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by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Nov 16, 2015 01:18 PM

Adopting ORCID as a Unique Identifier will Benefit all Involved in Scholarly Communication

by Subbiah Arunachalam and Muthu Madhan — last modified Oct 28, 2016 04:28 PM

ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a nonprofit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Together with other persistent identifiers for scholarly works such as digital object identifiers (DOIs) and identifiers for organizations, ORCID makes research more discoverable.

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How Open Access Content helps Fuel Growth in Indian-language Wikipedias

How Open Access Content helps Fuel Growth in Indian-language Wikipedias

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Oct 25, 2016 01:39 AM

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.

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What Indian Language Wikipedias can do for Greater Open Access in India

by Subhashish Panigrahi — last modified Oct 22, 2016 04:12 AM

The number of internet users in India was expected to reach 460 million by 2015, as the growth in the previous year was 49 percent. The total number of users for Hindi content alone reached about 60 million last year.

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Why Open Access Has To Look Up For Academic Publishing To Look Up

Why Open Access Has To Look Up For Academic Publishing To Look Up

by Anubha Sinha — last modified Oct 12, 2016 04:22 PM
October 12, 2016

In an important development, the US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the India-based OMICS group for harassing authors to publish in its journals.

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The Zen of Pad.ma: 10 Lessons Learned from Running Open Access Online Video Archives in India and beyond

Feb 03, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM The Centre for Internet and Society, No.194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071 (Near TERI Complex and Domlur Club), by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Sebastian Lütgert and Jan Gerber, the co-initiators of, and the artists/programmers behind the pad.ma (Public Access Digital Media Archive) project will deliver a lecture at CIS on Wednesday, February 03, 6 pm, on their experiences of learnings from running open access online video archives in Germany, India, and Turkey. Please join us for coffee and vada at 5:30 pm.

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Seminar on Open Access in Research Area: A Strategic Approach

Dec 22, 2015 from 01:45 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Hall, TERI, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi, is organising a seminar on open access in research on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The seminar will focus on: 1) wider access to scientific publications and research data, 2) access to scientific information, and 3) challenges and opportunities of research data. The Centre for Internet and Society is supporting the event as a Knowledge Partner.

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Comments on the Draft Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly’s Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)

by Geetha Hariharan — last modified Nov 18, 2015 06:33 AM

Following the comment-period on the Zero Draft, the Draft Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly's Overall Review of implementation of WSIS Outcomes was released on 4 November 2015. Comments were sought on the Draft Outcome Document from diverse stakeholders. The Centre for Internet & Society's response to the call for comments is below.

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Odia Language Classics could Now be Read from Phones, Tablets and of course from Computers!

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 08:12 AM

Odia Wikisource, a sister project of Odia Wikipedia and a free online Odia-language library is celebrating its first anniversary in Bhubaneswar tomorrow. Available online at or.wikisource.org, the project finally went live in last year on October 20 after being incubated over two years. In a nutshell, it not just provides free and open access to readers to access text that are out of copyright or available under free license, but also allows them to contribute in either digitizing copyright-free text or correcting mistakes made by others.

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Open Access Week Round-Up

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Dec 15, 2015 08:21 AM

Here is a round-up of events held at the University of Otago over Open Access Week. Subhashish Panigrahi made a presentation for the staff members of libraries across New Zealand. The event was organised by the University of Otago.

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CIS brings Nadustunna Charithra magazine under by CC BY SA licence

by Tanveer Hasan — last modified Jun 18, 2016 06:07 PM

As a part of its content donation initiative, the Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge team (CIS-A2K) has brought all issues of Nadustunna Charithra magazine under Creative Common Licence.

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