Centre for Internet & Society

Wikiorientation at Dr.GR Damodaran College of Science

An orientation session on Wikimedia projects was held on 6-7 December 2019 at Dr. GR Damodaran College of Science. This talk was part of the “Hour of Code” event, which is an International event celebrated across the globe to encourage students to develop their knowledge on Computer Science. This event was supported by Open Knowledge movements like Wikimedia, Mozilla, etc.which would help students to share their knowledge in the form of volunteerships and contributions. The highlights of gender gap research and women based projects such as Women in Red were covered as part of a focussed group discussion.

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Project Tiger 2.0

Posted by Suswetha Kolluru and Nitesh Gill at Nov 24, 2019 09:17 AM |

If you think that Indian languages are as important as international languages, like English, then, you are on the same page with this article. If not, then, let me explain, why it is a significant and much bigger issue than you think.

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Project Tiger 2.0

Posted by Suswetha Kolluru and Nitesh Gill at Nov 24, 2019 09:15 AM |

If you think that Indian languages are as important as international languages, like English, then, you are on the same page with this article. If not, then, let me explain, why it is a significant and much bigger issue than you think.

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Project Tiger 2.0

Posted by Suswetha Kolluru and Nitesh Gill at Nov 24, 2019 09:13 AM |

If you think that Indian languages are as important as international languages, like English, then, you are on the same page with this article. If not, then, let me explain, why it is a significant and much bigger issue than you think.

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Project Tiger 2.0

Posted by Suswetha Kolluru and Nitesh Gill at Nov 22, 2019 01:35 AM |

If you think that Indian languages are as important as international languages, like English, then, you are on the same page with this article. If not, then, let me explain, why it is a significant and much bigger issue than you think.

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Analysis on the strategies of Mozilla and Wiki communities on gender gap aspects

Posted by Bhuvana Meenakshi at Oct 03, 2019 11:55 AM |

There is a need for research on how Open Source communities are trying to balance the gender ratio and how they provide the safe space environment to its contributors. With this in mind I have come up with this blog as I am an active contributor of Mozilla since 5 years and also got myself recently introduced to Wikimedia and its sister projects, have interacted with few Indian women contributors in both of these communities and came out with a few observations on how I see them in India and what could be improved in both communities.

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Call for joining the Free Knowledge movement #Wikipedia #Wikimedia

Posted by Bhuvana Meenakshi at Aug 19, 2019 11:55 AM |

Every little drop makes a Mighty ocean! Join us in this Free Knowledge movement where your contributions will be used world-wide.

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The Knowledge Base is Liberated

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni and Madhav Gadgil at Aug 05, 2019 11:04 PM |

The article published in Sunday supplement of Loksatta newspaper of Express group, written jointly by Madhav Gadgil & Subodh Kulkarni summarises - the status of searchable open knowledge available on web, eagerness of youth generation across the social strata to access knowledge on new gadgets and the approaches to build resources in Marathi on web harnessing potential of Wikimedia projects. It also elaborates major three breakthroughs – Free & open source software movement, Unicode revolution and development of collaborative knowledge building and sharing free platforms like Wikimedia projects easily accessible to people in their own languages.

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Re-licensing Sessions with Authors and Organisations

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Jul 31, 2019 09:05 PM |

In collaboration with Marathi community, CIS-A2K is getting connected with various authors and organisations willing to re-license their content under CC-By-SA. A2K is facilitating the OTRS process Commons for re-licensing as well as digitisation of the content. The team of trained Wikimedians at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal, District Pune has taken the responsibility of digitising the books and further uploads in Wikimedia projects.

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Wikimedia Workshop on Rivers under Project Jalbodh

Wikimedia Workshop on Rivers under Project Jalbodh

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Jul 30, 2019 09:00 PM |

The Indian National Trust for Art & Heritage Pune Chapter is working with various organisations to preserve the natural heritage places like rivers in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. After the presentation of 'Project Jalbodh' by CIS-A2K in River Dialogue organised by INTACH in April 2018, several organisations shown keen interest in collaboration.

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Orientation programme, Wikipedia workshop & Action Plan meeting in PAH Solapur University

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Jul 19, 2019 09:00 PM |

CIS-A2K representatives visited PAH Solapur University, Solapur (PAHSUS) to finalise the action plan and MoU for the year 2019-20.

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Comments on the Draft Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2019 concerning Statutory Licensing

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Jul 11, 2019 06:55 AM |

The Centre for Internet & Society gave its comments on the proposed rules 29,30,31 of the Draft Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2019. The comments were made in response to Notification G.S.R 393(E) published in the Gazette of India on May 30, 2019.

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Joining the Dots in India's Big-Ticket Mobile Phone SEP Litigation

Posted by Rohini Lakshané and Shweta Mohandas at Jun 30, 2019 10:05 PM |

Rohini Lakshané and Shweta Mohandas have published their last update to this paper that chronicles mobile device SEP litigation in India. All developments in the lawsuits filed in the Delhi High Court and complaints made to the CCI that were published in reliable sources till 20 September 2018 are mentioned in this paper. The paper was an output under the Pervasive Technologies project.

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SVG translation workshop Kannada

Posted by Gopala Krishna at Jun 29, 2019 07:20 AM |

The Centre for Internet & Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) organized a SVG translation workshop for Kannada Wiki community on 23-24 February 2019 in Bengaluru. The workshop was a part of SVG Translation Campaign 2019 in India. Total 10 Wikipedians participated in the workshop and contributed to Wikimedia Commons.

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Wikimedia Education SAARC Conference 2019

Wikimedia Education SAARC Conference 2019

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Jun 22, 2019 01:05 PM |

Christ University in association with the Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) organized a conference, from 20 - 22 June 2019, at Christ University, Bengaluru. Forty-nine Wikimedians from four countries (Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India) participated in the event.

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Karavali Wikimedians at All India Radio, Mangaluru

Posted by Bharathesha Alasandemajalu at Jun 13, 2019 08:40 AM |

This blog is about the experience of visiting All India Radio Mangaluru station as a part of the Karavali Wikimedians outreach program.

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What is Wikimedia Education SAARC Conference?

The Wikimedia Education SAARC conference is on 20th June 2019. A conference for Wikimedians, Wikimedia education leaders, educators and researchers engaged with Open Education and free knowledge movement.

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MoU between PAH Solapur University & CIS-A2K

MoU between PAH Solapur University & CIS-A2K

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at May 31, 2019 09:00 PM |

CIS-A2K is working in collaboration with PAH Solapur University, Solapur in Maharashtra on Wikimedia projects. The Mass Communication and Journalism departments are involved in content generation on Marathi Wikipedia & Commons.

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Should India adopt Plan S to realise Open Access to Public-funded Scientific Research?

Posted by Anubha Sinha at May 29, 2019 11:45 AM |

Timely and affordable access to scientific research remains a problem in this digital day and age. Around three decades ago, the radical response that emerged was making public-funded scientific research “open access”, i.e. publishing it on the Web without any legal, technical or financial barriers to access and use such research. Several Indian public research institutions also adopted open access mandates and built self-archiving digital tools, however, the efforts haven’t yielded much. Most countries including India, continue to struggle with implementing open access. The latest international initiative (created in Europe) to remedy this problem is Plan S. Plan S is has been positioned as a strategy to implement immediate open access to scientific publications from 2021 – which India is considering adopting. This article unpacks the disorderly growth of open access in India, and discusses the gap between the Plan's vision and current Indian scenario in some respects.

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Wikisource Workshop at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal

Wikisource Workshop at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at May 26, 2019 09:00 PM |

The Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) organized a workshop in collaboration with Vigyan Ashram, Pabal on May 25-26, 2019 at Pabal. Total 12 participants attended sessions during this two days workshop. The basic skills in digitisation, uploading on Commons and Wikisource process were imparted in the workshop. Jayanta Nath was the facilitator.

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