The relaunch of the creative Commons India took place at New Delhi on
12thNov 2013. It was a joint effort by the three affiliates of
India viz Wikimedia Chapter, Center for Internet and Society, and Acharya
Narender Dev College. New Delhi.
The Wikimedia banner announcements were very effective. The registrations
exceeded 1000, and threatened to make hall capacity of 300 to be woefully
inadequate. Mercifully, the actual attendance to registration ratio was
just about right to make the attendees count to remain just within the
Staff and Students from Acharya Narender Dev College did a lot of the
voluntary work necessary for the arrangements. A nice rangoli at the
reception welcomed the visitors. They also managed the reception desk, and
behind the screen arrangements to welcome the speakers with potted plants,
and present them mementoes.
Dr Savithri Singh of ANDC welcomed the gathering. Mr Lawrence Liang,
Co-founder of Alternative Law Forum, and the organizer of the first launch
of Creative Commons many years ago spoke first. He answered the most
frequently asked question as to why this is a relaunch, and what happened
after the first launch. Lawrence narrated how the first launch took place
from IIT Mumbai. At that time the focus was to create a version of the 2.5
license ported to Indian law. As many of you would know, though the basic
licenses have been based on the international legal understandings among
the nation members of the United Nations, making these enforceable among
all these nations, further scope to port these agreements to a nation’s law
also exists, and this is called porting. Lawrence and his associates did
this with the 2.5 version. Lawrence remarked with humor that Ekalavya may
have been the first person to have breached the copy right law and paid for
it by being disabled from using the knowledge. Lawrence also spoke on the
current international movement seeking to make the output of publicly
funded projects public.
Meanwhile, Dr Shashi Throor arrived and a majestic Diya was lit to
symbolize the occasion. Dr Tharoor also electronically launched the webpage
http://www.creativecommons.org.in/ . The India page within the website of
Creative Commons.org can be found here.
Dr Shashi Tharoor spoke in support for the emerging open knowledge
environment, and said his ministry has already made a beginning by
releasing the NCERT books under CC By SA. We can count on him to support
all reasonable suggestions in these areas.
Ms Rohini Nilekani spoke about her experience in launching Pratham books,
where the objective was to nurture the reading habit among children and to
put a book in every child’s hand.
This was followed by Mr Moksh Juneja of Wikimedia who spoke on how
Wikimedia is supporting Creative Commons.
Delhi has a vibrant community that is eager to participate in such
initiatives. Many were impatient with the slow progress in this country,
and wanted a lot more to happen quickly. This was amply demonstrated in the
questions and answers session, as well as at the end of the talk sessions,
when many did not go for the high tea and engaged with the organizers.
Kannada Wikipedia has completed 10 years. The Kannada Wikipedia community will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Kannada Wikpedia on Nov 17, 2013 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at H N Multimedia Hall, National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore. The guests of honour will be Dr. U R Ananthamurthy, Prof G Venkatasubbiah and Ravi Hegde. There will be speeches by the chief guests from 10:00 to 11:00am. That will be followed by talk by some Kannada Wikipedians. At the end there will be a edit-a-thon where Wikipedians will add some articles to Kannada Wikipedia.
Registration page - http://bit.ly/KNWP10
Thanks and regards,
From: wikikn-l-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kiran Ravikumar
Sent: 13 November 2013 17:53
Subject: [Wikikn-l (kannada wikipedia)] ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ ಆಚರಣೆ -ನವಂಬರ್ ೧೭, ೨೦೧೩ ಭಾನುವಾರ
ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಈಗಾಗಲೆ ತಿಳಿದಿರುವಂತೆ, ಅರಳಿಕಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಮ್ಮಿಲನ ಪುಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಘೋಷಿಸಿರುವಂತೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯದ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನವಂಬರ್ ೧೭ರಂದು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ.
· ೯:೩೦-೧೦:೦೦ ನೋಂದಣಿ
· ೧೦:೦೦ ರಿಂದ ೧೧:೦೦ ಸಭಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ
o ಸ್ವಾಗತ ಗೀತೆ – ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಚೈತನ್ಯ
o ಸ್ವಾಗತ ಮತ್ತು ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ – ಡಾ. ಎ. ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ
o ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ – ಡಾ. ಯು. ಬಿ. ಪವನಜ
o ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳ ಮಾತು
§ ಡಾ. ಯು. ಆರ್. ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿ, ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪುರಸ್ಕೃತರು
§ ನಾಡೋಜ ಪ್ರೊ. ಜಿ. ವೆಂಕಟಸುಬ್ಬಯ್ಯ
§ ರವಿ ಹೆಗಡೆ, ಸಮೂಹ ಸಂಪಾದಕ, ಉದಯವಾಣಿ
§ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ತಮ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯನ್ನರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಿರ್ವಾಹಕರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ಮರಣಿಕೆ ನೀಡಿಕೆ
o ಧನ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮರ್ಪಣೆ
· ೧೧:೦೦ – ೧೧:೧೫ – ಚಹಾ
o ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷಿಕೆ - ಓಂಶಿವಪ್ರಕಾಶ
o ಕ್ರಿಯೇಟಿವ್ ಕಾಮನ್ಸ್ – ಕಿರಣ್ ರವಿಕುಮಾರ
o ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯನ್ನರುಗಳ ಮಾತು –
· ೧೨:೦೦-೧೩:೦೦ – ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ಸಂಪಾದನೋತ್ಸವ (edit-a-thon)
o ಲೇಖನಗಳನ್ನು ಸಿದ್ಧ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದು ಲೇಖನ ಸೇರಿಸುವುದು. ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಲ್ಯಾಪ್ಟಾಪ್,
ಇಂಟರ್ನೆಟ್ ಡಾಂಗಲ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಒಂದು ಲೇಖನ ಸಿದ್ಧಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದು ಲೇಖನ ಸೇರಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿ ವಿನಂತಿ.
ಸ್ಥಳ: ಡಾ. ಎಚ್. ನರಸಿಂಹಯ್ಯ ಸಭಾಂಗಣ, ನ್ಯಾಶನಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜು, ಬಸವನಗುಡಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - ೫೬೦೦೦೪ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ
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When replying to the digest it would be useful if you could edit your
Subject line so it is more specific. Have done that in this instance :)
On 10 November 2013 19:16, TheOriginalSoni <the.original.soni(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Hello I'm new to mailing lists, so please don't mind if I do this
> Vishnu T, What would be included in the program, and wouldn't English also
> be an appropriate possible location for the same?
Yes. We could undertake a similar program also in English. However, given
the IEP experience we are careful to not hurry with such a program in
> Also, are there any plans for help from the WIkipedia community itself to
> deal and help with any technical or other issues the students in the
> undergraduate program are likely to face?
Yes. We would not be able to do this without the support of the community.
We will be putting out a call for On-Wiki mentors for this program and you
are welcome to join :)
> I hope such programs would be successful, and even extended towards other
> colleges and universities in India
> Congratulations and regards,
> (TheOriginalSoni on enwiki)
> Let's hope for the best and thanks for your wishes.
I have added all the subjects of the book Lilavati's daughters to its
Wikidata item . This makes it the perfect place to coordinate
information about all of them.
The things that you can do:
- add labels for them in your language
- make statements about them like their date of birth
- or their alma mater
- or awards they received
- or whatever you think is relevant
Many of these fine ladies do not yet have an article in any language that I
am aware of. When there is an article in any language, you can add it
however to the items that are already there. When YOUR language is not
represented in Wikidata and, when it does have an ISO-639-3 code, we are
really happy to give you the opportunity to add information in YOUR
language as well.
PS there is a Wikipedia article in several Indian languages (not in
English) you get to all the subjects of the book (these fine Indian lady
scientists) by clicking on the "data item" in the side bar.
PS I am NOT subscribed to the list.. I do not see replies
if will be indeed a great help if any among us can translate in Indic
languages. Thank you so much in advance.
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Regards from Mumbai,
Secretary, Wikimedia India Chapter.
Hi all ,
Thanks Jane for the explanation. I remember I am in this cc-india list
from 2006 onwards :-)
It is better to announce relaunch as it is in the announcements to avoid
confusion . Because we wikipedian's value references very much. also ccing
the wikimedia* India *list
On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM, Jane Hornibrook <jane(a)creativecommons.org>wrote:
> Hi Anivar and all,
> Great spotting, and yes you're correct - this is technically a "re-launch"
> of CC in India. Prof Jha, Lawrence Liang and their colleagues have done
> excellent work in CC outreach and launching a local Indian license suite.
> As projects change, so do CC teams in many countries from time to time, and
> they've both been instrumental in encouraging and assisting us with
> revitalizing, or "re-launching" CC in India with exciting new partners in
> In fact, the community discussion list I've included in this mail is a
> revived version of the original list so it's a great forum to post any
> concerns to. We were fortunate enough to run a CC workshop<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Events/Creative_Commons_workshop_in_Mumbai>in February 2013 with Wikimedia India in the lead up to this re-launch at
> IIT under the helpful co-ordination of Professor Jha. At CC HQ, we're
> heartily looking forward to many more activities and successes with CC
> India with new partners CIS, Wikimedia India and Univerity of New Delhi.
> With regards
> Jane Hornibrook
> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Jayanta Nath <jayanta(a)wikimedia.in> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Please go through below our India mailing list.... we need clear
>> explanation for this.
>> Jayanta Nath
>> EC Member
>> Wikimedia India
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind(a)gmail.com>
>> Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Creative Commons India launch - 12
>> To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
>> Cc: Wikimedia Members List <wmin-members(a)googlegroups.com>
>> On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:14 AM, Karthik Nadar <karthikndr(a)wikimedia.in>wrote:
>>> Dear Friends,
>>> Wikimedia India in association with Acharya Narendra Dev College New
>>> Delhi and Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore will be hosting the
>>> launch of Creative Commons India in New Delhi on 12 November, 2013 with
>>> Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor as
>>> Chief Guest. It would be really nice if you could join us.
>>> Details of the event can be found here:
>> AFAIK Creative commons india is launched in January 26 2007 in India in a
>> function at IIT Bombay , with Shishir K. Jha as Project Lead and Lawrence
>> Liang as Legal Lead .CC-2.5-IN series licenses are basically developed by
>> this team . Even Last year I heard about CC India in this list
>> This is a snapshot of their old website from internet archive
>> Link to Launch event Blogpost
>> This looks like a relaunch . It will be good if you can explain why it is
>> relaunching in the above mentioned wiki page
>> ~ regards
>> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list
>> To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit
> Jane Hornibrook
> Regional Project Coordinator - Asia Pacific
> Creative Commons
> Phone 1 647 625 4576
> CC-India mailing list
Hello I'm new to mailing lists, so please don't mind if I do this
Vishnu T, What would be included in the program, and wouldn't English also
be an appropriate possible location for the same?
Also, are there any plans for help from the WIkipedia community itself to
deal and help with any technical or other issues the students in the
undergraduate program are likely to face?
I hope such programs would be successful, and even extended towards other
colleges and universities in India
Congratulations and regards,
(TheOriginalSoni on enwiki)
On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM, <
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> 7. [CIS-A2K Announcement] MoU with Christ University, Bangalore
> (Vishnu T)
> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:21:27 +0530
> From: Hari Prasad Nadig <hpnadig(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia India Community list
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] WMF and CIS agreement
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> On 9 November 2013 13:58, Ravishankar <ravidreams(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > //Well, salaries upto 2 lakh _per month_ with additional allowances for
> > expenses on domestic and international travel is pretty huge for India.
> > Reading from
> > So what? An employee working for the same BPO / software company in India
> > gets paid less than his counterpart in US. Even offsetting the lifestyle
> > and cost of living allowances, it becomes like mere outsourcing for cheap
> > labour. Should WMF consider cost cutting and out source this work to some
> > other country :) ? 2 lakh INR comes around 3000 USD which is a decent
> > salary for a mid level employee in US. For a national program like CIS -
> > A2K, salaries in this range is acceptable.
> Do you think it is appropriate to compare Wikimedia Foundation or its
> functioning in India to profit making companies and BPOs?
> Hari Prasad Nadig
I am delighted to inform you that CIS-A2K has signed an MoU with the
Christ University, Bangalore. As part of this MoU Christ University and
CIS-A2K will work together to introduce “Wikipedia in the Indian Under
Graduate Language Classroom” at Christ University, Bangalore.
The broad objective of this program is to instil the following skills in
the Under Graduate student using Indian language Wikipedias as part of the
Christ University pedagogy:
a) Writing Skills (ability to write in an objective fashion/NPOV);
b) digital information literacy skills;
c) ability to critically engage with a concept/theme; and
d) language proficiency skills
CIS-A2K will be doing a one hour orientation on Wikipedia and the program
to almost 1,600 students. As part of the orientation we will reach out to
about 800 students who have Hindi as a second language, 600 students who
have chosen Kannada as a second language, 150 Sanskrit students and about
40 Tamil students and 10 Urdu students. Post the orientation the students
will be given an option to do one out of the three continuous internal
assignments (CIA), as a group assignment, on an Indian language Wikipedia.
We are currently working on the design of this program and will soon share
a detailed FAQ for your feedback and inputs.
Christ University and CIS-A2K have also agreed to license all material
developed and produced under this partnership under CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Anil Pinto (Registrar, Christ University),
faculty of Christ University and our very own Vikram Vincent, who have
shown great leadership in building this partnership.