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Andhra Loyola College and the Centre for Internet & Society sign MoU for Better Net Access

by Rahmanuddin Shaikh — last modified Aug 19, 2014 09:29 AM

Andhra Loyola College (ALC) and the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to steward the growth of Telugu Wikipedia and to make available free knowledge in Telugu to all Telugus across the globe.

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Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Aug 04, 2014 03:29 AM

I interviewed Wikimedian User:CFCF who is managing the entire project to understand how it is going to work and wrote on Global Voices' Rising Voices about it.

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Classical Odia Language in the Digital Age

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 28, 2014 07:41 AM

The essay was published in the June edition of Odisha Review, a magazine published by Government of Odisha's Department of Information and Public Relations.

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Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia

by Dorothy Howard — last modified Jul 25, 2014 10:56 AM

Since Wikipedia’s gender gap first came to light in late 2010, Wikipedians have taken the issue to heart, developing projects with a focus on inclusivity in content, editorship and the learning environments relevant to new editors.

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University of Mysore Re-releases Kannada Vishwakosha (Encyclopaedia) under Creative Commons Free License

University of Mysore Re-releases Kannada Vishwakosha (Encyclopaedia) under Creative Commons Free License

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Jul 24, 2014 07:03 AM

The University of Mysore and the Centre for Internet and Society co-organized the Open Knowledge Day in Mysore on July 15, 2014. On this occasion Mysore University released six volumes of Kannada Vishwakosha under the Creative Commons (CC) license.

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ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ବିକାଶର ରାସ୍ତା

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 23, 2014 02:46 PM

The column was published in Odia newspaper The Sambad's editorial. It shows a comparative analysis of Odia language with other languages — both linguistic and usability in digital platforms. The article also emphasizes on various aspects that need advancements.

ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ବିକାଶର ରାସ୍ତା - Read More…

Mozilla Brings Indian Communities Together

Mozilla Brings Indian Communities Together

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 23, 2014 07:30 AM

I took part in two major events, Indic FirefoxOS L10n Sprint 2014 and MozCamp Beta – India organized by Mozilla in India as a voluntary contributor. In this blog post I am sharing with you my experience of the events.

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Mozilla brings Indian Communities together Twice in One Month

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 23, 2014 07:06 AM

I took part in two major events, Indic FirefoxOS L10n Sprint 2014 and MozCamp Beta – India organized by Mozilla in India as a voluntary contributor. In this blog post I am sharing with you my experience of the events.

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Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, release Open Access Policy

by Anubha Sinha — last modified Jul 18, 2014 05:11 AM

The Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, recently drafted an Open Access Policy in consultation with several open access experts, government officials and CIS. This post discusses open access and the exercise undertaken to draft this policy.

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State of Odia Language in Computing and Future Steps

State of Odia Language in Computing and Future Steps

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 28, 2014 07:03 AM

I participated in a "National Level Seminar on, Computer Application and Odia Language" organized by the Institute of Odia Studies and Research in Bhubaneswar on July 6, 2014 as a panelist to discuss about the state of Odia language in computing, work in progress highlighting CIS-A2K's work in the knowledge and education sector and further steps.

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Aircel & Wikimedia Foundation announce Wikipedia Zero

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Jul 07, 2014 05:58 AM

Aircel and Wikimedia Foundation came together to announce Wikipedia Zero. As per this, users of Aircel need not pay for data for accessing Wikipedia. Dr. U.B.Pavanaja wrote a report on this in Prajavani.

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Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC-BY-SA 3.0 License

Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC-BY-SA 3.0 License

by Rahmanuddin Shaikh — last modified Jul 08, 2014 05:29 AM

For the first time in the history of Indian books, 10 Telugu books by a single author were released under Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA 3.0) on June 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Golden Threshold, Abids, Hyderabad.

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Odia Language gets a new Unicode Font Converter

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 02, 2014 09:59 AM

Recently, I worked on designing a font encoding converter with a fellow Wikimedian Manoj Sahukar. We worked by taking the code of a converter that was made three years back and made it work for two fonts AkrutiOriSarala99 and AkrutiOriSarala that are used by the media industry for printing and publishing.

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This Twitter Account Puts a Face to the Unsung Volunteer Editors Behind Wikipedia

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 03, 2014 06:17 AM

The life of a Wikipedia editor is an interesting one. Globally, about 100,000 editors edit the collaborative online encyclopedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the English Wikipedia.

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Twitter weekly Curation WeAreWikipedia brings one Wikipedian Every Week

Twitter weekly Curation WeAreWikipedia brings one Wikipedian Every Week

by Diptiman Panigrahi — last modified Jun 16, 2014 06:16 AM

WeAreWikipedia is an initiative to bring in voices of Wikipedia contributors (known as Wikipedians). One Wikipedian curates the Twitter based handle for a week and tells interesting stories from his/her communities that are unheard to the rest of the globe. Started as a personal project by our program officer Subhashish Panigrahi it has brought 18 Wikipedians across the globe including 6 Indic language communities.

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Comments on the Open Licensing Policy Guidelines of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology

by Nehaa Chaudhari — last modified Jun 30, 2014 11:26 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society submitted its comments on the Open Licensing Policy Guidelines to the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, on May 28, 2014. The comments were prepared by Sunil Abraham and Nehaa Chaudhari.

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Indic Language Wikipedias as Open Educational Resources

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jun 04, 2014 03:32 AM

The Open Education Working Group sees supporting multilingual activities such as translation to and from languages which are not often used as one of its key future roles. Subhashish Panigrahi’s post while dwelling upon the growth of Indic Wikimedia communities critically examines Wikipedia as an educational resource.

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CIS Signs MoU with Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified May 27, 2014 10:56 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) College on April 21, 2014. On behalf of CIS, Dr. U.B.Pavanaja signed the MoU.

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GLAM in India: 10 tips for successful GLAM projects

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 27, 2014 09:13 AM

GLAM initiatives work as a gateway to unleash knowledge, decode archived documentation to build modern wonders and also educate people about their past cultural and scientific journey.

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Community led Konkani Wikipedia Outreach

Community led Konkani Wikipedia Outreach

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jun 10, 2014 08:44 AM

Goa University students organised the first ever community led Konkani Wikipedia outreach on May 14, 2014. Fifteen first year M.A. students from Konkani Department participated in the six hour long workshop.

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Books and More are Relicensed to Creative Commons

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 28, 2014 06:29 AM

This blog post is cross-posted from Opensource.com. It was published on May 2, 2014.

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14 Odia books re-released under Creative Commons license

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 06, 2014 06:26 AM

This blog entry by Subhashish Panigrahi (originally published in Wikimedia Foundation's Blog) was edited and re-published by Rohini Lakshane in DNA on April 26, 2014.

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Report from India: Relicensing books under CC

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 05, 2014 09:13 AM

My name is Subhashish Panigrahi. I am an educator currently working in the community and communication front at The Centre for Internet and Society’s Access To Knowledge program (CIS-A2K), an India-based catalyst program to grow Indic language communities for Wikipedia and its sister projects. Prior to my work at CIS, I worked for the Wikimedia Foundation’s India Program, a predecessor to the current CIS-A2K project.

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CIS Signs MoU with Mysore University

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified May 05, 2014 06:29 AM

CIS-A2K signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Mysore for converting to Unicode and re-releasing their encyclopaedia under Creative Commons License. Dr. U.B. Pavanaja on behalf of the CIS-A2K team signed the MoU.

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Odisha Dibasa 2014: 14 Books Re-released under CC License

Odisha Dibasa 2014: 14 Books Re-released under CC License

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 14, 2014 10:57 AM

Odisha became a separate state in British India on April 1, 1936. Odia, a 2,500 year old language recently gained the status of an Indian classical language. The Odia Wikimedia community celebrated these two occasions on March 29 in Bhubaneswar with a gathering of 70 people.

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ଓଡ଼ିଅା ଭାଷାର ବିକାଶ ଓ କମ୍ପ୍ୟୁଟର

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 06, 2014 06:50 AM

This article was published in Odia magazine "The Kadambini". It covers a brief history of the book digitization initiatives in Odia language, problems with access available content in ISCII standard, scope of Unicode content and Open Access, Odia Wikipedia's further use for public and contribution.

ଓଡ଼ିଅା ଭାଷାର ବିକାଶ ଓ କମ୍ପ୍ୟୁଟର - Read More…

Vachana Sanchaya: Bringing Access to 11th century Kannada Literature

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 08, 2014 01:48 AM

The blog post throws light on providing access to Vachana Sanchaya, a eleventh century Kannada literature.

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୭୯ ବର୍ଷରେ ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା: ଶାସ୍ତ୍ରୀୟ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଓ କମ୍ପ୍ୟୁଟରରେ ଏହାର ବ୍ୟବ‌ହାର

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified May 06, 2014 05:18 AM

This article was published in online Odia magazine "The Amalekha". It covers a brief history of the book digitization initiates in Odia language, problems with access available content in ISCII standard, scope of Unicode content and Open Access, Odia Wikipedia's further use for public and contribution.

୭୯ ବର୍ଷରେ ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା: ଶାସ୍ତ୍ରୀୟ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଓ କମ୍ପ୍ୟୁଟରରେ ଏହାର ବ୍ୟବ‌ହାର - Read More…

India Access To Knowledge/Draft Work plan July 2014 - June 2015

by T. Vishnu Vardhan — last modified Apr 08, 2014 09:51 AM

One of the key mandates of the Access to Knowledge (A2K) programme at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is to work towards catalysing the growth of the open knowledge movement in South-Asia and in Indic languages. CIS has been a steward of the Wikimedia movement in India since December 2008 when Jimmy Wales visited Bangalore. From September 2012 it has been actively involved in growing the movement in India through a grant received from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). Based on the 18-month experience of working with various Indic Wikimedia communities, CIS-A2K has developed its Work Plan for July 2014 to June 2015.

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11th Century Kannada Literature Now on Wikisource

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 06, 2014 05:01 AM

This blog post by Pavithra Hanchagaiah and Omshivaprakash HI was edited by Rohini Lakshane for DNA. It was first edited by Subhashish Panigrahi, CIS-A2K on the Wikimedia Foundation blog where it was first published.

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Digitize any Book in the Public Domain

Digitize any Book in the Public Domain

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 03, 2014 08:41 AM

The article is about a mass scale digitization project for Kannada WikiSource by two Wikipedians.

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Vachana Sanchaya: 11th century Kannada literature to enrich Wikisource

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Mar 20, 2014 11:13 AM

Kannada Wikipedian Omshivaprakash, Pavithra and I co-authored this article on digitizing Vachana Sahitya, a 11th century Kannada literature on WikiSource.

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Open Source Project Brings 11th Century Kannada Verses Online

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 06, 2014 06:00 AM

The post was co-authored by Pavithra Hanchagaiah, Omshivaprakash H L and Subhashish Panigrahi and published in the March issue of Foss Force.

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Open Education Week: Interview with Subhashish Panigrahi

Open Education Week: Interview with Subhashish Panigrahi

by Noopur Raval — last modified Apr 04, 2014 09:20 AM

Noopur Raval interviewed Subhashish Panigrahi from the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team about sharing information resources and attribution in academia.

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Wikipedia Editathon on India Women's History at CBIT, Hyderabad

Wikipedia Editathon on India Women's History at CBIT, Hyderabad

by Syed Muzammiluddin — last modified Apr 07, 2014 01:32 AM

“Wikipedia Editathon on India Women's History” and “Work-Life Balance: Women in Engineering” were organized parallelly at Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology (CBIT), Hyderabad on March 8, 2014. These events had a common session during the morning and a separate sessions in the afternoon.

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Indian Wikimedia community coordinates Women’s History Month

by Jeph Paul and Netha Hussain — last modified Mar 06, 2014 11:49 AM

The Indian Wikimedia community is pleased to invite you to participate in Women’s History Month events, 2014. We started off with a pre-event Wikipedia workshop at Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work, in Mangalore on the 26th of February.

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Odia Language's Presence in Digital Media and Wikipedia's Role

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Mar 05, 2014 11:36 AM

କମ୍ପ୍ୟୁଟରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା (Odia language in computer) is an essay published in Odia newspaper "The Samaja's Sunday supplement" on March 2. It is about the journey of Odia language in the digital era and the challenges faced during digitization of books and manuscripts.

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First Urdu Wikipedia Workshop at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

First Urdu Wikipedia Workshop at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

by Syed Muzammiluddin — last modified Apr 07, 2014 01:06 AM

During the second week of February, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore received a call from Dr Faheemuddin, Assistant Professor, Department of Translation Studies, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad requesting an Urdu Wikipedia Workshop in University. We were informed of special interest of Dr Zafaruddin , Head, Department of Translation studies in holding the event as any effort aimed at expanding the Urdu Wikipedia will benefit the Urdu language community across the world.

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Tewiki 10th Anniversary

Tewiki 10th Anniversary

by Rahmanuddin Shaikh — last modified Mar 19, 2014 11:01 AM

Tewiki 10th anniversary celebration 2014, started on February 15 in Vijayawada at Kakaraparti Bhavanarayana College. It was co-organized by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team and the Telugu Wikipedia community. Ch.Arjuna Rao expressed his happiness on Telugu Wikipedias completion of 10 years and 55000 articles in Telugu on the inauguration of decade celebrations.

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Odia Wikipedia: Three Years of Active Contributions Gives Life to a Ten Year Old Project

Odia Wikipedia: Three Years of Active Contributions Gives Life to a Ten Year Old Project

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Feb 04, 2014 08:56 AM

Odia Wikipedia has carved its mark as the largest online encyclopedia in Odia language that is edited by a volunteer editor community.

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Wikipedia Editing as Assessment Tool in the Indian Higher Education Classroom

by Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana, Ashwin Kumar A.P. and T. Vishnu Vardhan — last modified Jan 30, 2014 10:06 AM

Getting students to create and edit Wikipedia entries in English and Indian languages can be a comprehensive assessment tool at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Both levels of higher education require the demonstration of the ability to present knowledge in encyclopaedic form, which can be done by a good review of relevant literature and the showcasing of key arguments in the field.

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Wikipedia at Forefront in Christ University

by Syed Muzammiluddin — last modified Feb 04, 2014 05:08 AM

Wikipedia has entered Indian undergraduate language classroom in Christ University, Bangalore. Recently the Access to Knowledge team from the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS-A2K) organized a series of events in Christ University. This blog post provides a brief analysis of the outcome.

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WikiSangamotsavam 2013 brings Indian Wikimedians together

WikiSangamotsavam 2013 brings Indian Wikimedians together

by Netha Hussain and Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Feb 03, 2014 06:57 AM

WikiSangamotsavam, the annual conference of Malayalam Wikimedians, took place in Alappuzha, Kerala from December 21 to 23, 2013. The conference brought together around 200 Wikimedians and well-wishers from all over India.

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CIS-A2K, KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences sign MoUs

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Feb 03, 2014 06:24 AM

KIIT University, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences and the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoUs) for furthering Odia Wikipedia.

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CIS-A2K: Work Accomplished on Konkani Wikipedia

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 11:48 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society’s Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K team) is pleased to share with you the key accomplishments about the work it accomplished on Konkani Wikipedia from September to December 2013 in this report. In accordance with the Centre for Internet and Society’s Access to Knowledge Program’s (CIS-A2K) Konkani Work Plan 2013-14 the program has invested time and effort to build Konkani Wikimedia community and projects.

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Telugu Wikipedia completes 10 years

Telugu Wikipedia completes 10 years

by Rahmanuddin Shaikh — last modified Dec 31, 2013 04:40 AM

Telugu Wikipedia completed 10 years on December 10, 2013. Several training sessions, aka Wiki Academies, were planned by the Telugu Wikipedia community to mark the occasion.

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Pooja Tople on Wikimedia Projects

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 11:04 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) in collaboration with the Goa University is working to build Konkani Wikipedia. As part of this program it organised the Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Program recently.

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Darshana Mandrekar speaks on Konkani Wikipedia

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 10:38 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) in collaboration with the Goa University is working to build Konkani Wikipedia. As part of this program it organised the Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Program recently.

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Darshan Kandolkar on Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Process

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 10:47 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) in collaboration with the Goa University is working to build Konkani Wikipedia. As part of this program it organised the Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Program recently.

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Varsha Kavlekar on Konkani Wikipedia Incubator

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 10:56 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) in collaboration with the Goa University is working to build Konkani Wikipedia. As part of this program it organised the Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Program recently.

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Konkani Vishwakosh Encyclopedia released under Free License

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 12:42 PM

Upon Centre for Internet & Society’s Access to Knowledge Programme (CIS-A2K)‘s explicit request, Goa University has approved the re-release of Vishwakosh under Creative Commons License (CC-BY-SA 3.0) to make it freely available to public, giving them the right to share, use and even build upon the work that has already been done. This is a huge step to help preserve Konkani language and culture in the digital era.

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First ever Train-the-Trainer Program in India

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Dec 31, 2013 12:18 PM

Access to Knowledge Programme at the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS-A2K) organized the first ever Train the Trainer Program in India. 20 Wikimedians from 8 different language communities and 10 different cities across India attended CIS-A2K’s Train the Trainer (TTT).

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How Can We Make Open Education Truly Open?

How Can We Make Open Education Truly Open?

by Nishant Shah — last modified Nov 30, 2013 08:45 AM

I have spent the last month being unpopular. I have been in conversation with many ‘Open Everything’ activists and practitioners. At each instance, we got stuck because I insisted that we begin by defining what ‘Open’ means in the easy abuse that it is subject to.

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CIS-A2K Narrative Report (September 2012 – June 2013)

CIS-A2K Narrative Report (September 2012 – June 2013)

by Vishnu Vardhan, Nitika Tandon and Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 30, 2013 11:18 AM

This narrative report captures the work done by the Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team in the first ten months of the grant. The report also throws some light on the CIS-A2K program strategy in the next one year.

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ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಟ್ಟ ಸಸಿಗೆ ಈಗ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷ

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಟ್ಟ ಸಸಿಗೆ ಈಗ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷ

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Nov 20, 2013 09:55 AM

Dr. U.B. Pavanaja wrote an article highlighting 10 years of Kannada Wikipedia. Kannada Wikipedia started in the year 2003 and now it has completed 10 years. The article highlights the current status of the Kannada Wikipedia vis-a-vis number of articles, number of editors, active editors, and page views per month.

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಟ್ಟ ಸಸಿಗೆ ಈಗ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷ - Read More…

CIS Signs MoU with Christ University, Bangalore

by T. Vishnu Vardhan — last modified Nov 20, 2013 06:46 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Christ University in Bangalore. As part of this MoU Christ University and CIS-A2K will work together to introduce "Wikipedia in the Indian Undergraduate Language Classroom" at Christ University.

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Train The Trainer Programme for Wikipedians

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 18, 2013 08:24 AM

Twenty Wikimedians from 10 cities speaking 8 languages attended the 4-day Train-The-Trainer (TTT) programme conducted last month by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge programme (CIS-A2K) at Bangalore. The programme aimed to improve and enhance Wikipedians' skills for outreach and community-building activities.

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Train the Trainer Program

Train the Trainer Program

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 18, 2013 07:52 AM

Wikipedians, about 20 of them, from 10 different cities, speaking 8 different languages, joined together for the first ever four days "Train the Trainer Program" organised by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team in Bangalore from October 3 to 6, 2013.

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Priyadarshini Tadkodkar on Konkani language

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jan 31, 2014 06:20 AM

CIS-A2K team interviewed Priyadarshini Tadkodkar about Konkani language. She speaks how editing/contributing to Konkani Wikipedia would help students.

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Konkani Vishwakosh Under CC-BY-SA

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Nov 30, 2013 10:47 AM

Upon CIS-A2K's explicit request, Goa University has approved the re-release of Konkani Vishwakosh under the Creative Commons License (CC-BY-SA 3.0) to make it freely available to public and giving them the right to share, use and even build upon the work that has already been done. This is a huge step to help preserve Konkani language and culture in digital era and will also feed into building of Konkani Wikipedia.

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Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Project

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Nov 30, 2013 10:49 AM

Goa University in collaboration with the Centre for Internet & Society’s Access to Knowledge Programme (CIS-A2K) is digitizing Konkani Vishwakosh. In this project CIS-A2K will work with group of individuals who will help digitize the encyclopedia in a time bound manner. All 3632 pages of Konkani Vishwakosh will be digitized.

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Feedback on the Framework on OSS Adoption in E-Governance Systems

by Nehaa Chaudhari — last modified Oct 28, 2013 10:35 AM

CIS gave its feedback to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) on the Framework on Open Source Software Adoption in E-Governance Systems on October 26, 2013.

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Making Wikipedia Better

by Pooja Saxena and Nirbheek Chauhan — last modified Oct 25, 2013 07:30 AM

It wasn’t something that we set out to do when we started working on The Ballot, but one of the most satisfying unintentional side-effects of the project has been the chance to correct facts and figures, and remove inappropriate content from entries related to India and its politics on Wikipedia.

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Re-release of Konkani Vishwakosh under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Re-release of Konkani Vishwakosh under CC-BY-SA 3.0

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Nov 04, 2013 12:14 PM

Goa University re-released Konkani Vishwakosh under Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA 3.0. To celebrate and further the movement of open knowledge and open access Goa University in collaboration with Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge Programme (CIS-A2K) organised an event on September 26, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the Goa University Conference Hall.

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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research Adopts an Open Access Policy

by Nehaa Chaudhari — last modified Sep 30, 2013 03:03 PM

In this blogpost, Nehaa Chaudhari discusses the newly adopted Open Access Policy of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

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Open Access: An Opportunity for Scientists around the Globe

by Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified Sep 26, 2013 06:00 AM

Researchers face two problems related to information access: making their own research more visible to researchers elsewhere and making worldwide research readily available to them. Open access (OA) can solve both of them.

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CIS Signs MoU with Goa University

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Sep 25, 2013 10:57 AM

The Access to Knowledge (A2K) team from the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has signed a MOU with the Goa University.

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Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Project

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Oct 01, 2013 12:23 PM

The Centre for Internet and Society in collaboration with the University of Goa invite you to a two-month project on digitization of Konkani Vishwakosh. Please send in your applications by October 5, 2013.

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Wikipedia reaches Classrooms in Hyderabad

Wikipedia reaches Classrooms in Hyderabad

by Syed Muzammiluddin — last modified Sep 20, 2013 07:20 AM

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad organised a one-day workshop on editing Wikipedia in Indian languages. It was attended by participants who formed a small but proactive group of students who eagerly tried to register the first edits on four different Indian language wikipedias.

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e - DIRAP Google+ Hangout: Open Government

by Christine Apikul — last modified Sep 18, 2013 10:43 AM

The e-DIRAP Hangout on Open Government was held on Thursday, 25 July 2013. It brought together nine professionals from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines to discuss the wide spectrum of issues surrounding open government.

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WikipediansSpeak: Piotr Konieczny

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Sep 18, 2013 12:22 PM

WikipediansSpeak is a video interview show hosted by Subhashish Panigrahi at the Centre of Internet and Society. It brings you series of posts about Wikipedians across the globe. Wikipedians are those voluntary contributors who write Wikipedia articles, correct mistakes made by other wikipedians and share knowledge for free to the world.

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Recap on Konkani Wikipedia Workshop

Recap on Konkani Wikipedia Workshop

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Sep 12, 2013 10:22 AM

Konkani as a language has seen geographical, political and religious conflicts. Being the official language of Goa and spoken widely in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra it is still trying to strengthen its base. Recently CIS-A2K in collaboration with Goa University organized a four-day workshop for MA, Konkani language students.

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Selection of Programme Officer — Pilot Projects, CIS-A2K

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Oct 30, 2013 06:07 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) opened applications for the post of Programme Officer, Pilot Projects for its Access to Knowledge (A2K) Programme on 17th April 2013. The vacancy and call for applications was shared on all Indian language mailing lists, city mailing lists as well as Village Pumps.

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Konkani Wikipedia Advances in 4 Days — From 90 Articles to 130 Articles!

Konkani Wikipedia Advances in 4 Days — From 90 Articles to 130 Articles!

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Sep 03, 2013 10:37 AM

There has been a rise of article contributions to the Konkani Wikipedia in a span of 4 days following a 4 day programme organized by the CIS-A2K team for M.A. students from the Konkani Department, Goa University at the Central State Library, Goa from August 21 to 24, 2013. Nitika Tandon and Subhashish Panigrahi conducted the event.

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An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at Sambalpur

An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at Sambalpur

by Gorvachove Pothal — last modified Aug 27, 2013 12:09 PM

A training workshop for Odia Wikipedians was held in Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, Sambalpur on July 26 and 27, 2013. The workshop was organized by Odia Wikipedian Gorvachove Pothal, with financial support from CIS-A2K programme. It was a part of the Access To Knowledge - Outreach Programs.

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Voices from Goa: Rusita Paryekar, a MA student writes articles on Konkani Wikipedia

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Sep 06, 2013 12:30 PM

Rusita Paryekar is one of the 38 students from the MA Konkani department of Goa University gathered at the State Central Library to learn writing and editing articles on Konkani Wikipedia. Currently Konkani Wikipedia is in incubation and needs more voluntary participation from enthusiasts who want their language, Konkani to strengthen its base in the digital knowledge domain.

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Voices from Goa: Frania Pereira tells Why She Writes Articles on Konkani Wikipedia

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Sep 05, 2013 09:24 AM

Konkani as a language has seen geographical, political and religious conflicts. Being the official language of Goa and spoken widely in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra it is still trying to strengthen its base. Recently the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge Programme (CIS-A2K) in collaboration with the Konkani department of Goa University organized a four-day Wikipedia workshop for MA, Konkani language students. This workshop involved 38 students creating 43 new articles on Konkani Wikipedia which is incubation. We’re hoping that these efforts will contribute towards bringing this 7 year old project out of incubation to a live Wikipedia project.

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Wikimania 2013: Wikipedians represent Indian Languages in Hong Kong

Wikimania 2013: Wikipedians represent Indian Languages in Hong Kong

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Sep 13, 2013 06:03 AM

The 7th, 8th and 9th of August 2013 saw over 600 Wikipedians across the world participating Wikimania at Hong Kong. The three day annual international conference for users and contributors of Wikipedia brought many debates about open educational research, open source technologies, gender gap, documenting the history of mankind in a free and open platform like Wikipedia and its sister sites in collaboration with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums and all of these in 286 world languages. More and more volunteers are joining this movement and it is expanding the media of accessing and disseminating knowledge.

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A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Krishnarajapet

A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Krishnarajapet

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Sep 05, 2013 06:46 AM

On Sunday, August 11, 2013, a day-long Kannada Wikipedia workshop was conducted at Shyam Computers, Krishnarajapet, Karnataka. The workshop was co-organized by the CIS-A2K team along with Kannada Sahitya Parishat of KR Pet. This report summarizes the proceedings of that workshop and subsequent research into relevant questions flowing from the discussions.

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A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop in Mysore

A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop in Mysore

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Oct 04, 2013 04:40 AM

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, a day-long Kannada Wikipedia workshop was conducted at the Centre for Proficiency Development and Placement Services (CPDPS), Manasa Gangotri campus, University of Mysore, Karnataka by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team. Dr. U.B.Pavanaja conducted the workshop.

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A Telegu Wiki Meetup @ CIS

by SJ Veera (Telugu Wikipedian) — last modified Sep 01, 2013 11:30 AM

Telugu Wikipedians had their monthly meetup at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

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A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Sagara

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Mar 25, 2014 08:51 AM

On Sunday, July 28, 2013, a day-long Kannada Wikipedia workshop was conducted at Sagara, Shimoga Dist, Karnataka by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team. In this post, I share with you the happenings from the workshop.

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A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Hubli

A Kannada Wikipedia Workshop at Hubli

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Jul 31, 2013 09:28 AM

On Sunday, July 21, 2013, a day-long Kannada Wikipedia workshop was conducted at Hubli by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team. This blog post throws more light on the workshop.

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Telugu Wiki Academy at Centre for Good Governance

Telugu Wiki Academy at Centre for Good Governance

by T. Vishnu Vardhan — last modified Aug 19, 2013 06:49 AM

An account of the Telugu Wiki Academy organized for the staff of Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad on April 9, 2013 at their Jubilee Hills premises.

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Bangalore RHoKed to Create 8 Apps for a Better World!

Bangalore RHoKed to Create 8 Apps for a Better World!

by Yogesh Londhe — last modified Jul 03, 2013 07:48 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) on June 1 and 2, 2013 hosted a Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event at its office. Yogesh Londhe shares with you a post-event report.

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A 'Kannada' Wikipedia Workshop for Bloggers

A 'Kannada' Wikipedia Workshop for Bloggers

by U.B.Pavanaja — last modified Jul 03, 2013 10:19 AM

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, a day-long Kannada Wikipedia workshop was conducted at Suchitra, Bengaluru for Kannada bloggers by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team. This blog post gives a report on the workshop.

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Big Data, People's Lives, and the Importance of Openness

Big Data, People's Lives, and the Importance of Openness

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jul 03, 2013 04:23 AM

Openness has become the buzzword for everything in India right now. From the new kids on the block riding the wave of Digital Humanities investing in infrastructure of open knowledge initiatives to the rhetoric of people-centered open government data projects that are architected to create 'empowered citizens', there is an inherent belief that Opening up things will make everything good.

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My First Wikipedia Training Workshop – Theatre Outreach Unit, University of Hyderabad

My First Wikipedia Training Workshop – Theatre Outreach Unit, University of Hyderabad

by T. Vishnu Vardhan — last modified Aug 19, 2013 06:51 AM

On March 8, 2013, a day-long Telugu Wikipedia training workshop was organized by the Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) team at the Golden Threshold, Nampally, Hyderabad in collaboration with Theatre Outreach Unit, University of Hyderabad. This blog post gives a concise account of the event.

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A Telugu Wiki Meetup @ CIS, Bangalore

A Telugu Wiki Meetup @ CIS, Bangalore

by SJ Veera — last modified Aug 19, 2013 06:53 AM

On June 2, 2013, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) hosted a Telugu wiki meetup in its Bangalore office. Updates from the meetup is shared in this blog post.

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Wikipedia Introductory Session organized for Data and India portal consultants

Wikipedia Introductory Session organized for Data and India portal consultants

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:33 AM

On May 13, 2013, the Access to Knowledge team led by Subhashish Panigrahi conducted a Wikipedia Introductory Session at the National Informatics Centre in New Delhi for the consultants working for Data and India portal. This session was aimed to emphasize how these portals and their useful data could be used on Wikipedia to create good quality articles.

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Use made of Open Access Journals by Indian Researchers to Publish their Findings

by Madhan Muthu and Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified Jul 04, 2013 04:45 AM

Most of the papers published in the more than 360 Indian open access journals are by Indian researchers. But how many papers do they publish in high impact international open access journals? We have looked at India’s contribution to all seven Public Library of Science (PLoS) journals, 10 BioMed Central (BMC) ournals and Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports. Indian crystallographers have published more than 2,000 structure reports in Acta Crystallographica, second only to China in number of papers, but have a much better citations per paper average than USA, Britain, Germany and France, China and South Korea. India’s contribution to BMC and PLoS journals, on the other hand, is modest at best. We suggest that the better option for India is institutional self-archiving.

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Comments on the Draft ICAR Open Access Policy

by Nehaa Chaudhari — last modified May 28, 2013 06:44 AM

The following comments were submitted to the Indian Council for Agricultural Research on May 23, 2013.

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Use of Open Access Journals by Indian Researchers

by Subbiah Gunasekaran and Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified Jul 04, 2013 04:50 AM

Indian researchers have published more than 43,400 papers in over 4,600 journals in 2009 as seen from Science Citation Index (SCI) – Expanded. Of these, over 6,900 (or one in six) papers are published in 445 open access (OA) journals. The proportion of papers published by Indian researchers in OA journals is considerably higher than the world average, which is estimated to be 8.5–10.0%. Although India publishes well over a thousand journals, including about 360 OA journals, SCI Expanded indexed in 2009 only 101 Indian S&T journals including 46 OA journals. It is likely that the percentage of Indian papers in OA journals as seen from SCI will be higher if more Indian journals are indexed in SCI Expanded.

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Access to Knowledge Work Plan: Synopsis of Feedback by Wikipedians

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jun 05, 2013 05:39 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge team shared its annual work plan with the larger Wikipedia community. Over the last one month, Access to Knowledge team members were involved in receiving feedback from community members over mailing lists, private emails, Wikimedia Meta, IRC, and one-on-one conversations. In this post, we are sharing a brief summary of the feedback received.

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Odia Wikipedia: Needs Assessment

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:35 AM

This blog encompasses the status of Odia Wikipedia and assessment of the needs for growth of the community.

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Analysis of Konkani Wikipedia: Facts & Challenges

by Nitika Tandon — last modified May 08, 2013 02:26 AM

Nitika Tandon, in this blog post, provides an analysis of the Konkani Wikipedia. She reflects on the challenges faced by Konkani Wikipedia and identifies four possible solutions.

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Indian WikiWomen celebrate Women’s History Month

Indian WikiWomen celebrate Women’s History Month

by Netha Hussain — last modified Apr 29, 2013 09:21 AM

March 2013 was a busy month for women Wikimedians in India, as we conducted various events, such as edit-a-thons and workshops to celebrate the presence of women in Wikimedia projects. The women Wikimedians, members of the Wikimedia India Chapter and the Access to Knowledge Team, brainstormed about the possible events, which we wanted to conduct to encourage women to participate and to increase the quality of articles related to Indian women in Wikipedias in English and the Indian languages.

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Indic Wikipedia Visualisation Project #2: Visualising Page Views and Project Pages

by Sajjad Anwar and Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Apr 22, 2013 01:37 PM

In this blog post, we bring you a visualisation of the page views statistics and the project specific pages that we created last month. The page views indicate the number of unique visits the Wikipedia project concerned has received in one month.

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Odia Wikipedia - Bhubaneswar Community Meetup (March 17, 2013)

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 30, 2013 03:52 AM

The Access to Knowledge team from the Centre for Internet and Society and the Odia Wikipedia community held a meetup in Bhubaneswar on March 17, 2013. Vishnu Vardhan and Subhashish Panigrahi participated in this meet-up.

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Odia Wikipedia - Cuttack Community Meetup (March 16, 2013)

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:40 AM

A meetup of Odia wikipedians was organised by the Access to Knowledge team of the Centre for Internet and Society and the Odia wikipedia community on March 16, 2013. Vishnu Vardhan and Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the meetup.

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Wikipedia Indian Languages Workshop at IIT, Bombay

by Noopur Raval — last modified Mar 28, 2013 11:44 AM

This is a brief report on the Wikipedia Indian languages workshop held on March 9, 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in partnership with Vaani, the Hindi bloggers' club at IIT, Bombay.

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Iraqi Public Data Scenario Workshop: A Summary

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Apr 02, 2013 04:55 AM

A workshop on public data was conducted by Sunil Abraham and Sumandro Chattapadhyay for the officials of the Government of Iraq. It was organized by UNDP Iraq in Amman, Jordan from October 18 to 23, 2012. Sumandro Chattapadhyay shares with us the developments from the workshop held over five days.

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Indic Wikipedia Visualisation Project #1: Visualising Basic Parameters

by Sajjad Anwar and Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Mar 26, 2013 10:04 AM

Sajjad Anwar and Sumandro Chattapadhyay bring you a visualisation of the growth of Indic Wikipedia in this first post on Indic Wikipedia Visualisation project. In doing so, the authors look into the different aspects of the past and present activities of Indic Wikipedias, and divide the visualisation into three different focus areas.

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Wiki Women's Day in Goa

Wiki Women's Day in Goa

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Mar 19, 2013 06:32 AM

International Women's Day (IWD), also called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8, every year. There were a series of Wikipedia events organised this year with the aim of increasing participation of women contributing to Wikipedia. One such event was organised by the Access to Knowledge team at the Centre for Internet and Society and the Wikimedia India Chapter at the Nirmala Institute of Education (NIE), a Secondary Teacher Education College in Panaji, Goa on March 8, 2013.

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Introductory Wikipedia session at BITS Goa

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jul 26, 2013 11:40 AM

The Access to Knowledge team at the Centre for Internet and Society was invited by Nikhil Dixit, Public Relations Officer at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Goa (BITS Goa) to organise Wikipedia session on March 7, 2013. Nitika Tandon participated in this workshop and shares with us the developments.

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Ahmednagar — Marathi Wikipedia Workshop

by Tanveer Hasan — last modified Jul 26, 2013 09:34 AM

Wikipedia Community members helped the Higher Education Innovation and Research Applications Programme (HEIRA), CSCS Bangalore organize a day-long workshop on ‘Digital Literacy’ at Ahmednagar College, Ahmednagar, Maharasthra on January 17, 2013. Tanveer Hasan of HEIRA shares with us the developments in this report.

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Creative Commons comes to India

Creative Commons comes to India

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:49 AM

Creative Commons team visited four Indian cities to spread the word about CC free licenses and CC affiliate program. Wikimedia India chapter was approached to join hands with Creative Commons for research and community building.

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Fifty-fourth Bangalore Wikimedia Meet-up at IIM, Bangalore

Fifty-fourth Bangalore Wikimedia Meet-up at IIM, Bangalore

by Noopur Raval — last modified Mar 06, 2013 09:09 AM

The 54th Wikimedia meet-up in Bangalore was held at the Indian Institute of Management on February 25, 2013. The event was planned and organized by Radhakrishna Arvapally, SIG (Special Interest Group) Chair, Bangalore (a part of the Wikimedia India Chapter) with support from Solutions IQ, Wikimedia India Chapter and CIS.

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FOSS, Wikimedia and Mozilla Under One Roof at GNUnify 2013, Pune

FOSS, Wikimedia and Mozilla Under One Roof at GNUnify 2013, Pune

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:55 AM

GNUnify 2013 organized in the campus in Pune from February 15 to 17, 2013. The event was organized by Pune Linux/Unix User Group (PLUG) and Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR). Subhashish Panigrahi reports the outcomes in this blog post.

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Odia Wikipedia Community Brings Wikipedia Education Program to IIMC, Dhenkanal

Odia Wikipedia Community Brings Wikipedia Education Program to IIMC, Dhenkanal

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Aug 23, 2013 02:01 PM

The Odia Wikipedia community collaborated with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal and hosted a pilot Odia Wikipedia Education Program. The program began in November 2012 and got over by January 2013. Sixteen student wikipedians signed up and took part in editing more than a dozen articles on Odia Wikipedia.

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Celebrating Odia Wikipedia's Ninth Anniversary

Celebrating Odia Wikipedia's Ninth Anniversary

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Feb 28, 2013 04:32 AM

Odia Wikipedia saw its first edit on January 29, 2004. After a dormancy of many years it got revived in 2011. To commemorate the effort of many volunteer wikipedians, a celebratory event was organized on January 29, 2013 in Bhubaneswar. Subhashish Panigrahi participated in this event.

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Report of Aaron Swartz Memorial Hacknight

by Zainab Bawa — last modified Mar 02, 2013 01:32 PM

On 19th and 20th January, HasGeek organized a hacknight to commemorate the life and works of Aaron Swartz. Zainab Bawa from HasGeek shares with us the developments.

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Digital Literacy Workshop at Department of Arts, Delhi University

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Mar 05, 2013 01:03 AM

A digital literacy workshop was organised at the Department of Arts, Delhi University for students pursuing their masters in Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies on February 5, 2013. Nitika Tandon shares the developments.

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Access to Knowledge Report — September to December 2012

by Noopur Raval — last modified Jan 31, 2013 10:14 AM

This post provides an overview of the activities done by the Access to Knowledge team under the grant provided by the Wikimedia Foundation from September 2012 to December 2012.

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Remembering Aaron Swartz, Taking Up the Fight

Remembering Aaron Swartz, Taking Up the Fight

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jan 28, 2013 04:51 AM

I encountered the Aaron Swartz memorial the other day that helps ‘liberate’ a randomly selected article from JSTOR, as an act of civil disobedience, to commemorate both the legacy that Swartz leaves behind, but also the high-profile witch-hunt case which was a crucial factor in him taking his own life.

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Konkani in Wikipedia Incubator — Taking it to the Next Level

Konkani in Wikipedia Incubator — Taking it to the Next Level

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jan 25, 2013 07:34 AM

An introductory session on Konkani in Wikipedia was organized by the Centre for Internet and Society, Delhi in the Konkani Department at Goa University on December 12, 2012. About 30 participants took part in the event.

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Aaron Swartz: The First Martyr of the Free Information Movement

by Lawrence Liang — last modified Jan 24, 2013 12:26 PM

Well known American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist died on January 11, 2013. Lawrence Liang from the Alternative Law Forum discusses with Newsclick the tragic loss. The interview was conducted by Prabir Purkayastha.

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Promoting GLAM in Goa

Promoting GLAM in Goa

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jul 26, 2013 11:27 AM

We organised an introductory Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums (GLAM) session at Goa State Central Library on December 13, 2012. It was well attended by about 45 interested people coming from over 10 different GLAM institutes in Goa.

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Bringing Konkani Encyclopedia in Public Domain

Bringing Konkani Encyclopedia in Public Domain

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jul 26, 2013 11:35 AM

On December 14, 2012, a meeting was scheduled with the Vice Chancellor Dr. Satish R Shetye to discuss the possibility of bringing Konkani Encyclopedia in public domain. Nitika Tandon shares the development in this blog post.

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A Wiki Workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad

A Wiki Workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jan 22, 2013 03:09 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team organized a Wikipedia workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology (RKGIT), Ghaziabad in collaboration with Metawings on January 17, 2013. Subhashish Panigrahi summarizes the happenings from the one-day workshop in this blog post.

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Celebrating the success of Wikipedia in Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013

Celebrating the success of Wikipedia in Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Apr 16, 2013 12:48 PM

Wikipedia Club Pune, a local community based outreach user group in Pune has recently organized Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013 to spread words about “Spoken Wikipedia”, a project to add recorded audio for Indic language Wikipedia articles which will help the disabled to access Wikipedia and “Bridging Editor Gender Gap.”

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Indic Language Wikipedias — Statistical Report — 2012

by Shiju Alex — last modified Feb 03, 2013 02:40 AM

I have compiled the statistical update of the Indic language Wikipedias for the year 2012. As usual, in this report, my aim is to provide my perspectives on the health of various Indic language communities as well as the state of various Indic language wikipedias.

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Wikipedia in St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa

Wikipedia in St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jul 26, 2013 11:33 AM

A three hour Wikipedia workshop was organized by the Centre for Internet & Society, Delhi, in the morning of December 14, 2012 at St. Xavier's College in Mapusa, Goa. Over 30 participants attended the session.

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The Violence of Knowledge Cartels

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jan 18, 2013 07:33 AM

We are all struck with a sense of loss, grief and shock since we heard of the death of Aaron Swartz, by suicide. People who have been his friends have written heart-felt obituaries, saluting his dreams and visions and unwavering commitment to a larger social good.

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Two-day Wiki Workshop in Goa University: An Introduction

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jan 25, 2013 06:30 AM

Last month, on December 12 and 13, 2012, the Access to Knowledge team from the Centre for Internet & Society along with Wikipedia community members organized a two-day workshop for M.A. and Ph.D. students at the Goa University. Nitika Tandon participated in the event and shares with us the developments.

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Open Access Champion Leslie Chan Delivers Five Talks in India

Open Access Champion Leslie Chan Delivers Five Talks in India

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 02, 2013 05:35 AM

Professor Leslie Chan, a champion of Open Access (OA) and Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough visited Tiruvananthapuram and Mysore in December 2012 for a series of lectures. Well known advocate for OA in India and the developing world, Professor Subbiah Arunachalam, accompanied him on these tours.

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A Wikipedia Workshop at NMAIT

A Wikipedia Workshop at NMAIT

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jan 04, 2013 04:30 PM

The Centre for Internet & Society, Delhi collaborated with Metawings Institute to spread the words about Wikipedia for Indian languages. A one-day workshop was organized to educated the students on contributing to Wikipedia on December 21, 2012. About 170 engineering students took part in this event.

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New Avenues: Media Wiki Groups

by Noopur Raval — last modified Jan 05, 2013 01:46 AM

This blog post is a brief recap and snippets of my conversation with Harsh Kothari, a volunteer on Gujarati Wikipedia on what we've been doing to help with MediaWiki groups.

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A Wikipedia Workshop at SRM University, Chennai

A Wikipedia Workshop at SRM University, Chennai

by Noopur Raval — last modified Dec 27, 2012 05:57 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society, Delhi in association with Metawings Institute organized a one-day workshop on contributing to Wikipedia at SRM University on December 17, 2012. About 40 students from different engineering colleges in Chennai participated in the workshop. Metawings coordinated for the logistics and for spreading the word among the students.

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Non Unicode ISCII Text Can be Converted to Unicode Now!

Non Unicode ISCII Text Can be Converted to Unicode Now!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 21, 2012 09:59 AM

Odia Wikipedian Manoj Sahukar has designed a new tool which can convert non Unicode ISCII text to Odia Unicode text. A majority of the digitized text and web content of newspapers and books are in non unicode text which now could be used for Wikipedia and other Odia Wiki projects. This opens a new arena for digitized free license books in Odia language.

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Random Hacks of Kindness Global December 2012 — A Report

Random Hacks of Kindness Global December 2012 — A Report

by Yogesh Londhe — last modified Jan 08, 2013 04:12 PM

A Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) hackathon in Bangalore was hosted at office of the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) in Domlur on December 1 and 2, 2012. CIS, Amnesty International India Office, Greenpeace India Office, HasGeek, Yahoo Research & Development and SimpleTechLife sponsored the event.

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Marathi Wiki Workshop at Tata Institute of Social Sciences

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Feb 04, 2013 04:55 AM

The Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai is taking up a number of activities and conducting workshops focusing on Indian languages across cities. A series of workshops in Marathi, Kannada and Bangla have been planned with Wikipedia sessions in each of these events.

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Kolkata: Tasting the Sweetness of Wikipedia!

Kolkata: Tasting the Sweetness of Wikipedia!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 04, 2012 07:19 AM

Recently, Access to Knowledge team member Subhashish Panigrahi spent some time with wikipedians in Kolkata. Through this blog post he shares his experience and learning from the interaction. This post explores the journey of three wikipedians — Jayanta Nath, Deepon Saha and Ashwin.

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First Odia Wikipedia Education Program to be Rolled Out

First Odia Wikipedia Education Program to be Rolled Out

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 14, 2012 12:17 PM

Odia Wikipedians gathered at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal on November 8, 2012 to start the first Odia Wikipedia Education Program. This program aims to bring students edit articles on Odia Wikipedia through a series of assessments by professors. The local community members from Nalconagar would be supporting the four month program.

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Wikipedia Women's Workshop in Mumbai

Wikipedia Women's Workshop in Mumbai

by Noopur Raval — last modified Dec 03, 2012 06:01 AM

The Wiki Women Workshop was organized at the Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Wadala in Mumbai on November 4, 2012. It was attended by over 60 women participants who were taught how to contribute to Wikipedia articles and briefed about the knowledge gaps in Wikipedia — the free encyclopedia. Noopur Raval has prepared a report of the event.

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An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at KMBB College, Bhubaneswar

An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at KMBB College, Bhubaneswar

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 07, 2012 10:40 PM

The Centre for Internet and Society along with Odia Wikipedians in Bhubaneswar organized an Odia Wikipedia workshop on November 18, 2012. It was held in KMBB College of Engineering. Odia Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia in Odia language which everyone can edit.

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Follow up to Wikipedia Introductory Session at Bharati Vidyapeeth — More Interested and More Involved Participants

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Oct 30, 2013 09:17 AM

A Wikipedia introductory session was organised at Bharati Vidyapeeth Engineering College in Delhi early this year and a follow up session was organised by CIS on November 19, 2012. About 12 to 15 participants attended the follow up session. Although most of the participants had attended the introductory session there were a few who were coming over for the first time.

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Odia Wikipedia Gets a New Typing Solution!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Dec 12, 2012 12:28 PM

Subhashish Panigrahi worked with Yuvi Panda to create a new typing scheme for Odia Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. This blog post gives a summary of this development and its outcome.

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Open Government Platform: An Open Source Solution to Democratizing Access to Information and Energizing Civic Engagement

Open Government Platform: An Open Source Solution to Democratizing Access to Information and Energizing Civic Engagement

by Neeta Verma, Alka Mishra and D.P. Mishra — last modified Nov 19, 2012 03:15 AM

If government could release these datasets in open format for people to use & reuse, a whole lot of new innovative apps could be built around these datasets to provide better, customized services to citizens.

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Typing in Indic Languages from Mobiles made Easy!

Typing in Indic Languages from Mobiles made Easy!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 09:02 AM

A new app is up for typing in Indic languages from mobile phones. This is is available online at: http://bitly.com/indictyping and supports on iOS. Android version is to be released soon.

Typing in Indic Languages from Mobiles made Easy! - Read More…

Report on Wikipedia Hackathon held in Hyderabad

by Yuvi Panda — last modified Dec 03, 2012 06:37 AM

BITS Hyderabad had a tech fest from October 25 to 27, 2012, and wanted to conduct a technical wiki hackathon. We decided to do it on October 26 — all night.

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A Wikipedia Mini-hackathon in Delhi

by Yuvraj Pandian — last modified Dec 04, 2012 07:31 AM

Wikipedian Yuvaraj Pandian visited the CIS office in Delhi and helped the Access to Knowledge team conduct a super-ad-hoc mini-hackathon with two other volunteers, Sheel from Delhi and Harsh from Ahmedabad. The aim was to get them a kickstart in developing userscripts/gadgets, and get them to a point where the prior existing documentation makes sense to them.

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An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at Academy of Media Learning

An Odia Wikipedia Workshop at Academy of Media Learning

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jul 17, 2013 07:06 AM

Odia Wikipedians were invited to Academy of Media Learning (AML), Bhubaneswar for a guest lecture and a workshop on contributing to Odia Wikipedia. The event was organised by the Centre for Internet & Society on November 10, 2012. This is a report about the activities in AML.

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Gujarati Wikipedia Article Competition – 10 schools, 200 students, 20 articles on Gujarati Wikipedia

Gujarati Wikipedia Article Competition – 10 schools, 200 students, 20 articles on Gujarati Wikipedia

by Noopur Raval — last modified Nov 04, 2012 02:12 AM

This was a competition to raise Wikipedia awareness and help students discover the joy of writing articles in their native language and an attempt to connect producers having knowledge in Gujarati to a wide audience of more than four lakh readers.

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Gujarat Wikipedia Education Program: Rajkot

Gujarat Wikipedia Education Program: Rajkot

by Noopur Raval — last modified Oct 31, 2012 08:17 AM

This report analyses a series of meetings and workshops held in Rajkot, a city in Gujarat, India during the month of October 2012.

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First Pune Odia Wikipedia Workshop Organized!

First Pune Odia Wikipedia Workshop Organized!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 30, 2012 12:44 PM

The first Pune Odia Wikipedia workshop was organized in Pune on October 27, 2012. Subhashish Panigrahi recollects his experience about the events through this report.

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Malayalam Wikipedia Education Program: August to October Updates

Malayalam Wikipedia Education Program: August to October Updates

by Shiju Alex — last modified Nov 09, 2012 06:18 PM

Three months back, I wrote a blog post (http://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/07/06/wikipedia-education-a-model-from-malayalam-wikipedia/) about the inauguration of the Wikipedia education program in Malayalam Wikipedia. This program is the first of its kind in an Indic language, and Malayalam community is doing the program in collaboration with the IT@School, a project of the Department of General Education, Government of Kerala, setup in 2001, to foster the IT education in schools.

Malayalam Wikipedia Education Program: August to October Updates - Read More…

Bridging Gender Gap in Pune: WikiWomenDay 2012 Celebrated with Success!

Bridging Gender Gap in Pune: WikiWomenDay 2012 Celebrated with Success!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 10, 2012 08:30 AM

A2K team members Subhashish Panigrahi and Noopur Raval participated in the "WikiWomenDay" organized by Wikipedia Club Pune at PAI International Learning Solutions, Azam Campus on October 28, 2012. Subhashish unfolds the happenings of this full day free fun workshop.

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Launch of Assamese Wikipedia Education Program at Guwahati University

Launch of Assamese Wikipedia Education Program at Guwahati University

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jul 26, 2013 11:43 AM

The Assamese Wikipedia community has shown a rapid growth in the past six months from 20 active editors in January 2012 to 29 active editors in June 2012. The absolute numbers might seem low but in terms of percentages its an overwhelming increment of 45 per cent.

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Wikipedia workshop @ Inmantec College, Ghaziabad

Wikipedia workshop @ Inmantec College, Ghaziabad

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Jan 07, 2013 04:30 PM

The Access to Knowledge team at the Centre for Internet & Society was approached by Gaurav Prashar, Assistant Dean at Inmantec College, Ghaziabad to organize a Wikipedia workshop. Accordingly, a workshop was organized on October 17, 2012.

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Bengaluru: A Hub for Kannada and Sanskrit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects!

Bengaluru: A Hub for Kannada and Sanskrit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects!

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Nov 04, 2012 02:03 PM

Kannada Wikipedia is one of those Indic language wikipedias which has seen many readers coming up every month. Subhashish Panigrahi summarizes the experiences of some of the very active Kannada wikipedians from the recent Kannada Wikipedia meetup held in Bengaluru on October 7, 2012.

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Wikipedia comes to Hyderabad!

Wikipedia comes to Hyderabad!

by Noopur Raval — last modified Feb 13, 2013 11:40 AM

This post is a report on the series of Wikipedia meets organized in the city of Hyderabad on September 29-30, 2012. These workshops were a a part of the larger effort to help Wikipedia contributors in the same city to meet each other and strengthen the local community.

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Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop at Amritsar

Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop at Amritsar

by Shiju Alex — last modified Oct 04, 2012 04:11 PM

After Ludhiana and Patiala we came to Amritsar, which we all know is home to the Golden Temple and the spiritual centre of Sikh religion, to introduce Punjabi Wikipedia. The workshop was held at the Spring Dale Senior School, Amritsar on August 17, 2012.

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Editor Growth & Contribution Program on Telugu Wikipedia

by Nitika Tandon — last modified Sep 29, 2012 12:13 PM

Nitika Tandon tells us about the Editor Growth & Contribution Program on Telegu Wikipedia, how it will run, its necessity and the future steps.

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Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop at Punjabi University, Patiala

Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop at Punjabi University, Patiala

by Shiju Alex and Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Oct 04, 2012 12:18 PM

Patiala is the home to the famous Punjabi University. A Wikipedia workshop was organized at the Punjabi University's Punjabi Department on August 16, 2012.

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Wikipedia Workshop in British Library, Chandigarh

Wikipedia Workshop in British Library, Chandigarh

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Oct 04, 2012 12:08 PM

A Wikipedia workshop was organized in Chandigarh by the British Library over two days on August 24 and 25, 2012. Bipin Kumar, Head of British Library and Christina, Deputy Manager had pivotal roles in designing this workshop with support from Piyush, a wikipedian.

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The First Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop

The First Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop

by Shiju Alex and Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Oct 04, 2012 12:16 PM

For those who might not be aware, Punjabi Wikipedia is one of the first Indic Wikipedias where community started editing way back in 2002. However, after the initial few edits all activities got stopped and it was inactive over the last decade. Recently we conducted a few workshops that led to the revival of Punjabi Wikipedia. This post is about the first Punjabi Wikipedia workshop held in Ludhiana, Punjab on July 28, 2012.

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Indic Language Wikipedias – Statistical Report: January – June 2012

by Shiju Alex — last modified Sep 28, 2012 03:41 PM

The following is a compilation of the statistical update of the Indic language Wikipedias from January to June 2012. The author provides perspectives on the health of various Indic language communities as well as the state of various Indic language Wikipedias during the period.

Indic Language Wikipedias – Statistical Report: January – June 2012 - Read More…

Kannada Wiki Workshop at Tumkur University

Kannada Wiki Workshop at Tumkur University

by Shiju Alex — last modified Oct 16, 2012 12:35 PM

Tumkur University, Karnataka hosted a Kannada Wiki Workshop on September 15, 2012. This was the first Kannada Wikipedia workshop at Tumkur.

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Unpacking Openness: From Seemingly Transparent to Definitely Opaque

by Maarten Zeinstra and Marlieke Kieboom — last modified Aug 01, 2012 09:16 AM

Nishant Shah was in Netherlands recently and as part of his trip had given a public lecture to an audience at Kennisland. One of the respondents wrote a small write-up of the talk.

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2012 Conference on Trends in Knowledge Information Dynamics

2012 Conference on Trends in Knowledge Information Dynamics

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Jul 18, 2012 10:47 AM

The 2012 Conference on Trends in Knowledge Information Dynamics convened a panel on Open Access. There was consensus amongst the panelist that the “big question” facing the open access movement no longer remains "if" or "why" open access, but rather "how" open access. The panel proved instructive for shifting the discussion away from ideology towards concrete questions facing the open access agenda and its implementation.

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Open Government Data

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Jul 16, 2012 12:42 PM

The Transparency & Accountability Initiative published a book titled “Opening Government: A Guide to Best Practice in Transparency, Accountability and Civic Engagement across the Public Sector”. The Centre for Internet & Society contributed a chapter on Open Government Data.

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Design!PubliC — Third Conclave in New Delhi

Design!PubliC — Third Conclave in New Delhi

by Prasad Krishna — last modified May 30, 2012 07:03 AM

On the 20th of April 2012, the third Design Public Conclave, organized by the Center for Knowledge Societies in collaboration with IBM, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google and the Centre for Internet and Society, was held at the National Museum, New Delhi. The Conclave brought together thought-leaders and decision makers from the government, the media, multinational organizations and academic institutions for a conversation about transforming India into an Innovation Society.

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Cancel the Subscription

by Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified May 09, 2012 03:44 AM

It has been a slow but steady move to make scholarship freely available, writes Prof. Arunachalam in an article published by the Indian Express on May 8, 2012.

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Arduino Introductory Workshop at CIS

Arduino Introductory Workshop at CIS

by Priya Kuber — last modified May 01, 2012 07:50 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society organised a hands-on-free Arduino workshop in its office on March 3, 2012. Video is now online!

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Hejje — Together with Kannada & Technology

Hejje — Together with Kannada & Technology

by Murali & Pavithra — last modified Apr 09, 2012 09:18 AM

To discover the place of Kannada in the field of information technology, Sanchaya.net organized Hejje in collaboration with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Vishwakannada.com and Chanda Pustaka on January 22, 2012 in Bangalore. The event marked the first step to bring everyone working in Kannada in the IT field to brainstorm the ideas for future steps, and create a space for technological collaboration in Kannada.

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Open DataCamp — 2012

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Mar 30, 2012 02:49 PM

A one-day unconference for people working with data from various sectors to come together and share their projects and ideas was organised in Bangalore on March 24, 2012. It was organised by the DataMeet group. Pranesh Prakash participated in the event.

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Francis Bags EPT Award for Open Access in Developing World

Francis Bags EPT Award for Open Access in Developing World

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 03, 2013 05:36 AM

The Electronic Publishing Trust recently announced a new annual award to be made to individuals working in developed countries who have made significant contribution for the cause of open access and free exchange of research findings. There were 30 nominations from 17 countries around the world and Dr. Francis Jayakanth from the National Centre of Science Information, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore was selected for the inaugural EPT Award for Open Access in the Developing World by a committee that went through all the nominations.

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Comments on Technical Standards for Interoperability Framework for E-Governance in India (Phase II)

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Feb 29, 2012 09:44 AM

The e-Governance Standards Division has called for public comments on the draft of the Technical Standards IFEG Phase II. We from the Centre for Internet and Society have given our comments.

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An Interview with Dr. Francis Jayakanth

An Interview with Dr. Francis Jayakanth

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Nov 24, 2012 06:09 AM

India has been losing out its best talents to the West, however, this trend could be reversed if we create adequate number of world-class institutions and research facilities, and our scientific productivity and quality of research will improve significantly, says Dr. Francis Jayakanth in an email interview with the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore.

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Summary of the Minutes of the Workshop on Biodiversity Informatics

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 30, 2012 04:24 PM

The Western Ghats Portal team had organized a one-day workshop to explore the contemporary state of biodiversity informatics as expressed in three spheres: technology behind biodiversity informatics, scientific commons and policy and biodiversity portals in India. It hoped to provide an opportunity to interact and learn from similar endeavors in this emerging discipline. The workshop was held at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bangalore on 25 November 2011.

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Design!PubliC — Innovation and the Public Interest

Design!PubliC — Innovation and the Public Interest

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 16, 2012 08:48 AM

On the 14th of October, 2011, the Center for Knowledge Societies organized the second edition of the Design Public Conclave, a conversation on how innovation can serve the Public Interest. The conclave was held at the lovely premises of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore.

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Report on the 'Open Access to Academic Knowledge' workshop

by Tom Dane — last modified Jan 08, 2012 10:57 AM

On Wednesday the 2nd of November, during Open Access Week, the Indian Institute of Science in conjunction with the Centre for Internet and Society held a workshop on Open Access at the National Centre for Science Information, in Bangalore.

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Know your Users, Match their Needs!

Know your Users, Match their Needs!

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Feb 27, 2012 03:06 PM

As Free Access to Law initiatives in the Global South enter into a new stage of maturity, they must be certain not to lose sight of their users’ needs. The following post gives a summary of the “Good Practices Handbook”, a research output of the collaborative project Free Access to Law — Is it Here to Stay? undertaken by LexUM (Canada) and the South African Legal Institute in partnership with the Centre for Internet and Society.

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Professor Balaram talks Open Access

Professor Balaram talks Open Access

by Tom Dane — last modified Aug 03, 2012 11:10 PM

Last week Tom Dane spoke with Professor P Balaram, Director of the Indian Institute of Science, about his thoughts on the Open Access movement. A podcast of the interview is available for download in the audio player within this post.

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Open Access Week begins in Bangalore

Open Access Week begins in Bangalore

by Tom Dane — last modified Aug 03, 2012 11:04 PM

On Monday 24 October, the National Aerospace Laboratories in Bangalore held an event to mark the beginning of Open Access Week 2011

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Open Government Data in India (v2)

Open Government Data in India (v2)

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:25 AM

The first draft of the second version of the Open Government Data Report is now online. Nisha Thompson worked on updating the first version of the report. This updated version of the report on open government data in India includes additional case studies as well as a potential policy (National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy) that would create a central government data portal. The report was distributed for peer review and public feedback.

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Open Access to Scholarly Literature in India: A Status Report: Call for Comments

by Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam and Madhan Muthu — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:26 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society welcomes comments on the first draft of "Open Access to Scholarly Literature in India: A Status Report". This report, on open access to scholarly literature, with a special focus on scientific literature, has been written by Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam and Madhan Muthu. The report surveys the field of scholarly and scientific publication in India and provides a detailed history of the open access movement in India.

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People are Knowledge – Experimenting with Oral Citations on Wikipedia

People are Knowledge – Experimenting with Oral Citations on Wikipedia

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:26 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society in association with the Wikimedia Foundation has produced a documentary film "People are Knowledge". The film evolved out of a project on Oral Citations in India and South Africa funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, and undertaken by Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board Member Achal Prabhala as a short-term fellowship, to help overcome a lack of published materials in emerging languages on Wikipedia. New Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen has directed the film, with additional assistance from Zen Marie who handled the shooting in South Africa. The film explores how alternate methods of citation could be employed on Wikipedia, documenting a series of specific situations with regards to published knowledge, and subsequently, with oral citations.

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Opening Government: A Guide to Best Practice in Transparency, Accountability and Civic Engagement across the Public Sector

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:26 AM

The Transparency & Accountability Initiative has published a book called “Opening Government: A Guide to Best Practice in Transparency, Accountability and Civic Engagement across the Public Sector”. We at the Centre for Internet & Society contributed the section on Open Government Data.

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Comments on the draft National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 24, 2011 06:32 AM

A draft of the 'National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy', which some hope will be the open data policy of India, was made available for public comments in early May. This is what the Centre for Internet and Society submitted.

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Open Government Data Study

Open Government Data Study

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Oct 12, 2011 08:35 AM

CIS produced a report on the state of open government data in India—looking at policy, infrastructure, and particular case studies—as well as emerging concerns, future strategies and recommendations. The Transparency and Accountability Initiative provided generous funding for this report.

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Q&A on open access with Subbiah Arunachalam of the Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore)

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

Amrit Dhir, a 1L at Harvard Law School, has been working with the Harvard Law School Library on open access activities. He recently had an opportunity to interview Subbiah Arunachalam of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in India. The interview was published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on May 5, 2011.

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Comments on Draft National Policy on ICT in School Education

by Krithika Dutta Narayana — last modified Aug 30, 2011 02:23 PM

The Department of School Education & Literacy under the Ministry of Human Resources Development invited comments on its latest draft of the National Policy on ICT in School Education. CIS' comments are listed in this post.

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Towards Open and Equitable Access to Research and Knowledge for Development

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:04 AM

There is growing recognition that the capacity to conduct research and to share the resulting knowledge is fundamental to all aspects of human development, from improving health care delivery to increasing food security, and from enhancing education to stronger evidence-based policy making. This article by Leslie Chan, Barbara Kirsop and Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam was published in PLoS (Public Library of Science) on March 29, 2011.

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Engaging on the Digital Commons

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 20, 2011 12:56 PM

We at the Centre for Internet and Society are very glad to be able to participate in the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). Our interest in the conference arises mainly from our work in the areas of intellectual property rights reform and promotion of different forms of ‘opennesses’ that have cropped up as a response to perceived problems with our present-day regime of intellectual property rights, including open content, open standards, free and open source software, open government data, open access to scholarly research and data, open access to law, etc., our emerging work on telecom policy with respect to open/shared spectrum, and the very important questions around Internet governance. The article by Sunil Abraham and Pranesh Prakash was published in the journal Common Voices, Issue 4.

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CIS Comments on the Interoperability Framework for e-Governance (Phase I)

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified May 22, 2013 10:48 AM

In November 2010, the Central Government released the Draft 0.6 of the Technical Standards for the Interoperability Framework for e-Governance (Phase I), requesting comments by January 27, 2011. Here are the comments that CIS submitted.

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Withdrawal of Journal Access is a Wake-up Call for Researchers in the Developing World

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:05 AM

Guest blog by Leslie Chan, Barbara Kirsop, Subbiah Arunachalam (Trustees for the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development). This article was published in Speaking of Medicine PLoS Medicine community blog on January 17, 2011.

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E-Governance Interoperability Framework — Meeting in Iraq

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:04 AM

A meeting to create a plan of action for the development of e-Governance Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) in Iraq and include formulation of an e-GIF policy and technical document within the larger framework of public sector modernization, was held from 25 to 27 January 2011. Sunil Abraham was the main resource person for this meeting.

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The Online Video Environment in India - A Survey Report

The Online Video Environment in India - A Survey Report

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Oct 03, 2011 09:31 AM

iCOMMONS, the OPEN VIDEO ALLIANCE, and the CENTRE FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY have initiated a research project which seeks to survey the online video environment in India and the opportunities this new medium presents for creative expression and civic engagement. This report seeks to define key issues in the Indian context and begins to develop a short-term policy framework to address them.

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Call for Comments for Report on Open Government Data in India

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Mar 01, 2013 05:50 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society is pleased to announce a public call for comments on the Report on Open Government Data in India prepared by Glover Wright, Pranesh Prakash, Sunil Abraham and Nishant Shah.

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Wikipedia Meet-up in TERI

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:21 PM

The Wikipedia Bangalore meet-up is a monthly get-together of Wikipedians (contributors and users) to meet, discuss, share experiences, reach out and advocate for Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Danese Cooper, Chief Technical Officer, Wikimedia Foundation, Alolita Sharma, Engineering Programs Manager, Wikimedia Foundation, Erik Möller, Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation and Achal Prabhala, Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board Member attended the meeting. The Centre for Internet and Society made arrangements for this event.

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Call for Comments for Report on the Online Video Environment in India

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Dec 14, 2012 12:12 PM

The Open Video Alliance, the Centre for Internet and Society and iCommons are pleased to announce a public call for comments on version 1 of "Online Video Environment in India: A Survey Report".

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Free Access to Law—Is it here to Stay? An Environmental Scan Report

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Mar 20, 2012 06:36 PM

The following is a preliminary project report collaboratively collated by the researchers of the "Free Access to Law" research study. This report aims to highlight the trends, as well as the risks and opportunities, for the sustainability of Free Access to Law initiatives in each of the country examined.

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Open Access to Science and Scholarship - Why and What Should We Do?

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 23, 2011 03:13 AM

The National Institute of Advanced Studies held the eighth NIAS-DST training programme on “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Science, Technology and Society” from 26 July to 7 August, 2010. The theme of the project was ‘Knowledge Management’. Dr. MG Narasimhan and Dr. Sharada Srinivasan were the coordinators for the event. Professor Subbiah Arunachalam made a presentation on Open Access to Science and Scholarship.

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Civic Hacking Workshop

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 03:14 AM

CIS, with the UK Government's Foreign Office and the Cabinet Office Team for Digital Engagement, and Google India, is organizing a workshop on open data (or the lack thereof) and 'civic hacking'.

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Open Access to International Agricultural Research

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 25, 2011 08:13 AM

Open access advocates have urged the top management of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research to give open access to its research publications. A report by Subbiah Arunachalam on 3 June, 2010 was also circulated to all the signatories of the letter.

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Research Project on Open Video in India

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:51 AM

Open Video Alliance and the Centre for Internet and Society are calling for researchers for a project on open video in India, its potentials, limitations, and recommendations on policy interventions.

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Does the Social Web need a Googopoly?

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM

While the utility of the new social tool Buzz is still under question, the bold move into social space taken last week by the Google Buzz team has Gmail users questioning privacy implications of the new feature. In this post, I posit that Buzz highlights two privacy challenges of the social web. First, the application has sidestepped the consensual and contextual qualities desirable of social spaces. Secondly, Google’s move highlights the increasingly competitive and convergent nature of the social media landscape.

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The (in)Visible Subject: Power, Privacy and Social Networking

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM

In this entry, I will argue that the interplay between privacy and power on social network sites works ultimately to subject individuals to the gaze of others, or to alternatively render them invisible. Individual choices concerning privacy preferences must, therefore, be informed by the intrinsic relationship which exists between publicness/privateness and subjectivity/obscurity.

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Impaired Social Mobility

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:07 AM

Leading e-mail providers like Gmail and Yahoo Mail have introduced open protocols for copying e-mails offline through Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird but popular social networking websites like Facebook, Myspace, etc generally do not allow the user to backup their own data. Sunil Abraham through this article points out that if competition and technological development does not rectify the situation then the government needs to intervene for the sake of its citizens.

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Openness, Videos, Impressions

by Nishant Shah — last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:23 PM

The one day Open Video Summit organised by the Centre for Internet & Society, iCommons, Open Video Alliance, and Magic Lantern, to bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss the possibilities, potentials, mechanics and politics of Open Video. Nishant Shah, who participated in the conversations, was invited to summarise the impressions and ideas that ensued in the day.

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Open Content and Access in the Knowledge Society

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:08 AM

Open Content and Access: Democratising and Disruptive Impacts on the Knowledge Society - by Madanmohan Rao, Editor, The KM Chronicles - Bangalore; Dec 16, 09

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Open Video Summit

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:08 AM

The Open Video Summit: A one-day workshop to explore issues of intellectual property and telecom policy for video is being organized by The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), iCommons, Open Video Alliance and Magic Lantern on December 15, 2009 at TERI, Bangalore, from 9am to 6pm.

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Creative Commons Casestudies, Featuring Status.Net

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:08 AM

The Centre For Internet and Society and JAAGA organised a CC Salon on 02nd December, 2009 at 7.30pm.

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Open Standards Workshop at IGF '09

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:54 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society co-organized a workshop on 'Open Standards: A Rights-Based Framework' at the fourth Internet Governance Forum, at Sharm el-Sheikh. The panel was chaired by Aslam Raffee of Sun Microsystems and the panellists were Sir Tim Berners-Lee of W3C, Renu Budhiraja of India's DIT, Sunil Abraham of CIS, Steve Mutkoski of Microsoft, and Rishab Ghosh of UNU-MERIT.

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Is Copyright Law Censoring the Art World?

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:09 AM

Last week, ART and the Center for Law and Policy Research held a workshop on “Copyright, Censorship and the Creative Commons” for individuals interested in examining the art/law nexus, and exploring its broader implications for individual artists and the creative commons. While it appears that artists are becoming more rights conscious, the increasing copyrightability of art today is compelling many artists to critically rethink the role of law in the art world.

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After 15 Years, Is Free Access to Law Here to Stay?

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:07 AM

CIS, in collaboration with partners LexUM and SAFLII, is undertaking a Global Free Access to Law Study. Being the first of its kind within the Free Access to Law Movement, this comparative study will examine what free access to law initiatives do, evaluate their core benefits and identify factors determining of their sustainability. In the end, the free access to law study will provide future initiatives and existing LII networks with proven and adoptable best practices which will support the continued growth of the legal information commons.

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Wiki Academy

by Radha Rao — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

An article by Hari Prasad Nadig on Wiki Academy, a workshop based on usage of Indian languages, editing and its applications in academics of Wikipedia - the free online encyclopedia, was held at Eric Mathias hall in St Aloysius College in Mangalore on Saturday, August 22.

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Second Response to Draft National Policy on Open Standards for e-Governance

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM

The government is in the process of drafting a national policy on open standards for e-governance. The National Informatics Centre recently released draft version 2 of the policy, and CIS sent in its comments on the draft.

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Letter to Education Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Advocating Adoption of FOSS in State IT Academies

by Sanchia de Souza — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:55 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society is a signatory to a letter being sent to the Education Secretary, Government of Karnataka, advocating the adoption of FOSS at state IT academies.

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An Interview With Arjen Kamphuis

by Sanchia de Souza — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

In an email interview with the Centre for Internet and Society, Dutch open source activist Arjen Kamphuis discussed his experience of successfully working with the government for a policy mandating open standards for all government IT in the Netherlands.

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International Repository Infrastructure Workshop, Amsterdam, 16-17 March 2009: A Report

by Sanchia de Souza — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

Open Access activist Madhan Muthu recently attended the International Repository Infrastructure Workshop, held in Amsterdam, 16-17 March 2009, in company with CIS Distinguished Fellow Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam. In this entry, as a guest blogger for CIS, he files a report on the proceedings at the workshop.

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Journals, Open Access, Copyright, Repositories

by Sanchia de Souza — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

Prof N. Mukunda, Editor of Publications, The Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, discusses open access in his keynote address at the 26 March 2009 one-day conference on 'Scholarly Communications in the Age of the Commons'.

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RTI Application to Visvesvaraya Technological University

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society filed an RTI application to Visvesvaraya Technological University asking it to provide details about its curriculum design, and its tie-ups with various software vendors.

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Department of Information Technology Meeting on a National Policy on E-Accessibility

by Nirmita Narasimhan — last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:32 PM

On 30 January 2009, the Department of Information Technology hosted a meeting in New Delhi bringing together important stakeholders to discuss the issue of electronic accessibility for the disabled and persons with special needs in India.

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Updated List of Signatories for Letter Supporting WIPO Treaty for the Reading Disabled

by Sanchia de Souza — last modified Aug 25, 2011 08:35 AM

The list of signatories to a letter in support of the WIPO Treat for the Reading Disabled has been updated.

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Workshop on Reforming the International ICT Standardization System

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:56 AM

On Day 4, the last day, of the Internet Governance Forum, a workshop was conducted by the Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards on the reforming the international ICT standardisation system. The panellists were Bob Jolliffe of Freedom to Innovate South Africa, Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society, Ashish Gautam of IBM India, and Aslam Raffee, Chairperson of the Government IT Officers' Council, OSS Working Group, Republic of South Africa, who moderated the session.

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Report on Open Standards for GISW2008

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Jan 05, 2009 06:52 AM

In this report, Sunil Abraham lays out the importance and the policy implications of Open Standards.

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DCOS Agreement on Procurement

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:58 AM

On December 6, 2008, at the closing of the third Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India, the Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS), of which the Centre for Internet and Society is a member, released an agreement entitled the "Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) Agreement on Procurement in Support of Interoperability and Open Standards".

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Open Access Day celebrated in India

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore and the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance co-organised joint celebrations of Open Access Day in Jamia Millia Islamia campus on the 14th of October 2008. Around 50 people attended the event from different departments in Jamia there were also some participants from the Indian Linux Users Group. CIS also published an Open Access flyer on this day featuring quotations from Sam Pitroda, MS Swaminathan, Peter Suber, Alma Swan, Frederick Noronha, Barbara Kirsop and Samir Brahmachari.

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The National Public Meeting on Software Patents

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 03:02 AM

On Saturday, October 4, 2008, the Centre for Internet and Society, with the support of eighteen other organization, held a meeting on the National Public Meeting on Software Patents in the United Theological College campus. The aim of the event was to explore various issues surrounding software patents, especially from the perspective of the draft Patent Manual.

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A2K3 Panel XI: Open Access to Science and Research

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:07 AM

Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam participated in the third Access to Knowledge hosted by The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School between September 8-10, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference held at the Geneva International Conference Centre brought together hundreds of decision-makers and experts on global knowledge to discuss the urgent need for policy reforms.

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Essay Competition for Software Freedom Day

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:02 AM

The Free Software Users Group of Bangalore and the Centre for Internet and Society in collaboration organise an essay competition for schools and colleges in Bangalore on the topic of "Software Freedom"

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Reconceptualizing Privacy on Social Network(s) Sites

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:07 AM

While “privacy” on social network sites remains a highly ambiguous notion, much debate surrounding the issue to date has focused on privacy as the nonpublic-ness of personal information. However, as these social platforms become sites for diverse forms of “networking”, privacy must also be popularly conceptualized as control over personal data flows.

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