Hi

Someone should help create a template to keep congratulating ml wikimedians
:)

Ravi

On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:06 AM, CherianTinu Abraham
<tinucher...@gmail.com>wrote:

> *The Hindu : "Malayalam Wiki all set to expand database"*
>
> http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/article1611002.ece
>
> *
>
> The Malayalam Wiki is on a roll. After winning accolades for its innovative
> endeavours, the Malayalam Wiki continues to hog the limelight with its
> latest project titled, ‘Malayalam Wikimediayaye Snehikkunnu' (Malayalam
> loves Wikimedia).
>
> Inspired by the resounding success of Wiki projects elsewhere—like ‘London
> loves Wikimedia'—the new Malayalam Wiki project seeks to expand the
> Malayalam Wiki repositories of free-to-access and use knowledge by adding
> copyright-free news and feature photographs concerning Malayalam users.
> “During the two-week project period between April 2 and April 17, we intend
> to sensitise Malayalam Wiki contributors and users to enrich Malayalam Wiki
> ventures by contributing free-to-use photographs. Despite boasting over
> 17,000 articles on a variety of topics, the Malayalam Wiki can't claim to
> have many copyright-free pictures. Hence the project,” maintains Shiju
> Alex, Malayalam Wiki activist and coordinator.
>
> The timing of the project couldn't have been any better, given the
> forthcoming assembly polls. “This is the time you get to photograph the
> State's prominent political personalities. We have articles on many of them,
> but most of their available photographs are copyrighted,” he says. Four days
> into the project, over 400 free-to-use photographs have been generated by
> Malayalam Wiki users across the globe and uploaded into
> http://commons.wikimedia.org and http://ml.wikipedia.org.
>
> Besides political leaders, the project seeks to obtain copyright-free
> photographs of places of historical significance; monuments; institutions of
> governance including local bodies; noted personalities in the State's social
> and cultural spheres as part of the project. “The two-week project period is
> just a token observance. The exercise is sure to stay on further,” says Mr.
> Alex. Contributors are encouraged to provide material besides additional
> information pertaining to the photographs they upload. They have also been
> asked to give, if possible, the geo-coding (on-map location coordinates) of
> the photographs. An FAQ on the objectives and mode of implementation of the
> project is available on the Malayalam Wiki page announcing it. A help mail,
> h...@mlwiki.in, has also been set up to field queries. Wiki activists Rajesh
> Odayanchal and Ajay Kuyiloor have designed a unique logo and advertisement
> for the project.
> *
>
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
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