Centre for Internet & Society

The key mandate of the Access to Knowledge project at CIS (CIS-A2K) is to work towards catalysing the growth of the open knowledge movement in south Asia and in Indic languages. From September 2012, CIS has been actively involved in growing the open knowledge movement in India through a grant received from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). The current focus of the CIS-A2K team spans over 5 language areas (Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia, and Telugu), 2 community strengthening initiatives, and 6 stand-alone Wikimedia projects.

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Mission

The mission of CIS-A2K is to catalyze the growth of open knowledge movement in South Asia and in Indic languages. Within the Wikimedia universe CIS-A2K specifically strives to further grow the Indic and English Wikimedia projects and communities by:

  • supporting and serving the Indian Wikimedia communities in all possible ways;
  • building institutional partnerships;
  • bringing more content under free license;
  • designing and executing projects with community participation;
  • strengthening the Wikimedia volunteers; and
  • fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem.

 

Work Plans

Work plans and other programme documents can be accessed here:

 

Activities and Feedback

If you have a general proposal/suggestion for Access to Knowledge team you can write on the requests page. If you have appreciations or feedback on our work, please share it on feedback page.

 

Recent Posts

Blog Entry Preliminary research result on Wikipedia gender gap in India by Ting-Yi Chang — last modified May 23, 2017 11:09 AM
Since June 2016, Ting-Yi Chang from the University of Toronto has worked with the CIS-A2K team to conduct action research on the Wikipedia gender gap in India. The research aims to improve the understanding of the gender gap (imbalance) issue in the Indian Wikipedia communities while examining local interventions.
Blog Entry Continuing community engagement: Communities of interest and Quarrying by Manasa Rao — last modified May 19, 2017 03:23 PM
In telling the stories of Indian Wikipedians, we bring to you the story of Dr. Diptanshu Das, a doctor and avid Wikipedian, working with WikiProject Medicine who recently approached CIS-A2K with a technical request.
Blog Entry Marathi Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Savitribai Phule Mahila Ekatma Samaj Mandal, Aurangabad by Subodh Kulkarni — last modified Apr 19, 2017 11:44 AM
A Marathi Wikipedia edit-a-thon was conducted at Savitribai Phule Mahila Ekatma Samaj Mandal in Aurangabad
Blog Entry Wikisource:Internship Project at New Law College, Pune by Subodh Kulkarni — last modified Mar 28, 2017 03:37 PM
This Wiki - internship project is being conducted for New Law College (Pune),under the guidance of Prof.Dr.Mukund Sarda, Dean and Principal of NLC by CIS A2K as part of this project at en wikisource; teams of students will acomplish proof reading, validation, compilation annotation etc. of Indian Laws and to begin with Copyright laws and Intellectual property laws at Portal:Copyright law/Copyright law of India.
Blog Entry Sambad 100 Women Edit-a-thon by Ting Yi Chang and Sailesh Patnaik — last modified Apr 18, 2017 10:05 AM
A two-day 100 Women Edit-a-thon was held on March 18 and 19, 2017 in collaboration with Odisha’s biggest newspaper publisher Sambad. The event was inspired by BBC’s 100 Women series and edit-a-thons with the same name in December 2016. More than 20 female journalists participated and registered as new Odia Wikipedians. The event served as a highlight of the Women’s History Month in Indian language Wikipedias as well as in the global movement.
Blog Entry Women’s History Month: Sambad collaborates with Odia Wikipedia for a Two Day Edit-a-thon by Sailesh Patnaik — last modified Mar 17, 2017 05:36 AM
Sambad's 100 Women Edit-a-thon: Two day edit-a-thon to increase quantity and quality of women-related articles on Odia Wikipedia
Blog Entry Women's Day Edit-a-thon at Jeewan Jyoti Women's Empowerment Centre, Pune by Subodh Kulkarni — last modified Apr 10, 2017 04:04 PM
Sterlite Tech Foundation and Jnana Prabodhini joined hands with the Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team to hold a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Jeewan Jyoti Women's Empowerment Centre, Ambawane in Pune on March 10, 2017. Subodh Kulkarni was one of the trainers. The edit-a-thon was attended by 28 students.
Blog Entry Women's Day Edit-a-thon at Jnana Prabodhini by Subodh Kulkarni — last modified Apr 15, 2017 07:31 AM
A Marathi Wikipedia Women's Day edit-a-thon was conducted in collaboration with Jnana Prabodhini to commemorate the celebration of International Women's Day.
Blog Entry "Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din" celebrations in Maharashtra by [email protected] — last modified Mar 10, 2017 05:36 AM
Marathi Language Day was recently commemorated across the state of Maharashtra to celebrate the Marathi language, its literature and culture.
Blog Entry WikiTungi: Bhubaneswar City Wiki Community Turns 1 by Sailesh Patnaik — last modified Feb 27, 2017 01:42 AM
The Odia Wikipedia’s WikiTungi is an attempt at building a community of Wikimedians at the city level.