Dear Ravi and Tamil Wikimedians,
This is fantastic news!
Congratulations to Prof. C.R. Selvakumar and all the Tamil Wikimedians
and to Prof. P.R. Nakkeeran of (Tamil Virtual Academy) for this
significant content donation!!
On Saturday 30 August 2014 08:10 PM, Ravishankar wrote:
> Tamil Development Board (an autonomous institution under Government of
> Tamilnadu) releases its Encyclopedia (10 volumes, 7407 pages) and
> Children's Encyclopedia (10 volumes, 969 pages) under Creative Commons
> license. Tamil Wikipedians lead by Prof. C. R. Selvakumar and Prof. P.
> R. Nakkeeran, (Director, Tamil Virtual Academy) spearheaded this
> initiative coinciding with Tamil Wikipedia's 10 years celebrations.
> An official confirmation (in Tamil) can be seen at
> Scanned copies of these works are already available at
> At Tamil Wikipedia, we are discussing how we can get this content
> typed and transferred to WikiSource. Doing so can be a good model to
> encourage more such works to be released in public domain.
> Following are two options I can think of:
> 1. Volunteers type all the content. Besides taking years to complete,
> this won't do justice for the value of time of volunteers who can do
> more valuable work than typing mechanically.
> A program like IT@School present in Kerala or a contest can encourage
> more people to join this effort but not all communities can't emulate
> this model successfully.
> 2. Request WMF to give a grant to the owner of the content and let
> them hand over the typed content to Wikisource volunteers who will
> upload and wikify the content.
> This will ensure maintaining the spirit of volunteerism and yet
> getting the work done in a professional and time bound manner.
> Numerous works in Wikisource are such ready made content uploaded
> already in the web through other projects like Project Gutenberg.
> If providing grants to non-Wikimedia organizations is an issue, a
> grant towards this can be given to community / chapter who will then
> outsource the typing work.
> I welcome community's input on any other model for this as India has
> vast amount of literature and works like this are waiting to be
> transfered to Wikisource. This is one area where we can add lot of
> content to Wiki projects at once.
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The below mail FYI. Hope to see active participation from the Tamil and
Chennai based Wikimedia community. This is a good opportunity for all of
us to come up with a shared vision for the Wikimedia movement's growth
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Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] IMPORTANT: Future of work in India -- a
community consultation in Bangalore
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:50:36 -0700
From: Asaf Bartov <abartov(a)wikimedia.org>
Reply-To: Wikimedia India Community list
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
(this is important and a rare opportunity -- please do take a few
moments to read.)
I would like to draw your attention to a major piece of news:
The Wikimedia Foundation is convening a community consultation on the
future of Wikimedia work in India, to be held in October in Bangalore,
with significant representation from across India, the different
projects, and the different language communities.
Please see the following page on Meta for details, context, and to begin
discussion the delegates you would like to see participating. All costs
will be borne by the Foundation.
Let's try and keep discussion on the talk page of that page on Meta, so
everyone can follow, even people not on this list.
Also, your help in forward this widely, translating as necessary, etc.,
would be MUCH appreciated. Again, this is an important opportunity, and
we need to ensure we get every community's attention.
I look forward to this conversation very much!
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
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