Centre for Internet & Society

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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Project Tiger 2019 Coordinator position open

Posted by Gopala Krishna at May 21, 2019 12:55 PM |
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To contribute to support, and coordinate of the work of the Project Tiger, we are looking for a creative, dedicated individual to join the team as a coordinator. Please note that women, especially those from socioeconomically marginalized communities, and women who are returning to work after a hiatus will be given preference.

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CIS-A2K Communication Officer position

Posted by Tito Dutta at May 19, 2019 02:25 PM |
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The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications only from prospective candidates who identify themselves as women, for the position of Programme Officer (Communications, the position is also known as Communication Officer), to support its Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) Programme. The job application is open to women only because we feel that a woman communications person will contribute more towards bridging the gender gap in the Wikimedia movement by emphasising on gender-sensitive communication apart from contributing internally for bringing a gender balance in the team.

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Wikidata Advisor (Consultant) position open

Posted by Tito Dutta at May 17, 2019 05:50 PM |
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The Access to Knowledge team of the Centre for Internet and Society is seeking applications for the position of Wikidata Advisor (consultant), to support its Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) Programme.

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Wikipedia assignments workshop for Post Graduate students in PAH Solapur University

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at May 03, 2019 09:00 PM |

On May 3, 2019, Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) along with PAH Solapur University conducted a Wikipedia workshop for students from the post-graduate stream in PAH Solapur University. Ten students from Mass Communication department and three faculty members participated in the workshop. Prof. Ravindra Chincholkar and Subodh Kulkarni were the facilitators for the workshop.

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CIS-A2K proposal to Wikimedia Foundation for 2019-2020

Posted by Ananth at Apr 15, 2019 08:05 AM |

The Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) has submitted its proposal form for the year 2019 - 2020 to the Wikimedia Foundation. CIS thanks all community members who gave valuable suggestions and inputs for drafting this proposal.

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Indic Wikisource speak : Ajit Kumar Tiwari

Indic Wikisource speak : Ajit Kumar Tiwari

Posted by Jayanta Nath at Apr 11, 2019 07:55 AM |

"Wikisource is going to be as important as Wikipedia because it addresses the issues of citations and references inherently. I will make it as my key pedagogical tool to educate my students and make them a part of this great movement." - Hindi Wiki-librarian Ajit Kumar Tiwari ( अजीत कुमार तिवारी ) share his experience about Hindi Wikisource which approved by Language committee of Wikimedia Foundation Inc , US for separate domain on February 2019.

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Indic Wikisource Speak: Sushant Savla

Indic Wikisource Speak: Sushant Savla

Future is bright -- Sushant Savla (User:Sushant_savla) from Gujarati Wikisource community, share his experience & journey.

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Indic Wikisource Speak: Dr. Hrishikes Sen

Indic Wikisource Speak: Dr. Hrishikes Sen

Posted by Jayanta Nath at Apr 10, 2019 03:10 AM |

There are plenty of people engaged in digitising Bengali books. Plenty of pirated digitised books are available online. We need to tap into that catchment area. I think, if we can prepare high-grade pdf versions of our completed works and spread those to various online non-wiki reader communities, we are likely to get good contributors. -- User:Hrishikes from English and Bengali Wikisource community, share his journey.

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Indic Wikisource Speak: Dr. Gitartha Bordoloi

Indic Wikisource Speak: Dr. Gitartha Bordoloi

"People are more aware of Wikipedia than Wikisource." - Gitartha Bordoloi from Assamese Wikisource community, share his experience with CIS-A2K team.

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SVG Translation Workshop at KBC North Maharashtra University

SVG Translation Workshop at KBC North Maharashtra University

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Apr 10, 2019 01:45 AM |

The Centre for Internet & Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) wing organized an SVG translation workshop in collaboration with KBC North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon on 14-15 March 2019. The workshop was a part of India level campaign. Total 58 participants attended the workshop and contributed to Commons till 31 March 2019.

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Content Donation Sessions with Authors

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Apr 10, 2019 01:28 AM |

CIS-A2K has adopted an integrated approach towards knowledge generation in Marathi language. With the involvement of various stakeholders in different programmes, CIS-A2K facilitated a comprehensive workshop for publishers, printers, designers and writers on 7 September 2018.

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Wikimedia projects orientation session at Tata Trust's Vikas Anvesh Foundation

Posted by Subodh Kulkarni at Apr 09, 2019 12:56 AM |

Researchers in development sector produce a pool of training material and case studies. However, these do not trickle down to the society and many in the public domain are unaware of the same.

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Supporting Indian Language Wikipedias Program/Report

Supporting Indian Language Wikipedias Program/Report

Posted by Gopala Krishna A at Apr 05, 2019 09:00 PM |

CIS-A2K team submitted Project Tiger final report.

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Design and the Open Knowledge Movement

Posted by Saumyaa Naidu at Mar 31, 2019 12:40 PM |

With the objective of connecting the open knowledge movement with design, the Access to Knowledge team at the Centre for Internet and Society co-organised the Wikigraphists Bootcamp India 2018 with the Wikimedia Foundation during September 28-30, 2018 in New Delhi. The event was held at the School of Design at Ambedkar University Delhi. As part of the bootcamp, a panel discussion was held in order to bring together design practitioners, educators, open knowledge contributors, and design students to explore how design and open knowledge communities can engage with each other. In this post, Saumyaa Naidu shares the learnings from the panel discussion aimed at exploring the potential collaborations between design and the open knowledge movement.

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Comments and Suggestions to the Draft Patent Manual March 2019

Posted by Achal Prabhala, Feroz Ali, Ramya Sheshadri, Roshan John and Anubha Sinha at Mar 21, 2019 09:05 PM |

A coordinated civil society response to the consultation on the Patent Manual. CIS provided comments on patenting of computer related inventions.

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