Dear friends,

New year wishes to all.

Wikisource project, a project of Wikimedia foundation is celebrating its
tenth anniversary. As a part of the decennary celebrations, the Wikisource
projects in various languages all over the world are conducting
competitions that enrich their contents including but not limited to proof-
reading and digitization. Being a part of it, Wikisource's Malayalam
version - Wiki Grandhasala community, a voluntary unit engaged in
collecting and digitizing  valuable Malayalam books of yesteryears, is
organizing a digitization (Typing & Proofreading) competition, along with
various Government as well as Non-Government establishments and other
voluntary organisations with similar interests like Kerala Sahithya
Academy, IT@ school Project,  Swathanthra Malayalam Computing and Center
for  Internet and Society (CIS-A2K) under the banner of  Malayalam Wiki
community.. This digitisation competition is being conducted as a part of
an effort that collects Malayalam Books whose copyright date has expired in
digital form (in unicode format) preserving the content and makig them more
accessible and popular. The competition lasts for a month, starting on
January 1, 2014 and ending on Jan 31, 2014. The competition focuses
especially individuals and schools and includes some attractive prizes
including E-book readers, Tablets and selected books for those who lead the
scoreboard. In this competition, books that was recently released by Kerala
Sahithya Academy to its public collection will be digitised.

Details of the competition;There are two specific competitions

*Competition for individuals:-*
This competition is for the general public. It includes typing and
proofreading of selected books. The main aim is to attract people who are
active in social media into Wiki Grandhasala activities. Those who wish to
participate in this competition should register before January 31st 2014.
Here are the pages which are to be typed in as part of this competition.

*Competition for schools:-*
Presently many student groups, through the IT Cell of their respective
schools, participate actively in the Wiki Grandhasala effort. This version
of the competition aims to increase the participation of such student
groups. The idea is to inculcate more love for their mother tongue among
the students. The process also aims at providing awareness out about such c
ollaborative activities, getting them interested in computer related areas,
specifically Language Computing. Scanned copies of books that are in public
domain will be made available to the respective schools. Under the
supervision of  IT@school coordinators  of each school, students have to
type them and proof read, which will be added to Wiki Grandhasala.

The prizes (like E-book readers, Portable scanners) are sponsored by Center
for Internet and Society, Kerala Sahithya Academy and Swathanthra Malayalam
Computing. Also, certificates will be awarded to all students who
participate in the school level competition and IT@school
coordinators, for their coordination activities.

Those who wish to sponsor more prizes, and those who wish to
makescanned/hard copiesbooks in
the public domain availale to Wiki Grandhasala can contact

Project Page:
Facebook event page:
Score Bord :

For Malayalam Wikisource Community

General Convener, Malayalam Wikisource Digitization Contest 2014
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