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During the pandemic times, CIS-A2K collaborated with Marathi volunteers on Lingua Libre project to develop language resource on Wikimedia Commons. About 25 volunteers worked collectively to upload 15224 recordings on Wikimedia Commons. Thus the potential of this project to document and preserve the languages was realised. Many organisations working in tribal areas with communities speaking local languages have approached us to participate in this project.
CIS-A2K representative discussed the possibilities for collaboration with Wikimedia France members in the recent Wikimedia Summit. Taking the process further, a meeting was organised on 11 October 2022 with Lingua Libre coordinator and Head of Diversity and Francophony Project, Adelaide Calais. The discussion points included - preservation of endangered languages in India, Integration of recordings with Wikidata, connecting languages and language learning module development. We decided to develop pilot project proposals for two languages in this program year.