Dear Murali,

Thanks for your efforts. Natkeeran, an active Tamil Wikipedian, has also 
downloaded the entire encyclopaedia. He is also stalled at the OCR stage. There 
are some Tamil OCR projects at IISc Mile lab under Prof.A.G.Ramakrishnan and 
some other government-supported labs.
However, I'm yet to see one that is publicly available and ready to use. That 
said, we're still working to get even an alpha version for this purpose.

I would welcome you to connect with Natkeeran (copied) to take this further.

- Sundar

 "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture


>
>From: Murali Kumar <pthoo...@hotmail.com>
>To: wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
>Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 11:33:22 AM
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Tamil Encyclopedia merge into Wikipedia.
>
> 
>Dear Wikimedia India,
>
>
>As you probably aware the Govt. of India, immediately post Independence 
>started 
>multiple Indian language encyclopedia projects to stream in Science and 
>Technology. The Tamil language encyclopedia was completed 
>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Encyclopedia]    
>
>
>I'm pleased to report Tamil Virtual University has scanned in the Tamil 
>Kalaikalanjiam / Tamil Encyclopedia [Please see Reference 1 below].
>
>
>I was able to download the material via the wonderful wget command and the 
>'convert' (from imagemagick lib)  in GNU/Linux. However each of the 10 volumes 
>is close to 700 MB without compression.
>
>
>I would imagine, the people behind this mammoth task (pre-internet era) would 
>have liked it to be merged into a Wiki type format, which would make it a 
>truly 
>living document in-sync with the times.
>
>
>I do not have any experience with 1) Tamil OCR software and 2) Automated 
>updates 
>to Wikipedia. 
>  
>Can anyone take the lead on this project ? It will help boost the number of 
>quality, articles in Indian languages. The Children's encyclopedia is being 
>scanned and has a lot of great visual content.
>
>
>I have uploaded a sample (10 MB) PDF file at 
>https://sites.google.com/site/periasamythooran/kalaikalanjiam/kalaikalanjiamWikiMergeAttempt.pdf
> if you are interested to give it a spin.
>
>
>Thanks,
>
>
>Murali.
>
>
>1. http://www.tamilvu.org/library/libindex.htm and click on Kalaikalanjiam / 
>Tamil Encyclopedia.
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