Indian Women and Craft Edit-a-thon

Posted by Gopalakrishna A. at May 19, 2018 12:00 AM |
A two-day long edit-a-thon aimed to archive the Women achievers in the field of art and craft on Kannada Wikipedia was held with the help of Srishti Institute and Janastu on 8th March and 25th March 2018.

On 8th March 2018, The Access to Knowledge program in collaboration with the Srishti Institute of Art, design, and technology organised a Kannada Wikipedia workshop at Janastu, Bangalore. Srishti Institute is a Bangalore based non-residential institute which provides art and design education to various individuals, and Jantsu is a Non-profit organisation which provides FOSS support to NGOs and NPOs. The theme of the event was to create articles on Indian women and crafts,  Padmini, the course leader for Digital Humanities at Srishti Institute helped the A2K program in preparing a list of articles which can be added into Wikipedia.

Near about 15 staffs of Janastu attended the workshop, as the majority of the participants had Kannada language background the event was conducted in the Kannada language. During the workshop, the participants were introduced to their user sandbox, and after the orientation program, they started creating articles on them. A total number of 7 articles were developed on the same day, we also introduced Wikimedia Commons to the participant, on how to upload images to Commons and how to add images from Commons to Wikipedia articles.

After the workshop at Janastu, a follow-up edit-a-thon was also conducted on 25th March 2018 at The CIS office. Five participants from the previous workshop joined us for the edit-a-thon and eight articles were created or improved as a part of that edit-a-thon, of which Daroji Eramma’s article was one among them. Daroji Eramma was a Kannada folk singer and performer of a South Indian folk art called Burrakatha. At the end of the event, a Wikidata training was given to the participants which helped them to translate a few labels on Wikidata.