Vishnu | 14 Jan 14:29 2015
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Train-the-Trainer Programme - 2015 (Announcement)

Dear Wikimedians,

As most of you are aware, CIS-A2K conducted the first Wikipedia Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programme[1] in 2013 with an aim to support and groom leadership skills in the community members. We are extremely thankful to all the senior Wikimedians who acted as Resource Persons for the 2013 event. Achal, Arjuna, Hari, Shymal, Tinu and Viswa thank you once again! Without your help we could not have conducted it so successfully.

This email is to let you all know that we have scheduled to conduct the second iteration of this program at the end of February 2015. We are inviting applications from interested Indian Wikimedians. Please see this page on Meta for more details [2].

Some important dates:
January 27, 2015 - Last date for registration.
January 30, 2015 - Confirmation of selected participants
February 26 to March 1, 2015 - TTT-2015 workshop

We are working on the schedule and other details. You are welcome to leave your suggestions and inputs here [3]. Please write to us at tanveer-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org and vishnu-6fyxoIzWvTqGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org if you have any further queries.

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program/2015
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:India_Access_To_Knowledge/Events/Train_the_Trainer_Program/2015

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Vishnu | 29 Dec 12:34 2014
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Med-GLAM Progress & Help

Dear Wikimedians,

Some of you may recollect the Med GLAM Project that we proposed during this year's work plan [1]. The main objective of this project is to create, curate and make openly available images from the Department of Pathology (DoP), Calicut Medical College (CMC) for the benefit of medical and para-medical students specifically and for the larger medical fraternity across the world.

I am glad to inform you that this project has kick-started in October 2014 and is gaining momentum. Our very own Netha Hussain, is the Wikipedian-in-Residence for this project.

Dr. K.P. Aravindan, Head of DoP, CMC and Netha Hussain have played a pivotal role in putting this project together and successfully partnering with the CMC. So far 146 images are uploaded on the Commons under the project and are available here [2]. Most of the credit goes to Netha for this successful Med-GLAM project in progress.

Help and support, especially from Wikimedians with Pathology background, is welcome in writing descriptions for the images uploaded, categorizing them and reviewing the quality of images.

Wikimedians in Kerala may also reach out to Netha to help organize events in and around CMC about this project.

Best wishes,
Vishnu
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015/Med_GLAM_Project
[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_Department_of_Pathology,_Calicut_Medical_College

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Vishnu | 29 Dec 08:28 2014
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Copyright and CC primer for Indian Wikimedians

Dear Wikimedians,

I would like to introduce you all to Thomas, a fourth year law student at the National Law University Jodhpur. He has joined CIS-A2K as an intern and will be developing a primer on Copyright and Creative Commons for the use of Indian Wikimedians.

Thomas' aim is to cater to the broad spectrum of Wikimedia users and to provide both an introduction to copyright law and to address more advanced questions of copyright law that users might encounter with regards to issues like digitisation, public domain works, etc.

His approach thus far has been to comb the India Mailing List to discover the common questions or concerns that Indian Wikimedians face while dealing with content. He hopes to then transpose answers to these queries along with general copyright related information onto a primer following a mixture of a FAQ based and prose based format to allow for better transposition of information as well as to allow for better readability and engagement.

As you will realise, this approach suffers from a number of defects:
1. There are a large number of queries or concerns that users might have which are not addressed onto the mailing lists and are near impossible to pre-empt.
2. There are a number of unique processes that Wikimedia implements (like the “precautionary principle”) that is unique to the context of copyright and Wikimedia which he is yet to familiarise himself and such a familiarity can only be built with periodic use.
3. There are a large number of Wikimedians who might be unrepresented on the Mailing List and might have queries regarding the use of content.


To this end, Thomas hopes to get some support from the community here in terms of:
1. Asking any queries that you may have regarding copyright law and its application to the Wikimedia Universe.
2. Passing along any queries or issues that you may have heard of from other users, so that this may be introduced.
3. Passing along any other information that may be specifically relevant to this endeavour, in terms of experience with Wikimedia policy, practice that has been developed over the past few years and the like.

Any support in this regard would be extremely helpful. This primer will of course be a work in progress for subsequent authors to edit and build upon, true to the Wikimedia ethos, however for the sake of at least an initial completeness, I request you to reply in over the course of this week, latest by the 3rd of January 2015. You can reach Thomas at thomasjv93{at} gmail.com or on his EN Wikipedia User Talk page:Thomasjv93 He is copied on this e-mail.

It would be useful if you could post this message on your respective Wikimedia project's village pump.

Thank you for your support.

Best,
Vishnu

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Vishnu | 18 Dec 06:30 2014
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Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library (New in December)

Dear Wikimedians,

Very useful information.

Best,
Vishnu


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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library (New in December)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:25:46 -0800
From: Jake Orlowitz <jorlowitz-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
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To: wikipedia-library-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org

Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available this month:

*Elsevier - science and medicine journals and books
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Elsevier_ScienceDirect>

*Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Access - chemistry journals
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:RSC_Gold>

*Pelican Books - ebook monographs
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Pelican_Books>

*Public Catalogue Foundation - art books
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_Catalogue_Foundation>

Many other partnerships are still available too...
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals>

Please notify your local community about the signups.

Accounts are open to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account and
1000 edits. Signups mostly happen on English Wikipedia, UNLESS a local
Wikipedia Library branch has been started, like we've done on Arabic,
Chinese, and German. To get started, please contact Ocaasi at
[[m:User:Ocaasi (WMF)]] or ocaasi-AeOJrEpdGNeGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org

Thanks!

The Wikipedia Library Team
<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library>

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Rahmanuddin | 4 Dec 16:55 2014

Community Participation Support at Swatantra 2014

Dear Wikimedians,

ICFOSS, Govt of Kerala in collaboration with FSF-India, CIS, SFLC.in, Swatantra Malayalam Computing and other like minded organisations is celebrating Swtantra-2014, fifth international free software confrence of Kerala. This is scheduled during 18-20 December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram. More details about the event can be seen at : http://icfoss.in/fs2014/ .

CIS-A2K will be providing limited travel and stay scholarships to interested Wikimedians from various language communities to attend this event and benefit from it. Upto 10 scholarships are available for Wikimiedians applying from Kerala. Upto 3 scholarships will be considered from other Indic Wikimedians and India based English Wikipedians. If you are interested please register your name here on Meta.

Eligibility: You should have been a Wikimedian with a minimum of 200 edits on Wikimedia projects as on June 1, 2014.

Important dates: Nominate yourself by December 8, 2014 (many apologies for this delay and short notice). We will confirm support by December 9, 2014.

Travel & Stay information: (applicable only once the support is confirmed)

  * Low fare flight costs will be considered if your travel by bus/train is more than 24 hours to Thiruvananthapuram.
  * Stay in budget hotels, preferably on twin sharing basis.
  * All costs of the selected Wikimedians will be reimbursed on actual basis upon submission of original bills to CIS Office in Bangalore within 10 days of receipt.
  * It is essential to submit boarding passes along with tickets if you travel by a flight.
  * CIS could help book flight tickets upon request. Those interested to avail this support need to fill a form that we will circulate

Queries and correspondence:

  * For all queries, please write to rahim{at}cis-india.org and vishnu{at}cis-india.org

Expectations from selected Wikimedians:

  * Please see if you could utilize this opportunity to find solutions to some of the technical/other problems your community may be facing.
  * Do consider giving back the learning to your respective communities.
  * We would appreciate if you could share your experience and learning publicly. CIS-A2K will be happy to publish your write-up on our blog

If you know of a Wikimedian in your community who could benefit from this event and also could bring back learning to benefit your community, please encourage them to apply.

Thank you
Rahmanuddin Shaik
Program Officer
CIS-A2K
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Vishnu | 12 Nov 09:20 2014
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(Announcement) Community help in selecting the CIS-A2K PO

Dear Wikimedians,

Sorry for X posting.

We, at CIS-A2K, are looking for Wikimedians to help in the selection process of the CIS-A2K Programme Officer.

You will be expected to go through the short-listed candidates' resume and covering letter and rate the person's suitability against the criteria for the position advertised here [1].

Please write to me off-list, if you are interested in helping us with the selection process. We would like to keep the participation limited to 10 Wikimedians from across India. So please hurry and let us know your intent by November 18th.

Thank you.
Vishnu

[1] http://cis-india.org/jobs/programme-officer-institutional-partnership

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Vishnu | 1 Nov 10:49 2014
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(Announcement) Recruitment of Programme Officer, CIS-A2K

Dear Wikimedians,

Sorry for cross-posting.

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the post of Programme Officer (Institutional Partnerships) for its Access to Knowledge (A2K) Programme. The position will be based in its Bangalore office. Programme Officer will collaboratively work with the A2K Team and would report to the Programme Director, Access to Knowledge at CIS.

Position Summary:

As Programme Officer (Institutional Partnerships) your job will be to collaborate with institutions especially in the higher education sector to drive and support the growth of open knowledge movement in India and Indian language Wikipedias and its sister projects. Your primary responsibility will be to assimilate the work started by CIS-A2K through various institutional partnerships during the last 15 months. You are also expected to research, design and implement different pilot projects with an aim to create high quality content and cultivate new editors on different language Wikipedias in a time bound manner.

In addition to this you will be anchoring the development and growth of at least one Indian language Wikipedia and its sister projects. You are encouraged to deeply engage with the CIS-A2K Work Plan before making the application.

You will work cohesively with the Wikimedia community, the Wikimedia India Chapter, the Wikimedia Foundation and like-minded institutions to meet specific goals of each language Wikimedia community in India. You will be a part of a small team of 5 to 6 doing high visibility and high impact work. You should be open to work in a highly transparent and accountable environment.

For more details see this link [1]. The last date of submitting applications is November 14, 2014.

Best,
Vishnu
CIS-A2K

[1] http://cis-india.org/jobs/programme-officer-institutional-partnership

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Vishnu | 30 Oct 16:03 2014
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CIS-A2K revised plan for July 2014 to June 2015

Dear Wikimedians,

Based on the feedback and suggestions given by the community and FDC and based on participation in the India Community Consultation (organized by the Wikimedia Foundation), we have revised the work plans[1] and budget that will guide our work until June 2015.

You are encouraged to share your feedback on the discussion pages on Meta.

We look forward to your continuous engagement in our collective dream of further growing the Wikimedia and open knowledge movement in India.

Best,
Vishnu
CIS-A2K

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015

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Vishnu | 28 Oct 13:15 2014
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Support to Community participation - Wikipedia at Swatantra 2014

Dear Wikimedians,

This e-mail is to take your suggestions about the below proposal.

As some of you may know that Swatantra 2014 (5th International Free Software Conference, Kerala) is being held in Trivandrum during December 18-20, 2014. More details can be found at this link http://icfoss.in/fs2014.html. Organized by ICFOSS (GoK) this event is set to attract hundreds of Free Software enthusiasts. CIS is one of the supporters of this conference.

There is a dedicated track for Wikipedia/Wikimedia during the conference. We are also planning to set up a Wikimedia stall at the event. We are hoping to have ML Wikimedians take lead on this.

We are considering to give travel and stay scholarships for select Wikimedians from across India, who are interested to participate in this event and benefit from it. This will also be a great opportunity to meet and interact with Malayalam Wikimedia community.

CIS-A2K is considering to support upto 2 Wikimedians from each language community. Interested Wikimedians will be asked to put up a request, along with a statement of purpose, in their respective Wikimedia Village pumps and will request the community members to second them. Based on the community response CIS-A2K will decide on providing travel and stay scholarships. CIS-A2K will support this as part of its Community Strengthening Initiatives [1]

Please let us know your suggestions on the above process and share your inputs on how we could do this in a better manner. We would like to put out a call by November 10. We will be open to receiving your feedback until November 7, 2014.

You could also leave your feedback on Meta here [2]

Best wishes,
Vishnu

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015#Community_Strengthening_Initiatives
[2] http://bit.ly/1tBuWpT
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Vishnu | 27 Oct 19:03 2014
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Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Re-licensing Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0

Dear Wikimedians,

The below crucial e-mail from WMF Legal about re-licensing the Wikimedia logos for your information. Do spread the word among your community.

Best,
Vishnu


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[Wikimedia-l] Re-licensing Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:51:47 -0700
Yana Welinder <ywelinder-AeOJrEpdGNeGglJvpFV4uA@public.gmane.org>
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Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org>


Hi folks, I'm happy to announce that we are re-licensing the Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/10/24/wikimedia-logos-have-been-freed/ I would really appreciate your help with replacing the undefined <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Copyright_by_Wikimedia>[1] templates on the logos with the undefined <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Wikimedia_trademark>[2] and undefined <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0>[3] templates. But we don't want to replace templates on the MediaWiki <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MediaWiki.svg>[4] and the Community <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Community_Logo.svg>[5] logos, which were originally released under free licenses. There are also some pages on Commons, like this one <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Licensing>[6], that may need to be updated based on the re-licensed logos. Thanks, Yana [1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Copyright_by_Wikimedia [2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Wikimedia_trademark [3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0 [4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MediaWiki.svg [5] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Community_Logo.svg [6] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Licensing -- Yana Welinder Legal Counsel Wikimedia Foundation 415.839.6885 ext. 6867 <at> yanatweets <https://twitter.com/yanatweets> NOTICE: As an attorney for the Wikimedia Foundation, for legal/ethical reasons I cannot give legal advice to, or serve as a lawyer for, community members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity. For more on what this means, please see our legal disclaimer <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Legal_Disclaimer>. _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-request-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org?subject=unsubscribe>


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Vishnu | 4 Oct 22:07 2014
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Etherpad link - India Community Consultation

Dear Wikimedians,

Here is the link to the Etherpad [1], which captured the proceedings of the Day 1 (1 to 8 pm) of the India Community Consultation-2014.

Best,
Vishnu

[1] https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Indiacommunityconsultation-Day1

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