Dear Indian Wikimedians,
As many of you may have known, one of our fellow Wikimedian was arrested by
Uttar Pradesh Police in October 2020. His name is Siddique Kappan (His
wikimedia username is User:Sidheeq). He is from Kerala, and he was active
in Wikimedia projects (mainly in Malayalam Wikipedia) until his arrest.
Incidently he is a journalist and he was arrested from the home of Hathras
rape and murder victim while reporting the victim Dalit girl's family
members. UP Police has slapped Sedition, Terrorism as well as UAPA charges
Kappen is diabetic and now COVID positive. He was admitted to hospital only
after he collapsed in the jail cell. With his deteriorating health, it was
accused that Kappan was chained to hospital bed like an animal. Today's
news reports say that he is in critical condition. (You could always google
As a tone deaf people I don't expect anything from this mail, I just wish
to share the information.
Stay Inside, Stay Complementary (non-critical), Stay safe, Stay healthy.
Siddique's en.wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sidheeq
This might be some food for thought, and inputs are welcome. India mailing
list is the largest and most widely used Wikimedia mailing list for the
Indian community. Could we have a practice that all grant requests from the
country (or related to) are informed on the Wikimediaindia-l mailing list?
Whether it is a state-level, project-level, language-level etc, or whether
it is a rapid grant, project grant etc it would be good to see the plan
details on this mailing list in advance. It will ensure greater visibility,
and it will also ensure the community's understanding/knowing of each
If we can have a practice like this, we can inform Wikimedia, or CR team or
relevant support structure(s) as an India community practice.
This post is in my personal capacity. Please assume good faith
CIS-A2K has initiated a short-term pilot research project called *Study on
Infrastructural Needs of Indian Language Wikisource Projects*, to collect
baseline data on the challenges and needs of Wikisource projects in India.
We would like to invite you to share your valuable feedback on the research
design. For more details on this, including the objective and process, you
We request you to kindly give your feedback on the following points which
would be very useful to refine the study before we commence our research
1. Are the objectives of the research clear?
2. What do you think of the process outlined for this research?
3. Kindly give us your general opinion/suggestions/comments about this
For any queries, kindly reply to this thread, or write to
Centre for Internet and Society
Without R&D progress is not possible. Becoz every Indic language differes
esp., in the interfaces. Many interface admins are not having sufficient
experiences. My request is listen "their needs". Like google OCR, we
need voice input tools, floating keyboard, sidebar toggle as in
Simplification leads to faster growth.
Wikimedia-User-Name:* Info-farmer *Mobile:*+91 9095343342*
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> J. Balaji
> On Fri, Oct 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM Jayanta Nath <jayantanth(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > CIS-A2K has initiated a short-term pilot research project called *Study
> > on Infrastructural Needs of Indian Language Wikisource Projects*, to
> > collect baseline data on the challenges and needs of Wikisource projects
> > India. We would like to invite you to share your valuable feedback on the
> > research design. For more details on this, including the objective and
> > process, you may see:
> > We request you to kindly give your feedback on the following points which
> > would be very useful to refine the study before we commence our research
> > work:
> > 1. Are the objectives of the research clear?
> > 2. What do you think of the process outlined for this research?
> > 3. Kindly give us your general opinion/suggestions/comments about this
> > study.
> > For any queries, kindly reply to this thread, or write to
> > sneha(a)cis-india.org.
> > Best,
> > Jayanta Nath
> > Centre for Internet and Society
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We are happy to announce that the CIS-A2K team have been initiated to
develop the Wikisource Android apps for Wikisource reader. Over the last
couple of months, a group of devs from the Tamil language community have
been putting together an Android Wikisource App for us. They have been
finished their POC of the app. In the coming month, we will engage some
developers to develop iOS apps for the same. We think it's finally gotten
to a good state for people to start hacking on it.
For those just wanting to get started here are the links Initial code:
https://github.com/ViluppuramGLUG/WikisourceApp feature ideas landing page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikisource_Apps How can you help?
In the coming month, we may help to do the following ... * Fork the code
and help us with open bug requests * Critique the code and suggest a
cleanup * Start to hack on new features UI. * Localization for the user
Also, you may comment/suggest/feedback our meta talk page
Program Officer ( Wikisource )
Apologies for posting several times in the last few days.
Yesterday we held a meeting for the SAARC region regarding its selector.
The selector will represent the region when casting the affiliates vote for
choosing members of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee. The result
agreement on *User:Suyash.dwivedi* as the region's selector. Suyash will be
one among eight representatives of other regions who will take part on
behalf of affiliates.
Additionally, all of you, as Wikimedians, have the chance to cast your
votes in the *Drafting Committeee's elections* that will start in a few
hours and run until 24 October. Here's a link to the candidates page
option for voting will appear there soon).
All the best,
Knowledge Management Coordinator
Thank you to all of those who attended today's meeting to discuss the
selection process for the selector of the SAARC/South Asia region.
Based on the results of the discussion, you will have a chance to nominate
yourself as a selector
(or to encourage people from your affiliate/group to self-nominate!) until *5
PM on 10 October*, according to the local time *anywhere in the SAARC
*Anyone can self-nominate. *You're not obliged to be a representative of a
particular affiliate, although you'll need to be a member of one -
communities, on the other hand, will have a chance to participate in the
open elections that will start in a couple of days.
All the best,
Knowledge Management Coordinator