Centre for Internet & Society

The key mandate of the Access to Knowledge project at CIS (CIS-A2K) is to work towards catalysing the growth of the open knowledge movement in south Asia and in Indic languages. From September 2012, CIS has been actively involved in growing the open knowledge movement in India through a grant received from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). The current focus of the CIS-A2K team spans over 5 language areas (Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia, and Telugu), 2 community strengthening initiatives, and 6 stand-alone Wikimedia projects.

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The mission of CIS-A2K is to catalyze the growth of open knowledge movement in South Asia and in Indic languages. Within the Wikimedia universe CIS-A2K specifically strives to further grow the Indic and English Wikimedia projects and communities by:

  • supporting and serving the Indian Wikimedia communities in all possible ways;
  • building institutional partnerships;
  • bringing more content under free license;
  • designing and executing projects with community participation;
  • strengthening the Wikimedia volunteers; and
  • fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem.


Work Plans

Work plans and other programme documents can be accessed here:


Activities and Feedback

If you have a general proposal/suggestion for Access to Knowledge team you can write on the requests page. If you have appreciations or feedback on our work, please share it on feedback page.


Recent Posts

Works of Odisha litterateur JP Das to be available online free by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 03, 2016 10:51 AM
The works of bureaucrat-turned-writer from Odisha, Jagannath Prasad Das, can be accessed free online after the digitisation process is complete.
Blog Entry 30 Books of Odia Author and Historian Jagannath Prasad Das to Come Online on Odia Wikisource by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Jan 03, 2016 11:19 AM
Blog Entry Guru-G Learning Labs and CIS A2K Institutional Partnership by Tanveer Hasan — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:52 AM
Incorporated in 2013, Guru-G is the world’s first gamified platform for teaching and teacher training.
Blog Entry Open access in the Marathi language expands by a thousand books by Subhashish Panigrahi and Abhinav Garule — last modified Jan 03, 2016 11:26 AM
As the Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha (MGS) celebrated its 121st anniversary recently, the organization re-licensed 1000 books under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license so that the books could be digitized and be made available on the Marathi Wikisource for millions of Marathi readers.
Odia Wikimedia community meetup at Cuttack Dec 03, 2015 from 10:10 AM to 12:00 PM by Sailesh Patnaik
Odia Wikimedians are planning to gather in Cuttack and discuss about future project ideas for the community.
शंभर वर्षांपूर्वीच्या पुस्तकांचे होणार डिजिटायझेशन by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:47 AM
Lokmat (newspaper) covered Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha's Project news.
Open Source India 2015 by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:46 AM
The twelfth Open Source India event organized by EFY Group was held at NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bangalore on November 19 and 20, 2015. Subhashish Panigrahi attended the event for the first day.
Community Discussion for Making Tulu Wikipedia Live by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:45 AM
CIS-A2K Programme Officer Rahmanuddin Shaik visited Mangalore on October 28 and 29 and again on November 5 and 6, 2015. During his visit he interacted with Wikipedians for making the Tulu Wikipedia live.
मराठी पुस्तके 'विकिस्रोत' ला, सकाळ by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:44 AM
Marathi Wikipedia media coverage in Sakaal newspaper.
महाराष्ट्र ग्रंथोत्तेजक संस्थेमधील एक हजार ग्रंथ ऑनलाईन by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:57 AM
Coverage of Marathi Wikipedia in Saamna.