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 > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l