Centre for Internet & Society

Exploring Knowledge Repositories on Water Resources in India

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Oct 21, 2022 01:23 PM |

This research study explores knowledge repositories on water resources in India, with a focus on how the digital transition has impacted the process of creation & access to these resources and possible collaborations to build open digital repositories around water. The research was undertaken by Subodh Kulkarni, with editorial inputs by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and Chiara Furtado. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2021–2022.

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Infrastructural Needs of Indian Language Wikisource Projects

Posted by Puthiya Purayil Sneha at Oct 21, 2022 12:00 PM |

This is a short study on identifying the infrastructural gaps on Indian language Wikisource projects, and potential strategies to address the same. The study was undertaken by Jayantha Nath, Puthiya Purayil Sneha and Satdeep Gill, with writing and editorial oversight by Puthiya Purayil Sneha and an external review by Divyank Katira. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2021-22.

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Mapping Content on Gender and Sexuality in Indian Languages

Posted by Yashashwini Srinivas at Oct 21, 2022 12:00 AM |

This research study explores content production processes on gender and sexuality in Indian languages, its digital documentation and factors that affect its availability and use on open access platforms. The research was undertaken by Yashashwini Srinivas, with editorial inputs by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and Torsha Sarkar. This research was part of short-term studies undertaken at the CIS-A2K programme 2021-22.

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Digitisation of O Bharat, a bilingual biweekly published in Goa from 1912 to 1949

The digitization project of O Bharat, a historic biweekly published between 1912 to 1949 in Goa was completed through collaboration of different organizations. The trustees of Bharatkar Hegde Desai Trust initiated the project in collaboration with Marathi department of Goa University, Bhakti Dnyan Marg Sanstha and Goa Central Library. The Centre for Internet and Society's Access to Knowledge Programme facilitated the project with technical and financial assistance. Two local students scanned 12000 pages in 8 days. The year wise volumes of O Bharat are now freely available on Wikimedia Commons in the form of archive.

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Digitisation of O Bharat, a bilingual biweekly published in Goa from 1912 to 1949

It all started like this. During the Wikimedia session at Goa University in October 2021, it was realised that there is very little documentation about the ‘Goa Liberation Struggle’ on Wikimedia projects. So, in the meeting Prof. Vinay Madgaonkar from the Marathi language department took the lead to develop a project around this theme.

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WIPO SCCR 42: Statement by CIS on the Limitations and Exceptions Agenda Item

Posted by Anubha Sinha at May 12, 2022 08:41 AM |

Anubha Sinha delivered a statement on behalf of CIS, on day 3 of the 42nd WIPO SCCR session on the Limitations and Exceptions Agenda Item.

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WIPO SCCR 42: Statement by CIS on the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations Agenda Item

Posted by Anubha Sinha at May 10, 2022 02:38 PM |

Anubha Sinha delivered a statement on behalf of CIS, on day 2 of the 42nd WIPO SCCR session on the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations Agenda Item.

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Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021/Report

Posted by Nitesh Gill and Tito Dutta at Aug 20, 2021 02:01 PM |

In March 2020, the whole world came to a standstill. What many deemed as a regular ‘flu’ turned out to be the pandemic that brought everyone to their knees. The things that we always did, we could no longer do them. We were all confined to our homes with no choice but to work online. Hanging out with friends, attending weddings, and being a part of the conferences and seminars suddenly became a part of the past. We started using the word unprecedented a lot.

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Standing Committee's recommendations are at odds with Access to Knowledge

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Jul 27, 2021 12:00 AM |

The Indian Parliamentary Committee's report weighs on several aspects of the Indian IPR system and issues of protection and enforcement. This blog post summarily notes the observations and recommendations of the Committee on the Copyright Act, 1957 which stand to impact access to knowledge. The primary issue dealt with was the claim that copyright exceptions were affecting the publishing industry and authors. The recommendations include narrowing of copyright exceptions, barring digital storage and copying, promotion of libraries, and adopting the Berne Convention as the benchmark on limitations and exceptions.

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WIPO SCCR 41: Notes from Day 3 and Day 4

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Jul 07, 2021 12:00 AM |

Day 3 and 4 saw the presentation of four studies conducted by external experts on music markets in various regions in the world and one study on rights of stage directors of theatrical productions. Day 4 saw member states sharing their positions on a proposal for creation of two rights 1) rights of stage directors of stage productions and 2) public lending right. The Chair also presented the draft summary of the session upon its conclusion, on Day 4. This blog post shares the specific text under the broadcasting and limitations and exceptions agenda items, relevant from an access to knowledge perspective.

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WIPO SCCR 41: Notes from Day 2

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Jul 07, 2021 12:00 AM |

Member states delivered opening statements and deliberated on the scope, direction, and progress of work on the limitations and exceptions agenda. This blog post summarises positions and contentions around: 1) Information Session on impact COVID 2) Creating a binding limitations and exceptions international instrument 3) Work Plan under the L&E agenda 4) Conducting regional consultations as per the report on regional seminars and international conference on limitations and exceptions.

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WIPO SCCR 41: Statement by CIS on Limitations and Exceptions Agenda Item

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Jun 29, 2021 12:00 AM |

Anubha Sinha delivered a statement on behalf of CIS, on day 2 of the 41st WIPO SCCR session, on the limitations and exceptions agenda item.

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A Comparative Study of Article Creation Campaigns on Wikipedia - Part II

Posted by Puthiya Purayil Sneha at Jun 11, 2021 10:54 AM |

This is a short report on a comparative analysis of two prominent Wikimedia initiatives, Wikipedia Asian Month and Project Tiger, to understand prevailing challenges and opportunities, and strategies to address the same. The report has been authored by Nitesh Gill with inputs from Suswetha Kolluru, and editorial oversight and support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2019–2020.

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Update on Publisher’s Copyright Infringement Suit Against Sci-Hub and LibGen in India

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Apr 28, 2021 05:28 PM |

Anubha Sinha provides a summary of the progress of the copyright infringement suit against Sci-Hub and LibGen in India. This article was first published in InfoJustice on March 8, 2021.

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The STI Policy Proposes a Transformative Open Access Approach for India

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Apr 28, 2021 05:22 PM |

Anubha Sinha explains what the draft national Science, Technology and Innovation policy means for open access to scientific literature for Indians. This article was first published in The Wire Science on January 21, 2021.

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Wikipedia in the Classroom: A Study of the Wikimedia in Education at CHRIST (Deemed to be University)

Posted by Ananth Subray at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

This is a short study on the Wikimedia in Education (WIE) at Christ University, Bengaluru, which aims to offer an overview of the key objectives and challenges of this project and map its impact on teaching-learning practices in multilingual classrooms. The report has been authored by Ananth Subray, with editorial oversight and support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and external review by Sumandro Chattapadhyay. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2019–2020.

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Content Creation on Eastern Punjabi Wikipedia

Posted by Satpal Singh at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

This is a short study on the nature of content creation related to Punjab on Eastern Punjabi Wikipedia, its challenges and opportunities, and observations and potential strategies to address the same. The report has been authored by Satpal Singh, with editorial oversight and support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and external review by Sumandro Chattapadhyay. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2019–2020.

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A Comparative Study of Article Creation Campaigns on Wikipedia - Part I

Posted by Nitesh Gill and Suswetha Kolluru at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

This is a short report on a comparative analysis of two prominent Wikimedia initiatives, Wikipedia Asian Month and Project Tiger, to understand prevailing challenges and opportunities, and strategies to address the same. The report has been authored by Nitesh Gill with inputs from Suswetha Kolluru, and editorial oversight and support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha. This is part of a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2019–2020.

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Research Studies on Indian Language Wikimedia Projects 2019-21

Research Studies on Indian Language Wikimedia Projects 2019-21

Posted by Sneha PP at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

This is a compilation of the final reports from a series of short-term studies undertaken by the CIS-A2K team in 2019-2021, on an array of topics related to Indian language Wikimedia projects. The projects were undertaken by Subodh Kulkarni, Bodhisattwa Mandal, Bhuvana Meenakshi Koteeswaran, Ananth Subray, Satpal Dandiwal and Nitesh Gill, with research oversight and editorial support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and internal review by Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Ambika Tandon.

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Research Publishing: Is ‘One Nation, One Subscription’ Pragmatic Reform for India?

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

Anubha Sinha examines the feasibility of the proposed 'One Nation, One Subscription' approach in the draft national Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2020) on access to scientific literature. This article was first published in The Wire Science on October 23, 2020.

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