Centre for Internet & Society

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.

SVG translation campaign 2019 held in India from February 21, 2019 to March 31, 2019. CIS-A2K and Kannada Wikipedians conducted offline event on February 23, 2019 and February 24, 2019. This workshop planned along with Kannada community meet-up by User:Vikashedge. In Kannada Wiki SVG translation campaign was lead by User:Vikas Hedge and I (User:Gopala Krishna A). Previously Kannada Wikimedians contributed for the science related topics and that project was successful. But illustrations science related articles were in English. There was plan in translating the illustrations to Kannada. But there was no enough motivation.




Image by Gopala Krishna A [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]


During SVG translation campaign workshop in the beginning of the campaign boosted energy and motivated to translate more images. During this workshop Wikipedians translated more than 80 images. This workshop was very successful workshop. On the first day the program I introduced the background of this campaign and shared the learnings from WikiGraphists Bootcamp (2018 India) which was held in Delhi in the month of September. Subsequently Vikas Hegde introduced SVG Translation Campaign 2019 in India. Later I taught installing Inkscape and basic usage of Inkscape and gave introduction on basic Inkscape tools which is helpful for translation. 


On second day User:Saumyaanaidu presented principles of graphic designing. Later there was hands-on session for students to understand better design principles. Later User:AnoopZ gave a quick introduction about TranslateWiki.net. CIS-A2K conducted this workshop in a  very successful manner and more women participants also took part. Totally 12 participants participated in the workshop where 10 took part physically and 2 were connected online. 


After this campaign Kannada community stood 5th position in India among other communities. From Kannada Wiki most Wikimedians participated and successfully translated  images. Out of 12 participants 6 were female and 6 were male. From Kannada Wiki User:Vidyu44 translated images and won prizes for Kannada language.
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