I was told some years ago that a forest minister had passed a rule that no
photography was to be allowed in any forest areas in Kerala. Any forest in
that including Reserve Forests, in which one is *even* allowed to graze
cattle, collect firewood and minor forest produce. I was just trying to
look up this and found a newspaper article on the topic. That ban was
apparently introduced because of a certain wildlife photographer refused to
provide photographs to the Kerala Forest Deparment for their use.
Reading that news again with fresh insight suggests that the wildlife
photographer in question was in fact N.A. Nazeer! Perhaps he or someone
ought to inform the Kerala Forest Department of Wikimedia Commons..
I came across: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/venpa-lambert-m-surhone/1028560188?ean=9783… recently. This e-book, effectively a collection of a few Wikipedia articles, sells for USD 41+. That's okay, but there's no mention of contributions by Wikipedia editors in the authorship details. Isn't this a violation of our licence?
"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
This is a great success to share the effort of Shiju and other
Malayalam Wikimedians to bring Samkshepa Vedartham, the first
Malayalam book online. This is a news article which has come on The
Times of India and copyrighted.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: From a college library in Bangalore, a fragile
copy of the first book printed in Malayalam -- SampkshepaVedartham --
has made a leap to eternity. Thanks to efforts by
MalayalamWikipedians, the book printed in 1772 and kept in Dharmaram
College in Bangalore is now available free on the internet, without
any copyright restriction.
The scanned copy of 'Sampkshepa Vedartham or Nasranikal Okkeyum
Ariyendunna Sampkshepa Vedartham' will be a major source of
information for those interested in the history and development of
Malayalam script. The book by Italian priest Clement Peanices is in
the form of Christian religious teaching in question-answer format.
The first edition of the book was printed using Malayalam types in
Rome in 1772 and was brought to the state in 1774.
A scanned copy of 'Albhabetum Grandonico Malabaricum', the first book
to use Malayalam types, is already available for public use. It is
believed that the Malayalam portion of this Latin book was printed
using the movable types made to print 'Sampkshepa Vedartham'.
Shiju Alex, an active Wikipedian, had taken the initiative to bring
out 'Sampkshepa Vedartham' on the internet with the support of other
members of Malayalam Wikipedia. Ironically, one of the oldest copies
of the book is housed in the Kerala university library. Though it was
digitized using the state grant, it is not available for public use.
"Sampkshepa Vedartham was printed almost 241 years ago. The book gives
insights into the old type of Malayalam numerals. No space is left
between words. Also signs, such as full stops, are not used between
sentences," Alex said. He said the scanned copy of the book has been
uploaded on archives.org, where interested people can read it online
or download the PDF format. "We have begun steps to upload it in
Wikipedia commons (an online repository of media files). A digitized
version will also be available in Malayalam Wikisource," he added.
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
Tamil Wikipedia will be celebrating its 10 years with an event at Chennai
on 29th September. Please have your calendar marked and travel tickets
ready. More details will be announced soon.
This is the first International Tamil Wiki meetup where we expect around 40
core Tamil Wikipedians from countries including Sri Lanka, UAE and Canada
to participate. If you are interested in meeting Tamil Wikipedians and
share stories with us, this is the right opportunity. So, please consider
this as an open invitation for all members of global and Indian languages