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- Title of the submission
Wikisource and Schools - Malayalam Community Experience
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- Type of presentation
Talk (20 min)
- Abstract (in about 300 words)
Experience of Wikisource Digitisation contest 2014 and Wikisource Prof-reading actives in Schools. In Kerala, Wikipedia & Wikisource are in the Education Syllabus apart of the IT Subject.
The Malayalam Wikisource community organized a digitization competition in association with various government as well as non-government establishments and other voluntary organisations with aligned goals, like Kerala Sahithya Academy, IT@ school Project, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing and Center for Internet and Society (CIS-A2K). Many student groups were already participating actively in digitization for Wikisource. The competition for schools aimed to increase the participation of student groups. The idea was to familiarize students with typing in Malayalam and get them introduced to historical Malayalam texts. We also aimed at creating awareness about collaborative activities, getting them interested in computing, specifically Language Computing. Scanned copies of books that are in public domain were made available to schools. Under the supervision of IT at school coordinators of each school, students typed and proof read them, which were added to Malayalam Wikisource.