India

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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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KannadaWikipediaWorkshop_010.jpg">"KannadaWikipediaWorkshop 010"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pavanaja">Pavanaja</a>, under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>

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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"Odia Wikisource incubator project screenshot" by Wikimedia Foundation - Odia Wikisource incubator project screenshot. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, except the Wikisource logo which is (c) Wikimedia Foundation

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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"Indu Gnaana Vedika Wikisource event flyer" by రహ్మానుద్దీన్, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The First ever Creative Commons event in Telugu: Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC

Telugu is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya) and is the official language of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the Union Territory district of Yanam. In India alone Telugu is spoken by 100 million people and is estimated to have 180 million speakers around the world. The government of India declared Telugu a Classical language in 2008.

Telugu Wikipedia has been in existence for more than 10 years and has 57,000 articles. Telugu Wikisource is one of the sister projects that has more than 9,400 pages. Several Telugu books are being typed and proofread using Proofread extension. […]

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Wikipedia for Schools Project

Teachers and students in Nyeri, Kenya listening to a tutorial under the Wikipedia for Schools Project. In 2005, SOS Children, the world’s largest charity for orphan and abandoned children[1] [2] launched the “A World of Learning” project, which handpicks Wikipedia articles and categorizes them by subject for schoolchildren around the…

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Samskrita Bharati and Sanskrit Wikipedia: The journey ahead

“Aksharam,” Samskrita Bharati Office in Bangalore. In 1981, a movement called the “Speak Samskrit Movement” started in Bangalore. The effort quickly spread across India and evolved into the organization “Samskrita Bharati” in 1995. The movement has a number of dedicated volunteers who aim to popularize the Sanskrit language, Sanskrit culture and the…

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Release_of_DVD_containing_Odia_font,_open_source_tools_and_Offline_Odia_Wikipedia.jpg">"Release of DVD containing Odia font, open source tools and Offline Odia Wikipedia"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jnanaranjan_sahu">Jnanaranjan sahu</a>, under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>

Odisha Dibasa 2014: 14 books re-released under CC license

Odisha became a separate state in British India on April 1, 1936. Odia, a 2,500 year old language recently gained the status of an Indian classical language. The Odia Wikimedia community celebrated these two occasions on March 29 in Bhubaneswar with a gathering of 70 people.

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Celebrating Women’s Day, the Wiki way

Participants editing articles about women in science. How many Indian women scientists can you name? Go on! Think about this one. Think really hard. How many can you name, now? One? Two? Three? I wrote this blog post at a co-working space for tech startups in the Southern Indian city…

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