Not really a Wikipedia model, what? Crying shame about the license.
Wondering if the Chapter and the Office can do anything? Thank you. Best, Gautam (handheld) On Sep 2, 2011 10:00 PM, "Sohel Bohra" <sohelbo...@gmail.com> wrote: > http://www.livemint.com/articles/2011/08/29214955/Govt-starts-website-to-explain.html?atype=tp > > *Govt starts website to explain economic terms and concepts* > Remya Nair > > The government has started Arthapedia, a website designed on the lines of > Wikipedia, that will act as a source of reference for economic terms and > concepts used in the public policy domain in India. > > The website, an attempt by the government to bridge the gap between > policymakers and the general public, was inaugurated on Monday by Planning > Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia as a part of the golden > jubilee celebrations of the Indian Economic Service. It will cater to the > requirements of academicians, economists, policy practitioners, journalists, > students and other interested parties, both within India and abroad. > > “The objective of this portal is to increase transparency in government by > simplifying indigenous concepts or by introducing domestic institutions to > support the professional development of public policy economists,” the > website says. “It is meant to enrich and enhance citizen-friendly policy > formulation through dialogue and collaborative action.” > > A finance ministry official involved in the designing of the website said > government officials may frequently use some terminologies unique to India > such as *panchayati raj* and flagship programmes, such as the Mahatma Gandhi > National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, but their exact scope and > meaning may not be well known to others. “The idea is to explain the meaning > and relevance of the terms in the Indian context. Also, some terms may have > different meanings in different countries. It is important that the Indian > context is explained,” she said. > Besides explaining terms and concepts, the website will also offer detailed > profiles of some of the key Indian policymakers. To begin with, the website > has uploaded five profiles—Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; finance minister > Pranab Mukherjee; C. Rangarajan, chairman of the Economic Advisory Council > to the Prime Minister of India; Ahluwalia; and Reserve Bank of India > governor D. Subbarao. > > Users willing to upgrade the text and context of a particular word can open > the text on a virtual mode and edit the same with authentic references. The > edited content is posted after being moderated by the editorial board. In > the initial phase, however, only serving IES officers will be allowed to > write the content of this website and non-IES persons can only post comments > and queries for now. > > To be sure, the website has a disclaimer that says the government of India > does not monitor the entries and the views expressed therein are not > necessarily those of the government. “The entries, therefore, must not be > treated as official statements of policy or definitions”. > It will, however, take some time for the website to become a one-stop > destination for all terms, concepts and profiles of eminent personalities. > > “Going ahead, the challenge will be to sustain the portal with constant > upgradation,” Kaushik Basu, chief economic adviser in the finance ministry, > said. > > > -- > > Sohel Bohra > Co-founder - WikifyIndia <http://www.wikifyindia.com/> > +91-95038 48386 > so...@wikifyindia.com > Twitter <http://twitter.com/#%21/WikifyIndia> | > Facebook< http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#%21/pages/WikifyIndia/206108042761681 >
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