Jinal Foflia | 21 Jun 09:35 2016
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[Invitation]: OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend

Hey everyone,

I wanted to invite all of you to the OpenStreetMap hackweekend on July 2 and 3 in Bangalore being hosted at the Mapbox office. We will spend two full days working on projects like iD, openstreetmap-website, JOSM  etc. You can see all the projects and ideas in the wiki http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Bengaluru_Hack_weekend_July_2016. Pick one or propose your own.

If you are in town and want to contribute to OpenStreetMap, this is a great opportunity to get started alongside expert developers on the open mapping stack! Wikimedia projects have already started integrating maps from OSM https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Maps and this can be a useful space to begin work on ideas for greater collaboration between the communities.

Please RSVP (https://osmhackweekend.splashthat.com/) and let me know if you have any questions. 


Looking forward!

Cheers,

Jinal Foflia
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Tito Dutta | 24 May 08:04 2016
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Train-the-Trainer 2016: Event details and invitation to participate

​​Greetings from CIS-A2K,

It gives us great pleasure to inform that the Train-the-Trainer 2016 programme organised by CIS-A2K is going to be held from 17-19 June, Bangalore.

Train-the-Trainer programme was conceptualised in order to bridge the gap between wiki volunteers/enthusiasts who would like to conduct off reach activities and have been discouraged due to non availability of resources and support. The three day residential event will include presentations by the participants regarding a plan to improve their wiki-projects, expert sessions about conducting effective outreach activities, best practices from the global wiki communities, revised grant structure of WMF, activities to understand WMF strategy and vision, understanding global metrics and coming up with a concrete plan by participants in association with A2K to improve their wiki-projects.

A2K invites Wikimedians to apply for this programme. Participants will be selected based on their on wiki and off wiki activities and their responses to the questions asked in the Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AmbA609Foy5gNLRw1SgK4r0YF8yFwcLLhNdvvrpC1z0/viewform

Selected participants are required to finish pre-work assigned to them without fail. Please fill the Google form given below and write to us at tanveer <at> cis-india.org, tito <at> cis-india.org and rahim-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org for more details.

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Srikanth Lakshmanan | 10 May 14:56 2016
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Fwd: [Talk-in] savethemap.in planning meeting tomorrow May 11, 4pm - 6pm Bangalore


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Date: 10 May 2016 at 17:14
Subject: [Talk-in] savethemap.in planning meeting tomorrow May 11, 4pm - 6pm Bangalore
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Hey everyone,

In the light of the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill,
few of us are gathering at the Center for Internet and Society in
Indiranagar from 4pm tomorrow (May 11) to plan our response and assess
current situation.

Do take part if you can and help us save the map.

Cheers,
Sajjad

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Ravishankar | 18 Apr 16:22 2016
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WMF's Langauge Engineering team on 20th April 2016.

Hi,

Please join us for the next Bangalore meetup on 20th April 2016 6 PM.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore62

WMF's Langauge Engineering team is in Bangalore, and they are very keen to meet the community and receive our feedback.

If you are not able to attend, you can join us virtually for a translathon during the same day :)

Please also feel free to leave questions and comments for the team at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore62#Questions.2FComments_from_pan-Indian_community

Phabricator bugs that need priority, Community wishlist items related to Indian languages are good points to raise.

Ravi
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Tito Dutta | 14 Apr 12:33 2016
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Re: Bangalore-based Train-a-Wikipedian and policy discussion meeting 17 April 2016

​Hello Wikimedians in and around Bangalore
​,​

You are invited to join our next Train-a-Wikipedian and policy discussion session
Our immediate next mini Train-a-Wikipedian session is on:
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Date and time: 17 April 2016 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
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Venue: CIS office, Bangalore
​(194, 2nd C Cross Road, Domlur II Stage, Bangalore)

If you are in or around Bangalore you may join us. Please call
​Tito ​
09591295619 or 
​reply to this thread or email tito-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org
if needed
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Ravishankar Ayyakkannu | 29 Jan 12:59 2016
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Next Bangalore meetup: Meet the WMF grants team

Hi,

Join us for the next Bangalore meetup.

Date: : Sunday, 31-January-2015 4:00 PM IST

Venue:

Center for Internet and Society,
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage,
Bangalore - 560071

Katy Love and Winifred Olliff from the WMF grants team are here. This is a good opportunity to get familiar with the WMF grants program.


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Ravishankar Ayyakkannu | 18 Dec 08:34 2015
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Wikipedia 15 Celebrations in Indian cities

Hi,

Wikipedia turns 15 on Jan 15, 2016.

Wikimedia communities across various cities in Indias are celebrating this.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_15_events_in_India

Please check https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15 for details and to arrange an event in your city.

Ravi

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sanjeev koushik | 10 Dec 11:06 2015
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Hello from Sanjeev

Hi Team,

This is Sanjeev, interested in the volunteer activities of wikimedia. Do include me on the email.

Regards,
Sanjeev

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Ravishankar Ayyakkannu | 10 Dec 05:30 2015
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Reviving Bangalore Wikimedia Community Meetups

Hi,

We welcome you all to gather on December 13th for the next Bangalore Wikimedia community meetup.

Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation will be our guest for the meetup. It will be a good opportunity to meet all other Wikimedians after a long time and chart our plans for reviving the Bangalore Wikimedia community and activities.

Please check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Bangalore/Bangalore59 for details.

Thanks,

Ravi
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 12 Nov 16:31 2015

[CIS-A2K] October 2015 Newsletter

Dear all,


Centre for Internet and Society' Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K) program would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of October 2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.



== 1000 Marathi books by Marathi-language non-profit to come online on Marathi Wikisource with Open Access ==

As the Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha (MGS), a non-profit organization working for the preservation of the "Peshwa" culture in Maharashtra, and based in Pune, India, celebrated its 121st anniversary recently, the organization relicensed 1000 books for Marathi Wikisource under CC-by-SA 4.0 license so that the books could be digitized and be made available for millions of Marathi readers. Avinash Chaphekar from the organization signed a document permitting Wikimedians to digitize the books on the Wikisource. On this special occasion of the anniversary, a three-day book exhibition was organized starting October 30.


Answering our question "Could you please share with us your ideas of opening these invaluable books for Wikisource? How they are going to be useful for the online readers to learn about the Peshwas?", Mr Chaphekar says:

“These books are of historical importance and cover topics that are rarely covered well anywhere else. This information should reach to more people. Right after our Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended to read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin as it contains a lot of messages for a common man, a lady walked to us once and asked if she can read this Marathi. Such books that were published by the Sanstha should not be kept closed as a lot many readers are searching for such books. We might not have a very great presence in the media or the Internet. How does any reader who does not know us buy a book? If these books are available online they could at least find and read them”.

== Event organized/participated ==

(CIS-A2K events page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events)

⬤ Konkani-language books from Konkani-language culture center Mannd Sobhaann to enrich Konkani Wikipedia: (http://cis-india.org/openness/konkani-language-books-from-konkani-language-culture-center-mannd-sobhaann-to-enrich-konkani-wikipedia) Mannd Sobhaann (http://www.manddsobhann.org/), a private organization working for unification of Konkani people around the world, preservation and promotion of Konkani language and culture, has recently relicensed 3 of their published books under a CC-by-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0) license. Erik Ozario, founder of the organization has kindly permitted to open these books under free license so they get digitized on Konkani Wikisource (https://wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page/Konkani) and contribute in enriching the Goan Konkani Wikipedia (https://goo.gl/780B6r). Thanks to our friend Harriet Vidyasagar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Outofindia) for helping in acquiring these books.

⬤ Odia Wikisource 1st anniversary celebration: (https://goo.gl/nXRmvr) Odia Wikimedia community celebrated Odia Wikisource's first anniversary at the Institute on Management of Agricultural Extension (IMAGE), Siripur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Jeeban Panda and Puspashree Pattnaik from Bhubaneswar based non-profit Srujanika presented the organization's journey in digitizing over 150K folios of many Odia-language books. They also announced relicensing Srujanika’s entire publication (over 700 books) under a free license and digitizing them Wikisource. These books include various science publications by the organization over last two decades. In a panel discussion about the "need for digital platforms for Odia books", participated noted linguist Debi Prasanna Pattnaik, Professor Jatin Nayak, Sudhir Pattnaik, Editor, Samadrusti and Anil Pradhan, Editor, Sikhya Sandhan. The community also had a day long discussion about setting priorities and goals for the project in the coordination of the project's administrator Mrutyunjaya Kar (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/or:User:MKar). There was a survey made where Wikimedians reflected their views on various activities.

⬤ Wikipedia Workshop at Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Sciences: (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Workshop_in_Sinhgad_Institute_of_Technology_and_Science,_Pune#Project_Aim) This workshop was aimed at introducing Wikipedia to the engineering undergraduate students use the Marathi Wikipedia to disseminate what they are learning in Marathi-language. About 11 students took part and learned input in Marathi and Wikipedia in various topics of their interest.


== Upcoming events: Train-a-Wikipedian ==

CIS-A2K is going to start a new project Train-a-Wikipedian (TAW, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Train-a-Wikipedian). In February and June this year, CIS-A2K conducted Train the Trainer (TTT, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program) and MediaWiki Train the Trainer (MWTTT, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MWTTT). After conducting these two events, and communicating with the participants the need to start a training program on regular basis was felt and designing the "Train-a-Wikipedian" program was initiated. Initially, the focus would be on five Focus Language Areas (FLAs); a) Kannada, b) Konkani, c) Marathi, d) Odia, and e) Telugu, and the program might be scaled up slowly based on its first pilot implementation. The TAW page on Meta-wiki (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/TAW), a number of topics are listed that are going to be discussed. As not everything could be imparted to every single participant, almost all the training sessions are going to be custom-made where the learners will be independently selecting topics of their own interest. Suggestions and inputs on this program are welcome!

== Blog posts ==

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. WikipediansSpeak: Telugu-language library catalog project helps Wikipedia grow,(http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/wikimedia-blog-october-9-2015-subhashish-panigrahi-telugu-library-catalog-project-wikipedians-speak) 11 October 2015;

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar, (http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/mybhubaneswar-october-25-2015-subhashish-panigrahi-odia-wikisource-celebrates-its-first-anniversary-in-bhubaneswar) 24 October 2015;

⬤ Agarwal, Shirish. Hamara Linux at Wikipedia workshop. Hamaralinux.org, 27 October 2015;

== Media coverage ==

1. How to do Guerilla GLAM (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/openotago/2015/10/06/how-to-do-guerilla-glam/), University of Otago, 6 October 2015;

2. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ଆବଶ୍ୟକତା ସମାଜ (http://www.fullodisha.com/odia-wikiource-to-celebrate-its-first-anniversary-at-bhubaneswar/) Full Odisha, 24 October 2015;

3. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar (http://mybhubaneswar.com/odia-wikisource-anniversary/) Mybhubaneswar.com, 24 October 2015

4. Odia Wikisource celebrates 1st anniversary this 25th October (http://www.bhubaneswarbuzz.com/events/odia-wikisource-celebrates-1st-anniversary-this-25th-october) Bhubaneswar Buzz, 24 October 2015,

5. "महाराष्ट्र ग्रंथोत्तेजक" होणार लोकाभिमुख, महाराष्ट्र टाईम्स, Maharashtra Times, 24 October 2015;

6. Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its 1st Birth Anniversary Today At IMAGE, Bhubaneswar (http://www.odiaportal.in/2015/10/odia-wikisource-to-celebrate-its-1st.html) Odiaportal.in, 25 October 2015;

7. ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ପ୍ରଥମ ଜନ୍ମତିଥି ପାଳନ (http://goo.gl/WiC5hS) Odia Pua, 25 October 2015;

8. Odia Wikisource to celebrate its first anniversary tomorrow! (http://odishasuntimes.com/2015/10/25/odia-wikisource-to-celebrate-its-first-anniversary-tomorrow/), Odisha Sun Times, 25 October 2015;

9. Odia language classics could now be read from phones, tablets and of course from computers!, (http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=62374) Orissa Diary, 25 October 2015;

10. Odia Wikisource to Hold 1st Anniversary (http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/odia-wikisource-to-hold-1st-anniv.html),  The pioneer, 26 October 2015;

11. Otago Southland are the Coolest (http://www.lianza.org.nz/article/otago-southland-are-coolest), Library and Information Association of New Zealand, 26 October 2015;

12. Open Access Week round up (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/openotago/), University of Otago, 27 October 2015;

13. मराठी पुस्तके 'विकिस्रोत'ला, सकाळ, Sakaal, 28 October 2015;

14. महाराष्ट्र ग्रंथोत्तेजक संस्थेमधील एक हजार ग्रंथ ऑनलाइन, सामना Saamna, 28 October 2015;

15. India & France to digitise manuscripts, artworks & archives (http://www.medianama.com/2015/10/223-india-france-manuscript-digitisation/), Medianama, 29 October 2015;

16. एक हजार ग्रंथ ऑनलाइन, महाराष्ट्र टाईम्स, Maharashtra Times, 30 October 2015;

== Op-eds ==

⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ଆବଶ୍ୟକତା (Need for an Odia-language Wikisource) (http://editors.cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/samaja-october-25-2015-subhashish-panigrahi-need-for-an-odia-language-wikisource), Samaja, 25 October 2015;


This newsletter is also available on Meta at:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Reports/Newsletter/October_2015

-- Best! Subhashish Panigrahi Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge Centre for Internet and Society <at> subhapa / https://cis-india.org
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Arun Ganesh | 11 Nov 16:46 2015
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OSM Mapping party this Sunday

Hey all, as part of geography awareness week, we're having an OpenStreetMap mapping party on Sunday to get together, hack on map ideas and also do some open mapping.

OSM is where all the Wikimedia maps are generated from: https://maps.wikimedia.org/#14/12.9739/77.5905 

If you are curious to meet the OSM community, learn how to make maps, tools used and discuss map ideas for Wikimedia, join us. Details:


Feel free to share with other open source/data lists.


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