Centre for Internet & Society

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 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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Bridging the Gender Gap: A Report on Indian Language Wikimedia Communities

Posted by Bhuvana Meenakshi at Dec 31, 2020 12:00 AM |

This research study documents the gender gap and bias in Indian language Wikimedia projects and communities, with a focus on participation by and content related to women contributors across diverse Wikimedia platforms. The research was undertaken by Bhuvana Meenakshi Koteeswaran, with editorial oversight and support by Puthiya Purayil Sneha, and additional inputs from Ambika Tandon and Sumandro Chattapadhyay.

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WIPO SCCR 41: Notes from Day 1

Member states delivered opening statements and deliberated on the progress, substantive provisions, and method of work on the draft broadcasting treaty text. This blog post summarises positions and contentions that supported: 1) transparency in SCCR work 2) limitations and exceptions 3) addressing the object of protection and overbroad scope of rights in the draft treaty text.

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Wiki Women for Women Well-Being: An Initiative to Bridge the Gender Gap in the Wikimedia Community

Posted by Nitesh Gill and Shruti Anandan at Dec 28, 2020 02:58 PM |
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WWWW is a project which focused on bridging the female related content gap on Indic Wikimedia communities. The idea of WWWW was given by Dr. Manavpreet Kaur, who worked with other women leaders from different communities and made a plan to engage with the editors for this project. CIS-A2K has started a series of interviews to introduce women with brilliant ideas and who have done contributions for Wikimedia and this is the first interview under the “Series of Interviews.” This Interview was done by Nitesh Gill.

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Understanding the Data Gaps on Wikidata Concerning Heritage Structures of West Bengal

Posted by Bodhisattwa Mandal at Nov 20, 2020 11:40 AM |

This is a short study on identifying the data gaps related to heritage structures in West Bengal on Wikidata, and potential strategies to address the same. The report is authored by Bodhisattwa Mandal, 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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Mapping GLAM in Maharashtra

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Oct 23, 2020 08:55 AM |

This is a short study on mapping the digital transition in selected Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) institutions in Maharashtra, India, and exploring possibilities and challenges for collaborations with Wikimedia projects. Research was undertaken by Aaryaa Joshi, Dnyanada Gadre-Phadke, Kalyani Kotkar and Subodh Kulkarni; the report has been authored by Subodh Kulkarni 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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Access to Knowledge 2019–2020 Utilisation Certificate

Posted by Tito Dutta at Sep 30, 2020 10:15 PM |

Access to Knowledge 2019–2020 WMF APG Utilisation Certificate

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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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