It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-release of first 6 volumes
of Kannada Encyclopaedia published by Mysore University under Creative
Commons License CC-BY-SA 3.0.
CIS-A2K has been following up with the Mysore University since months
requesting them to re-release the encyclopaedia under CC. Being convinced of
the importance of preserving the rich culture and heritage of Kannada,
Mysore University has approved the conversion into Unicode and re-release of
the encyclopaedia under CC to make it freely available to Kannadigas all
over the world.
This is a great achievement for CIS-A2K programme and Wikimedia India
community. We are extremely thankful to Prof. K. S. Rangappa,
Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University for realising the importance of growing
free and open knowledge in Kannada. Thanks are also due to the Mysore
University faculty and officials, specifically Prof. S. Ravi (Director,
PMEB), Prof C. Basavaraju (Ex Registrar), Prof. N. M. Talawar (Director,
Institute of Kannada Studies), Prof Hati Krishne Gowda (then Chief Editor of
Mysore University Encyclopaedia project) and others.
CIS-A2K will be converting the encyclopaedia into Unicode and uploading it
on Kannada Wikisource; that will feed into articles on Kannada Wikipedia.
Thanks and regards,
U.B. Pavanaja, MSc, PhD
Programme Officer <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pavanaja> - Indian
Access to Knowledge program
The Centre for Internet & Society