Very impressed with the attention to detail.

Thank you.

Best,

Gautam
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On 29 March 2011 09:14, Naveen Francis <navee...@gmail.com> wrote:
> One month back GoK published an advt with the photo of singer K J Yesudas.
> The photo was taken from wikipedia which was contributed by wikipedia
> Rakesh Konni. PRD contacted Rakesh and gave the advt with proper credits.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesudas
> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6783895&id=572276469
> https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_2KcMdwlkkNc/TXSBdoGmhBI/AAAAAAAAD-c/yY4WergcqR4/s800/TP%2006%20KJY%208x6%20feet.jpg
>
>
> On 29 March 2011 00:19, Shiju Alex <shijualexonl...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Would you like to share some information about your latest effort?
>>
>>
>> Naveen, Thanks for sharing this news in India list.
>>
>> As Naveen mentioned below, the license of  http://www.ldfkeralam.org/ is
>> changed  to a free license that is compatible with the wikipedia license.
>> LDF is the current ruling coalition of Kerala. Now it is election season in
>> Kerala and the above site is setup as part of election campaign.
>>
>> The IT sub-committee of LDF in principle has decided to use free licenses
>> and free software in various places. Many of the people behind
>> http://www.ldfkeralam.org/ have awareness about free software. In fact the
>> site admin is a veteran Malayalam wikipedian. When LDF had decided to start
>> the site, the license of the site was decided as CC-BY-SA 2.5 IN. But
>> unfortunately when the site is released to public, license was pointing to a
>> NC-ND license. I pointed this and they immediately corrected it. It was
>> possible only because the people behind the site have awareness about the
>> importance of free software licenses.
>>
>> Later when other district committees of LDF started website they also
>> followed it since the mother site is using free license. There were cases of
>> some district commitees using NC/ND license. But they corrcted it as soon as
>> we pointed the issue in using non-free licenses. Now there are many LDF
>> sites using free license.
>>
>> Wiki community could use photos (and the content also) of some of the
>> notable LDF candidates. Since the content and images are free, people could
>> freely use it across web for their blog, buzz, and so on.
>>
>> Few days back I have shared this story with few Indian language
>> wikimedians. I requested some of them to see whether it is possible to
>> replicate this in other Indian states.
>>
>>>  For instance, how easy or difficult was it to convince government
>>> officials? Did it involve going into a lot of details with them?
>>
>> Awareness about free software and free licenses among government officials
>> is very important. If the officials sitting at the other end doesn't have
>> awareness about these things then nothing is possible. In the past,
>> Malayalam wiki community and other Malayalam free software organizations
>> (for example, SMC) have initiated various programs to create that awareness.
>> We are happy to see that slowly that efforts are yielding.
>>
>> In Kerala, this is not the first time State Government or political
>> parties or non government organizations are changing the license of their
>> website to a license that is compatible with Wikipedia license.  As
>> mentioned in this mail thread,  way back in 2008, Kerala Government had
>> officially announced that it is changing  the license of govt. encyclopedic
>> project in Malayalam (sarvavijanakosam) to Free documentation license so
>> that Malayalam wiki community could reuse its content to develop Malayalam
>> wikipedia. This was done in 2008 December while Jimmy and Sue were in
>> Thiruvananthapuram to attend the free software conference.
>>
>>
>>
>> We expect more happy news in the near future.
>>
>>
>> Shiju
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM, Anirudh Bhati <anirudh...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> This is amazing!  Congratulations, Shiju.
>>> Would you like to share some information about your latest effort?  For
>>> instance, how easy or difficult was it to convince government officials?
>>>  Did it involve going into a lot of details with them?
>>>
>>> Yours sincerely,
>>>
>>> Anirudh Bhati
>>>
>>> 00 91 9328712208
>>> Skype: anirudhsbh
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 7:23 AM, Naveen Francis <navee...@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> It is election season in Kerala.
>>>> I have one good news to share with you all.
>>>> Shiju Alex has convinced LDF election web team to change there site
>>>> license to creative commons license.
>>>> http://www.ldfkeralam.org/
>>>>
>>>> And now we are having images of candidates in commons and process is in
>>>> progress.
>>>>
>>>> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_the_ldfkeralam.org_website
>>>>
>>>> Before this we didn't had images for many ministers in Kerala
>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_S_Achuthanandan_Ministry
>>>>
>>>> He has also convinced http://www.ldfkannur.org/ web team to change there
>>>> license. Now they are also creative commons.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks a lot Shiju !!! ... Need more site creative commons
>>>>
>>>> I think it is change in happening though it is slow.
>>>>
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