CIS-A2K/Events/Meeting for MoU between CIS-A2K and PAH Solapur University, Solapur

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CIS-A2K is working in collaboration with PAH Solapur University, Solapur in Maharashtra on Wikimedia projects for the last two years. The Mass Communication and Journalism departments are involved in content generation on Marathi Wikipedia & Commons. Looking at the impact of these knowledge creation projects, the University has come forward to collaborate with CIS-A2K for long term activities with other departments and affiliated colleges.

Event details[edit]

  • Dates : 15 May 2019
  • Time : 11 am to 6 pm
  • Venue : VC office, PAH Solapur University

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Report[edit]

In 2019, the students completed assignments in the form of Wikipedia articles. Looking at the interest of students and knowledge creation process, other departments also expressed their willingness to adopt this methodology in academics. Vice Chancellor Dr. Mrunalini Fadnavis took initiative to conduct introductory meeting to discuss the larger collaboration with University courses. The department heads agreed on working in Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikidata, Commons and other Wikimedia projects to enhance the skills of students. As a result, principle level MoU to accommodate Wiki programs in academics as policy for the next academic year was signed between University and Centre for Internet & Society (CIS-A2K) on 15th May at Solapur. On this occasion, Program Manager Tito Dutta was present to sign on behalf of CIS. From University, VC, Registrar, Prof. Ravindra Chincholkar- Coordinator and HoD's of 4 departments were present. The summary of MoU is given below:

Terms of Collaboration[edit]

  1. To promote content generation in Wikimedia projects among the institutions under University affiliation. To organise awareness programs and training workshops to achieve this. For consistent and dedicated efforts, mechanism of subject experts and coordinators will be developed.
  2. To integrate the academic assignments, projects etc. with knowledge building in Wikimedia projects e.g. Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons.
  3. To facilitate content donation in the form of published thesis, University publications to free library - Wikisource. To write well referenced articles based on these research work.
  4. To develop platform in University for outreach programs on Digital knowledge, Language & technologies, FOSS, Unicode etc. To involve other stakeholders in knowledge business like publishers, writers, printers, designers in these programs.
  5. To take lead in accommodating open knowledge concepts, locally relevant content generation practices while designing the courses.
  6. To promote content generation in Wikimedia projects among the institutions under University affiliation. To organise awareness programs and training workshops to achieve this. For consistent and dedicated efforts, mechanism of subject experts and coordinators will be developed.
  7. To integrate the academic assignments, projects etc. with knowledge building in Wikimedia projects e.g. Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons.
  8. To facilitate content donation in the form of published thesis, University publications to free library - Wikisource. To write well referenced articles based on these research work.
  9. To develop platform in University for outreach programs on Digital knowledge, Language & technologies, FOSS, Unicode etc. To involve other stakeholders in knowledge business like publishers, writers, printers, designers in these programs.
  10. To take lead in accommodating open knowledge concepts, locally relevant content generation practices while designing the courses.

Plan of Execution[edit]

  • A core team shall be constituted by representatives of this MoU for realization of the objectives of this MoU. This core team will be constituted by 10 June 2019.
  • The core team shall prepare an action plan with specific goals for achieving the objectives of MoU. They shall take into consideration the academic, commercial and legal aspects of this co-operation.
  • The proposed action plan shall be reviewed and approved by representatives of both parties.
  • The core team shall be supported and authorised to take all necessary actions to implement the action plan in an effective, speedy and dynamic manner.
  • Revenue sharing shall be decided on case to case basis by core team.

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