as possible during these the days. We want to cover all of them. Apart from creating articles, you could also help us by correcting or expanding existing ones. Adding names to the existing list of parliamentarians would go a long way too.


Find more details about the event here. Please add your name as a participant and feel free to start editing over a cup of coffee :-)


A second edit-a-thon on Indian women scientists is scheduled for the 15th and 16th of March,. Sign up for this event on the event page in advance here!


There is an opt in we would like you to fill up so that we can understand editor behavior better. Please fill up this form if you are participating in the edit-a-thons.


In case you have questions, do write to Netha, Parul or Jeph!


Thanks! 

Parul



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Indrani Ghose | 6 Mar 05:35 2014
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new member

Hello Admin,

I have enrolled myself to Bangalore wiki group.
Please include me to the mailing group.
I wish to participate in future wiki meets, so please do let me know the dates.

Regards,
Indrani Ghose.
http://isharethese.blogspot.com
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Asaf Bartov | 7 Feb 02:06 2014
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Fwd: WMF visit to Bangalore next week

Dear Bangalore Wikimedians,

please see the notice below, about the Wikimedia Foundation visit to Bangalore next week.  Specifically, we would like to meet as many of you as possible at a meetup, and need your help picking the best time.

Thanks,

   Asaf

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Dear Indian Wikimedians,

I pleased to announce a group from the Wikimedia Foundation will be visiting India next week, staying in Bangalore from Feb 10th through Feb 16th.

The group includes:
1. Garfield Byrd (WMF's Chief of Finance and Administration)
2. Anasuya Sengupta (WMF's Senior Director of Grantmaking)
3. Sydney Poore (volunteer member of the Funds Dissemination Committee [FDC])
and will be joined in India by WMF Trustee Bishakha Datta.

(I had also been intending to come, but am prevented this time around due to unexpected issues securing a travelling visa to India.)

WMF staff have been visiting partner organizations and communities over the past few months, to learn more about their context, achievements and challenges.  More recently, FDC members have been joining them in this effort. Currently, WMF staff and FDC members are visiting Germany.

One purpose of this visit is to conduct working meetings with the Foundation's two major partners and grantees in India: the Wikimedia India (WMIN) chapter and the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), operating the Access To Knowledge (A2K) programme.  

Additionally, we would like to meet as many Wikimedians as we can, via a community meetup in Bangalore, and to make ourselves available over digital channels (at least taking advantage of being in the same timezone) to community members across India, via open group discussions over IRC.  We are also open to discussion with any interested smaller groups or individuals, over Skype, Hangout, or telephone, time permitting.

We have put up a rough agenda page up on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_India_Visit_Feb_2014

Please feel free to sign up for the meetup or the conversations, and to raise topics you would like to see addressed, on the talk page.

We greatly regret that logistical issues are preventing us from visiting other communities in person this time around, and from attending the Telugu community's 10th anniversary celebrations in Vijayawada.

Cheers,

   Asaf Bartov
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    Asaf Bartov
    Wikimedia Foundation

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!



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Vishnu | 8 Jan 19:02 2014
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Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2014 scholarship now accepting application

Dear Wikimedians,

FYI

Vishnu


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Arjuna Rao Chavala | 29 Dec 08:31 2013
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Fwd: Komarraju Lakshmana Rao Wikimedia Puraskaram Results





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Dear fellow Wikimedians,

Thank you all for your encouragement of Telugu Wikipedia community's initiative to recognize the contributors by a special award called Komarraju Lakshmana Rao Wikimedia Puraskaram[1], named after first modern encyclopedist in Telugu, perhaps the first among Indian languages (c.1912-13).

We got 28 nominated proposals for the awards[2] out of which 18 were complete, based on the acceptance criteria outlined in the initial announcement. Selection council analyzed all proposals based on quantitative metrics like wiki statistics and qualitative assessment of each nominee's contribution and it's impact on Wiki 's growth and development. We would like to thank all the people who participated in the nomination and proposal development process and also those who helped to improve the process by their feedback during its roll out. As this is the debut year for the awards, Selection council decided to award 10 recipients recognizing their contributions during the last decade of Telugu Wikipedia. In the order of final assessment score, the awardees are Chaduvari, M Pradeep, Chava Kiran, Veeven, Palagiri, Ravichandra, Ahmed Nisar, Veera.sj, JVRK PRASAD and Bhaskaranaidu. They will be presented with cash prize and certificate during the Telugu Wiki Ten Celebrations . You can see their pictures, citation remarks in Telugu and English [3]. The background material[4] and scoring sheet[5] are also available, if you are interested.

To recognize members who contributed significantly to Telugu wikimedia projects but could not/ did not give their consent for the award nomination and/or did not get selected for the award, Selection council decided to award Jury appreciation certificates. These will be given to 30 members selected by the council[6]. An electronic certificate will be presented in their user talk pages shortly

It's been an arduous effort and the selection council members have put in nearly 1000 hours of effort as a group in the past couple of months since award conception. Can't thank enough the selection council members Arjuna Rao Chavala, A. Rajasekhar, T. Sujatha and A. Radhakrishna. Special thanks to Arjuna Rao Chavala, Selection council secretary for taking the major responsibility for this initiative. We also thank Tewiki 10 Celebrations committee[7] for ensuring necessary funds to support this award.

As with any first time endeavor, I am sure there is room for improvements in this process. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future attempts.

Sincerely,

Ravi Vyzasatya

1. Award details and rules (in Telugu) https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP 2. Proposals https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Komarraju_LakshmanaRao_Wikimedia_Award_Proposals 3. Award winner details https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP/2013/Winners 4. Applicants work statistics and factors aiding growth https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KLRWP-2013_Applicants_work_Statistics_and_Factors_Aiding_Growth.pdf 5.Scoring sheet https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP/2013/Scoring 6. Jury Appreciation certificate winners https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:KLRWP/2013/Jury_Appreciation_Winners 7. Tewiki 10 Celebrations Committee https://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:TEWIKI10/Committee


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