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Blog Entry Using the Wikimedia sphere for the revitalization of small and underrepresented languages in India
by Subodh Kulkarni published Feb 10, 2024 — filed under: , , , ,
This report explores opportunities within the Wikimedia movement and projects to help revitalise small and underrepresented languages in India and provide recommendations to CIS’s Access to Knowledge team in furthering this effort. The report is mainly based on a roundtable conversation on Digital Access in Bhubaneswar with a diverse range of backgrounds and professions, including independent researchers, representatives from non-profit organizations, retired government officials, Wikimedia contributors (both Odia and Santali), ecological activists, directors of research institutes, consultants, and journalists. This was organized by the Access to Knowledge team of CIS in collaboration with Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar.
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Blog Entry USTR elaborates the Two Dozen Digital Rules of Club TPP
by Anubha Sinha published Jul 29, 2016 last modified Jul 29, 2016 08:00 AM — filed under: , , ,
Members of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are now scrounging the world to include more countries in its fold. The Digital 2 Dozen(D2D) is a bite-sized document which packs the TPP into 24 key tenets. The D2D, aggressively championed by the US as the path forward for the global digital economy poses some critical questions for India: first, how will India position itself against US pressure in the larger scheme of US-India foreign relations, and how much is it willing to concede its policies in the name of trade; second, how will reduced barriers and establishment of a level field for Indian and foreign IT and internet companies alike, hurt Indian consumers and businesses? This week, the Deputy US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Holleyman discussed the Digital 2 Dozen document with Ambassador Shyam Saran (Chairman, RIS). The exchange was moderated by Samir Saran (Observer Research Foundation). I attended the discussion and this post is a summary of the key points.
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Blog Entry UTF-8, Indic and Stub Length Article in Wikipedia
by U.B.Pavanaja published Oct 20, 2016 — filed under: , ,
One of the activities conducted as part of Wiki Conference India 2016 was the Punjab Editathon. It was about adding articles related to Punjab to Indian language Wikipedias and English Wikipedia. There was also an announcement made about some award for highest contribution.
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Blog Entry Vachana Sanchaya: 11th century Kannada literature to enrich Wikisource
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Mar 20, 2014 — filed under: , , ,
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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Blog Entry Vachana Sanchaya: Bringing Access to 11th century Kannada Literature
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Apr 08, 2014 — filed under: , , ,
The blog post throws light on providing access to Vachana Sanchaya, a eleventh century Kannada literature.
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Van Bodh Workshop for content development on Forest Resources at Gadchiroli
by Admin published Nov 06, 2018 — filed under: , , , ,
CIS-A2K has collaborated with Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI) to facilitate development of Open knowledge resources on Community Forest Resource and content development in Wikimedia projects with community participation. These contents will become a part of "Van Bodh Knowledge repository".
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Blog Entry Varsha Kavlekar on Konkani Wikipedia Incubator
by Nitika Tandon published Dec 12, 2013 last modified Dec 31, 2013 10:56 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
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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Blog Entry Views on on the proposed WIPO Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations at side-event organised by Knowledge Ecology International
by Anubha Sinha published Nov 29, 2018 — filed under: , , , ,
On November 27, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) organised a side event during deliberations of the 37th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), Electronic Information for Libraries (eiFL.net), Corporacion Innovarte, Creative Commons, and Knowledge Ecology International appraised the current text for the proposed WIPO Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (Revised Consolidated Text on Definitions, Object of Protection, Rights to be Granted and Other Issues, SCCR/36/6). Speakers provided an overview of the treaty, explained the potential risks and problems caused, and proposed solutions to narrow the Treaty’s scope and limit the damage. Below is a transcript of the remarks made by Anubha Sinha who represented CIS at this event.
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Blog Entry Voices from Goa: Frania Pereira tells Why She Writes Articles on Konkani Wikipedia
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Aug 27, 2013 last modified Sep 05, 2013 09:24 AM — filed under: , , , ,
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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Blog Entry Voices from Goa: Rusita Paryekar, a MA student writes articles on Konkani Wikipedia
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Aug 27, 2013 last modified Sep 06, 2013 12:30 PM — filed under: , , , ,
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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