Congratulations Shrinivasan!!! Thank you for all those wonderful tools you have contributed.
On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 5:46 PM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi, > > 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 :) > > Ravi > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- -- With Best Regards, Omshivaprakash.H.L | ಓಂ ಶಿವಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಎಚ್. ಎಲ್ | ॐ शिवप्रकाश् एच्. एल् http://platonic.techfiz.info http://blog.shivu.in Phone: 91- 9902026518 linuxaayana.net | kindarajogi.com | sanchaya.net
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