Photo by Janak Bhatta, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Doteli Wikipedia makes significant progress

Little over a year back, three Wikipedians from Nepal resolved to start a Doteli Wikipedia for a language of about 800,000 speakers in the Far Western and Mid-western regions of Nepal.

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"Ahmed Nisar-3" by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Indian-language projects depend on each other: Ahmed Nisar

Nisar Ahmed, an administrator on two Indian language editions of Wikipedia—Urdu and Telugu—talks about how these lanaguage editions must work with one another to be as successful as possible.

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WikipediansSpeak: Telugu-language library catalog project helps Wikipedia grow

As part of the WikipediansSpeak series, Individual Engagement Grantee and Telugu-language Wikimedian Viswanadh.BK shares his experience with the digital library movement in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Over 300K books housed in five libraries could be added to a Wikipedia-based catalog, now helping Wikipedians to cite and readers to easily locate books.

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February's Train the Trainer program—which aims to increase the number of new editors and 'ambassadors' for the movement at large—proved a rewarding experience for attendees. Photo by U.B. Pavanaja, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Train the Trainer: Running effective outreach activities in India

Train the Trainer, a program run by India Access To Knowledge, promotes skill building and capacity development for Indic language Wikimedians while bringing communities together.

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Accessing sources in the Odia language is set to become easier than ever before. Photo by Subhashish Panigrahi, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

How the Odia Wikimedia community is enriching Wikipedia with character encoding technology

The Odia Wikimedia community has successfully built character encoding technology to convert digital content from external sources to Unicode, which will enrich the Odia-language Wikipedia -— just in time for its thirteenth birthday.

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Hindi Wikipedians met to discuss a conference ('sammelan') in Delhi, to bring together editors dispersed across India. Photo by Hindustanilanguage, free licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Hindi Wiki Sammelan: Bringing together dispersed Wikipedians

A proposal to hold a conference in Delhi, inviting editors from across India to come plan next steps for the Hindi Wikipedia. (…)

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Group photo of the faculty and students of KISS Bhubaneswar who took part in the campus program to digitize books.
"Group Photo"© by Subhashish Panigrahi, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Odia Wikisource digitizes classic books to create large Unicode text library

Volunteers from the Odia language Wikipedia joined forces to archive text from early literature and old books now out of print. Odia Wikisource is lightweight, completely text-based and searchable — and accessible on computer and mobile devices. With thousands of books printed so far in this language, Odia Wikisource opens up a whole new world to readers and book lovers. (…)

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"India Community Consultation Meet -2014 (Most of the) Participants" by Viswaprabha, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

India Community Consultation 2014

A little over a month ago, a group of Indian Wikimedians from 15 different language communities gathered in Bangalore to attend the India Community Consultation 2014, the first such consultation at this scale, convened by the Wikimedia Foundation. […]

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55 works of iconic Indian writer released on Wikisource under a free licence

Wikisource has joined forces with CIS-A2K to have almost all the works of prolific Indian writer, Niranjana, re-licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0. Over the course of his career, Niranjana not only penned more than 60 books, but he also served as a political activist. His books will be digitized and made available on Kannada Wikisource, allowing Kannada speakers to freely access his work.

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More Than 40 Million People Await the Launch of Odia Wikisource

Speakers of Odia will soon have mountains of books to read online in their mother tongue, following the launch of the Odia Wikisource, which will make accessible many rare books that have entered the public domain. […]

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