CIS-A2K/Reports/CIS-A2K Quarterly Report 4/Stand-alone Wikimedia Projects

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Odia Wikisource as OER[edit]

During this quarter CIS-A2K collaborated with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar to implement a campus project for Odia Wikisource. 9 faculty and about 43 students took part in this project to digitize books of Odia author Dr Jagannnath Mohanty. CIS-A2K was instrumental to get licenses of 5 books of noted author and educator Ramakrushna Nanda including an encyclopedia "Biswa Parichay" migrated to Creative Commons Share-Alike 4.0 (CC-by-SA 4.0) license. CIS-A2K has also got Odia poet Bharat Majhi's 5 books relicensed under a CC-by-SA 4.0 license. All of these books will eventually be digitized on Odia Wikisource.

Key Highlights[edit]

Odia poet Bharat Majhi reciting poetry from his first book Agadhu Duari and sharing his views on digitization of books
Preparation for bringing Odia Wikisource live:

Incubated in May 2013, Odia Wikisource as a project was moderately active. Pankajbala Sarangi who attended a seminar where CIS-A2K team member Subhashish Panigrahi spoke about digitization of books on Odia Wikisource, started actively contributing. Soon after that more Wikilibrarians joined in to digitize the classic "Odia Bhagabata" and other such valuable books.

First institutional program for Odia Wikisource initiated

In a collaboration with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar books of Odia author Jagannath Mohanty were taken for digitization. 9 faculty and 43 students joined in this program, were trained in 3 sessions with support from Odia Wikimedian Subas Chandra Rout.

License migration of authors' work under CC-by-SA 4.0

5 books of notable Odia educator and littérateur Ramakrushna Nanda and 5 books of poet Bharat Majhi were relicensed under CC-by-SA 4.0 license.

Bringing Tulu Wikipedia live[edit]

With more than 1.7 million native speakers (as per 2001 census)[1] Tulu is an old language with rich literary heritage. CIS-A2K as part of its 2014-2014 Stand-alone project plan initiated a small project to bring Tulu Wikipedia out of incubator. The actual on-ground work to bring Tulu Wikipedia live started much before the beginning of the plan. During March and April 2014, a workshop and edit-a-thon were conducted at Mangalore. CIS-A2K took active part in initiating the process, designing the programs and conducting training for native speakers. These activities helped to revive the incubator project. There were just about 135 articles (excluding the redirects) and about 8 editors totally before the beginning of these activities. The statistics by the end of the quarter is given below:

Month Edits per month New pages Bytes added Editors per month
Jul 2014 110 2 60331 3
Aug 2014 11 3 7954 0
Sep 2014 17 0 4372 1

Total Number of articles (as on 10 October 2014): 361 (excluding the redirects)

Total number of editors: 51 (with more than 10 edits)

The fluctuations reflected in the statistics are quite similar to that of other Wikimedia projects. But the project is growing both in terms of content and community and the substantial growth will be visible in the near future.


  1. Lewis, M. Paul, ed. (2009), "Tulu", Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.), SIL International, retrieved 2009-11-12.