Dear friends, 

We are happy to share the consolidated newsletter for May and June. Apologies 
for missing out the former and for this long newsletter. 

Train-the-trainer and Mediawiki training for Indian language Wikimedians 

After two iterations of the Train the Trainer in 2013 
and 2015 
, CIS-A2K organised the third programme during June 15-17 at Bengaluru. The 
Mediawiki training was designed to help groom technical leadership skills of 
the technical contributors of the communities. A total of 45 participants, that 
were selected by a collaborative consultation with the community, took part in 
these events. The trainers for both the events consisted of subject experts 
from the Wikimedia community, the free knowledge movement, the free and open 
source software community and CIS-A2K programme staff. 

Check the event page for more details of Train-the-trainer 
and Mediawiki training 

Community celebrates birthday of Odia Wikipedia and Odia Wiktionary (by 
Chinmayee Mishra Community member; Subhashish Panigrahi, CIS-A2K; and Sailesh 
Patnaik, CIS-A2K) 

With the Odia Wikipedia and its sister projects, a handful of dedicated 
volunteer editors are taking the Odia language to the world outside. The editor 
community that has recently celebrated Odia Wikipedia’s 14th anniversary in 
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India is collectively growing two more projects; Odia 
Wikisource, an online library that already has over 300 volumes of text, and 
Odia Wiktionary, an online dictionary that has over 100,000 entries. With these 
live projects and more projects in the pipeline, this community is bringing a 
digital revolution in Odia by sharing valuable content online and creating many 
language tools inside and outside the Wikimedia projects. 

Read more 

== Event announcements (event announcements and press releases) == 

* Mini Train-the-trainer and Mediawiki Training for Marathi Wikimedians in Pune 
 (28-29 May 2016) 

* Advanced training for Kannada-language Wikimedians in Bangalore 
 (28-29 May 2016) 

* Garule, Abhinav. "Mini Wikipedia edit-a-thon at TEDSummit 2016, Banff, Canada 
 " (29 June 2016), Banff, Canada 

== Project celebrations == 

* Odia Wikipedia completed 14 years ( on June 3, 

* Odia Wiktionary ( is completing 11 years on 
June 16, congratulations! 

* Punjabi Wikipedia ( completed 14 years on June 3, 

== Upcoming events == 

* Wiki Conference India 
( (August 5-7, call 
for participation open until July 20). More here (

== Programme reports (outreach, education programme and community engagement 
programme reports) == 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. Santhosh, Pavan. "Online edit-a-thon on incidents in 
( " (11 
July 2016) 
* A week-long online edit-a-thon was organised by the Telugu Wikipedia 
community to cover popular social, political and other events on the Telugu 

* Harshey, Sohnee. "Developing Open Educational Resources in Indian Languages 
 " (28 May 2016) 

The Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education (CILHE), Tata Institute of 
Social Sciences (TISS), in collaboration with the Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) 
programme at The Centre for Internet and Society, has been involved in 
organising workshops on developing open educational resources (OER) in Indian 
languages with undergraduate and masters students across various institution to 
introduce students to tools of collaborative knowledge production on the 
Internet and methods for generating new online content in Indian languages. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "Celebrating 13 Years of the Kannada-language 
 ". DNA (22 May 2016) 

The Kannada-language Wikipedia celebrated its 13th anniversary on February 14 
in Mangalore. To celebrate the journey of the project and the community, 
Kannada Wikipedians gathered at Saint Aloysius College, Mangaluru on May 14. 

* Train-a-Wikipedian session reports 
( : 

Read reports of 29 May 
 , 28 May 
 , 21 May 
 , 19 May 
 and, 16 May 

== Articles/blogs (articles, opinion pieces, analysis pieces == 

* Niranjana, Tejaswini. "Beyond Editor Count: Assessing Quality on Wikipedia 
 ". CIS blog (12 June 2016) 

Since Wikipedia is considered as the go-to source for different kinds of 
knowledge by anyone starting off in a particular field of study, and since 
Indian languages are often the default languages of the classroom in India, 
strengthening the quality of the material available on IL Wikipedias is certain 
to have widespread tangible and intangible impact. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "ଅନଲାଇନ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜ୍ଞାନକୋଷ ଗଢ଼ା 
 ". Samanya Kathan (3 June 2016) 

An overview of Odia Wikipedia and the journey of the project and the 
contributor community. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ: ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ବିଶାଳତମ ଅନଲାଇନ ଜ୍ଞାନକୋଷ 
ଗଢ଼ିବାର ଅଭିଯାନ 
 ". The Suryaprava (3 June 2016) 

Editorial column about the Odia Wikipedia editor community's journey to make 
the 14 year old project the largest online Odia encyclopedia. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ: ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ବିଶାଳତମ ଅନଲାଇନ ଜ୍ଞାନକୋଷ 
ଗଢ଼ିବାର ଅଭିଯାନ 
 ". Your Story (3 June 2016) 

Blog on Odia Wikipedia's 14th birthday. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆର ବିକାଶ 
 ". The Samaja (2 June 2016) 

Editorial column about Odia Wikipedia and how the contributor community is 
using it as a tool to grow the Odia-language on the Internet. 

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଏନସାଇକ୍ଲୋପିଡ଼ିଆ "ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ" ବିକାଶ 
ପାଇଁ ଏକାଠି ହେଲେ ପୁରୀର ଛାତ୍ରଛାତ୍ରୀ ( ". YourStory Odia. (28 
May 2016) 

Blog on WikiTungi Puri, an informal collective of the Odia-language Wikimedians 
living in the city of Puri. It featured interview of an editor Adyasha Sahu. 

* Datta, Tito. "Indian English Wikipedian Nvvchar completes 1500 Did You Know 
articles ( (8 May 2016) 

Indian English Wikipedian User:Nvvchar 
( completed 1500 Did you know 
( articles. This is the second highest on 
English Wikipedia. This blog features User:Nvvchar's constant effort in 
featuring many India-related articles on English Wikipedia. 

* Shaik, Rahmanuddin. "Images and links matter quality 
 ". 4 May 2016 

Wikipedia articles form a criterion for quality when they have more images, 
illustrations, and citations, etc. An article without these is considered dull. 
Hence images and external links form a criterion for quality of articles on 
Wikipedias. This blog post tries to analyse the current scenario of CIS-A2K's 
five focus language areas and indicates the state of images and links. 

== Media coverage (events and activities that we have organised or participated 
in) == 

* Prasad, Ananta. "The Digital Oxygen for Odia language". MyCityLinks (27 
June-7 July 2016) 

* "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିଅଭିଧାନରେ ଏକ ଲକ୍ଷ ଶବ୍ଦ 
( ". Sambad (18 
June 2016) 

* "୧୧ ବର୍ଷରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିଅଭିଧାନ, ଯୋଡ଼ିହୋଇଛି ଲକ୍ଷେରୁ ଅଧିକ ଶବ୍ଦ". Prameya (16 June 

* "शंभर वर्षापूर्वीचे ग्रंथ मराठी विकिपीडियावर 
 . Maharashtra Times (15 June 2016) 

* Sahu, Diana. "Online space for Odia 
 . The New Indian Express. (10 June 2016) 

* Ambaly, Anwesha. "Youths use tech tools to spread Odia - Plans afoot to 
promote Unicode fonts and share content online 
". The Telegraph (9 June 2016) 

* "ଚଉଦ ବର୍ଷରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ". Dharitri (6 June 2016) 

* "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ ଜୟନ୍ତୀ: ଲିପିବଦ୍ଧ ହେଲାଣି ଲକ୍ଷାଧିକ ଶବ୍ଦ". Samaja (6 June 

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