User:Subodh (CIS-A2K)/PR2022

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Major events in the period - July 2021 to December 2021[edit]

CIS-A2K/Subodh (CIS-A2K) Work Report from July 2021 to December 2021

Digitisation programs[edit]

Lek Ladki Abhiyan & Satara Public Library[edit]

Digitisation centre at Lek Ladki Abhiyan's Muktangan Training facility in Satara was launched on 15 August 2021. The 150 year old Shri. Chhatrapati Pratapsinh Maharaj (Thorle) Nagar Wachanalay, a public library in Satara is collaborating for access to public domain books. The skill training of six persons was conducted at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal on 6 August 2021. A gathering of organisations, authors and librarians from Satara district was also held to spread the word about free knowledge and digitisation process. The volunteers demonstrated the scanning and post processing.

The session on copyrights, re-licensing process, Wikisource project and free knowledge movement was conducted. The authors and librarians discussed various issues regarding these aspects. After the event, three women authors have relicensed their books. The books are being uploaded in a separate category on Wikimedia Commons.

We hope, this scanning centre will cater to the content coming from Western Maharashtra districts.

The standard process of selection of PD books from the library and logistics will be streamlined. Other libraries and institutions in the city will be contacted to get more books in near future. The relicensing process in the district will be planned systematically.

Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir Library[edit]


CIS-A2K has been working with 175 year old Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir Library to facilitate the scanning and uploading process in their digitisation set-up. CIS-A2K is supporting the digitisation process, right from selection of books till uploading on Wikimedia projects.

After the initial meetings with the trustees and staff , first training session on Wikimedia projects was conducted on 23 & 24 November 2021 in the library. The copyright law, different licenses and Commons scope were discussed in detail. Hands-on activity for uploading books was also conducted. The digitised books are being uploaded in the specific category on Wikimedia Commons. As on 31 December, 85 books have been uploaded. We have planned to upload at least 500 books till June 2022.


The volunteers from library will be trained in bringing books in Wikisource and running OCR on the same. The metadata of books will be prepared and the integration with Wikidata would be done.


CIS-A2K is facilitating relicensing process in Maharashtra for the last four years. Due to consistent efforts and support set-up for digitisation, the authors, copyright holders as well as organisations approach on regular basis. The simple step by step manual for executing the OTRS process has made the procedure convenient for them. During this program period, total nine copyright holders released 71 books by completing the OTRS process. Some of the authors include - P. G. Sahasrabudhe, Purushottam Pandurang Gokhale, Subhash Khardekar, Nalini Mahadik etc. The books are being uploaded in the respective categories on Commons after the digitisation process at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal.
The institutional relicensing is also in progress. The partner in digitisation program, Public Library Satara also released two valuable memoirs published on the occasion of 100th and 150th anniversary of the library.
CIS-A2K is facilitating the Wiki Project on Goa Liberation Struggle with some institutions in Goa. As a part of this, Bharatkar Hegde Desai Trust has partnered with us to enrich the content. 'Bharat' the bilingual weekly newspaper in Marathi and Portuguese was published by Bharatkar Govind Pundalik Hegde Desai during the period 1912 to 1949. For 36 years, Bharatkar courageously protested the Portuguese occupation, relentlessly advocated radical and progressive social reforms. The two volumes of editorials' collection from 'Bharat' were published by the trust. The trust has released these volumes and were uploaded on Wikimedia Commons.

The community and institutions will be involved in development of a database of potential copyright holders. The material for promotion in the form of booklet and a short video featuring the authors who released their works would be prepared.

Wikimedia Commons workshops[edit]

Documentation of floods[edit]

The organisations working in flood relief were trained in documenting the natural disaster on Wikimedia Commons. Total four members were trained in an online session. The images from Satara district were uploaded by Lek Ladki Abhiyan volunteers.

WLM in Maharashtra[edit]

CIS-A2K promoted WLM 2021 amongst photographers, students and journalists to document local heritage. Our institutional partners, PAH Solapur University and MGM University took initiative to organise online sessions on Wikimedia Commons. The photographers from Solapur, Sangli and Aurangabad and students of MGM college of Journalism participated in these events on 24 & 29 September 2021. The users were also supported through onine follow-up sessions. In these sessions, photography experts - Dilip Nerlikar, Baiju Patil and WLM 2017 winner Prashant Kharote guided the participants.

Share Your Struggle[edit]

CIS-A2K collaborated with various social organisations to document long struggles on Wiki during the Share Your Struggle 2021 (15 August 2021 - 15 September 2021), a public photo competition on Wikimedia Commons. A session on Wikimedia Commons was conducted on 9 September 2021 to explain copyrights, CC licenses, the objectives of SYS2021 and the uploading process. In this session, 11 volunteers of organisations - Narmada Bachao Andolan, Loksangharsh Morcha, Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi, MVSTF Nandurbar, Lek Ladki Abhiyan & Dalit Mahila Vikas Mandal - actively participated and uploaded the images.

Images uploaded[edit]


The participated organisations possess extensive documentation of struggles in the form of images, books, reports, posters, videos etc. Some of them have shown keen interest in archiving this content on Wiki. The specific project with one organisation would be developed in the next program period.

History Project with H. V. Desai College[edit]

H. V. Desai College, Pune has taken initiative to form 'Heritage Club' under the history department. The project to document the history of Maharashtra State and Pune district has been designed. The content enrichment will be done on various Wikimedia Projects through students and faculty. The program support is given by CIS-A2K. First session on 'Introduction to Wikimedia projects' and Wikimedia Commons workshop was conducted on 21-22 December 2021 for students of H. V. Desai College, Pune.
The institution has integrated the Wiki content creation with the academic assignments. Hence, the topics of interest were finalised after the discussions with faculty. The students will upload the images on their topics and then connect the same with the Wikipedia article. To review the work and track the progress, an event metrics has been created.


The coordinator has been selected from the group of students to keep the track of activity through social media groups and online follow-up sessions once in two months. The Wiki cell would be established in the college to give regular access to computers & internet for the participants. The reference library would also be developed in the institution.

Jalbodh project:Workshop on Agrani River basin[edit]

CIS-A2K is facilitating the Jalbodh project to build content related to water and rivers. Tarun Bharat Sangh and it's India level network of Jal Biradari groups have taken initiative to document all the river basins in India. The activists working in the Agrani river basin in Maharashtra organised a workshop on 17 & 18 November to create the basic structure and category tree for the river basin. They have started uploading the images from village level. The structure of articles and Commons categories will be replicated for other river basins in Maharashtra state as well as other states. In this workshop, three coordinators participated. The issues discussed were - Wiki pillars, copyright laws, licensing of content and categorisation. The hand on activity for uploading on Commons in Category:Agrani River Basin category was also conducted.

The bimonthly follow-up sessions of the Jal Biradari volunteers are planned to upload the content on Wikimedia Commons.

PAH Solapur University[edit]

Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Solapur University, Solapur (PAHSUS) has developed education program with CIS-A2K to enrich the content on Wikimedia projects with the involvement of students. Due to the pandemic, the program was stopped in the last two academic sessions. As the situation improved, offline activities have been started by the university.
The workshop on Wikimedia projects was an attempt to start the process of online assignments curriculum. In this workshop, total 30 students participated to learn basic Wikipedia editing and image uploading on Wikimedia Commons. The topics for the assignments were selected under the guidance of faculty. The students have started developing the articles in the Google doc. The orientation about the reliable and verifiable referencing was done in the library along with exploration of reference material like books, gazettes, reports, thesis etc. This exploration in the library was very well appreciated by the students. The librarian and the staff will also be involved in the quality content creation process.

The articles in doc will be reviewed by the faculty and they will be uploaded initially on sandbox to learn Wiki formatting and other aspects. The quarterly follow-up workshops have been planned to complete this project.

Partnerships with institutions in Goa[edit]

The meetings with various institutions in Goa to build partnerships were conducted during period 11-13 October 2021. Field visits to some Goa liberation struggle monuments in South Goa were conducted with facilitation by Prof. Vinay Madgaonkar of Goa University Marathi department, who is leading the Project - Goa Liberation documentation on Wiki and coordinator for Bhakti Dnyan Marg Sadhan Sanstha, Shivoli active in socio-cultural heritage documentation project. To relicense the books, meeting with trustee of Bharatkar Hegde Desai Trust, Adv. G. K. Hegde Desai at Quepem was organised. The listing of liberation struggle related books and archives was started with the help of few journalists. Meeting was conducted with librarian and HoD of library science, Dr. Carlos & Prof. Mhamal on proposed Goa books project in collaboration with University and other libraries in Goa. In this context, meeting with key persons from Goa Central library was also conducted.


The further process of digitisation activity with Goa University, Bharatkar Trust and Goa Central Library will be continued in next quarter.

Upcoming events[edit]

WikiProject Rivers with Tarun Bharat Sangh[edit]

The Jalbodh project has been developed into larger project - Virtual River Museum - by Tarun Bharat Sangh and CIS-A2K after the last three years of work. To explore the methodology, a pilot project on documenting two river basins in Rajasthan & Maharashtra has been launched in collaboration with TBS. The Wikimedian in Residence scheme will be executed for this pilot project. The launching event was conducted on 10 January 2022 with the volunteers and coordinators from both the organisations.

WikiProject Sangli Biodiversity with Birdsong[edit]

Birdsong organisation and Centre for Internet & Society have started a WikiProject on Sangli Biodiversity documentation. In the first phase, the knowledge about birds and butterflies in the Sangli region will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. The first workshop in the series was conducted on 16 January 2022 at the Birdsong campus in Sangli. The bimonthly workshops are planned to develop this project in the next six months.