Tito Dutta | 24 May 08:01 2016

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
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:

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 <at> cis-india.org for more
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Tito Dutta | 23 May 12:29 2016

CIS-A2K Newsletter April 2016


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 April
2016. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.

== Odia-language Women’s History Month edit-a-thons ==

Last month, the second Women’s History Month edit-a-thon (
https://goo.gl/VjCPgq) began on Odia-language Wikimedia sites. With a theme
of Women I am inspired by, the event aimed to improve articles on these
notable individuals. Twenty articles were created and ten were improved,
thanks to the dozens of participants—seven of which were women who went on
to found an informal group for female editors (https://goo.gl/K5D6CX) on
the Odia Wikipedia.

Among the participants, eight were brand-new. We reached out to Rajalaxmi
Mishra(https://goo.gl/cxrkL2)  to talk about their experience. Rajalaxmi is
a MCA student who began editing the Odia Wikipedia after a Utkal University
workshop (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Utkal_University_workshop). Annie
Besant (https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/ଆନି_ବେସାନ୍ତ), an article she has been
working on since the edit-a-thon (in part thanks to Content Translation
is now among the top ten longest articles on the site, and she has also put
in time editing Sudha Chandran (https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/ସୁଧା_ଚନ୍ଦ୍ରନ୍

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Yohann Thomas | 19 May 13:54 2016

Call for new Membership Applications to Wikimedia India Chapter

Dear One and all

Membership to Wikimedia India Chapter is open for 2016-17

If you are applying for membership to Wikimedia India for the first time,
you can fill up the membership form after printing the document whose link
is given below
WikimediaIndia - Membership Application form

In the form, please fill all the necessary details. Also, please fill
details related to the transaction of the Membership fees.
As always, our membership fees is INR 100 only. You can send the membership
fees by NEFT/Cheque/DD. Preferred mode of payment is NEFT.

NEFT (Electronic Transfer)
Account No. 31682050396 (IFSC SBIN0003286).
Bank Address - State Bank of India, Jayanagar 2nd Block, Bangalore

Once all necessary details in the Membership form are filled. Please send
us the hard copy of the form to our address as below

Wikimedia India, Work Adda,
No.98/1, MMR Plaza, 1st Floor, Above DCB Bank
Sarjapur Main Road, Jakkasandra, Koramangala 1st Block.
Bangalore - 560034

Also, please send us a digital copy of your form for reference on our email
id membership <at> wikimedia.in

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Tito Dutta | 13 Apr 10:45 2016

CIS-A2K Newsletter March 2016


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 March
2016. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.

== CIS-A2K Work-plan for July 2016 - June 2017 ==

Based on the learning and experience from its work with the Indic-language
Wikimedia communities, CIS-A2K has submitted its Annual Grant Proposal
along with a detailed work plan for the year 2016-2017.

Read the proposal and the work-plans:

⬤ Proposal form:

⬤ Main work-plan page:

⬤ Kannada Work-plan:

⬤ Konkani Work-plan:

⬤ Marathi Work-plan:

⬤ Odia Work-plan:
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Tito Dutta | 2 Apr 13:21 2016

CIS-A2K workplan for 2016-17

We want to inform you that CIS-A2K team has submitted workplan and proposal
for the year 2016-2017. These are the details:

   - Link to Workplan :
   - Link to proposal :
   - Link to strategic plan :
   - Link to budget :

Please provide your valuable feedback here:
Tito Dutta
Programme Associate
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 25 Mar 02:22 2016

ମୋ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଗସ୍ତର ସଂକ୍ଷିପ୍ତ ସୂଚନା

୨୬ ତାରିଖ: ପୁରୀରେ ଉଇକିଆଳିଙ୍କ ସଙ୍ଗେ
୨୭ ତାରିଖ: ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱରରେ ୩ୟ ଜାତୀୟ ଭାଷା
ସମ୍ମିଳନୀରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ
ଭାଷା-କମ୍ପୁଟରୀକରଣ ଆଲୋଚନାଚକ୍ର
(ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିଆଳି ଜ୍ଞାନରଞ୍ଜନ ସାହୁ ଓ
ନସିମ ଅଲ୍ଲିଙ୍କ ସହ)
୨୮ ତାରିଖ: ସମ୍ବାଦ ଓ ଆମ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସହ ଏକ
ଉଚ୍ଚସ୍ତରୀୟ ବୈଠକ

ଅଧିକ ସୂଚନା: https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:VP

Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society |  <at> subhapa
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Tito Dutta | 24 Mar 12:14 2016

Policy discussions

A couple of months ago CIS-A2K published an Indic Wikipedia policies and
guidelines handbook [1] in order to support Indic Wikipedians to improve
their policy portals. Before and after the publication of the handbook we
talked to Indic Wikipedians and asked how should we go ahead with these
works and these are the suggestions we have received so far:
# Core content and other important policy pages should be created;
# Regular policy discussions should take place which will help to
collaborate understand a community's needs.
If you have any suggestion or idea, or if you want to prioritize any
particular policy, please let us know. Thanks for your support.

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Tito Dutta | 14 Mar 17:55 2016

CIS-A2K Newsletter February 2016


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 February
2016. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.

Kannada Wikipedia anniversary: The Kannada Wikipedia (
https://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/ಮುಖ್ಯ_ಪುಟ) is all set to celebrate its 13th
anniversary. The first ever edit on Kannada Wikipedia was made on 12 June
2003 with a message “Kannada Vishwa Koshakke Suswaagatha!” (meaning welcome
to the Kannada encyclopedia in Kannada). However, it took over a year—on12
July 2004 the first article about a city Shimoga (
https://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ) was created. Over the last decade
Kannada Wikipedia has been a great gamechanger for the Kannada language
where the Wikipedians have played a great role in making it a household
name—there were about 700,000 pageviews in December 2015. The annual
average of active editors for last year was 48, 91 (February) being the
highest and 22 (May) the lowest and 80 being the count in last December.
The peaks and valleys also signify that major outreach like Wikipedia
Education Program at Christ University Bengaluru could have boosted the
total number of editors during the months when the program was being rolled
out. Since its inception, the project has gone through many ups and downs
over time, the major one being a small community to edit and curate such a
high-level task of creating new articles in Kannada, editing and enriching
them with more information and citations, and cleaning up many articles.

Vasanth S.N. (https://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/ಸದಸ್ಯ:VASANTH_S.N.) has been
editing the Kannada-language Wikipedia since 2006. As part of the
WikipediansSpeak series (https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/wikipediansspeak/),
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Tito Dutta | 15 Feb 17:45 2016

CIS-A2K January 2016 newsletter


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 January
2016. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.

== WikipediansSpeak: Odia Wikisourcer shares her journey and goals ==

The most active editor on the Odia Wikisource (
https://or.wikisource.org/wiki/ପ୍ରଧାନ_ପୃଷ୍ଠା) is Pankajmala Sarangi (
https://or.wikisource.org/wiki/ବ୍ୟବହାରକାରୀ:Pmsarangi), a native of Odisha
who now lives in New Delhi, where she works at a non-profit. As a leader in
a broad community that is dominated by males (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_bias_on_Wikipedia)—indeed, she is the
most active contributor to the Odia-language Wikisource —we asked her to
share her journey and her goals to grow the project and community as part
of the “WikipediansSpeak (http://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/wikipediansspeak/)”
interview series.

What is the community like on the Odia Wikisource?

Pankajmala feels that the community is like her home. “I can’t tell how
happy I am after seeing that this one year-old project has already
digitized over 200 books. With more and more youth coming on the internet,
the internet won’t disappoint them when the type and search in Odia

What are projects that you would like to start or get help from the
existing community to grow?

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Tito Dutta | 2 Feb 19:51 2016

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
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).

The rules
remain unchanged. Please report your created or expanded articles
*Joining now*

Editors, who have not joined this edit-a-thon, may also join now
*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
for more details.

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
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
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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