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 April 2022 
 Volume 04 

Annual Proposal Submission


The annual plan of CIS-A2K has been submitted to Wikimedia Foundation and may be seen here. In this program year, we would continue our support and service towards the Wikimedia and the free knowledge movement in India. We will build on our past work in areas such as partnership building, Wikisource, leadership-building activities etc. The proposal is currently under review and you may share your thoughts.

Digitisation session with Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha


Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha approached CIS-A2K to develop content related to Jain philosophy, monuments and literature on Wikimedia projects. It is a 120-year-old organisation actively working for the upliftment of the Jain community. The organisation's head office is situated in Sangli, Maharashtra. The institution houses a rich library of 100-year-old historical documents, images of monuments and manuscripts. A two-hour session on introduction to Wikimedia projects and digitisation was conducted on 3 April 2022. Total of 20 members including trustees, authors read more...

Training sessions of organisations working on river issues


CIS-A2K collaborated with Rotary Water Olympiad and both organisations jointly conducted Pune Nadi Darshan campaign cum photography contest on the occasion of ‘World Water Week’ celebrated from 16 March to 22 March 2022. This is a part of the larger WikiProject Rivers to document rivers in India on Wikimedia Commons.

Many civil society organisations are active in the sector of river conservation, river rejuvenation and citizen science initiatives around the rivers. The skill training sessions for the organisations - Ecological Society, Jeevit Nadi, Rotary members, and H. V. Desai college were conducted from 7 to 9 April in Pune. A total of 15 members participated read more...

Two days edit-a-thon by local communities


April was celebrated as Dalit History Month and a couple of Indic communities showed their interest to conduct an event regarding the same. CIS-A2K encouraged them to conduct Mini edit-a-thon events for their own communities. They followed two days mini edit-a-thon model. Punjabi community is going to organise an event on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. It will be on 13-14 March.

Santali Wikimedians is also conducting the edit-a-thon from 13 April to 15 April. It was for three days. The report is going to be published read more...

Digitisation review and partnerships in Goa


CIS-A2K conducted a review of digitisation setups in Maharashtra from 24 to 27 April 2022. The visits to - Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir, Vigyan Ashram, Lek Ladki Abhiyan were done to evaluate the process and assessment of work done so far. Based on the observations and discussions, improvements were suggested. Advanced skill training was also imparted. The GLAM partnership meetings were conducted at Bharat Itihas Sanshodhan Mandal in Pune and Goa Central Library, Goa University, Gomantak media house, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, first Konkani Jnanpith awardee author Ravindra Kelekar's collections read more...

Let's Connect: Learning Clinic on Qualitative Evaluation Methods


The research officer shared learnings from previous and ongoing research studies at CIS-A2K at a learning clinic organised as part of the Let's Connect initiative. Apart from a presentation and discussion on qualitative evaluation methods and tools, the session also included interactive breakout groups to facilitate a hands-on conversation on the objectives and use of these methods for programme evaluation in communities.

Ongoing events


Pune Nadi Darshan 2022 photography contest


Pune Nadi Darshan 2022 photography contest is going on from 16 March. CIS-A2K and Rotary Water Olympiad team have planned a photography campaign cum contest - Pune Nadi Darshan 2022 - on Wikimedia Commons. The uploads will be done till 16 May.

Upcoming events


Indic Wikisource Work-plan 2022-2023


CIS-A2K conducted the Wikisource workshops in different languages after CIS-A2K/Events/Indic Wikisource Community Consultation 2018 in Kolkata in 2018. Among them the Wikisource communities were Punjabi Wikisource Workshop, Patiala, Gujarati Wikisource Workshop, Ahmedabad Marathi Wikisource Workshop, Pavel, Tamil Wikisource Workshop, Salem and Assamese Wikisource Workshop, Guwahati. CIS-A2K conducted all these Wikisource workshops in 2019.

Punjabi Wikisource Community skill-building workshop


Now, after 3 years of the Covid Pandemic, CIS-A2K is on its path again to those Wikisource language communities. Before planning the event, CIS-A2K did a need-assessment survey of the community. The event will take place on 14 & 15 May 2022. The sessions are going to be planned and will update before the event on the event page. It will read more...

Assamese Wikisource Community skill-building workshop


CIS-A2K is going to start back to back activities or work plans for 2022-2023 for Indic communities. In parallel to the Punjabi Wikisource Training Workshop, CIS-A2K is also planning for the Assamese Wikisource community. The event will take place after the one workshop will be done. Before the event, A2K will read more...

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