After LDF, now it is the turn of UDF candidates. Website of Hibi Eden (
http://hibieden.in/ ) , NSUI president and UDF candidate in Kerala elections
2011, was changed to Creative Commons by SA 3.0 from non-commercial license
, on request.
http://twitter.com/#!/tinucherian/status/54954870901448704
http://twitter.com/#!/prinson/status/55130510539763712

<http://twitter.com/#!/prinson/status/55130510539763712>Thanks to Naveenpf
for noticing this and we suggested it to them.

Let us see if we can take this free license movement in Kerala to
other candidates/leaders too.

Regards
Tinu Cherian


On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 12:19 AM, 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<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/in/deed.en>.
> But unfortunately when the site is released to public, license was pointing
> to a NC-ND 
> license<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/in/deed.en>.
> 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,
> <http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2010-November/001260.html>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<http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html>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.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Naveen Francis
>>>
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