by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:42 AM
The key mandate of the Access to Knowledge project at CIS (CIS-A2K) is to work towards catalysing the growth of the open knowledge movement in south Asia and in Indic languages. From September 2012, CIS has been actively involved in growing the open knowledge movement in India through a grant received from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). The current focus of the CIS-A2K team spans over 5 language areas (Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Odia, and Telugu), 2 community strengthening initiatives, and 6 stand-alone Wikimedia projects.
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The mission of CIS-A2K is to catalyze the growth of open knowledge movement in South Asia and in Indic languages. Within the Wikimedia universe CIS-A2K specifically strives to further grow the Indic and English Wikimedia projects and communities by:

  • supporting and serving the Indian Wikimedia communities in all possible ways;
  • building institutional partnerships;
  • bringing more content under free license;
  • designing and executing projects with community participation;
  • strengthening the Wikimedia volunteers; and
  • fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem.


Work Plans

Work plans and other programme documents can be accessed here:


Activities and Feedback

If you have a general proposal/suggestion for Access to Knowledge team you can write on the requests page. If you have appreciations or feedback on our work, please share it on feedback page.


Recent Posts

Blog Entry Community digest: Konkani language speakers are separated by scripts but unite by Wikipedia; news in brief by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Aug 07, 2016 03:11 AM
Konkani-language Wikipedians on what they think of Wikipedia as a binding factor for native speakers who speak in different variations of the same language and write in different scripts.
Tulu Wikipedia Goes 'Live' by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 07, 2016 01:41 AM
Tulu Wikipedia became live on August 5, 2016. CIS-A2K took making of Tulu Wikipedia live as one of its activity in 2014. The efforts bore fruit and Tulu Wikipedia is live now.
WikiConference India 2016 by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 07, 2016 01:35 AM
WikiConference India 2016 is an event to provide a common platform for all Wikimedians in India to meet and share their views, discuss challenges and exchange useful tips, best practices and other information. The Conference is open for participation of Wikimedians from all nations, and will be taking place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of August 2016 at Chandigarh.
Blog Entry The largest Wikipedia gathering in South Asia kicks off by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Aug 06, 2016 05:11 PM
Wikimedia Conference 2016Wiki Conference India 2016 (WCI), the largest gathering of contributors to Wikipedia and its sister projects in South Asia, will be held during August 5-7 this year in Chandigarh, India.
WikiConference India 2016 Starts Friday in Chandigarh by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 05, 2016 01:48 AM
India, a key growth area for Wikipedia, is gearing up for a national conference "for Wikimedians in India to meet and share their views, discuss challenges and exchange useful tips, best practices and other information".
Blog Entry Tools orientation for Telugu Wikimedians of Hyderabad by Pavan Santhosh S — last modified Aug 17, 2016 02:58 PM
To help Wikimedians learn about essential tools that are used across Wikimedia projects, a tools orientation session was organised during the monthly meetup on July 10 at Hyderabad.
Architectures of Knowledge by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jul 30, 2016 02:44 PM
Rohini Lakshane was a speaker at a workshop organized by Columbia's Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.
Blog Entry Edit-a-thon at DSERT Bengaluru to improve Science-related articles in Kannada Wikipedia by Ananth Subray — last modified Aug 16, 2016 08:31 AM
We have been working with the Department of State Educational Research and Training of Karnataka (DSERT), a Government of Karnataka-run research and training institution headquartered in Bengaluru. With the hope of expanding the reach of Science-related content in Kannada Wikipedia, we organised an edit-a-thon spanning over three days from the 11th January through the 13th.
Blog Entry Online edit-a-thon on incidents in Telugu by Subhashish Panigrahi and Pavan Santhosh — last modified Jul 11, 2016 04:23 PM
A week-long online edit-a-thon was organised by the Telugu Wikipedia community to cover popular social, political and other events on the Telugu Wikipedia.
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିଅଭିଧାନରେ ଏକ ଲକ୍ଷ ଶବ୍ଦ by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jul 09, 2016 08:17 AM
A news article on Odia Wiktionary's 11th anniversary that got published in Odia-language daily Sambad on June 18.

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