thanks to the efforts.
On 16 Jan 2012 14:47, "Bala Jeyaraman" <sodabot...@gmail.com> wrote:
> A Wiki workshop/academy was conducted at SSN College of Engineering,
> Chennai on 11 January. It was organised by SSN opensource enthusiasts under
> the aegis of the SSN Tamil Club. Me, Srikanth Lakshmanan and Arunmozhi from
> the Tamizha FOSS group.  60 students attended the academy.
> The academy began at 9 in the morning with a presentation of open web and
> open source from SSN opensource enthusiasts. I followed it up with a intro
> section on wikipedia and a hands on editing session for about an hour. I
> covered the basics of wikipedia, notability standards, five pillars,
> copyright issues. I also covered basics of Wiktionary and Commons. Next
> Srikanth took a session on technology behind wikipedia and how the students
> could contribute technically to Wiki projects. We broke for lunch at 12 and
> reconvened an hour later.
> The afternoon session began with a audio recording exercise, where songs
> of the Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi were sung and uploaded to
> commons. This served as a hands on exercise to identify the common
> copyright problems and which material can be added to Wiki projects without
> copyright issues. Public domain, nationalisation, copyright term expiry,
> threshold of originality, open source file formats etc were discussed. Next
> Arunmozhi ( a student of a College of Engineering Guindy and a developer of
> Tamil open source software) took a session on the initiatives of the
> Tamizha group. After that we went on a photo walk of the SSN campus. We
> split into two groups and walked around the SSN campus taking pictures. The
> images were uploaded to Commons. . This served as an oppurtunity to
> explain copyright issues like freedom of panorama and derivative works. The
> academy ended with a vote of thanks from the Tamil Club convener.
> Over all it was a highly successful exercise (IMO) and a lot of productive
> work was done. The attendees were highly motivated and asked a lot of
> pertinent questions which lead to some interesting discussions. They also
> gave a few interesting suggestions about improving the usability of Wiki
> pages from newbie perspective (Srikanth has already started work on
> implementing one of the suggestions).
> I would like to thank the organising team (Dwaraka, Harvesh, Jason and
> others) for doing an excellent job in organising the event , SSN Tamil
> Mandram for its patronage and Wikimedia India Chapter for its help with
> swag and printed material (though the quantity was nowhere sufficient :-).
> Please ramp up the operation guys).
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