Whoa! Great news. Congratulations Shrini, and thanks Ravi for sharing this
widely.

Subhashish

On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Srikar Kashyap <srikar.kash...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congrats Shrini! Hope you achieve many more laurels in the future!
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> On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 5:46 PM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> 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
>>
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