In the Hindu today, this article appears prominently on the back page of 
the main newspaper - congratulations!


On Saturday 09 April 2011 08:12 AM, CherianTinu Abraham wrote:
>
> *The Hindu : "Attempts on to revive Odia Wikipedia"*
> http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1629497.ece
>
> /Some people who edit the Odia Wikipedia say that getting a Wikipedia 
> in the language is an important tool to keep the language alive. At 
> present, an attempt is on to revive Odia Wikipedia (or.wikipedia.org 
> <http://or.wikipedia.org>), one of the earliest Indian language 
> Wikipedias to be created./
> /
> /
> /Interestingly, the guidance to stoke the Odia Wikipedia is led by 
> Bangalorean *Shiju Alex*, who edits the Malayalam Wikipedia, while 
> another Bangalorean, *Subhashish Panigrahi,* translates and creates 
> templates for the language./
> /
> /
> /While Mr. Panigrahi has spoken about the Odia Wikipedia to 6,000 
> students across six schools in Bhubaneswar, Mr. Alex, who is 
> passionate about growing Indian language Wikipedia and writes for the 
> Malayalam Wikipedia, noticed the low content in Odia Wikipedia. He 
> scouted for Odia editors in Bangalore and finding no response 
> initially, he took the initiative to Orissa. On April 3, he helped 
> organise the second Odia Wikipedia Academy in Bhubaneswar, to bring an 
> awareness of the Odia Wikipedia among people./
> /
> /
> /The Odia Wikipedia was one of the first few Indian language 
> Wikipedias to be created. Although started in 2002, along with 
> Wikipedias in Assamese, Punjabi, Nepali, Oriya and Malayalam, prior 
> even to the Hindi Wikipedia in 2003 July, the Odia Wikipedia never 
> grew. It has, to date, only 700 articles./
> /
> /
> /“We have to save Odiya. We have to take the movement online and Odiya 
> Wikipedia is a vital part of it,” says *Sambidhan Mohanty*, a 
> Cuttack-based businessman from a family of Odiya writers who studied 
> in Bangalore./
> /
> /
> /Mr. Mohanty says he appreciates Shiju and Subhashish as they got Odia 
> speakers involved in Odia. “We came together because of them,” he says./
> /
> /
> /Mr. Mohanty says the main aim is to get people attracted to Odia 
> Wikipedia, to get more people to speak the language and write in it. 
> Next is to get the State Government's attention so that Odiya 
> Wikipedia can be made part of school curricula./
> /
> /
> /A big challenge he sees is the number of Odia dialects. Although the 
> language has a script, it has six dialects, including Sambalpuri (or 
> Kosali), Kalahandia and Berhampuri. So even within a small group of 
> editors, there is a difference of opinion of how a word should be 
> written (for example, “dharm” or “dharma”)./
> /
> /
> /Mr. Alex says the reasons for the low interest in Odia Wikipedia 
> might be many including the number of people who speak the language, 
> the number of people with access to a computer, availability of 
> required fonts and browsers./
> /
> /
> /A major challenge was the inability, till now, to type in Odiya 
> within Wikipedia, and the large dependence upon an external tool to 
> add content. However, now a typing solution has been developed for 
> Odia so that problem has been resolved to some extent./
> /
> /
> /Mr. Alex says lack of a typing solution within Wikipedia was a 
> problem that assailed content creation across all Indian languages 
> (using a non Latin script) on Wikipedia. A big help has been the 
> typing solution for Malayalam within Wikipedia, which was developed in 
> 2007. The solution has a base, which can be extended to other Indian 
> languages and was used for creating typing solutions in Tamil, 
> Kannada, Marathi, Hindi and Bengali WIkipedias through 2010. Other 
> languages are going on./
> /
> /
> /*Srikant Kedia* has introduced the Wikipedia to at least 35 people./
> /
> /
> /“Now, we need support from the Odia community to test the language. 
> Now that it has a mature community, I can move on,” says Mr. Alex, who 
> has given demos of edits in Odia Wikipedia in Bangalore and Bhubaneswar./
>
>
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
> http://www.wikimedia.in/wiki/In_the_news#April_2011
>
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