Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Acquisition of missing pages and books of Nationalised books, Wikisource workshops and a GLAM activity in TamilNadu (ID: 21747226)

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Acquisition of missing pages and books of Nationalised books, Wikisource workshops and a GLAM activity in TamilNadu
grant start date2022-01-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)320600 INR
budget (USD)4260 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2021-22
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Acquisition of missing pages and books of Nationalised books, Wikisource workshops and a GLAM activity in TamilNadu

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Tamil Nadu government funded more than ₹12 crores to release books under public domain. In the year 2016, Tamil Wikimedians uploaded those 2217 books in Commons. After the five years of contribution at Tamil Wikisource, we found that in 400 books some pages are not found, some pages should be rescaned, few books are fully rescanned. Then we concluded that we should search in the city libraries. thus we are going to solve this multiple issues of the eminent Tamil books for Tamil Wikisource.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

This is the project to find out the incomplete pages and unuploaded books of Nationalised books of Tamilnadu in libraries, few GLAM activities at Chennai metropolitan city and workshops in 6 cities of TamilNadu.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Other (please specify)

== The backgrounds ==

Nationalised books of TamilNadu and its license:-

To simply say, any renowned Tamil book writer or his/her legal heirs can surrender their copyrights to Tamil development government office for a amount of money. Thus TamilNadu government gave compensation to the 156 author's legal rights for the rupees 10.38 crores (1,377,498 US Dollars) from the year 1984 to 2019 to release those books under public domain which are legally approved in India. After this valid legal government process, these books are called as Nationalised books of Tamil nadu.

Tamil Virtual Academy:-

This academy comes under the above mentioned Tamil development government department. In this office, they converted the 91 author's, 2217 physical books (nearly 3.5 lakh pages) into PDF books by its fund. You can find those books in their web page.

Wikipedian in Residence:-

One of the Tamil contributor namely info-farmer (தகவலுழவன்) was selected as Wikipedian in Residence unonimously for Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA) in 2015-16. At the time, by the team work, TVA released nationalised books of TamilNadu, under the creative common license as a document which is now available at Commons. Due to that he uploaded those 91 authors books at Commons.

Tamil Wikisource:- For the past five years, we Tamil Wikimedians did many workshops in many colleges for Wikisource. Due to that Tamil wiksource completed a lakh proofreaded pages first among Indic languages. we coverted 258 PDF books into text format books. If you see Indic ebook downloader list, it shows that Tamil books are in the top position and you can understand the need of Tamil wikisource.

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

For collage workshops, usally they arrange by their team then they will call me. Then on that workshop day, usally local wiki users come. It depends upon city, working day. Most of the college admins never allow without their permission.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Language

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy, Public Policy, Open Technology

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

First i talk to a college adminstration in person about the Wikimedia movement then they will call for a wiki workshop. By the past workshop experiences, i felt that most of the Tami Nadu colleage students especially women are interested. By screencasts they will learn quikly. I alloted time everyday afternoon 3-5PM for their quetions and thus usally they come once in a week.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

Yes, i notified in Tamil wikisource village pump

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?

If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants
Number of editors
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

All the softwares in the above mentioned activities are mostly on Open/Free softwares only. OSs : Debian KDE + LinuxMint Tools : pdftk, pdf shuffler, Jitsi, scan taylor Languages: python3, pywikibot, open-tamil

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

320600 INR

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

4260 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

Financial Proposal[edit]

Work ground expenses
Serial number Item Amount ₹ Explanation
1 Project-related intercity travels 1,800 Every 15 days, I will return to my family.
2 Daily transport during project 3,200
3 City room 10,000 I needs to travel to other cities,
4 Fiber cable internet, phone connectivity 1100 It varies in the working location.
5 Food, refreshments for work places. 12,000
6 On ground work remuneration 20,000 working 45 hrs/week
7 Total expenses for a month 48,100
8 Total expenses for six months (6 X 48,100) 2,88,600
9 Mobile phone for Museum, as scanner at libraries. 20,000 Work equipment
10 Laptop service and new external hard disk 12,000 Work equipment :My laptop needs service ; a external hard disk ₹ 5500
11 Grand total for this project 3,20,600 USD 4260
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