Great to know! Congratulations T. Shrinivasan!
On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> T. Shrinivasan <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/5www>, a Tamil Wikipedian,
> wins 2016 Sundara Ramaswamy award for Tamil Computing for his contributions
> to Free Tamil Ebooks and Indian language Wikisource projects.
> This is the fourth year in a row that people supporting Tamil Wikimedia
> projects are winning this honor. This award includes a cash price of 1000
> Canadian dollars and is being presented by the diaspora Tamils organization
> called Tamil Literary Garden based in Canada.
> He is a passionate advocate and an exemplary contributor to Tamil
> computing related FOSS (Free and Open Source) software. He has been
> promoting Free Culture movements in Tamil for over ten years. He has
> developed tools related to OCR, which enabled transcribing thousands of
> Tamil books, adding more than 500,000 pages to Tamil Wikisource and
> Noolaham Digital Library. His tools also support the growth of other Indian
> languages. He is the former coordinator for the Indian Linux Users Group
> Chennai and the founder of non-profit community project FreeTamilEbooks,
> which publishes DRM-free ebooks in Tamil under Creative Commons licenses.
> Till date, it counts more than 4.7 million ebook downloads.
> He started an online magazine run by volunteers for Free Software in
> Tamil, Kaniyam. Kaniyam has published several technical Tamil books such as
> “எளிய தமிழில் GNU/Linux”, “எளிய இனிய கணினி மொழி – ரூபி” and “எளிய தமிழில்
> MySQL”. He has written numerous technical articles in Tamil, covering
> emerging programming languages, tools, and technologies. He has trained and
> mentored numerous individuals such as Thagaval Uzhavan who in turn
> contribute back to community projects.
> He is a technical contributor to Noolaham Foundation. His contribution
> includes helping to build the multimedia platform, extracting templated
> metadata from MediaWiki, and research into next-generation digital
> preservation infrastructure.
> Shrinivasan serves as the coordinator for INFITT’s India Chapter. He is
> currently working as a Systems Architect in a private software services
> firm at Chennai. You can follow him on Twitter at @tshrinivasan or contact
> him at tshriniva...@gmail.com.
> About FreeTamilEbooks
> Free Tamil Ebooks is a non-profit initiative providing hundreds of free
> ebooks to readers in the Tamil language. This is a unique project in the
> South Asian languages. Volunteers compile Creative Commons-licensed
> writings by popular bloggers and authors into ebook format. Started in
> 2013, they have released 280 ebooks till date counting 3.9 million
> downloads. Each book gets downloaded at least 500 times, but a few books
> have crossed the 1,00,000-download threshold. True to his FOSS ethos, Free
> Tamil Ebooks source code is freely availble at:
> https://github.com/kishorek/Free-Tamil-Ebooks Learn more from the
> Interview in Pressbooks
> About OCR tool for Wikisource projects
> OCR for Wikisource is a game-changing tool that converts Pdf or Djvu files
> to text using Google OCR and uploads the content automatically to
> Wikisource. Since December 2015, this tool is under active development with
> intense collaboration from various Indian language Wikimedia communities.
> By September 2016, the tool has added more than 900,000 pages to Bengali
> and Tamil Wikisource projects. Addition of 2000 nationalized books to Tamil
> Wikisource is a significant milestone. This also catapulted Tamil in to the
> list of Top 10 Wikisources in the word by page count. The same tool is used
> by Noolaham project to OCR Tamil works from Sri Lanka and make it
> searchable online.
> Let us join in wishing him to serve more :)
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