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Access to Knowledge Bulletin — November 2013

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The Access to Knowledge (Wikipedia) newsletter for the month of November 2013:

CIS-A2K Narrative ReportThis narrative report captures the work done by the A2K program during the period of September 2012 to June 2013. It examines projects and activities and its impact and outcomes over a period of the initial Ten months of the Grant. This report will also inform CIS-A2K program’s strategy for the next one year to achieve the goals set out by its donor, Wikimedia Foundation, and goals listed in our Work Plans (which were developed in consultation with the Wikimedia community in India). Importantly, this Narrative Report is critical for the Wikimedia community in India, Global Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia Foundation to get a comprehensive overview of A2K’s work and to critically assess the A2K program’s eligibility for further support. The report compiled by by T. Vishnu Vardhan, Nitika Tandon and Subhashish Panigrahi can be accessed at
► Announcements

  • CIS Signs MoU with Christ University, Bangalore (November 20, 2013): The Access to Knowledge team signed a MoU as part of which CIS-A2K and Christ University will impart Wikipedia education in Indian classrooms:
  • We are happy to share with you that Rahmanuddin Shaik has been selected for the role of "Community Communications Consultant" at CIS-A2K! Rahmanuddin is an active contributor on Wikimedia Commons, Telugu Wikipedia and Telugu Wikisource:


  • ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಟ್ಟ ಸಸಿಗೆ ಈಗ ಹತ್ತು ವರ್ಷ (by Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Kannada Prabha, November 1, 2013): The article highlights 10 years of Kannada Wikipedia, the current status of the Kannada Wikipedia vis-a-vis number of articles, number of editors, active editors, and page views per month.
  • Train The Trainer Programme for Wikipedians (by Subhashish Panigrahi, DNA, November 14, 2013): The article was edited by Rohini Lakshane of DNA.

►Blog Entries

► Events Organised

  • Wikipedia Orientation Programme for MA Students (Christ University, Bangalore, November 12, 2013): Syed Muzammiluddin was the trainer. Twenty students participated.
  • Wikipedia Orientation Programme for the Second Language Students (Christ University, Bangalore, November 12, 13, 16 and 19, 2013): T. Vishnu Vardhan, Syed Muzammiluddin and Dr. U.B.Pavanaja were the trainers. About 1200 second language students participated in the programme.
  • Documentation and Wikipedia Contribution — A One Day Workshop (Kalinga Institute of Social Studies, Bhubaneswar, November 14, 2013). The workshop was conducted by Subhashish Panigrahi:
  • Documentation and Wikipedia Workshop (Kalinga School of Management, Bhubaneswar, November 16, 2013): Subhashish Panigrahi conducted the workshop.
  • Konknni Wikipedia Workshop (organised by Dalgado Konknni Akademi and CIS-A2K, Goa Central State Library, November 16 and 17, 2013):
  • Tenth Anniversary of Wikipedia (H N Multimedia Hall, National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, November 17, 2013): Dr. U R Ananthamurthy, Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah and Ravi Hegde were the guests of honour. Dr. U.B. Pavanaja conducted the workshop.
  • First Phase of Odia Wikipedia Workshop (Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Bhubaneswar, November 18, 2013): Subhashish Panigrahi conducted the workshop.
  • Konkani Wikipedia Workshop (Nirmala Institute of Education, Goa, November 19, 2013): Nitika Tandon conducted the event.
  • Konkani Vishwakosh: Doubt Solving Session I (Goa Central State Library, November 26, 2013): Nitika Tandon conducted the session.
  • Konkani Vishwakosh: Doubt Solving Session II (Goa Central State Library, November 28, 2013): Nitika Tandon conducted the session.
  • Editing Sprint for Vishwakosh (Goa Central, State Library, November 30, 2013): Nitika Tandon conducted the event.

► Event Co-organised

  • The Relaunch of Creative Commons India (co-organised by Wikimedia India, Acharya Narendra Dev College and CIS, India Islamic Cultural Centre, November 12, 2013): Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development was the chief guest at the event.

► Event Participated In

  • Wikimedia Diversity Conference (organized by German Wikipedia Community, GLS Campus, Berlin): T. Vishnu Vardhan was a speaker at this event and made a presentation on the challenges and opportunities for the Wikimedia movement in India.

► Media Coverage    CIS gave its inputs for the following media coverage:

  • Kannada Wikipedia and its Tenth Anniversary (RadioCity, November 2, 2013):
  • Indian Govt to Build Machine Translation System for 22 Indic Languages (by Brindaalakshmi, Medianama, November 14, 2013): CIS MoU  with Goa University is mentioned.
  • 10th anniversary of Kannada wikipedia (by ND Shiva Kumar, The Times of India, November 15, 2013):
  • Tenth Anniversary of Kannada Wikipedia (Udayavani, November 15, 2013):
  • ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಕ್ಕೆ ಈಗ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ. ಅದರ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಒಂದು ಆಚರಣೆ (Avadhi Website, November 16, 2013):
  • ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಗೆ 10, ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ಸಾಲದು: ಪ್ರೊ .ಜಿವಿ (OneindiaKannada, November 17, 2013):
  • Tenth Anniversary of Kannada Wikipedia (Vijayavani, November 17, 2013):
  • ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಕ್ಕೆ ದಶಮಾನೋತ್ಸವ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ (Prajavani, November 18, 2013):
  • ಕನ್ನಡದ ಆನ್‌ಲೈನ್ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ ದುರ್ಬಲ (Vijaya Karnataka, November 19, 2013):
  • Panaji: DKA organizes two day Konkani Wikipedia workshop (Daijiworld, November 18, 2013):

Wikimedia Foundation has funded A2K to anchor the growth of Wikimedia movement in India. The A2K team consists of six members, four based in Bangalore: T. Vishnu Vardhan, Dr. U.B. Pavanaja, Subhashish Panigrahi and Muzammiluddin Syed, one member Nitika Tandon in Delhi and one Advisor Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana. Archives of our newsletters can be accessed here ( Wikipedians from various communities can request for outreach programs, technical bugs, logistics-merchandize and media, public relations and communications at

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