A friend of mine in South Africa, Isabel Hofmeyr, passed on this image
of the first page of the first edition of the English translation of
Gandhi's "Hind Swaraj" - or "Indian Home Rule" in translation. The book
was published in South Africa in 1909, and is rarely available. Isabel
was able to see it courtesy Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, who owns a copy.
And the copyright legend on this front page? It reads:
"No rights reserved"
Isabel and Uma kindly offered to donate the image to Commons, and you
can see it here:
Finally, an answer to the great copyright question that has never been
asked: "What would Gandhi do?" :)
A few months ago, the Foundation asked Tory Read to travel to India and listen and learn and write about the movement in India. The objective was to harvest experiences and learnings and to have an open discussion around what we could all do to further the movement.
This isn't in the form of a (possibly) long & boring report - but in the form of a story. (Tory's a professional researcher, writer and former journalist.) To put this together, Tory travelled for a couple of weeks across Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and across towns in Kerala - attending community meet-ups and meeting up/speaking with a host of individual community members (in these cities and indeed beyond.)
Tory's tale is called, "The India Chronicles", and is available on Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_India_Chronicles_(150dpi).pdf
Do have a read through and do share your views on it - positives and negatives - and do feel free to comment on any aspect of it. It would be wonderful to have an engaging conversation on this.
We are looking for experienced Wikipedians from places preferably near to
Indore for conducting Wiki Academy at LNCT. The sessions will be in English
for one day on one of the weekends convenient to both LNCT and identified
Facilitator. Necessary travel/stay expense will be reimbursed by LNCT. More
information is available at http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Wiki_Academy and the
report of one of the events is available at
Kindly contact within 3 days with brief details of your experience in
Wikipedia and/or conducting Wiki Academies/outreach events.
Arjuna Rao Chavala
* DNA / Dainik Bhaskar : "The rise of the Wikimedians" , "WikiConference
India 2011: Wikimedians to visit Mumbai in November"*
*Mumbai: This November, hundreds of Wikimedians will descend in Mumbai to
plan their future course of action, convert the sceptics and inspire the
believers. No, we're not talking about a foreign invasion although, if you
ask a local Wikimedian, the concept of enabling free access to knowledge is
still alien to most Indians.*
*Wikimedians are contributors to any Wikimedia project, among which
Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia generated wholly by user
contributions, is just one component. And although the community here in
India is still considerably small, the WikiConference India 2011, to be held
between November 18 and November 20, is intended to become an annual
national flagship event for Wikipedia/Wikimedia in the country.*
*Already, 260 people have registered for the conference, many among whom,
says Pranav Curumsey, chairperson of the conference, have never even edited
on Wikipedia or attended the monthly community meet-ups that are held in
various parts of the country. While this is encouraging news given the need
for more awareness, the primary focus of the conference is to encourage
offline connections and collaborations within the existing Wikimedia
*"We want to take the Wikimedian movement to the next step in India. We also
want to share information on best practices that will help develop Indian
language Wikipedias better," said Pranav, adding that a special track on
Marathi Wikipedia is being planned for the conference which will be headed
by the Pune community.*
*As anyone who's ever edited an article on Wikipedia would acknowledge, it
is the healthy exchange of opinions and its emphasis on neutral, verifiable
information which has contributed to the online encyclopedia's success and
its global appeal. But as more Wikimedians begin to interact offline, this
utopian world-view is likely to get a reality check.*
*As such, the Wikimedia movement in India is now at a crucial turning point.
The Indian chapter in Bangalore was formally registered in January this year
and the Wikimedia Foundation office in Delhi is currently in the process of
hiring staff to begin a series of localised outreach activities to increase
contributions and access to Indian language Wikipedias, many of which are
languishing due to lack of awareness.*
*In such a scenario, is a national conference premature? Most Indian
Wikimedians would disagree. Arjuna Rao Chavala, president of the Wikimedia
India Chapter and a contributor to Telugu Wikipedia, said, "When something
is being done for the first time, challenges have to be faced. But there is
a definite need for such a conference."*
*Achal Prabhala, a Bangalore-based writer and member of the advisory board,
Wikimedia Foundation, states, "In my involvement with Wikimedian communities
in India and South Africa, I've found that personal connections made between
people actually helps us achieve more. There are many active Wikipedians in
different parts of India. This conference will be success if there are
connections being made, say between someone in the northeast and somebody in
Bangalore who decide to collaborate on a project."*
*WikiConference India 2011 will be held at the Fort campus of Mumbai
University between November 18 and November 20. To register as a
participant, visit bit.ly/wci11 .*
*Note : *The publisher ( DNA / Dainik Bhaskar ) of the above news article
owns the copyrights of the article / content. Request to not
kindly reproduce or circulate the content further. The information is only
shared only with an internal community who have been featured on this
article. All copyrights are duly acknowledged.
This is Srikant from Odia (Oriya) Wikipedia.
It is my pleasure to inform you all about the 6th Odia (Oriya) WikipediaAcademy/
Workshop <http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:MCTC2> is going to be organized in
Cuttack, Tomorrow 10 AM, at Image Institute of Technology &
Upper Telenga Bazar(River Side),
Near Purighat Police Station,
This will be third workshop in Odisha & second in Silver city Cuttack.
- Introduction about Wikipedia and Wikipedia Odia
- Recent developments and new features added in Wikipedia
- Why Wikipedia Odia?
- Future deveopment and possible opportunities with Wikipedia
- Discussion of common problems raised (And by audience)
- Display and typing issues and solution
- Building community
- Translation issues & possible measures to solve them
- Incubation of new projects for students in Odia Wikipedia
- Future Projects for Odia Wikipedia
Anyone can join this event and can share their thoughts and ideas for the
development of Odia Wikipedia. This is an open event and free for all.
Anyone who has some ideas to share can also share them here or
Thanks & Regards,
Odia (Oriya) Wikipedia Community
Mail ID - odiawiki(a)gmail.com
[Apologies if a similar thing has been proposed earlier, I haven't been able to read much of the recent discussions.]
I had a thought of channelling readers and editors of English Wikipedia (and similar projects) to other Indian language wikis based on their IP addresses and the topic being read. I've put down the proposal at http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposal:Funneling_multilingual_readers_… as it is applicable elsewhere too than just India. Please read and discuss the proposal. It'll be great if some of us can take the lead and do a pilot with two or three Wikis. Personally, I'll not be able to commit much time these days, but can support if somebody takes the lead. I suggest that we can put up a project page (specific to Indian wikis) at http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Projects:2011-12 if there is enough support.
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
Sent from my Nokia phone
From: Shivansh Srivastava <shivansh.bits(a)gmail.com>
To: "Wikimedia India Community list" <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Date: Friday, October 7, 2011 11:15:50 PM GMT+0530
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Regarding - "Improving the Wiki-UI using AJAX & JQuery"
Thanks a lot Akshay for your reply...!!
I will definitely be in touch with you soon for guidance.
On 7 October 2011 16:38, Akshay Agarwal <akshay.leadindia(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Shivansh,
> On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM, Shivansh Srivastava <
> shivansh.bits(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> The whole Web page would be compact.
>> One wont have to scroll through large paragraphs.
>> *Waiting Time *is reduced.
>> *Bandwidth Usage- *Since pages do not have to completely reload, it can
>> help in less server bandwidth (helpful for me in my college), and when you
>> are in countries or places that charge for your hosting bandwith, it will be
>> more efficient,
>> *Traffic *to and from the server is *reduced*.
>> Form Validation.
>> User Simplicity.
> You have proposed a really nice talk regarding the usability. The Wikimedia
> Foundation has also been considering similar improvements in the UI & UX,
> checkout http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Usability_Initiative
> I have also worked on a similar project for MediaWiki this summer &
> developed an extension http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SignupAPI
> My work involved a lot of jQuery & Ajax stuff, so in case you need any help
> with that, feel free to contact me directly.
>> If you press the back button, you may not be able to return in the
>> previous state.
>> Might be *difficult to* *bookmark *and return to that particular state of
>> the application
> There are ways to get around this problem as well
>> *2. *The second idea was to put *JQuery *into use.
> MediaWiki (the software that powers Wikipedia) already has a jQuery library
> & also the necessary CSS markups to support the specific functionalities for
> vector theme, you can try downloading a copy of MediaWiki on your local host
> & play with it, you may also come up with a modified version of the article
> page which you can showcase in your talk
> I have a few more queries though.
>> 1. Could someone tell me about Hackathon & what role can I play, depending
>> on my proposal?
>> 2. How do I present my talk (if I am allowed)..like present a modified
>> page with AJAX usage as well?
>> 3. Could I have a contact no. of someone incharge so that I can speak
>> directly, in case for some minor queries.
> The conference & hackathon committee will be able to help you a lot with
> it, in the meantime you can checkout the hackathon page at
> -- Thanks & Regards
> -Akshay Agarwal
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