Dear all,

We from the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS-A2K) thank you all for your support and collaboration We bring you the details of our work for the month of March 2014:


Draft Work plan July 2014 - June 2015

The Access to Knowledge team from CIS (CIS-A2K) published a detailed draft work plan. These include 7 language area plans, 3 community strengthening initiatives, 8 stand-alone Wikimedia projects, creating movement resources, publicity, research and documentation, and general support and service to the movement. The work plans for Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia and Telugu languages can be accessed here.

Events Organised

  1. First Urdu Wikipedia Workshop (Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, March 4, 2014). Syed Muzamiluddin conducted the workshop. The event was covered by Taemeer News, Aalami Akhbar, and Firokhabar on March 5, 2014. A video of the event was published by Ruby News.
  2. Telugu Wikipedia Women’s Day (Hyderabad, March 8, 2014). T. Vishnu Vardhan participated in this event. The event was covered by Andhra Prabha Telugu daily and Andhra Bhoomi.
  3. Wiki Women’s Day (International Center Goa, March 9, 2014). Frederick Noronha conducted the workshop. The event was organized as part of the commemoration of the International Women's Day.
  4. Wikipedia Editathon on India Women's History (Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT), Hyderabad, March 8, 2014). The event was covered by Andhra Prabha and Andhra Bhoomi on March 8, 2014. T. Vishnu Vardhan spoke at this event and also gave a Wikipedia demonstration. Syed Muzamiluddin gave a brief Wikipedia demonstration.
  5. Kannada Wikipedia Workshop (SDM College, Ujire, March 23, 2014). Dr. U.B.Pavanaja conducted a workshop. Renuka Phadnis wrote a report of the event in the Hindu on March 24, 2014.
  6. Community Capacity Building Workshop (KIIT University, March 30, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi along with experienced Wikipedians mentored the Odia Wikipedia community about community building strategies and outreach.

Events Co-organised

Release of DVD containing free licensed Odia font, open source tools and Offline Odia Wikipedia during Odisha Dibasa 2014 on March 29, 2014.
Image: Ahemadullah Shaikh

  1. Kannada Wikipedia Workshop (organized by Kannada Times Sagara and co-sponsored by CIS-A2K, Sagara, March 1-2, 2014). Dr. U.B. Pavanaja conducted a Kannada Wikipedia workshop on March 1, followed a by edit-a-thon on Mar 2, 2014. The event was covered by Suvarna Prabha (March 1, 2014), Vijaya Karnataka (March 2, 2014) and Vijaya Vani (March 3, 2014).
  2. Odisha Day 2014 (organized by CIS-A2K and Odia Wikipedia community, Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, March 29, 2014). About 70 people participated in the event. The event was featured in the media about 14 times.
  3. Telugu Wikipedia at JNTUACEP (co-organized by CIS-A2K and the Department of Computer Science, JNTUACEP, Andhra Pradesh, March 28, 2014). Rahmanuddin Shaik was a speaker.

Articles / Blog Entries

  1. Open Education Week: Interview with Subhashish Panigrahi (by Noopur Raval, March 14, 2014).
  2. Open Source Project Brings 11th Century Kannada Verses Online (by Pavithra Hanchagaiah, Omshivaprakash H L and Subhashish Panigrahi, March 19, 2014).
  3. Vachana Sanchaya: 11th century Kannada literature to enrich Wikisource (by by Pavithra Hanchagaiah, Omshivaprakash H L and Subhashish Panigrahi, March 20, 2014).
  4. ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ: ତିନି ବର୍ଷର ସକ୍ରିୟ ଅବଦାନ ୧୦ ବର୍ଷର ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପକୁ ପୁନର୍ଜୀବନ ଦେଲା (by Subhashish Panigrahi, March 20, 2014).
  5. Digitize any Book in the Public Domain (by Subhashish Panigrahi,, March 27, 2014).

Participation in Events

  1. Sessions on Kannada Wikipedia (organized by Tumkur University, March 27, 2014). Dr. U.B.Pavanaja conducted a session on Kannada Wikipedia for students of M.Sc. Library and Information Sciences followed by an advanced Kannada Wikipedia session for students of M.A. Literature.
  2. The Dynamics of Education to Employment Journey: Opportunities and Challenges (organized by KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, February 21-22, 2014). T. Vishnu Vardhan and Subhashish Panigrahi gave talks.

Media Coverage

CIS gave its inputs for the following media coverage:

  1. Integrating Urdu with Modern Technology the Need of Hour (Daily Taskeen, March 6, 2014).
  2. ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଦିବସ: ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ଭିତ୍ତିରେ ରାଜ୍ୟ ଗଠନର ୭୯ ବର୍ଷ (, March 27, 2014).
  3. Odia Wikipedia (The Telegraph, March 29, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi spoke about Odia Wikipedia plan.
  4. Odia Wikimedia community celebrated Odisha day, bringing 14 copyright free Odia books (Odishadiary, March 29, 2014): <web-link>1lJJ4ur.
  5. Odia Wikipedia Brings 14 Copyright Free Odia Books and a Free Odia Font (Odishabarta, March 29, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi shared the vision of the Wikimedia movement.
  6. ‘Digitisation only way to preserve valuable literature for posterity’ (Odisha Sun Times, March 29, 2014).
  7. Odia Wikipedia to Digitise 14 Books (The Pioneer, March 30, 2014).
  8. ଓଡ଼ିଆରେ ଉଇକିପିଡିଆ ଓ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାର: ଓଡ଼ିଆ ପୁସ୍ତକ ଏଣିକି ମୁକ୍ତରେ ମିଳିବ ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ (Odishan, March 30, 2014): link to the news. Subhashish Panigrahi read out the annual report.
  9. Odisha Day 2014 (Odisha Samay, March 30, 2014).
  10. Odisha Day 2014 (Sambad, March 31, 2014): link.
  11. Emphasis on developing vernacular encyclopaedias (The Hindu, March 30, 2014).

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 Rahmanuddin Shaikh. One team member Nitika Tandon is based in Delhi. We also have one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana working with us. 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 here.

About CIS

The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government, FOSS, open standards, etc.), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.

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CIS is grateful to its donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy 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.


Thanks and regards,


U.B. Pavanaja, MSc, PhD

Programme Officer – Indian languages,

Access to Knowledge program

The Centre for Internet & Society