sailesh patnaik | 23 Nov 18:17 2015

୨୯ ନଭେମ୍ବର ରାତି ୮ଟାରେ IRC

CIS-A2K ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ପାଇଁ ନୁଆ ପ୍ରୋଗ୍ରାମ
ଆସୋସିଏଟ(କନସଲଟାଣ୍ଟ - ଆକସେସ ଟୁ ନଲେଜ -
ଲାଙ୍ଗୁଏଜ ଆଙ୍କର)ଭାବରେ ମତେ ମନୋନୋନିତ
କରିଛି । ଏହି ପଦବୀରେ ରହି ମୋର ଦାୟିତ୍ୱ ଓ
କାର୍ଯ୍ୟପନ୍ଥି ବିଷୟରେ ଯୋଜନା ଓ ଆଲୋଚନା
କରିବା ପାଇଁ ମୁଁ ସଭିଙ୍କୁ ଏକ IRC ରେ ଭାଗ
ଅନୁରୋଧ କରୁଛି । ଏହି IRC ୨୯ ନଭେମ୍ବର ରାତି
୮ଟାରେ କରିବା ପାଇଁ ମୁଁ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଦେଉଛି
। ଆପଣମାନଙ୍କୁ ନିଜ ସୁବିଧା ସମୟ ଆଲୋଚନା ସଭା
ପାଇଁ ବିନୀତ ଅନୁରୋଧ ।

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

    - Open


   - 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

*Sailesh Patnaik* "*ଶୈଳେଶ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ"*
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 12 Nov 16:36 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

“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
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 12 Nov 09:25 2015

Fwd: [Wikimediaindia-l] CIS-A2K 2.0 and new Programme Associates

ଆପଣମାନଙ୍କ ଅବଗତି ନିମନ୍ତେ ।
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sunil Abraham <sunil <at>>
Date: 11 November 2015 at 16:07
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] CIS-A2K 2.0 and new Programme Associates
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l <at>>

Dear Wikimedians,

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that CIS-A2K
<> is implementing its new model of
working - CIS-A2K version 2.0. This model takes on board many of the
criticisms that have been made of our work so far.

We will be eliminating the role of Program Director in this version, and I
(from July, 2015) am the person at the Centre for Internet and Society in
charge of programming under the WMF grant. Nirmita Narasimhan (from this
month onwards), Policy Director will be assisting me. This will result in a
reduction of the budget.

As part of this version 2.0, CIS-A2K would try to engage communities
towards an in depth analysis of community engagement, and take A2K
programme closer to the community by contracting Program Associates (PA).
Each of the five focus language areas(FLAs): Kannada, Konkani, Marathi,
Odia and Telugu will have one PA each working from the city or town where
most of the community members operate. This will help CIS-A2K understand
the language community more closely and work in accordance with needs of
the community. Thus avoiding duplication of resources and bringing focus to
the activities organised. The PAs will be directly managed and be held
accountable by members of each language community who will assign any work
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Tito Dutta | 11 Nov 07:10 2015

Highlight or Discuss your community issues in CIS-A2K's policy handbook

Currently tat CIS-A2K, we are working on a handbook called "Indic Wikipedia
Policies and Guidelines Handbook" where we are discussing a number of
things such as: Creating new policies, Modifying existing ones; and to
explain these we had to discuss Village Pump, Consensus etc. The book is in
English, but we hope to translate and print the book in a few Indian


a) We are eager to add your frequently asked questions on policies and
guidelines, and discuss the difficulties you are facing to manage, enforce
or deal with any policy on your Wikipedia.

For this reason, we are inviting you to ask questions or discuss things
related to your Wikipedia's policies and guidelines.

Selected questions or discussions will be published in our handbook and
askers/participants will be given credits in the book.


b) We are also inviting you to preview the handbook and give your feedback
to improve it.

Please fill this form and let us know if you want to join this survey:

You may also email us at tito <at> if you have any question.

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Tito Dutta | 2 Nov 15:17 2015

Train-a-Wikipedian initiative

Dear Wikimedians,

I wish to inform you about CIS-A2K’s new project “Train-a-Wikipedian”

You may know of the English Wikipedia program Adopt-a-user
<>. We wanted to
start something similar for the Indian Wikimedia communities.

In February and June this year, CIS-A2K conducted Train the Trainer
<http://cis-a2k/Events/Train%20the%20Trainer%20Program>(TTT) and
MediaWiki Train the Trainer
After conducting these two events, and communicating with the
participants we found the necessity to start a training program that
we’ll be running on regular basis, and from there we conceived this
“Train-a-Wikipedian” program.

Initially, we will be concentrating on these 5 Indian languages Wikis:
1) Kannada, 2) Konkani, 3) Marathi, 4) Odia, 5) Telugu. But, we may
expand soon, if our program is a success.

In our TAW main page
<>, we have
listed a number of topics those we will be discussing during our
training. We hope to conduct hangout or webinar sessions.

Tito Dutta
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Subhashish Panigrahi | 18 Oct 06:59 2015

Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Dear all,

Though we added this announcement in our September newsletter, it has
not delivered in most mailing lists. So, I am sharing this again.

CIS-A2K invites applications from Indian and Indic Wikimedians for the
upcoming Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public
Interest.[1] The event, happening during December 15-17 in New Delhi, is
the most significant event on the calendar for scholars and policy
advocates working on intellectual property from a public interest

The last date of application is 27 October. Indian and Indic Wikipedians
are welcome to apply in the /event page[2]/ to apply.



Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
 <at> subhapa /

Wikipedia-OR mailing list
Wikipedia-OR <at>
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Tanveer | 14 Oct 12:39 2015

[CIS-A2K] September 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
September 2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might

In 2013, the interview project “WikipediansSpeak”[1] was launched in
response to observations that many noteworthy Wikimedians were being
underrepresented both locally and globally. Not just them
personally—their work, and the communities they represent, were also
unknown to the Wikimedia community and the outside world. The Wikimedia
Foundation’s fundraising campaigns were the biggest inspiration for the
project. From video-only interviews, this is an attempt at different
ways of interviews, and is the first interview showcasing a Telugu
Wikimedian: Viswanadh B.K., who was an Individual Engagement (IEG)
Grantee last year and has continued to be active in outreach. As part of
the WikipediansSpeak series Individual Engagement Grantee (IEG) grantee
and Telugu-language Wikimedian Viswanadh.BK shares his experience on
digital library movement in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh that his
Individual Engagement Grant (IEG) is bringing. With his grant,
information of over 300K books housed in five libraries in the Indian
state of Andhra Pradesh could be added to a Wikipedia-based catalog that
is now helping Wikipedians to cite and readers to easily locate books.

. . . Read more in the Wikimedia blog at:

== Event organized/participated ==
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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 <>, 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. ( 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 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:

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

   - Open

   - 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>
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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