Kannada is a language spoken by 40 million people in Karnataka – one of the four southern states of India.The Kannada Wikimedia community, in collaboration with CIS-A2K, are enthusiastic about having almost all of the works of Niranjana re-licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 on the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava. Niranjana was a prolific Indian author and activist, and wrote more than 60 books over the course of his career. These works will be digitized and made available on Kannada Wikisource, allowing Kannada speakers to freely access the diverse set of works. Niranjana’s works give a rich glimpse into social, political, and cultural history of Karnataka from the 1940s to 1990s; they can be used as a potential resource for creating and improving articles on Kannada Wikipedia.
- Odia Wikisource, its Potential (Subhashish Panigrahi; Samaja; November 17, 2014).
- Odia author Nirmala Kumari Mohapatra's 21 books relicensed under CC-by-SA 4.0 (Subhashish Panigrahi; November 17, 2014).
- Nineteen Books Published by Ama Odisha Relicensed under CC-by-SA 4.0 (Subhashish Panigrahi; November 25, 2014).
- Odia Wikisource Sabha 2014. (Co-organized by CIS-A2K and Odia Wikimedia Community; November 28, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the event.
News and media coverage
CIS-A2K team gave its inputs to the following media coverage:
- ಭಾಷಣದಿಂದ ಭಾಷೆ ಉಳಿಯಲ್ಲ, ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಿಗುವುದು ಅಗತ್ಯ: ಪವನಜ (Just Kannada; November 23, 2014).
- Kannada Wikipedia Presentation in Mysuru (Prajavani; November 24, 2014).
- Now, Tulu set to be promoted through Wikipedia articles (Hindu; November 24, 2014).
- ‘Tulu Wikipedia’ in incubation stage, 600 articles uploaded, says U.B. Pavanaja (Ravi Prasad Kamila; Hindu; November 26, 2014).
- Odia Wikisource launched in Odisha capital (Odisha Sun Times; November 28, 2014).
- Odia Wikisource aims to bring valuable and rare books on the Internet (Odisha Diary; November 28, 2014).
- "Odia Wikipedia Sabha 2014, 28 Nov, Jayadev Bhawan (3-7 pm)". Bhubaneswarbuzz. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "ଆଜି "ଉଇକି ପାଠାଗାର" ଉଦ୍ଘାଟନ". Sambad. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Breaking #Odisha". କନକ ଟିଭି. 28 November 2014.
- "ଐତିହାସିକ ମୁହୂର୍ତ୍ତର ସାକ୍ଷୀ ହେବା ଏକ ଭାଗ୍ୟ". Sambad. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Odia Wikisource to bring rare books". Odishachannel.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ବହିସବୁ ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ଆଣିବା ପାଇଁ ନୂଆ ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାର". Odishan.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Odia Wikisource aims to bring valuable and rare books online". Orissabarta.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "ଓଡ଼ିଆ ବହିସବୁ ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟରେ ଆଣିବା ପାଇଁ ନୂଆ ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାର". Odiapua.org. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "ODIA BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE". 30 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- Sahu, Diana (5 December 2014). "Access to Rare Books Made Easy". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Odia Wikisource aims to bring valuable and rare books on the Internet". FullOdisha. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
Participation in event
- A Seminar on E-publishing of Odia Books (Organized by Molybtech Technology Solutions; November 30, 2014). Subhashish Panigrahi was a speaker.
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