We thank you all for your support and collaboration. Please find below the
details of our work in the month of October 2013.
Train the Trainer Program
Wikipedians, about 20 of them, from 10 different cities, speaking 8 different
languages, joined together for the first ever four days "Train the Trainer
Program" organised by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge
(CIS-A2K) team in Bangalore from October 3 to 6, 2013. CIS-A2K organised the
residency training program to build capacities amongst different language
Wikimedia communities. A good diversity of Wikipedians from various language
communities such as Bengali, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi,
Telugu, Odia, came over for the event. Two prominent reasons identified for
organizing the event were the limitations of a virtual sphere and the limited
number of Wikipedians leading outreach activities. Seventeen people
participated in the event: http://bit.ly/18hjw0n
► Events Organised
Workshop on Wikipedia in the Indian Undergraduate Language Classrooms (October
1, 203, Christ University, Bangalore). Dr. U.B. Pavanaja conducted the
వికీపీడియా:సమావేశం/బెంగుళూరు/అక్టోబర్ (UTC, Bangalore, October 12, 2013). T.
Vishnu Vardhan gave a talk: http://bit.ly/1hpmXrt.
Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization (Goa University, October 19-20, 2013). CIS-A2K
team conducted the workshop. Thirty-seven people participated in the event:
http://bit.ly/1a9m8N2. Nitika Tandon shares a detailed blog post on the
re-release of Konkani Vishwakosh under CC License: http://bit.ly/1cm9wBH.
► Event Participated In
Re-sourcing Indian Cinema: Humanities Research, New Archives and Collaborative
Knowledge Production (organised by the Centre for Contemporary Studies and the
Centre for Study of Culture and Society, October 29, 2013). T. Vishnu Vardhan
gave a talk on “Let Cinephiles Collaborate: Pleasures and Perils of Indian Film
History on Wikipedia”: http://bit.ly/18Obr2P.
► Media Coverage
CIS gave its inputs for the following media coverage:
Mangalore: Konkani writers resolve to form all-India forum at JKS conference
(Daijiworld, October 1, 2013): http://bit.ly/1ek8AzW.
Wikipedia in Indian Languages on Mobile Phones (by Megha Prakash, Sci Dev Net,
October 15, 2013): http://bit.ly/Hfh7sI.
कोंकणी विश्वकोश ‘विकिपीडिया’वर (Navprabha Daily, October 22, 2013). A detailed
article about the digitalization of Konkani Vishwakosh: http://bit.ly/18J3YlB.
Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia movement
in India. The A2K team consists of six members, four based in Bangalore: T.
Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and Muzammiluddin Syed,
one member Nitika Tandon in Delhi and one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana.
Archives of our newsletters can be accessed here
(http://cis-india.org/about/newsletters). Wikipedians from various communities
can request for outreach programs, technical bugs, logistics-merchandize and
media, public relations and communications at http://bit.ly/TOcXId.
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works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy,
accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR
reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open standards, etc.),
and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.
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Request for Collaboration:
We invite researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians, both organisationally
and as individuals, to collaboratively engage with Internet and society and
improve our understanding of this new field. To discuss the research
collaborations, write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at
su...@cis-india.org or Nishant Shah, Director – Research, at
nish...@cis-india.org. To discuss collaborations on Indic language wikipedia,
write to T. Vishnu Vardhan, Programme Director, A2K, at vis...@cis-india.org
CIS is grateful to its donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy
International, UK, Hans Foundation and the Kusuma Trust which was founded by
Anurag Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin, for its core
funding and support for most of its projects.
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