Wikipedia Asian Month, and more in CIS-A2K's October newsletter

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Wikipedia Asian Month, and more in CIS-A2K's October newsletter

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Dear friends,

We are happy to share the consolidated newsletter for October 2016.

Wikipedia Asian Month — 2016 iteration starts on 1 November

The second iteration of Wikipedia Asian Month (WAM), a month-long
edit-a-thon to create and improve Asia-related articles on Wikipedia, is
going to start on November 1. In this blog post CIS-A2K's Tito Dutta has
revisited the statistics of the 2015 iteration of the event. We also spoke
to Addis Wang, an organizer of WAM, to know more about their progress and
preparation of the event.

. . . Read more on Blog (

== Program reports ==
Outreach, education programme and community engagement programme reports:
Impact Report form for the Annual Program Grant (

* CIS-A2K published the impact report form for receiving the Annual Plan
Grant from Wikimedia Foundation. The time period of this report is the
first six months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current

* Subray, Ananth. "Kannada Wikipedia Education Program at Christ
university: Work so far" (
30 October 2016)
As you know we are working closely with Christ university in Bengaluru for
the Education Programs in Kannada Wikipedia and Kannada Wikisource, we
worked on redesigning the programme for this academic year 2016-17 based on
the lessons learned from the earlier intervention.

== Articles/blogs ==
Articles, opinion pieces, analysis pieces:

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "What Indian Language Wikipedias can do for
Greater Open Access in India". Your Story (
October 20, 2016)
It’s been almost a decade since most largely spoken Indian languages
started having a Wikipedia project of their own. With the Open Access
Week—a week dedicated for promoting Open Access globally—around the corner
with “Open in Action” as the theme of the year, there is no better time for
anyone who can read and write in their native Indian language..

* Panigrahi, Subhashish. "Open Access Content helps Fuel Growth in
Indian-language Wikipedias". (
October 24, 2016)
Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because
most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages,
websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this
growth. In a country like India in which only a handful of journals are
available in Indian languages, open access to research and educational
resources is hugely important for populating content for the various Indian
language Wikipedias.

* Pavanaja, U.B. "UTF-8, Indic and Stub Length Article in Wikipedia" (
October 20, 2016)

* Pavanaja, U.B. "Querying Wikipedia Data" (
October 21, 2016)

* Dutta, Tito. "Wikipedia Asian Month — 2016 iteration starts on 1
November" (
October 30, 2016)

== Media coverage ==
In this month we have organised or participated in this event:

* Sharma, Mayank. "Indian language localization community meets in New
Delhi". (
03 October 2016)

* Bagchi, Shrabonti. "Changing Wikipedia’s (and society’s) male bias is
work in progress". Factor Daily (
October 5, 2016)

* Rao, Madanmohan. "‘Entrepreneurship will become a common, respectable
profession’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys". (
October 23, 2016)

== Celebrations and upcoming events ==

Odia Wikisource turned 2!
The Odia-language Wikisource that became live on October 20, 2014, has come
an eventful journey of two years. The project, that currently has six
active editors <
and is viewed by 10,533 unique visitors <
every month, houses 460 volumes <
of Odia text. The community and CIS-A2K together have managed to relicense <
more than 309 books <
from "All Rights Reserved" to Creative Commons Share-Alike licenses.

== Team updates ==
Our Programme Manager Dr. U.B. Pavanaja <
has left the team recently, and our Programme Officer Subhashish Panigrahi <
is leaving soon to continue with their other personal/professional
commitments. We thank both of them for their association and support both
to the team and to the community. We wish them success in their forthcoming
endeavours, and hope that they will keep contributing to the Wikimedia
movement in their volunteer capacity.

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