Apologies for the delay in sharing the monthly bulletin. Below is the
details of the activities by Centre for Internet and Society's Access To
Knowledge program (CIS-A2K).
University of Mysore Re-releases Kannada Vishwakosha (Encyclopaedia) under
Creative Commons Free License
The University of Mysore and the Centre for Internet and Society
co-organized the Open Knowledge Day in Mysore on July 15, 2014. On this
occasion Mysore University released six volumes of Kannada Vishwakosha
under the Creative Commons (CC) license. Kannada Vishwakosha brought out by
the University of Mysore <http://www.uni-mysore.ac.in/> can easily be
termed as the best encyclopaedia in Kannada. It has been modelled after the
famous Britannica encyclopaedia. Mysore University Vishwakosha has 14
volumes having a total of 13802 pages. The very first volume was brought
out in the year 1969 and the final volume was released in 2004. Many famous
Kannada authors, scientists, academicians and stalwarts from other fields
have worked on creating this encyclopaedia.
Leading English and Kannada dailies like Andolana Kannada, City Today,
Deccan Herald, Hosa Diganta, Kannada Jana Mana, Kannada Prabha, Rajya
Dharma, Samyukta Karnataka, The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Udayavani,
Vijaya Karnataka, and Vijaya Vani published about this. Scanned versions of
the published articles can be downloaded from:
AnnouncementOur grant application to the Funds Dissemination Committee
(FDC) of the Wikimedia Foundation was approved by its board which met in
Frankfurt from May 21 to 24, 2014. CIS had requested a grant of Rs.
18,406,454 and were awarded Rs. 12,000,000
for the next one year.
Articles / Blog Entries
1. Aircel & Wikimedia Foundation announce Wikipedia Zero
(by Dr. U.B.Pavanaja, Prajavani, July 3, 2014). As per this, users of
Aircel need not pay for data for accessing Wikipedia.
2. ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଅକ୍ଷରସଜ୍ଜା
(by Subhashish Panigrahi, Samaja, July 4, 2014).
3. State of Odia Language in Computing and Future Steps
(by Subhashish Panigrahi, Sovereign for national Level Seminar on "Computer
Application and Odia Language", July 7, 2014).
4. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ବିକାଶର ରାସ୍ତା
(by Subhashish Panigrahi, The Sambad, July 23, 2014).
5. Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia
(by Dorothy Howard, Wikimedia Blog, July 25, 2014).
6. Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's
Medical Language Gap
(by Subhashish Panigrahi, Global Voices, July 27, 2014). This was
on the Wikimedia Blog, July 30, 2014.
7. Classical Odia Language in the Digital Age
(by Subhashish Panigrahi, Odisha Review, posted on July 28, 2014). The
essay was published in the magazine’s June edition.
1. Open Knowledge Day
(co-organized by Mysore University and CIS-A2K, Kuvempu Institute of
Kannada Studies, University of Mysore, July 15, 2014). The event coincided
with the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin from July 15 to 17. Dr.
U.B.Pavanaja conducted the event.
2. Wikipedia orientation for Christ University UG students, Bangalore
Participation in Events
1. National Level Seminar on Computer Application and Odia Language
(organized by Institute of Odia Studies and Research, July 6, 2014).
Subhashish Panigrahi was a panelist.
2. Open Knowledge Festival 2014
<http://cis-india.org/news/ok-festival-2014> (organized by Google,
Omidyar, et.al., Berlin, July 15 – 17, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi
represented India as the India Ambassador of OpenGLAM local and made a
3. # NAMA: The Future of Indic Languages
(organized by Medianama, The Oberoi Hotel, Bangalore, July 24, 2014).
Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the event.
4. Kannada Wikipedia Presentation for Kannada Science Writers (organized
by Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishath at PDA College of Engineering,
Gulbarga, July 29, 2014). Dr. U.B. Pavanaja gave the presentation and demo.
Thirty-two participants attended the workshop.
5. Kannada Wikipedia Presentation for Students and Research Scholars
(organized by Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, July 30, 2014).
Dr. U. B. Pavanaja gave the presentation and demo. 37 participants attended
6. Talk about Kannada Wikipedia (organized by District Kannada Sahithya
Parishath, S.M. Pandit Auditorium, Gulbarga, July 30, 2014). Dr. U.B.
Pavanaja gave a talk as inaugurator of the first session of the Jilla
Sahithya Sammelana (district literary festival). About 600 people attended
News and Media CoverageCIS-A2K team gave its inputs to the following media
1. Wikipedia edit-a-thons to add content on LGBTs
(by Renuka Phadnis, The Hindu, July 7, 2014).
2. Font problem hits Odia
(by Bibhuti Barik, The Telegraph, July 7, 2014).
3. Four volumes of Kannada Encyclopaedia digitised
(by R. Krishna Kumar, The Hindu, July 12, 2014).
4. ‘ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ’ಕ್ಕೆ ಇನ್ನು ಲೈಸೆನ್ಸ್ ಹಂಗಿಲ್ಲ
(Prajavani, July 14, 2014).
5. Soon, all 14 volumes of Kannada encyclopaedia to be online
(by R. Krishna Kumar, The Hindu, July 15, 2014).
6. ವಿಕಿಪಿಡಿಯಾಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ
(Kannada Prabha, July 15, 2014).
7. ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶದ ಆರು ಸಂಪುಟ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಾಗೆ
(Udayavani, July 15, 2014).
8. ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ kannada ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ : ಈಗ ಆನ್ ಲೈನ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ 6 ಸಂಪುಟಗಳು
Kannada, July 15, 2014).
9. Six Kannada encyclopaedias released
(Webindia 123, July 15, 2014).
10. 150 Rare Books Get New Lease of Life Online, Courtesy Students
(by Anila Backer, New Indian Express, July 15, 2014).
11. Open Access: Students help revive and digitize rare books for
Malayalam Wiki Library
(Spicy IP, July 15, 2014).
12. 'Trolled' from US Congress, Wikipedia bans edits
(by Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu, July 25, 2014).
13. Telugu Wikipedia struggles to stay afloat
(by Renuka Phadnis, The Hindu, July 27, 2014).
14. The joys of being a Wikipedian
(by Svetlana Lasrado, New Indian Express, July 29, 2014).
15. Kannada Wikipedia Presentation
(Vijayavani, July 30, 2014).
16. Kannada Wikipedia Presentation for Kannada Science Writers
(Prajavani, July 31, 2014).
Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia
movement in India. The A2K team consists of six members, four based in
Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and
Rahmanuddin Shaikh. One team member Nitika Tandon is based in Delhi. We
also have one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana working with us. Archives of
our newsletters can be accessed here
<http://cis-india.org/about/newsletters>. Wikipedians from various
communities can request for outreach programs, technical bugs,
logistics-merchandize and media, public relations and communications here
About CISThe Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research
organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression,
privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge
and IPR reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open
standards, etc.), and engages in academic research on digital natives and
Follow us elsewhere
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CISA2K
- CIS group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cis.india
- Visit us at: https://cis-india.org
Request for Collaboration:
We invite researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians, both
organisationally and as individuals, to collaboratively engage with
Internet and society and improve our understanding of this new field. To
discuss the research collaborations, write to Sunil Abraham, Executive
Director, at sunil(a)cis-india.org or Nishant Shah, Director – Research, at
nishant(a)cis-india.org. To discuss collaborations on Indic language
wikipedia, write to T. Vishnu Vardhan, Programme Director, A2K, at
CIS is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust founded by Anurag
Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin for its core
funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also grateful to its
other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International,
UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC for funding its various
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Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society