Hi Tinu,

Thank you for bringing this post to notice.  Shiju makes a few very
important points.

Since the dumps are publicly available and the content is licensed
under CC BY-SA (except some infringing media), users are free to
create ZIM files out of them.  But some of these efforts may not be
associated with the specific language community, there may not be any
oversight on the content.  Therefore, I suggest that we make an effort
to connect with individuals who are taking up these interests because
we need their support and enthusiasm make such projects successful.
For instance, Nikhil Sheth is a Pune-based volunteer who has taken the
SOSCV approved edition of Wikipedia for Schools in English to two
schools in his city.  While at the GNUnify conference, he shared the
Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati ZIM files with me for review but these are
not for use in schools as far as I'm aware.

To ensure that we do not receive criticism based on the efforts of
individuals who are not directly associated with the Wikimedia
community (even when well-intentioned), we may:

(i) publicize the availability of works created by the local language
(ii) use Wikimedia trademarks with approval from the Foundation or the
Chapter (like the Malayalam CD team);
(iii) actively attempt to engage volunteers to share ideas and best practices.

Yours sincerely,

Anirudh Bhati

00 91 9328712208
Skype: anirudhsbh

On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM, CherianTinu Abraham
<tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Happened to jump into this blogpost by Shiju Alex "Releasing Wikipedia CD –
> few concerns"
> http://shijualex.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/releasing-wikipedia-cd-few-concerns/
> Thought it might need a larger discussion in the Wikicommunity.
> Here are my take on same :
> 1) Releasing Wikipedia CD for School and school children needs larger review
> of content. Not all content on Wikipedia may be suitable for children. If
> any such controversy occurs on content on Wikipedia to children, we may risk
> a very bad reputation and possibly permanent ban of them from schools.
> 2) If we have releasing a Wikipedia on a particular language, it is always
> good to take the Wiki-community along. They will be more than happy to help.
> Please go through the blogpost and share your thoughts
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
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