Please read the subject-line of the email: "CIS-A2K December 2015 newsletter" Regards.
On 13 January 2016 at 12:41, Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hello, > > Centre for Internet and Society’s Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K) program > would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of December > 2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have. > > As per the 2007 census of India, there are about 7.4 million speakers who > speak Konkani as a native language. Many might not know though the language > finally made a late entry on Wikipedia in 2014 with the release of the Goan > Konkani Wikipedia (https://gom.wikipedia.org). Since the beginning of the > project as an Incubator project, it has faced several issues; complications > because of the multiple scripts used to write Konkani, building a community > from scratch ( > http://www.dnaindia.com/blogs/post-konkani-wikipedia-climbing-up-the-indian-language-ladder-1885294v > to contribute to the Wikipedia project, and finding encyclopedic resources > to grow content. The Konkani community that contributes on Wikipedia is > predominantly present in Goa with a few contributors living elsewhere. The > statistical analysis of the last six months shows several trends of the > project and community growth. There is an overall state of both the content > and community seem to be stable with a total of 124 editors and 2400 > articles. However, the growth trends are little worrying as there is hardly > any new editors that has joined the community in last six months. The > active editors (with more than 5 edits a month) have also slowed down over > time with a few them becoming inactive as the average of the number of > active editors for the previous six months (January-June 2015) was 18 that > has come down alarming to 5. Same is the case of very active editors (with > more than 100 edits a month) and number of new articles being created every > month. These downtrends are more of a result of the on-wiki, online and > offline activities slowing down. There is a great need for more leadership > and community-led activities that could be catalyzed by organizational > support. > > . . . Read more on the CIS website: > http://cis-india.org/openness/konkani-wikipedia-progress-from-july-to-december-2015 > > == Resources created == > > • Indic Wikipedia policies and guidelines handbook: > > Currently CIS-A2K is working with five Indian-language Wikimedia > communities (Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia and Telugu). While working > with the mentioned Indic Wikimedia communities, we observed a number of > issues affecting them and we also noticed that there are many similarities > between the issues and difficulties faced by these communities. So, we > decided to start working a help document "Indic Wikipedia Policies and > Guidelines Handbook". > > At first, we created a short handbook discussing a number of topics, such > as how to create new policies, or modify the existing ones, using village > pump, enforcing policies etc. Then we talked to Indic Wikipedians to know > more about the policies and guidelines-related issues and problems they are > facing. We also asked to give their feedback on the first draft of this > handbook. > > The handbook is now released now and may be seen here ( > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indic_Wikipedia_Policies_and_Guidelines_Handbook.pdf). > > > == Event organized/participated == > > • Talk on bringing 1000 books about the culture of Maharashtra on Marathi > Wikipedia ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/discussion-on-bringing-peshwa-culture-on-marathi-wikipedia): > > > Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha, a Pune based non-profit that was > founded in Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade and colleagues in 1894, has > recently announced to digitise their 1000 volumes of books centred around > Peshwa culture. A discussion about digitising these books and making them > available online on Marathi Wikisource was organised on 1 December at the > Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Bengaluru. Avinash Chaphekar, Joint > Secretary of MGS addressed this talk. > > • Sau Dhuni Teen Project: December Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Women's > Studies Centre, University of Pune ( > http://editors.cis-india.org/a2k/events/sau-dhuni-teen-project-december-edit-a-thon-at-womens-studies-centre-university-of-pune): > > > A Wikipedia edit-a-thon was organized on 3 December at the Women's Studies > Centre, University of Pune, as a part of the Sau Dhuni Teen project ( > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K_/Projects/Sau_Dhuni_Teen) where > this group of Wiki-women contributed to conceptualize Wikipedia as a > knowledge resource. They not just edited Wikipedia articles but used > Wikipedia as a platform to generate Indian language annotations of academic > texts in women's studies and social sciences. More in this report ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/sau-dhuni-teen-project-december-edit-a-thon). > > > • Indian language Wikipedias in the classroom: Wikipedia workshop at > SVERI, Pandharpur ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/indian-language-wikipedias-in-the-classroom-wikipedia-workshop-at-sveri-pandharpur): > > > On 15 and 16 December a Wikipedia workshop was conducted at SVERI, > Pandharpur, Maharashtra. The aim of this workshop was to nurture these > skills in faculty and students of the institution: a) Creating > encyclopaedic content in Indian languages, b) Encyclopaedic content writing > skills, c) Digital information literacy skills, d) Ability to critically > engage with a concept/theme etc. > > • Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest ( > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/2015/Global_Congress_on_Intellectual_Property_and_the_Public_Interest): > > > The event was organized during 15-17 December in New Delhi. 11 > Indic-language Wikipedians—including two representatives from the Wikimedia > India (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_India); Sanket Oswal ( > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sankoswal) and Nikhil Kawale ( > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nikhil.kawale)—participated in this > event. Rahmanuddin Shaik and Subhashish Panigrahi from CIS-A2K team > attended this conference and coordinated several discussions on copyright > and intellectual property (IP) in the context of Wikipedia. The > participating Wikimedians, over the three days engaged with each other and > the coordinators and discussed about the kind of copyright and IP-related > problems they are facing in their home communities. > > • English and Telugu Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Hyderabad: a collaborative > Telugu and English Wikipedia edit-a-thon is being organised in Hyderabad on > 20 December ( > http://editors.cis-india.org/openness/english-and-telugu-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-in-hyderabad): > > > A collaborative Telugu and English Wikipedia edit-a-thon was organised in > Hyderabad on 20 December. The event was aimed at translating many English > Wikipedia articles related to Telugu language and culture to Telugu and > vice versa. > > • Odia Wikipedia Workshop in Puri: > > ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/odia-wikipedia-workshop-to-be-organised-in-puri) > > > An Odia Wikipedia workshop was organised in Puri on 20 December. The > workshop aimed at helping the participants learn about creating and > improving the Odia Wikipedia articles about the local places, people, and > culture of the historical town Puri and the district. > > === Train-a-Wikipedian === > > Train-a-Wikipedian ( > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Train-a-Wikipedian, TAW) is new > program designed by CIS-A2K to train and empower Indic-language > Wikipedians. In this program we will cover everything related to Wikipedia > editing such as: > > • Wikipedia editing (beginner's and advanced) > > • Wikipedia policies and guidelines, > > • Using tools, scripts, gadgets etc. > > Any experienced Indic Wikipedian is welcome to join this training program. > It is recommended to discuss with a community before applying for this > program. > > == Blog posts == > > • Hasan, Tanveer, Guru-G Learning Labs and CIS A2K Institutional > Partnership ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/guru-g-learning-labs-and-cis-a2k-institutional-partnership), > 3 December 2015 > > • Panigrahi, Subhashish, Open access in the Marathi language expands by a > thousand books ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/wikimedia-blog-subhashish-panigrahi-december-3-open-access-in-marathi-language-expands-by-thousand-books), > 3 December 2015 > > • Hasan, Tanveer, Community Prioritisation of Content Donation: Kannada > Wikisource ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/community-prioritisation-content-donation-kannada-wikisource), > 5 December 2015 > > • Hasan, Tanveer, Analysis of Institutional Partnerships: University of > Mysore and Guru G Learning Labs ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/analysis-of-institutional-partnerships-university-of-mysore-and-guru-g-learning-lab), > 5 December 2015 > > • Hasan, Tanveer, Touch Point Report: Department of Tourism Studies, > Christ University and St. Aloysius College, Managalore ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/department-of-tourism-studies-christ-university-st-aloysius-college), > 5 December 2015 > > • Hasan, Tanveer, TTT 2015 (http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/ttt-2015), 5 > December 2015 > > • Pavanaja, U. B., Kannada Wikipedia Editathon at Mangaluru ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/kannada-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-in-st-agnes-college-mangaluru-to-bridge-gender-gap-in-wikipedia), > 15 December 2015 > > • Patnaik, Sailesh, Odia Wikipedia workshop in Puri, Odisha sparks > creation of informal Wikipedia group WikiTungi ( > http://cis-india.org/openness/odia-wikipedia-takes-puri), 30 December 2015 > > == Media coverage == > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon: Udayavani Coverage ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-udayavani-coverage), > Udayavani, 7 December 2011; > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon Coverage in Prajavani ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-prajavani-mangal), > Prajavani, 10 December 2015 > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon: Prajavani ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-prajavani-mangal), > Prajavani, 11 December 2015 > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon: Vijayavani Coverage ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-vijayavani), > Vijayavani, 11 December 2015 > > Kannada Wikipedia Editathon: Vijaya Karnataka ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-vijaya-karnataka), > Vijaya Karnataka, 11 December 2015 > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon in Mangalore: Udayavani ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-in-mangalore-udayavani), > Udayavani, 11 December 2015 > > • Post More Articles on Kannada Wikipedia ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/post-more-articles-on-kannada-wikipedia), > Indian Express (Mangalore edition), 12 December 2015 > > • Kannada Wikipedia Editathon in Prajavani ( > http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/kannada-wikipedia-editathon-in-prajavani), > Prajavani, 13 December 2015 > > This newsletter is also available on Meta at: > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Reports/Newsletter/December_2015 >
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