I have attempted to put together a work plan for Gender gap activities in
I request inputs, comments, and suggestions from everybody.
Chairperson (Special Interest Group), Gender gap,
Wikimedia Chapter (India)
Greetings from CIS-A2K!
We request the pleasure of your company at the event 'Re-releasing Konkani Vishwakosh & Building Konkani Wikipedia' . The event will take place on the 26th September, Thursday,10am - 11am at the Conference Hall, Goa University, Taleigao.
Upon CIS-A2K' explicit request, Goa University has approved the re-release of Konkani Vishwakosh under Creative Commons License (CC‐BY‐SA 3.0) to make it freely available to public and thus preserve Konkani language and culture in the digital era. This encyclopedia will also serve as one of the main sources of building and writing articles on Konkani Wikipedia (which is currently under incubation).
This is a major win for the Wikimedia movement in India. This is, probably, the first time ever a State run higher education institution has re-released copyrighted content under Creative Commons. Hope more such initiatives will be underway to "Let the Knowledge Go around"!
We'd like you to be a part of this event and help showcase Konkani community and language on a global digital platform such as Konkani Wikipedia.
Please see the link for the invite. We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Access to Knowledge
The Centre for Internet & Society
On behalf of CIS-A2K, I am glad to share with you that GOA University has
signed an MoU with CIS-A2K.
As part of this MoU Goa University and CIS-A2K will work together to
digitize “Konkani Vishwakosh” under Creative Common license and build a
Digital Knowledge Partnership in order to enhance digital literacy in the
Konkani language and facilitate collaborative knowledge production and
disseminate the same free of cost through Kokani Wikipedia (currently under
incubation). Gos University and CIS-A2K will co-design and jointly
implement relevant training programmes to achieve this objective.
CIS-A2K is grateful for the support and encouragement received from the Goa
University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Satish Shetye; Prof. Alito Siqueira; Prof.
Priyadarshini Tadkodkar; Dr. Madhavi Sardesai; Dr. Gopakumar; and other
faculty of Goa University.
We are also equally grateful to Wikipedians Harriet Vidyasagar and
Frederick Noronha who have engaged with CIS-A2K team and been a constant
source of support.
Wish us best of luck!
CIS-A2K is putting up a Wikipedia stall at the Indian Languages Mela to be
held at TISS, Mumbai on Sept. 20 and 21, 2013. Do come along with your
friends and introduce them to how they can contribute to Wikipedia - the
free and open online knowledge repository.
Dr. Pavanaja from CIS-A2K will be in Mumbai during Sept. 18-22 and I will
be in Mumbai during Sept. 20-22.
I would be happy to meet you on the evenings of Sept. 20 and 21 or on Sept.
22 (until 2 pm). It would be good opportunity to discuss how CIS-A2K could
support your ideas or activities in growing the Wikimedia movement in India
and to receive your suggestions and feedback on CIS-A2K's efforts. You
could write to me directly on vishnu(a)cis-india.org or call me on
Look forward to meeting you at the TISS Indian Languages Mela.
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From: Sowmyan Tirumurti <tsowmyan(a)wikimedia.in>
Date: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Subject: FDC grant application
The FDC grants process has begun. We have already sent in a letter of
intent. We are now moving to the next phase of making the application.
For those who do not know about the FDC grant, this provides for staff,
office, and infrastructure. We have considered opening a office in
Bangalore, with a meeting room cum training center, where about 10
computers will be available for users / trainees. We can use this for city
community meets, wikiacademies, editathons, hackathons, etc.
This measure is to provide for a formal office for the Chapter in India,
and give ourselves a exclusive address to meet compliance issues better.
The facility is also expected to be more centrally located within the city
so that members and other Wikimedians do not find it difficult to visit the
Yet another infrastructure proposal that has been considered is to have a
scanning facility to meet digitization requirements that can enable
wikisource, and other wikimedia commons file generation
We invite members suggestions towards major initiatives that can be taken
as part of our activities in the Calender year 2014. Kindly send in your
suggestions in the next 10 days. We would like to have discussions on the
suggestions in the week after. We will add financial measures to the
proposals in the third week. In the fourth week we will submit to WMF.
This is an open brain storming. Every one can build on the ideas of every
one else. Here is the webpage where you can add your suggestions.
Wikimedia Chapter, Bangalore
+91 96329 11650
CIS-A2K would like to invite you to our first monthly IRC to receive
feedback on our work. We are slowly rolling out the work-plans that we
have developed with your collaboration and input. We have received
some useful feedback from some of you on Meta specifically on two
important aspects, which informed the agenda for this IRC.
Date: September 5, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 8-9 pm
What more measures can CIS-A2K take to increase community participation?
Pilot Projects - Discussion on possible topics, strategies of
execution and community involvement.
Any specific aspect of CIS-A2K's work that majority of the community
members, present for IRC, would like to discuss.
For those who are attending IRC for the first time please check this
link to join: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IRC/Tutorial
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society