Tito Dutta | 2 Feb 19:51 2016
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7 more days to create or expand GI edit-a-thon articles

​​Hello, here is an update on Geographical Indications in India Edit-a-thon
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon>.
We understand that perhaps 7 days (i.e. 25 January to 31 January) were not
sufficient to write on a topic like this, and/or you may need some more
time to create/improve articles, so let's extend this event for a few more
days. *The edit-a-thon will continue till 10 February 2016* and that means
you have got 7 more days to create or expand articles (or imprpove the
articles you have already created or expanded).
*Rules*

The rules
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon#Rules>
remain unchanged. Please report your created or expanded articles
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon>
.
*Joining now*

Editors, who have not joined this edit-a-thon, may also join now
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon/Participants>
.
*Reviewing articles*

Reviewing of all articles should be done before the end of this month (i.e.
February 2016). We'll keep you informed. You may also check the event page
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon>
for more details.
*Prizes/Awards*

A special barnstar will be given to all the participants who will create or
expand articles during this edit-a-thon. The editors, who will perform
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 25 Jan 15:29 2016

[PRESS] Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

*Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias*

On 15 January, Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia celebrated its 15th
birthday, meeting this milestone with 36 million articles in more than 290
languages (the English-language Wikipedia alone has crossed the 5-million
article mark
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/wikipedia/11969459/Wikipedias-5-million-articles-still-cover-less-than-5-per-cent-of-all-human-knowledge.html>).
But here I want to address some major questions that we need to ask as
Indians. First, what is the state of Indian-language Wikipedia projects?
What does India have to take from and give to Wikipedia?

With the growth of free and open source software in India, people are
equipped with more freedom than ever.
<http://www.gndec.ac.in/%7Elibrarian/sveri/dbit2306009.pdf> Especially with
the recent federal policy-level changes
<https://opensource.com/government/15/6/indian-government-includes-open-source-rfps>,
the nation is enjoying better collaboration with people of different
cultures speaking different languages.

However, there is a huge gap in the access to knowledge on the internet
domain. Of a population of about 1.26 billion only about 15-18% people are
connected online, largely from mobile devices. A tiny fraction of this
population comprises the technical community. It would be useful to have a
metric on the percentage of this community's contribution to grow the
languages of this country and its cultural heritage.

*Wikipedia as a family*

Wikipedia is not just an encyclopaedia. It is also a "family" of several
other Open Knowledge members. Wikipedia itself is available in over 290
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Jnanaranjan Sahu | 22 Jan 08:10 2016
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ଆଜି ସଂଧ୍ୟା ୮.୩୦ରେ ଆଲୋଚନା

ଓଡିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡିଆର ଉନ୍ନତି ଏବଂ
ଅନ୍ୟାନ୍ୟ ବିଷୟଗୁଡିକରେ ଆଲୋଚନା ପାଇଁ
ଏକ ଆଇଆରସି
ଅଲୋଚନା(IRC Chat) କରାଯିବ ।<br />
ଆଜି ସଂଧ୍ୟା ୮.୩୦ ରେ କରାଯିବ । <br />
ଆଲୋଚନା ବିଷୟବସ୍ତୁ:
* ନୂଆ ଉଇକିଆଳିମାନଙ୍କ ସହ ଚିହ୍ନା ପରିଚୟ
* ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡିଆ କିପରି ଅଧିକ ପ୍ରଚାର
ପ୍ରସାର ହେଇପାରିବ ସେ ବିଷୟରେ ଆଲୋଚନା
* ନୂଆ ପୁରୁଣା ଉଇକିଆଳି ମାନେ ପ୍ରଚାର
ପ୍ରସାର ପାଇଁ ନିଜର ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଦେବେ
* ସଭ୍ୟମାନେ କିପରି ଉଇକିପିଡିଆରେ ଅଧିକ
ସକ୍ରିୟ ରହିବେ(ଅସୁବିଧା ବିଷୟରେ ଆଲୋଚନା)
* ଉଇକିପଡିଆ ଓ ଆର୍ଥିକ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଷୟରେ
ନୂଆ ଉଇକିଆଳି ମାନଙ୍କୁ ଧାରଣା
* ମତ ଓ ମନ୍ତବ୍ୟ
* ଆଉ କିଛି ଥିଲେ ଏଠି ଲେଖନ୍ତୁ
ଭାଗ ନେବା ପାଇଁ ଏଇ [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikipedia-or ଲିଙ୍କ]
ଯାଅନ୍ତୁ ।<br />
ସମୟରେ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଚାହୁଁଥିଲେ ଏଠାରେ
ଲେଖନ୍ତୁ (ଅଧିକ ସଭ୍ୟ ନ ରହିପାରିଲେ ବଦଳା
ଯାଇପାରେ)।

*IRC (Internet Web Chat)ରେ କିପରି ଭାଗନେବେ:*

   - Open http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikipedia-or

   - Give your full name in "*Nick: "*
   - The Channel name should be #wikipedia-or (by default)
   - Click the check box for CAPTCHA verification
   - Press *connect*.
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Tito Dutta | 22 Jan 07:58 2016
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Geographical Indications in India Edit-a-thon starts on 25 January - in 3 days

​​Hello,
The planned Geographical Indications in India Edit-a-thon is going to start
on 25 January, and it will continue till 31 January. The goal of this
edit-a-thon is to create and improve Geographical Indications articles.

Thanks to everyone who have shown interest in this initiative.
If you have not signed up still, but want to join, *please sign up now*.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon

Please feel free to share this message with any other Wikipedian who may be
interested in this activity.
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Jnanaranjan Sahu | 20 Jan 11:11 2016
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ଆଇଆରସି ଅଲୋଚନା(IRC Chat)

ଓଡିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡିଆର ଉନ୍ନତି ଏବଂ
ଅନ୍ୟାନ୍ୟ ବିଷୟଗୁଡିକରେ ଆଲୋଚନା ପାଇଁ
ଏକ ଆଇଆରସି
ଅଲୋଚନା(IRC Chat) କରାଯିବ ।<br />
ଏହା ଶୁକ୍ରବାର ସନ୍ଧ୍ୟା ୮.୩୦ ରେ କରାଯିବ
। <br />
ଆଲୋଚନା ବିଷୟବସ୍ତୁ:
* ନୂଆ ଉଇକିଆଳିମାନଙ୍କ ସହ ଚିହ୍ନା ପରିଚୟ
* ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡିଆ କିପରି ଅଧିକ ପ୍ରଚାର
ପ୍ରସାର ହେଇପାରିବ ସେ ବିଷୟରେ ଆଲୋଚନା
* ନୂଆ ପୁରୁଣା ଉଇକିଆଳି ମାନେ ପ୍ରଚାର
ପ୍ରସାର ପାଇଁ ନିଜର ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଦେବେ
* ସଭ୍ୟମାନେ କିପରି ଉଇକିପିଡିଆରେ ଅଧିକ
ସକ୍ରିୟ ରହିବେ(ଅସୁବିଧା ବିଷୟରେ ଆଲୋଚନା)
* ଉଇକିପଡିଆ ଓ ଆର୍ଥିକ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଷୟରେ
ନୂଆ ଉଇକିଆଳି ମାନଙ୍କୁ ଧାରଣା
* ମତ ଓ ମନ୍ତବ୍ୟ
* ଆଉ କିଛି ଥିଲେ ଏଠି ଲେଖନ୍ତୁ
ଭାଗ ନେବା ପାଇଁ ଏଇ [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikipedia-or ଲିଙ୍କ]
ଯାଅନ୍ତୁ ।<br />
ସମୟରେ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଚାହୁଁଥିଲେ ଏଠାରେ
ଲେଖନ୍ତୁ (ଅଧିକ ସଭ୍ୟ ନ ରହିପାରିଲେ ବଦଳା
ଯାଇପାରେ)।

*IRC (Internet Web Chat)ରେ କିପରି ଭାଗନେବେ:*

   - Open http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikipedia-or

   - Give your full name in "*Nick: "*
   - The Channel name should be #wikipedia-or (by default)
   - Click the check box for CAPTCHA verification
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Tito Dutta | 13 Jan 08:10 2016
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CIS-A2K December 2016 newsletter

​Hello,

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

As per the 2007 census of India, there are about 7.4 million speakers who
speak Konkani as a native language. Many might not know though the language
finally made a late entry on Wikipedia in 2014 with the release of the Goan
Konkani Wikipedia (https://gom.wikipedia.org). Since the beginning of the
project as an Incubator project, it has faced several issues; complications
because of the multiple scripts used to write Konkani, building a community
from scratch (
http://www.dnaindia.com/blogs/post-konkani-wikipedia-climbing-up-the-indian-language-ladder-1885294v
to contribute to the Wikipedia project, and finding encyclopedic resources
to grow content. The Konkani community that contributes on Wikipedia is
predominantly present in Goa with a few contributors living elsewhere. The
statistical analysis of the last six months shows several trends of the
project and community growth. There is an overall state of both the content
and community seem to be stable with a total of 124 editors and 2400
articles. However, the growth trends are little worrying as there is hardly
any new editors that has joined the community in last six months. The
active editors (with more than 5 edits a month) have also slowed down over
time with a few them becoming inactive as the average of the number of
active editors for the previous six months (January-June 2015) was 18 that
has come down alarming to 5. Same is the case of very active editors (with
more than 100 edits a month) and number of new articles being created every
month. These downtrends are more of a result of the on-wiki, online and
offline activities slowing down. There is a great need for more leadership
and community-led activities that could be catalyzed by organizational
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 10 Jan 18:12 2016
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[PRESS] Read Bengali, Malayalam classics online as free Wiki libraries grow

ଏହା ଆଜି ଟାଇମ୍ସ ଅଫ ଇଣ୍ଡିଆ ବେଙ୍ଗାଳୁରୁ
ସଂସ୍କରଣରେ ପ୍ରକାଶିତ ହୋଇଥିଲା ।:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Read-Bengali-Malayalam-classics-online-as-free-Wiki-libraries-grow/articleshow/50515604.cms
(Copyrighted material that has been shared here for only reading purpose.)
ଏଥିରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ ଓ
ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାର ବାବଦରେ କିଛି ତଥ୍ୟ
ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଛି ।

BENGALURU: It was a hunt that took Shiju Alex to many places. Finally, his
quest ended at Dharmaram College library in Bengaluru as Alex got hold of a
copy of the first-ever printed book in Malayalam. He scanned it promptly
and volunteers uploaded the text on to Malayalam Wikisource, one of the
free online libraries run by Wikipedia. Nasim Ali returned to Wikipedia
editing only because fellow Odias were reaching out on social media to help
upload the 13-volume Bhagavata Mahapuranam. Now, the entire work is
available for free at Odia Wikisource.

Actions speak louder than words when it comes to preserving books in
regional languages. Indian versions of Wikisource have more than 1 lakh
pages of classic epics, philosophical tracts, and novels and poems in 10
languages. And the numbers are growing. "These are the books that we grow
up with and connect emotionally. Most of us would like to see them online,"
said Subhashish Panigrahi, Wikipedian and programme officer at the Centre
for Internet and Society.

As Wikipedians come together in Bengaluru on Sunday to celebrate 15 years
of editing and curating the encyclopedia in India, more such stories will
be told. The growth has been tremendous in Indian language content
creation, especially when it comes to setting up Wikisources, said A
Ravishankar, programme director at the Wikimedia India chapter. Malayalam
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 9 Jan 14:35 2016
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ବଣମଲ୍ଲୀ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଚଉଦିଗେ ଚହଟିବ କେମନ୍ତେ

*ନୂଆଦିଲ୍ଲୀଠାରେ ୨୦୧୫ ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ
ମାତୃଭାଷା ଦିବସରେ "ଇଣ୍ଟରନ୍ୟାସନାଲ
କନକ୍ଲେଭ ଅଫ
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଲାଙ୍ଗୁଏଜ" ସମ୍ମିଳନୀରେ
ଲେଖକଙ୍କ ଅଭିଭାଷଣକୁ ନେଇ ଏହା ରଚିତ ।*ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାର
ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ ତଥା ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିମିଡ଼ିଆ
ସମୂହର ବିଭିନ୍ନ କାମ ବିଷୟରେ ବର୍ଣିତ
ବିଷୟକୁ ନେଇ
ଏ ଲେଖାଟି YourStory ରେ ପ୍ରକାଶିତ ହୋଇଥିଲ । ଏହା
CC-BY-SA 4.0 ଲାଇସେନ୍ସରେ
ପ୍ରକାଶିତ ।

ଏ ଦେଶ ସ୍ୱାଧୀନ ହେବାବେଳକୁ କଳିଙ୍ଗର
ପତିଆରା ବାରମ୍ବାର ଭୁଲୁଣ୍ଠିତ ହୋଇ ତା'ର ସୀମା
ମଧ୍ୟ ସଙ୍କୁଚିତ ହେଲାଣି । ଦିନେ ଗଙ୍ଗାରୁ
ଗୋଦାବରୀ ଯାଏ ଲମ୍ବିଥିବା ଭୂଖଣ୍ଡ ୧୮୫୫ ବେଳକୁ
କମି କମି ଆସି ଏବେର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଆଉ ତାକୁ ବେଢ଼ି
ରହିଥିବା ଗୟା, ଉତ୍ତର ଛୋଟନାଗପୁର
(ହଜାରିବାଗ), ପୁରୁଲିଆ, ବାଙ୍କୁଡ଼ା,
ମେଦିନୀପୁର, ଦକ୍ଷିଣ ଛୋଟନାଗପୁର (ରାଞ୍ଚି),
କୋହ୍ଳଣ (ସିଂହଭୂମି), ସରଗୁଜ, ପାଲାମୁ,
ବିଳାସପୁର, ରେବା, ଜବଲପୁର, ଦୁର୍ଗ,
ରାଇପୁର,ଭୋପାଳ, ଉଜ୍ଜୟିନୀ, ଇନ୍ଦୋର,
ବେରାର (ଅମରାବତୀ), ନାଗପୁର, ତେଲେଙ୍ଗାଣା, ଉତ୍ତର
ସରକାର ଓ ବସ୍ତର ଆଦି ଅଞ୍ଚଳ ଭିତରେ ସୀମିତ
ହେଲା । ଏ ସମସ୍ତ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷୀ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର
ମାନଚିତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପାଇଁ କାଳ ସାଜିଥିବା
ସେଇ ବ୍ରିଟିସମାନେ ତିଆରିଥିଲେ । ତେବେ ୧୯୩୬
ଏପ୍ରିଲ ପହିଲାରେ କିଛି ବର୍ଷ ହେଲା
ତେଜିଥିବା ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନକୁ
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 9 Jan 14:29 2016

[Press] Books at a click (The New Indian Express)

BOOKS AT A CLICK (http://goo.gl/njZeph)

*• By Diana Sahu on The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar City Express)*

The OdiaWikimedia community and Bhubaneswar-based Srujanika have come
together to make rare science books available online for readers, students
& science educators.

Readers can now access rare science books in Odia language at Odia
Wikisource, an online library of popular books in the language. The Odia
Wikimedia community and Bhubaneswar-based Srujanika have come together to
make these books available online for readers, students and science
educators. This apart, books of Sahitya Akademi award winning writer
Jagannath Prasad Das have been added to the library. Srujanika's co-founder
Puspashree Pattnaik recently provided 700 popular science books that were
published by the organisation to the Wikimedia community for digitisation.
“These books were appreciated by many and even in demand after going out of
print. Hence, we thought if these can be shared under free licence then
they can reach a wider population. Wikipedia contributors can use these as
resources and enhance science content in Odia Wikipedia as well", says
Puspashree, a former teacher. She along with her husband Nikhil Pattnaik, a
former scientist with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB),
Hyderabad, had published several science books as part of their project to
popularise the subject among children. With support from Vigyan Prasar in
New Delhi, the couple had also documented rare works of science published
in books, magazines, periodicals and newspapers from 1850 to 1950 in
electronic format, a few years back. Around science 765 articles written
over a century have been put on CDs and DVDs according to the names of
authors and year of publication. The science books have been digitised by
volunteers of the Odia Wikimedia community and the Centre for Internet and
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ARABINDA SAHOO | 7 Jan 14:51 2016

Queries on odia wikipedia

As i stated before there's nothing wrong with the creation n updation on odia wikipedia.
The problem lies with the user interface.
First of all, I want answers to some of my questions...
1.>Why people go for this...!
2.>what are the benefits...!
3.>why this is limited, where as Wikipedia's not..!
I am asking all this only because I want to learn.
 <at> .AB.SAHOO
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Subject: Wikipedia-OR Digest, Vol 56, Issue 2

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Tito Dutta | 7 Jan 14:44 2016
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Geographical Indications in India Edit-a-thon

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​Hello,
CIS-A2K is going to organize an edit-a-thon between 23 and 30 January this
year. The aim of this edit-a-thon is creating an improving Geographical
Indications in India related articles.

We welcome all of you to join this edit-a-thon.
Please see the event and add your name as a participant:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon

Feel free to ask if you have question(s).
Regards.
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