A special 'thank you' to Rohini Lakshane for working on this article.


Konkani Vishwakosh (encyclopaedia) relaunched with a free license, may boost 
Konkani Wikipedia

The Konkani Vishwakosh was re-released under a Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 3.0) 
license last month at an event held at Goa University, Taleigao. The digital 
version of the Vishwakosh (encyclopaedia) will be available in a few months. 
Under the license, the Vishwakosh could serve as a source of reliable 
references for the Konkani langauge Wikipedia, which is currently under 

Last month, Goa University re-released a four-volume encyclopaedia, Konkani 
Vishwakosh under a free license. The encyclopaedia presents information about 
the world with an emphasis on the Konkani language, Goan culture, the folklore, 
history, and geography of Goa, etc.

What does the open license mean?

The Konkani Vishwakosh was relaunched under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 (Creative 
Commons-Attribution-Share Alike 3.0) license. The Creative Commons licenses are 
a legal tool for copyright owners to manage rights and permissions for their 
works. Under the CC-BY-SA 3.0, users are free to reuse, modify, build upon, and 
redistribute content from the Konkani Vishwakosh, as long as they attribute it. 
The same license also applies to any work created by using content from the 
Konkani Vishwakosh. Licensing the sources of knowledge is a way of enabling 
access to knowledge, especially for those who may have little or no access to 

Relevance to Wikipedia

One of the cornerstones of Wikipedia is the use of citations. All writing on 
Wikipedia must be supported by reliable and independent references. Any editor 
may challenge and removed unsubstantiated content on Wikipedia. The Konkani 
Vishwakosh could serve as a vast and versatile source of references for 
articles in the Konkani language Wikipedia, which is currently under 
incubation. Content from the Vishwakosh could go into the building of the 
Konkani Wikipedia as the text on Wikipedia too is available under a CC-BY-SA 
3.0 license. 

Digitisation of Konkani Vishwakosh

The Centre for Internet and Society - Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team and 
Goa University together have undertaken a project to digitise the Vishwakosh 
over a period of two months (October and November 2013). They have made a call 
for volunteers to type out pages from the encyclopaedia in the Devanagri 
script. More about the project here.

Links to press coverage, and report of the launch event by CIS-A2K.

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