Sowmyan Tirumurti | 16 Jul 12:53 2014
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Chapter recruitment

I am reporting this here to request you all to spread the word.
Regards,
Sowmyan
Wikimedia Chapter

Dear Wikimedians,

The chapter intends to have a office, and recruit 2 employees. The job
descriptions are posted in the link below.

http://wiki.wikimedia.in/FDC_Proposal_2013/Budget/Staff

The post of Executive Manager will be renamed as Program Director. The
other role will be that of the Program Executive. At present we will not
fill the third position mentioned in the link, namely administrative
assistant / executive.

If any one is interested in applying for these roles, they may send in
their applications to Careers-AeOJrEpdGNeacSAJ64KLvA@public.gmane.org.

We are looking for active Wikimedians, who can conduct training workshops,
organize events, GLAM programs, etc.

For the role of the Program Director, the additional expectations are
working on a strategy, FDC grant applications, general administration,
government relations etc.

We intend to fill these positions by August 2nd week so that the new
employees can take charge along with the new EC members to be elected on
Aug 16, 2014.

Apply within 10 days.

Regards,
Sowmyan
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Vishnu | 7 Jul 17:17 2014
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(Announcement) Draft Policy for Open Access to DBT & DST funded research

Dear Wikimedians,

I am happy to share with you the Draft Policy for Open Access to Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India funded research  http://dbtindia.nic.in/docs/DBT-DST_Open_Access_Policy.pdf

CIS has contributed to this draft, which is up for comments until July 25, 2014. Hope this will come through soon and ensure that more scientific research in India would be openly accessible for all of us.

Best,
Vishnu

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Vishnu | 7 Jul 10:02 2014
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Wiki Loves Pride, India 2014

Dear Wikimedians,

Wiki Loves Pride is a global campaign to expand and improve LGBT-related content across several Wikimedia projects [1]. We invite you to participate in a two-week long edit-a-thon to help improve Wikipedia's coverage of India relevant LGBT-related content. The edit-a-thon will lead up to offline events on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Bangalore and Delhi [2]. You are welcome to join the offline events.

The event aims at creating new articles, expanding the existing stubs and translating English articles to various Indian languages with a focus on LGBT Rights, Culture and History in India. Please feel free to chip in with ideas, articles and activities on the event page on Meta [3].

Everyone is welcome to join the event as enthusiasts, editors, translators, bloggers or event managers. Start by signing up as a participant [4].

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Pride
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Wiki_Loves_Pride_2014#Off-line_Events
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Wiki_Loves_Pride_2014
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Wiki_Loves_Pride_2014#Sign_up
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 2 Jul 17:01 2014
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Hello Bangalore, let's meet

Hello all,

It is been quite some time we all have not met. How about meeting on the 12th July (Saturday) around 3 pm?

Omshivaprakash and Tinu suggested that we should probably meet it in a place that is central to people commuting from different places from the city. I am up and here are three other community spaces I have found out:


Any other options? If we could freeze one of these or any other place then I could call and finalize.

Do let me know your availability and place of choice.

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Best,
Subha
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RadhaKrishna Arvapally | 23 Jun 13:54 2014
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Tentative Talk <at> CDOT

Hi All,


CDOT (http://www.cdot.in) invited me for a talk at their premises. (tentatively on Friday 27th July 11:00AM-12:30PM)

Please let me know if any ONE can join me.



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A.Radha Krishna

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Carolynne Schloeder | 19 Jun 09:39 2014
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Aircel blogger event in Bangalore

Hello, My name is Carolynne Schloeder, and I am now heading up mobile partnerships for the Wikimedia Foundation, including the Wikipedia Zero program. 

I will be in India next week, and I hope to meet the local communities, to begin a dialogue about how we can align partners to support your work. I would really love to learn about what you're doing, share ideas and get your input on our partnership strategy. 

Our Wikipedia Zero partner Aircel is organizing a blogger event on Friday June 27 from 4-6 pm, location to be announced. I will share details with you as I get them and enlist your help. 

If you are free to meet on Friday and/or attend the blogger event, please 
reply copying me at cschloeder-AeOJrEpdGNeGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org. I apologize for the short notice. 

And if next week doesn't work, then I hope this can be the start of a dialogue over email. I'm looking forward to collaborating with you. 

Thanks very much and best regards,

Carolynne

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Director Global Mobile Partnerships
Wikimedia Foundation
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Hari Prasad Nadig | 12 May 14:15 2014
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On CIS's grants request from Wikimedia Foundation

Fellow Wikimedians,

As you all know, Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore has sought funding of about 1.8 Crores through the FDC process from Wikimedia Foundation to carry out work on seven local language projects in India that includes Kannada, Telugu among others. [1]
The funds primarily cover the salaries of the people belonging to the CIS-A2K team among other administrative expenses and other expenses as outlined on their proposal page.

The proposal was up for Community review and comments until April 30th and many have recorded their response about it [2]. Several community members have come forward in pointing out that the staff salaries being paid and that being proposed - are quite on the higher side (which is up to 2.4 Lakhs per month per person).

Apart from the concerns on extremely high salaries for Indian norms of the team members of CIS-A2K team, there have been some serious concerns raised about some apparent Conflict of Interest [3] and non-compliance with the local laws (mainly Karnataka Societies act and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).

However, looks like the proposal has moved forward through the FDC process for funding despite the concerns raised and has gotten through to the next stage.

More concerns have now been raised by several community members on the Staff Assessment discussion page here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Staff_proposal_assessment

I invite you to participate in the discussion and help steer this in the right direction.
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muzammil | 24 Apr 19:15 2014

Urdu Wikipedia crosses the 50,000 mark

Dear friends,

I am pleased to inform you that today the Urdu Wikipedia has crossed the 50,000 articles mark.

I am honoured to be a humble contributor of this Wikipedia which has reached a dream milestone which is yet to be covered by many other Wikipedias.

The focus, as the community feels, will now shift on referencing and elaborating many of the existing articles to satisfactory levels.

Also, the next target is to cross the 1,00,000 articles mark.


Regards,
Muzammil.

 

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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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