We thank you all for your support and collaboration. Please find below the details of our
work in the month of November 2013.
CIS-A2K Narrative Report
This narrative report captures the work done by the A2K program during the period of
September 2012 to June 2013. It examines projects and activities and its impact and
outcomes over a period of the initial Ten months of the Grant. This report will also
inform CIS-A2K program’s strategy for the next one year to achieve the goals set out by
its donor, Wikimedia Foundation, and goals listed in our Work Plans (which were developed
in consultation with the Wikimedia community in India). Importantly, this Narrative Report
is critical for the Wikimedia community in India, Global Wikimedia community and the
Wikimedia Foundation to get a comprehensive overview of A2K’s work and to critically
assess the A2K program’s eligibility for further support. The report compiled by by T.
Vishnu Vardhan, Nitika Tandon and Subhashish Panigrahi can be accessed at
CIS Signs MoU with Christ University, Bangalore (November 20, 2013): The Access to
Knowledge team signed a MoU as part of which CIS-A2K and Christ University will impart
Wikipedia education in Indian classrooms: http://bit.ly/1ehr8kz
We are happy to share with you that Rahmanuddin Shaik has been selected for the role of
"Community Communications Consultant" at CIS-A2K! Rahmanuddin is an active
contributor on Wikimedia Commons, Telugu Wikipedia and Telugu Wikisource:
ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಟ್ಟ ಸಸಿಗೆ ಈಗ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷ (by Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Kannada Prabha, November 1,
. The article highlights 10 years of Kannada Wikipedia, the
current status of the Kannada Wikipedia vis-a-vis number of articles, number of editors,
active editors, and page views per month.
Train The Trainer Programme for Wikipedians (by Subhashish Panigrahi, DNA, November 14,
2013):http://bit.ly/ILwLMr. The article was edited by Rohini Lakshane of DNA.
Train the Trainer Program (by Subhashish Panigrahi, November 18, 2013):
Konkani Vishwakosh Under CC-BY-SA (by Nitika Tandon, November 26, 2013):
► Events Organised
Wikipedia Orientation Programme for MA Students (Christ University, Bangalore, November
12, 2013): http://bit.ly/ItxAtu
. Syed Muzammiluddin was the trainer. Twenty students
Wikipedia Orientation Programme for the Second Language Students (Christ University,
Bangalore, November 12, 13, 16 and 19, 2013): http://bit.ly/1bxsOYF
. T. Vishnu Vardhan,
Syed Muzammiluddin and Dr. U.B.Pavanaja were the trainers. About 1200 second language
students participated in the programme.
Documentation and Wikipedia Contribution — A One Day Workshop (Kalinga Institute of Social
Studies, Bhubaneswar, November 14, 2013). The workshop was conducted by Subhashish
Documentation and Wikipedia Workshop (Kalinga School of Management, Bhubaneswar, November
16, 2013): http://bit.ly/Imf0DV
. Subhashish Panigrahi conducted the workshop.
Konknni Wikipedia Workshop (organised by Dalgado Konknni Akademi and CIS-A2K, Goa Central
State Library, November 16 and 17, 2013): http://bit.ly/1fSwiH5
Tenth Anniversary of Wikipedia (H N Multimedia Hall, National College, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, November 17, 2013): http://bit.ly/1eJ6da9
. Dr. U R Ananthamurthy, Prof. G.
Venkatasubbiah and Ravi Hegde were the guests of honour. Dr. U.B. Pavanaja conducted the
First Phase of Odia Wikipedia Workshop (Indian Institute of Mass Communication,
Bhubaneswar, November 18, 2013): http://bit.ly/18doDer
. Subhashish Panigrahi conducted the
Konkani Wikipedia Workshop (Nirmala Institute of Education, Goa, November 19, 2013):
. Nitika Tandon conducted the event.
Konkani Vishwakosh: Doubt Solving Session I (Goa Central State Library, November 26,
. Nitika Tandon conducted the session.
Konkani Vishwakosh: Doubt Solving Session II (Goa Central State Library, November 28,
. Nitika Tandon conducted the session.
Editing Sprint for Vishwakosh (Goa Central, State Library, November 30, 2013):
. Nitika Tandon conducted the event.
► Event Co-organised
The Relaunch of Creative Commons India (co-organised by Wikimedia India, Acharya Narendra
Dev College and CIS, India Islamic Cultural Centre, November 12, 2013):
. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development
was the chief guest at the event.
► Event Participated In
Wikimedia Diversity Conference (organized by German Wikipedia Community, GLS Campus,
. T. Vishnu Vardhan was a speaker at this event and made a
presentation on the challenges and opportunities for the Wikimedia movement in India.
► Media Coverage
CIS gave its inputs for the following media coverage:
Kannada Wikipedia and its Tenth Anniversary (RadioCity, November 2, 2013):
Indian Govt to Build Machine Translation System for 22 Indic Languages (by Brindaalakshmi,
Medianama, November 14, 2013): http://bit.ly/J4qg7V
. CIS MoU with Goa University is
10th anniversary of Kannada wikipedia (by ND Shiva Kumar, The Times of India, November 15,
Tenth Anniversary of Kannada Wikipedia (Udayavani, November 15, 2013):
ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಕ್ಕೆ ಈಗ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ. ಅದರ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಒಂದು ಆಚರಣೆ (Avadhi Website, November 16,
ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಗೆ 10, ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ಸಾಲದು: ಪ್ರೊ .ಜಿವಿ (OneindiaKannada, November 17, 2013):
Tenth Anniversary of Kannada Wikipedia (Vijayavani, November 17, 2013):
ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಕ್ಕೆ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ (Prajavani, November 18, 2013):
ಕನ್ನಡದ ಆನ್ಲೈನ್ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ ದುರ್ಬಲ (Vijaya Karnataka, November 19, 2013):
Panaji: DKA organizes two day Konkani Wikipedia workshop (Daijiworld, November 18, 2013):
Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia movement in India.
The A2K team consists of six members, four based in Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B.
Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and Muzammiluddin Syed, one member Nitika Tandon in Delhi
and one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana. Archives of our newsletters can be accessed here
). Wikipedians from various communities can request
for outreach programs, technical bugs, logistics-merchandize and media, public relations
and communications at http://bit.ly/TOcXId
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International, UK, Hans Foundation and the Kusuma Trust which was founded by Anurag
Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin, for its core funding and
support for most of its projects.