Dear friends,

We are happy to share the consolidated newsletter for August.

Community digest: Tulu Wikipedia goes live after eight years in Incubator; news in brief:

Eight years after being created in the Wikimedia Incubator, the Tulu-language Wikipedia is now live as the 23rd Indic language. Available at, the project has a total of 1285 articles contributed by 198 editors.

Other news in brief:
* Ongoing India At Rio Olympics 2016 Edit-a-thon ( promises to plant one tree for every 20 new articles created
* Wiki Loves Monuments ( returns to India after three years
* WikiConference India 2016 ( , the largest Wikimedia community gathering of the year in South Asia comes to an end
* Ashutosh Sarangi ( , the youngest Wikimedian from the oldest Indian-language Wikipedia community

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Community digest: Konkani language speakers are separated by scripts but unite by Wikipedia; news in brief:

This post shares learning from a Goan Konkani Wikipedian User:The Discoverer. The discussion spans around the topics of how [Goan Konkani] Wikipedia is playing the role of a binding factor for native speakers that are currently dispersed in many states, speak in different variations of the same language, and write in different scripts.

Other news in brief:
* WikiConference India 2016 to be held at Chandigarh during August 5–7
* Punjab edit-a-thon
* Campaign for relicensing copyrighted books under Creative Commons licenses
* Train-the-trainer and Mediawiki training program for capacity building of community leaders from Indian subcontinent
* Indian women in Science edit-a-thon
* Indigenous South-Asian language Santali gets a new open Unicode font

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Programme reports

== Outreach, education programme and community engagement programme reports ==
* A workshop to improve Telugu Wikipedia articles on Nobel laureates ( (Pavan Santhosh S; August 31, 2016)

Many articles about Nobel laureates are missing in the Telugu Wikipedia. Recently undergraduate students from four different disciplines of the Andhra Loyola College (ALC), Vijayawada gathered to create and improve articles related to Nobel laureates.

* Campaign for relicensing copyrighted books under Creative Commons licenses ( . (Pavan Santhosh S and Subhashish Panigrahi; August 30)

A campaign has been started to relicense Telugu-language books of several noted authors from "all rights reserved" to Creative Commons Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA) license. This campaign was started on June 19 and copyright migration process is complete for 17 books so far. Once the copyright migration is over the books—ranging from historical figures and popular personalities to regional history—are going to be digitised on Wikisource.

* Wikiwomen’s Meetup at St. Agnes College Explores Potentials and Plans of Women Editors in Mangalore, Karnataka ( (Ting-Yi Chang, August 27, 2016)

Karnataka is known for its diverse linguistic cultures. Aside from Kannada, many are native speakers of Konkani, Tulu, and other languages. A small Wikiwomen's meetup was held on Saturday, August 27th at St. Agnes College, Mangalore, to invite female Wikipedians from the region. Many of them were new to the online encyclopedia but demonstrated strong interest in learning and contributing more Indic language content online.

== Participation in events and the ongoing events ==

* Focus on India—WikiConference produces new apps; state government adopts free licenses ( (Organized by by the Community of Wikimedians in India, supported by Wikimedia India and CIS; August 5 - 7, 2016; Chandigarh; CIS-A2K team participated, and some of the members were part of organising the event and some presented talks and conducted workshops)

== Articles, opinion/analysis pieces and event talk submissions ==
* 3 Copyright Tips for Students and Educators ( (Subhashish Panigrahi;; August 16, 2016).
* ଓଡ଼ିଆ ପାଇଁ ଓସିଆର: ଛପା ଲେଖାର ଛବିରୁ ଡିଇଟାଲ ଲେଖା ( (Subhashish Panigrahi; Samaja; August 21, 2016).
* Preserving Languages and Cultures in India: The Birth of the Tulu Wikipedia ( (Subhashish Panigrahi; August 26, 2016).
* Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language! ( (Subhashish Panigrahi; August 28, 2016).
* WikiConference India 2016 Submission: How to better tell your Wikimedia Community Story using Media as a Tool ( (Subhashish Panigrahi; August 17, 2016).
* WikiConference India 2016 Submission: We, Men, Women: Collective Learning in Bridging Indic Wikipedia Gender Gaps ( (Ting-Yi Chang; August 17, 2016).
* WikiConference India 2016 Submission: Gender Gap in Indian Language Wikipedias – Projects, Outreach and Outcome ( (Dr. U.B. Pavanaja; August 17, 2016).
* Community Digest: Tulu Wikipedia Goes Live after Eight Years in Incubator; News in Brief ( (Subhashish Panigrahi and Ting-Yi Chang; August  24, 2016).
* Wikiwomen’s Meetup at St. Agnes College Explores Potentials and Plans of Women Editors in Mangalore, Karnataka ( (Ting-Yi Chang; August 31, 2016).

== Media coverage ==

Events and activities that we have organised or participated in:
* WikiConference India 2016 Starts Friday in Chandigarh ( (Indo Asian News Service and NDTV; August 4, 2016).
* Tulu Wikipedia Goes 'Live' ( (Wikimedia Blog; August 5, 2016).
* India's 23rd regional Wikipedia, in Tulu, goes live ( (IANS and Business Standard; August 6, 2016).
* After eight years, Tulu Wikipedia goes live ( (Raviprasad Kamila; Hindu; August 7, 2016).
* In Tulu, India's 23rd Regional Wikipedia Goes Live ( (Naina Chaturvedi; Huffington Post; August 7, 2016)
* India's 23rd Regional Wikipedia Launches ( (; August 8, 2016).
* Wikipedia launches in Tulu, its 23rd Indic language ( (Vivek Pai; Medianama; August 9, 2016).
* Telugu Wikipedians create Articles on Punjab in Telugu Wikipedia ( (Sakshi; August 11, 2016).
* Telugu Wikipedians create Articles on Punjab in Telugu Wikipedia ( (Eenadu; August 11, 2016).
* Tulu gets official Wikipedia page, but Mumbai linguists say more is needed ( (Anju Maskeri; Mid-Day; August 21, 2016).
* Punjab edit-a-thon & Telugu Wikipedia success ( (Andhra Jyothi; August 26, 2016).
* Data Xgen launches paid Hindi email service ( (Sneha Johari; Medianama; August 29, 2016).

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Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K)
Centre for Internet and Society
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