Centre for Internet and Society' Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K) program
would like to share with you the newsletter below for the month of August
2015. We look forward to hear any feedback or input you might have.
Odia Wikipedia (available at or.wikipedia.org), an Indian-language
Wikipedia project, celebrated thirteen years of free knowledge contribution
in June 2015. It was one of the first four Indic Wikipedias (Assamese,
malayalam and Punjabi being the other three)to have started in 2002. The
first edit on the Wikipedia was made on 3 June 2002. Currently the project
has over 8,900 articles and about 17 active editors (also known as
"uikiali"). The voluntary editor community has put its efforts into
acquiring valuable content, re-licensing them under Creative Commons (CC)
licenses, and building tools for acquiring more encyclopedic content from
Odia Wikipedia community assessment survey June 2015. It gives an overview
about the various hindrances for the growth of Odia Wikipedia and the
During the thirteenth anniversary celebrations, the community came together
to assess community needs, address issues that had been identified earlier
via irc and mailing list discussions, and identify priority areas to focus
on in the future. Odia Wikipedia administrators Mrutyunjaya Kar and
Subhashish Panigrahi designed a needs assessment survey. (
https://or.wikipedia.org/s/tnp) Participating Wikimedians were asked to
discuss various problems they face in editing and outreach two major areas
that ensures quality standards. .
Two-fifths of participants said that problems with the rendering of Odia
characters in different operating systems, ignorance or lack of more
documentation about enabling encoding for Odia, input methods and keyboard
layouts, and other font- and keyboard-related issues as the major reason
for low readership and contribution on Wikipedia.
. . .Read more in the Wikimedia blog at:
== Event organized/participated ==
(CIS-A2K events page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events)
⬤ Telugu Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Annamacharya library (
On 6 August a Telugu Wikipedia edit-a-thon was conducted at Annamacharya
library to preserve rare Telugu literature text. Annamacharya library has a
rare collection of the religious and historical works in Telugu language.
This event was conducted by Telugu Wikipedia Community and the Centre for
Internet & Society's Access To Knowledge program. The second iteration of
the event was organized on 31 August.
⬤ Tamil Virtual University workshop (
On 8-9 August, a two-day long workshop on digital collaborations in
Tamil-language was organized by Tamil Virtual University, Anna University
Campus, Chennai. U.B.Pavanaja, on behalf of CIS-A2K, participated in this
event. Four major topics discussed during the event were: Digitization,
Research and Development, e-learning and Open source and Outreach.
⬤ SDM Ujire Kannada workshop:
CIS-A2K has ongoing partnership with SDM College, Ujire. The college's
academic year started on 12 August. It was followed by a one-day workshop
where the students were introduced to editing in Kannada Wikipedia. The
head of the journalism department of the College Bhaskar Shetty and others
supported the event.
⬤ Tulu Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Mangalore (
A three-day edit-a-thon was organized between 14-16 August in Mangalore for
bringing good quality content in Tulu Wikipedia. This event, organized in
collaboration with the Tulu Sahitya Academy and Ramakrishna Pre University
College, saw 30 Wikipedia editors participating and creating about 89 new
articles. 12 of these 30 participants crossed more than 10 edits. Some of
the new participants faced problems with using the input methods and the
Wiki-markup. It is important to note that because of the lack of addition
of Tulu-alphabet code points in the Unicode chart, and the speakers being
well conversant in Kannada, they are using Kannada script for Tulu
Wikipedia Incubator project. There is a plan to organize a monthly meetup
and/or edit-a-thon to continue the momentum these editors have brought in.
⬤ Kannada Wikipedia workshop at DSERT (
A Kannada Wikipedia workshop was organized between 18-20 August at the
Department of State Educational Research and Training to improve
science-related articles that are part of the Government of Karnataka's
high school syllabus. During the workshop the lecturers were taught about
the basics of Kannada Wikipedia, article editing policies, Kannada input,
creating and editing articles on Kannada Wikipedia. U.B. Pavanaja and Tito
Dutta from CIS-A2K conducted the workshop, behalf of CIS-A2K.
=== Sau Dhuni Teen project ===⬤ Wikipedia workshop in Pune (
A Wikipedia workshop was organized at Srimati Savitribai Phule Pune
University on 20 August 2015. Under the scope of “Sau Dhuni Teen” project,
the workshop focused on building resources in Indian languages for women's
studies on Wikipedia.
⬤ Wikipedia workshop in TISS, Mumbai:
A two-day long and multilingual Wikipedia workshop was organized at the
Women's Studies Department of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),
Mumbai between 22-24 August. This was an outreach event conducted under the
scope of the "Sau Dhuni Teen" project.
== Blog posts ==
⬤ Pavanaja, U. B. "Tulu Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Mangalore" (
http://goo.gl/ZxJVnS) (18 August 2015)
⬤ Pavanaja, U. B. "Edit-a-thon to improve Kannada-language science-related
Wikipedia articles" (
(19 August 2015)
⬤ Panigrahi, Subhashish. "Odia Wikisource has a new Wikisourcer, and he is
the youngest in the Odia Wikimedia community!" (
(21 August 2015)
== Media coverage ==1. ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ:ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೂ ಲಭ್ಯ ಇರುವ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ
ಮುಕ್ತ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಾ-ಪವನಜ (
SahilOnline; 14 August 2015
2. ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಿಂದ ದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಪ್ರಗತಿ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ (
Mangalorean.com; 13 August 2015
3. Telugu religious and historical work preserved at Annamacharya library
to come on Wikisource! (
) The Hans India; 7 August 2015
This newsletter is also available on Meta at:
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
@subhapa / https://cis-india.org
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Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM
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A quick follow up to the signpost article of a couple of weeks ago
now have the August figures
<https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediaZZ.htm>, and August has
continued what we might reasonably start calling the new trend. The English
Wikipedia has more editors with 100 or more live edits in mainspace than
for any August since 2010. Across all Wikipedias combined the figures are
up almost as steeply with a near 10% increase on August 2014, though this
doesn't quite get us back to 2012 levels.
We aren't out of the woods yet as other metrics are still declining, for
example both new accounts and editors making 5 or more saves are both down
across Wikipedia generally when comparing August 2015 with 2014.
But it's nice to have one metric be positive.