Dr.U.B. Pavanaja | 15 Sep 11:43 2015

[CIS-A2K] August Newsletter

Dear all,

CIS-A2K would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of August 2015. We look forward to
hear any feedback or input you might have.

Odia Wikipedia (available at <https://or.wikipedia.org>  or.wikipedia.org), an Indian-language
Wikipedia project, celebrated thirteen years of free knowledge contribution in June 2015. It was one of
the first four Indic Wikipedias (Assamese, malayalam and Punjabi being the other three)to have started
in 2002. The first edit on the Wikipedia was made on 3 June 2002. Currently the project has over 8,900
articles and about 17 active editors (also known as "uikiali"). The voluntary editor community has put
its efforts into acquiring valuable content, re-licensing them under Creative Commons (CC) licenses,
and building tools for acquiring more encyclopedic content from various sources.

Odia Wikipedia community assessment survey June 2015. It gives an overview about the various hindrances
for the growth of Odia Wikipedia and the community.

During the thirteenth anniversary celebrations, the community came together to assess community needs,
address issues that had been identified earlier via irc and mailing list discussions, and identify
priority areas to focus on in the future. Odia Wikipedia administrators Mrutyunjaya Kar and Subhashish
Panigrahi designed a needs assessment survey. (https://or.wikipedia.org/s/tnp) Participating
Wikimedians were asked to discuss various problems they face in editing and outreach two major areas that
ensures quality standards. .

Two-fifths of participants said that problems with the rendering of Odia characters in different
operating systems, ignorance or lack of more documentation about enabling encoding for Odia, input
methods and keyboard layouts, and other font- and keyboard-related issues as the major reason for low
readership and contribution on Wikipedia.

. . .Read more in the Wikimedia blog at:
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 21 Aug 11:04 2015

[CIS-A2K] July Newsletter

Dear all,

CIS-A2K would like to share with you the newsletter for the month of
July 2015. We look forward to hearing any feedback or input you might have.

The Goan Konkani Wikipedia (available at gom.wikipedia.org) has gone
live after spending nine long years in incubation.

Konkani Wikipedia has many heroes, Melissa Simoes and Darshan Kandolkar
are two of the many long-term contributors who joined Konkani Wikipedia
during the Konkani Wikipedia  <at>  Goa University program and are still
active even after the program was formally concluded. Darshan is an
Assistant Professor at the Government College Pernem in Goa. His
professor at Goa University, Dr. Madhavi Sardesai—who passed away last
year—played a vital role in inspiring him to pursue higher studies in
Konkani. Darshan realized that there is a lot to be written in Konkani
when he was introduced to Wikipedia, and after that, he became dedicated
towards contributing to the project.

The Konkani Wikimedia community has been using social media actively to
promote the Konkani Wikipedia project, and to celebrate the successes of
its contributors. After Melissa became the top contributor to the
project, her fellow editor Luis Gomes congratulated her. That brought
Melissa into the spotlight, gaining the attention of editors from the
global Wikimedia community. The community is continuing a tradition to
rewarding the most prolific contributor of each month as the "Wikipedian
of the Month".

More in the Wikimedia blog:
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 4 Aug 07:07 2015

ଆଜି ରାତି ୯ରେ IRC ଆଲୋଚନା, ଭାଗ ନେବା ପାଇଁ ଅନୁରୋଧ

ଆଜି ରାତି ୯ରେ IRC ଆଲୋଚନା, ଭାଗ ନେବା ପାଇଁ
ଅନୁରୋଧ ।
ଆଲୋଚନାର ବିଷୟ: https://goo.gl/TBElH8

*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)
   - Type Displayed CAPTCHA
   - Press *connect*.
   - Now it will connect you to Internet Web Chat (IRC). Type in the bottom
   box  just like normal chat and press "*ENTER*" to post your comment.

Subhashish Panigrahi
Access To Knowledge,
Centre for Internet and Society

 <at> subhapa
Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Dr.U.B. Pavanaja | 10 Jun 07:32 2015


Dear Wikimedians,

It gives WMIN and CIS-A2K great pleasure to announce that we have started
preparations for MediaWiki Train the Trainer Program. It is a matter of
grave concern that while the Indian Language Wikipedias are slowly improving
their content and expanding their volunteer base, there is very less and
often zero representation from the Indian Language Communities towards
MediaWiki software and the available tools around.

CIS-A2K intends to bridge this gap by creating and grooming 'tech' leaders
in the MediaWiki sphere from the existing Indian Language Wikipedians.
MediaWiki Train the Trainer program aims to facilitate discussions around
nurturing leadership regarding tech related issues, file bugs that hinder
the growth of Indian Language Wikipedias, active contribution towards
improving the existing MediaWiki software and understanding the importance
of mediating technology for outreach activities. The 4 day residential event
will happen in last week of June, 2015.

Exact dates and venue will be announced soon.

We welcome specific issues that should be discussed during the MWTTT as well
as feedback and suggestions. Please write to us if there are any concerns.

The event page : 


Thanks and regards,

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Subhashish Panigrahi | 9 Jun 09:55 2015

ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆରେ ଲେଖା ଶିଖିବା ପାଇଁ ନୂଆ ଶିକ୍ଷଣ

ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆରେ ସହଜରେ କିପରି
ଓଡ଼ିଆରେ ଟାଇପ କରିବେ, ନୂଆ ପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ
ଲେଖିବେ, ଆଗରୁ
ଥିବା ପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ ସମ୍ପାଦନ କରି ସେଥିରେ
ଅଧୁକରୁ ଅଧିକ ତଥ୍ୟ ଯୋଡ଼ିବେ ତାହା
ଶିଖିବା ପାଇଁ
ଏକ ଶିକ୍ଷଣ ତିଆରି କରାଯାଇଛି । ଏହା ପଢ଼ି
ଅଧିକ ମତାମତ ଦେଲେ ଶିକ୍ଷଣଟିକୁ ଅଧିକ ବ୍ୟବହାର
ଉପଯୋଗୀ କରିପାରିବୁ ।


Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
 <at> subhapa / https://cis-india.org

Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Vishnu T | 30 Apr 11:22 2015

Good Bye as CIS-A2K Program Director

Dear Wikimedians,

This is my last day as the CIS-A2K Program Director.

The last 2 years and 3 months have been immensely exciting with tons of
learning and work!

I have loved meeting many Wikimedians, face to face, across the length and
breadth of India. The interactions I had with many of you have been
immensely useful to my learning.

The diversity of our community and the Wikimedia projects in India is so
rich and intricate - I wish I could map out my entire set of impressions to
only give a slight glimpse of it!!

Signing off as the Program Director for now. See you on-wiki, here on the
lists and in real life whenever our paths cross.

A quick update: The next A2K Program Director selection is under process
and hopefully we should all be able to welcome the new incumbent in June,
2015. Until then the A2K team is being internally monitored by CIS

Best wishes,
Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at> lists.wikimedia.org
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 24 Mar 11:23 2015

Fwd: [Wikimediaindia-l] IRC with Odia Wikimedia Community

ଆପଣମାନଙ୍କ ଅବଗତି ନିମନ୍ତେ

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	[Wikimediaindia-l] IRC with Odia Wikimedia Community
Date: 	Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:18:13 +0530
From: 	Ravishankar Ayyakkannu <ravidreams@...>
Reply-To: 	Wikimedia India Community list 
To: 	Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l@...>
CC: 	Wikimedia Members List <wmin-members@...>


May I invite the larger Wikimedia community to join us for a chat with 
Odia Wikimedia Community?

They have been consistently active for the last few years and will have 
a lot of learnings to share with other communities.

The IRC is scheduled on March 25th (Wednesday) at 9 PM (IST).

Please see


which explains how to join this chat.

We look forward to your active participation at *#wikimedia-in* IRC channel.

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Subhashish Panigrahi | 10 Mar 07:03 2015

[Announcement] CIS-A2K Program Director Transition

Dear Wikimedians,

This is to bring to your notice the proposed change in leadership of the
CIS-A2K Program. The current Program Director, T. Vishnu Vardhan will be
transitioning by June 2015, due to health and personal concerns.

As many of you know, Vishnu has led the A2K Programme since February 2013.
We at CIS are working with Vishnu and the rest of the A2K team to ensure
smooth transition so that the momentum of the A2K program does not lose

We will soon be putting out an Advertisement for the next CIS-A2K Program
Director and will involve the community members and the Wikimedia India in
the selection process.

Best regards,
Subhashish Panigrahi
Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K)
Centre for Internet and Society
 <at> psubhashish / https://cis-india.org
Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Subhashish Panigrahi | 3 Mar 06:47 2015

ଆଜି (୩ ତାରିଖ) ସଞ୍ଜ ୭ଟାରେ IRC

ଆଗାମୀ ବର୍ଷ ପାଇଁ କାମ ଯୋଜନା ନିମନ୍ତେ
ଆଜି (୩ ତାରିଖ) ସଞ୍ଜ ୭ଟାରେ IRC ଆଲୋଚନା ହେବ ।
IRC ପାଇଁ ଚ୍ୟାନେଲ #wikipedia-or । କିପରି ଭାଗନେବେ
ତାହା ଏଠାରୁ ଜାଣିପାରିବେ:

ଭାଗ ନେବାକୁ ଅନୁରୋଧ,
ସୁଭାସିସ ପାଣିଗାହି, ଆକସେସ ଟୁ ନଲେଜ
ସେଣ୍ଟର ଫର ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟ ଏଣ୍ଡ ସୋସାଇଟି
 <at> psubhashish
Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Subhashish Panigrahi | 22 Feb 19:41 2015

Fwd: [cultural-partners] International Mother Language Day and a "Wikiproject on tour" proposal

ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆରେ କେହି "ଓଡ଼ିଆ
ଭାଷା", "ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ଭାଷା ଦିବସ" ତଥା ଭାଷା
ସମ୍ବନ୍ଧିତ ତଥା ଅନ୍ୟାନ୍ୟ ପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ
ଉନ୍ନତ କରିବାରେ ଆଗଭର ହେବେ କି?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Àlex Hinojo <alexhinojo <at> gmail.com>
Date: 22 February 2015 at 02:51
Subject: [cultural-partners] International Mother Language Day and a
"Wikiproject on tour" proposal
To: Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners coordination <
cultural-partners <at> wikimedia.ch>

Hi all,

For International Mother Language Day at Catalan Wikipedia we have started
a *2 weeks challenge which aims to "double size" of the Wikipedia articles
of the 288 languages Wikipedia is in* (from Arabian to Zulu) [1]

It is a simple 2 weeks wikiproject and our idea is that it could
become a *Wikiproject
on tour* so when we finish it on March 8 some other language version of
Wikipedia could "take it" and start it and then for to weeks.

It's inspired on the  <at> Wearewikipedia project but instead of curating a
Twitter handle a language version "hosts" the project for two weeks.

If we can make this project tour a little bit all our mother languages
could got better coverages on several wikis.

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Srikant Kedia | 21 Jan 08:12 2015

Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2014 is open!

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the ninth edition of Picture of
the Year competition is now open.

Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on
Commons during the year 2014 to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered
in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant
shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical
images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive
human portraits, and so much more.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topical categories.
Two rounds of voting will be held:
In the first round, you may vote for as many images as you like. The top 30
overall and the most popular image in each category will continue to the
In the final round, you may vote for three images (first vote is counted as
3 points, the second as 2 and the third as 1 point.) to become the Picture
of the Year

Round 1 will end on 31 January 2015. To vote, visit

on behalf of Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
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